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LG V30 Preview

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Introduction


LG has just announced their brand new V30 device, and if you look at the total package, you start to wonder, “what do we need a G6 for now?” Embracing the curved, near-bezel-less design, the V30 is much sleeker than the V20 and G6, with specs and features that edge out both of these devices. We’ve spent some time with their preview device, and as such we can’t make solid conclusions yet, as things are subject to change. But until the official units are out, we figured we’d take a look and see: Is this the only phone LG needs?

Design


LG V30 Preview
LG V30 Preview
LG V30 Preview
LG V30 Preview

As mentioned, the IP68-rated V30 carries a sleeker, more polished look than its predecessor and even the G6. Smooth, curved edges envelope the beautiful 6-inch display, which borrows the G6’s rounded corners. Unlike the G6, the entire face is black, with all sensors tucked away in the thin black bezel that does exist, lending itself to a much more “infinity screen” type of look. Adding only a few millimeters in each dimension over the G6, the V30 feels completely comfortable in the hand, even with the nearly half-inch larger screen. The shiny, polished aluminum edges give the device a great feel, with a very premium fit and finish. Gorilla Glass 5 covers the front and back of the V30, while the back overlays the glass on top of a finely textured aluminum, creating a shiny but diffused look. The dual-camera setup protrudes slightly from the case, while the fingerprint sensor/lock button sits below it. It’s not a ground-breakingly innovative design, but a sexy, well-executed one nonetheless.

LG V30
5.97 x 2.97 x 0.29 inches
151.7 x 75.4 x 7.39 mm
5.57 oz (158 g)

LG V30

LG V20
6.29 x 3.07 x 0.3 inches
159.7 x 78.1 x 7.6 mm
6.14 oz (174 g)

LG V20

LG G6
5.86 x 2.83 x 0.31 inches
148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9 mm
5.75 oz (163 g)

LG G6

Samsung Galaxy S8+
6.28 x 2.89 x 0.32 inches
159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1 mm
6.10 oz (173 g)

Samsung Galaxy S8+


To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.

Display


LG V30 Preview

Since this is a preliminary unit, we won’t be putting it through the deeper tests reserved for reviews, but initial impressions of this display are very good. Using the same 18:9 ratio as the G6, the larger, 6-inch screen packs a 2880 x 1440 (QHD+) resolution into this vibrant OLED display. 82% screen ratio is pretty nice to have, especially when details and colors look as good as they do here. Watching videos is an absolute joy on this screen; details are crisp and colors are vibrant yet they avoid over-saturation.

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posted on 31 Aug 2017, 06:05 11

1. Valinor (Posts: 57; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)


My Next Phone!!!! Finally one thats worth it after hanging on to my iphone 6 for 3 years :)
Amoled screen, Awesome camera + wide angle lens and great audio! Cant get better than that!

posted on 31 Aug 2017, 06:45 14

5. Lumbergh (Posts: 358; Member since: 14 Feb 2016)


This phone is a winner.

1. Perfect footprint with large display
2. 3300 mah
3. Strong audio with quad DAC
4. Attractive design
5. MicroSD
6. Strong camera

Take my money. At this point, looks like the phone of the year easily.

posted on 31 Aug 2017, 07:50 4

8. MINDoSOUL (Posts: 219; Member since: 28 Feb 2014)


I would wait for the Pixel 2 XL

posted on 31 Aug 2017, 08:16

9. Trex95 (Posts: 1162; Member since: 03 Mar 2013)


Exactly SD 836. But V30 looks good and camera seems taking excellent photos.

posted on 03 Sep 2017, 04:17

27. dcwt2010 (Posts: 43; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)


What would the marginally faster chipset do? The 835 is plenty fast enough already for pretty much everything we need right now and in the near future.

posted on 01 Sep 2017, 20:06

23. aBoss (Posts: 148; Member since: 15 Sep 2014)


Nothing stands out, Note 8 crushes it.

The V20 stand out from its 2 displays and removable battery. For some reason LG thought it was good to remove both unique features

Flop

posted on 31 Aug 2017, 08:30

11. antjones21 (Posts: 19; Member since: 28 Sep 2016)


Nah LG's OS is still boring and garbage. The Pixel XL 2 will beat this out along with the iPhone 8.

posted on 31 Aug 2017, 13:10 3

12. Raoufdj10011 (Posts: 7; Member since: 31 Aug 2017)


Don't forget that the pixel xl 2 is made by LG

posted on 01 Sep 2017, 11:14

19. mdolphins9998 (Posts: 12; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)


Thank you for pointing that out because some people swear that they know everything bro!!!

posted on 01 Sep 2017, 11:49 1

20. Rampage_Taco (Posts: 597; Member since: 17 Jan 2017)


So you won't get a Samsung because of Lag, but don't mind LG with it's history of Bootlooping?

posted on 31 Aug 2017, 20:44 2

15. IronTech (Posts: 121; Member since: 27 May 2016)


After looking at this phone for a while, I start feeling like my iPhone 7+ is too ugly.

posted on 02 Sep 2017, 08:44

25. AmashAziz (Posts: 1602; Member since: 30 Jun 2014)


Those bezels are a sore.

