Rumor: LG V30 to feature a 6-inch display, software replacement for missing second screen


LG isn't a company known for its fear of braking the status quo: recall the LG G5, which was a brave departure from conventional smartphones (though also a market failure), or the V10 and V20, which had that unusual second screen on top of the main one. But with the latter duo being due for a successor this fall, many people have accused the company of abandoning that tradition in favor of making safer, more boring devices.

You see, according to most leaks of the device we've seen so far (old concepts notwithstanding), the V30 won't have the signature feature of its predecessors — the second screen — and will instead look like a slightly tweaked LG G6. But even in this case we can look at this from another point of view: LG is breaking its own status quo... of breaking the status quo.

However, according to a new report from Android Authority citing "an exclusive internal source," the idea of the second screen hasn't been entirely scrapped, and will instead live on in software form. Apparently LG is planning on putting a "floating bar" of sorts in the V30's interface, which will serve roughly the same purpose the second screen has up until now.

And while the original source seems to have been pretty lax on the specifics, the floating bar was apparently designed to give "quick access to shortcuts and possibly even notifications." We're not sure what this would look like in real life, but it could, for example, be an always-present top bar imitating the look of the V10/V20, though that would be a pretty bad choice and defeat the purpose of the tall, 18:9 display. Or, it could be some sort of collapsible shortcut menu, à la Samsung's Edge Panel. Whatever it turns out to be, though, here's hoping it can be disabled.


But it seems LG will make up for the lack of a second display in more than one way: apparently the V30 will feature a 6-inch QHD+ screen, bigger than both its predecessors and the LG G6. The display will also support HDR 10 and Google Daydream out of the box. As far as the camera goes, the source reiterates previous claims that one of the two camera sensors will be complimented with an f/1.6 aperture, a first for smartphones, but added that this will be combined with a "Crystal Clear Glass Lens" (whatever this means).

The V30 will also feature an "all-round upgraded audio experience" in collaboration with B&O, which we imagine will build on top of the Quad DAC found in the Korean version of the G6 (as well as the G6+). Also in is the V10/V20's MIL-STD-810G military standard certification, which is a bit hard to imagine given previous rumors of a glass back being present, but it's still a possibility.

As is usual, though, do make sure to take these rumors with a grain of salt: while they fall right in line with what we've heard before, they're still from an unconfirmed source. In any case, we'll see the real thing soon enough, as the LG V30 will be unveiled in less than a month — August 31, to be exact — and should be present as part of the company's IFA offerings. But until then, make sure to check out LG V30 rumor review for the full scoop we have on the device so far.

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V30
  • Display 6.0 inches
    2880 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Dual camera)
    5 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, 4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3300 mAh
  • OS Android 9.0 Pie
    LG UX UI

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