Report: LG V30 might not feature secondary display, concept could be replicated on new OLED screen

With the LG G6, LG made a statement. It no longer wants to be the smartphone industry's Gyro Gearloose, pushing bold innovation that no one outside its focus groups asked for. LG cleaned house, stripped away all the complexity, and introduced one of 2017's most understated – and all-around pleasant – premium phones. It was a solid strategy, even though displays of clever engineering, such as the LG G5's removable battery, will be missed by those able to appreciate them.

According to a "trusted source" as cited by the ever diligent XDA Developers, the same revision awaits the LG V30 – a premium smartphone, primed as an alternative to the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and, reportedly, scheduled for a late August announcement. 

LG's "V" series is notable for the presence of a small secondary display, placed just above the primary screen. Its purpose is to provide quick shortcuts, summarize notifications, and show a signature text for a bit of extra swag.

The secondary display was a refreshing experiment that certainly stood out in the ocean of lookalike phones, but it didn't catch on with consumers and mobile vendors. Thus, it makes sense that LG might abolish it in the V30, as XDA's source claims. However, this won't necessarily be the end to the idea of conveniently pulling certain shortcuts and notifications to a designated space above the main display.

Rather than going through the trouble of running two separate displays, LG might – for the first time in recent history – introduce an OLED display on a high profile phone, likely in the same 18:9 screen ratio as the LG G6. With a tall panel like this, it won't be a problem to basically "paste" the LG V20's secondary display above the rest of the content shown on screen – with the option of users disabling it if they want.

Moreover, thanks to OLED displays' ability to have each individual pixel controlled, it won't be a problem for this stretch of the screen to remain in an always-on state, while the rest of the display "sleeps" as not to waste battery life.

Mind you, while the source is certain about LG removing the secondary panel and switching to OLED, the rest is speculative information that may or may not pan out. In any case, are you going to miss the second screen? Do you think LG should go back to its wayward and unorthodox smartphone design style? Let us know what you think in the comments section below!


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1. BuffaloSouce unregistered

I hope the V30 is slimmed down a little bit. I wanted the V20 but it was longer and wider than the Note 5, it didn't feel good in the hand

2. Professor

Posts: 223; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

My current phone is a Nexus 6... For me to even think about changing this phone for another phone it has to had (1) front facing stereo speakers and (2) it's screen has to be AMOLED of 6" or more... It will be nice if it has a plain vanilla Android software but I can consider one with the normal useless bloatware as long is not too many and can be deleted... Also it has to be available for sale unlocked and without carrier bloatware for an acceptable price... And by the way... I hate the iPhones imitation Pixels phones!

6. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

You just described the rumored pixel 2 phone.

3. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

2017 makes the boom of OLED displays! The top OLED manufacturers are gonna cash in real good .

4. rsiders

Posts: 1976; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

I think I really don't want to give up my V20 but the V30 might be "the one." The rest of this year's flagships just didn't have enough to pull me away with the S8 coming close.

5. AliGee

Posts: 20; Member since: Nov 12, 2014

I have the V10 and I love it, coming from a old Note3. My wife has the V20 and have no problems at all. I actually like the thicker on top for any notification that comes in when ur on a call or using the camera or on any other app.Love how it doesn't bother you. Definitely useful. For the V30 it sucks that we are losing the removable battery but I was really hoping and still hopeful that they do the slider secondary screen but lets see what LG decides. Hopefully they don't kill the IR blaster like Samy. Can't wait to see the new OLED screen, wasn't a big fan of the LCD when even the Note3 had a AMOLED screen. Hopefully they don't destroy the phone. If not i'm getting the new Pixel 2...

18. Optimus117

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 30, 2017

Yeah, if the V30 is too much of a departure from the V series thus far, I might consider leaving LG for the first time since I had the HTC Evo 3D on Virgin Mobile.... I like the V series the way it is. If it ain't broke....

7. Romantico3pe

Posts: 179; Member since: Sep 14, 2015

I hate amoled screens and LG desicion made me mad, no more lgs for me

10. domfonusr

Posts: 1087; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

The burn-in problems with OLED screens are really annoying... I will stick with IPS LCD as long as possible.

8. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2451; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I'm hoping they go with the slider design if, for no other reason, than to have some kind of innovative product. I am tired of the stale products coming out as flagships this year. It seems as though these companies are just playing it safe with tried and true designs instead of attempting something different.

11. domfonusr

Posts: 1087; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

I would hope for a slider design, too, but LG and everybody else are all wrapped up in trying to out-iPhone the latest iPhone before it even comes out. This whole ecosystem of flagships all started out as attempts to do whatever they think Apple could be about to do, or at least to set a new trend for the future before Apple can do it all over again, and the problem is that they fall short every year. The 18:9 or 18.5:9 screen thing is kind of ridiculous in my opinion, as I don't think Apple was about to do that, but who knows? They may do something first, but Apple will still come along and make it, whatever it was they did first, popular. But one thing seems to never change... the slab/slate form-factor. Apple didn't do it first, but they sure made it popular, and now it is almost the only way they will make smartphones nowadays, and I dislike it strongly.

9. domfonusr

Posts: 1087; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

Personally, I like LG’s unorthodox approaches, and so it stinks that they would, at least in part, have to give that up, but I can see why they have to. Unless it is a TCL BlackBerry with an open-face QWERTY, or an Android flip-phone somewhere in South Korea, China, or Japan, chances are that your phone is a slate like all the rest of ‘em. It is sad that almost nothing other than slates and slabs sell well in the US these days.

12. Foxgabanna

Posts: 607; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

Playboi Carti going to be lit through that Quad DAC!

13. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

Isn't it Apple doing some crappy touchbar thing like this that the sheep find so revolutionary? Lol

14. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

Isn't it Apple doing some crappy touchbar thing like this that the sheep find so revolutionary? Lol 3D Touch and Touch bar lol. That's more rubbish than the HTC squeeze stuff and that's pretty rubbish.

15. phichart

Posts: 335; Member since: May 03, 2014

I have V20 and I don't like the selfie camera and battery life..

16. Slytherin

Posts: 268; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Note8, V30, iPhone 8, should be an interesting August/September

17. Optimus117

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 30, 2017

YES, I would absolutely miss the second screen. I switched from the V10 to the G5, briefly, and I felt lost without it. And the one on my V20 is even better. Nowhere to go but up. It's a great idea, people are just lazy and don't like to learn new things. Probably why iphones are so popular... I really hope the V30 still has it in some capacity, in particlar being able to use it without unlocking the phone. I use that feature RELIGIOUSLY, since it allows me to connect to wifi, change my ringer profile, access my flashlight, etc, all without having to so much as wake up the lock screen. It's a fantastic feature.

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