For both, the eyes and the hands.

posted on 31 Aug 2017, 06:06 1

2. AVVA1 (Posts: 45; Member since: 01 Aug 2017)


It reminds me of LG KM900 Arena(except of course the bezels) which was a good looking device :3

posted on 31 Aug 2017, 06:19 2

3. Settings (Posts: 2411; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


That's how you do back fps, Samsung while still having 3,300mah of battery.

posted on 31 Aug 2017, 06:27

4. cmdacos (Posts: 867; Member since: 01 Nov 2016)


Nice to finally see some competition. Nothing incredibly exciting but a nice phone with several things going for it. Not for me though. LG will have to put in at least three years of prominent sales and earnings for me to feel comfortable they will be around in 5 making mobile.

posted on 04 Sep 2017, 13:31 1

31. thunder18 (Posts: 144; Member since: 06 Aug 2009)


Are you kidding me? LG has been making cell phones since 90's. This isn't HTC who only makes phones. This is one of the largest companies in South Korea? Do you think they are somehow going to stop making phones and go out of business?

posted on 31 Aug 2017, 06:48 3

6. Xperia14 (Posts: 935; Member since: 01 Sep 2015)


Oh men, I think I have to upgrade already from my G6... What a nice phone (except for the 3300 mAh battery).

posted on 31 Aug 2017, 08:27 1

10. hazard1 (Posts: 109; Member since: 11 Feb 2017)


Me too. A shame, I just got the G6 and I love that phone. But I will be getting the V30 and selling the G6.

posted on 31 Aug 2017, 07:32

7. fyah_king (Posts: 1149; Member since: 22 Jul 2013)


If the speaker is not as good as my G6 then I'll pass on this one.

posted on 31 Aug 2017, 15:09 2

13. sissy246 (Posts: 4223; Member since: 04 Mar 2015)


I think LG really got it with this one.
Nice job LG

posted on 31 Aug 2017, 15:21

14. Rocket (Posts: 470; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


The front looks exactly like a gs8+.

posted on 01 Sep 2017, 02:12

16. markobarko (Posts: 117; Member since: 09 Oct 2016)


If anything stock android is boring. Lacking functions, that you have to replace with apps.

But I loved HTX sensation XL, LG G2, hate my job iphone 6, that I will ditch for this LG V30.
OLED
Android
Wide angle camera
thin
watterproof
big screen
small bezels
and on and on...

posted on 01 Sep 2017, 02:51 1

17. TerryD (Posts: 175; Member since: 09 May 2017)


I do like the design. It does look a bit S8-ish but without the curve. The curve on the S8 does look pretty but makes screen replacement expensive and for most people it does nothing for usability. In fact its distracting and makes edge selection more difficult.

I've always liked the V-series from LG but they're not available in the UK

posted on 01 Sep 2017, 11:51 1

21. Rampage_Taco (Posts: 597; Member since: 17 Jan 2017)


Isn't the V30 finally going global?

posted on 01 Sep 2017, 07:07

18. Cat97 (Posts: 416; Member since: 02 Mar 2017)


I really like the V30. It's probably LG's best phone since the G2. But I would have liked the G6 flatness because it's very easy to attach a full-screen glass screen protector. I mean, these phones are seriously expensive, they must be well-protected, and protecting a 2.5D screen is not very easy and also ruins the aestethics.

I think the battery life, despite having the same size with the G6, will surpass the G6 by quite a margin, because of the OLED display and Snapdragon 835 insead of the power-hungry 821.

posted on 01 Sep 2017, 13:51

22. P.M.Dastagir (Posts: 1; Member since: 01 Sep 2017)


Seems great phone indeed but front facing camrea 5mp thats not acceptable .its dishearted LG fans. they shud go with at least 13mp if they really want to dominate contender....

posted on 02 Sep 2017, 08:46

26. AmashAziz (Posts: 1602; Member since: 30 Jun 2014)


Megapixel wars are over.

They don't even guarantee you better reproduction.

posted on 02 Sep 2017, 03:31 1

24. EtradeSupply (Posts: 10; Member since: 08 Aug 2017)


LG V30 is much better than LG G6

posted on 03 Sep 2017, 14:20

28. razeev (Posts: 5; Member since: 03 Sep 2017)


trend flow about infinity screen, you cant compete with Samsung and APPLE

posted on 04 Sep 2017, 03:39

29. slannmage (Posts: 238; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)


Yes because it's cheaper.

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