Now here we are with new smartphone from LG, called LG V30. The successor of last two smartphones in V series. The V30 is also a too much under-rated phone inspite giving most innovative technologies, cool design and brilliant display. It checks all the boxes of a great smartphone, like good performance, solid battery life, a good camera, beautiful screen and a design that’s functional and durable. Let’s take a deep look into the phone and find out what makes it one of the best creation from LG.
The new LG V30 looks nothing short of gorgeous of especially in Moroccan Blue. Despite being 158gms it feels much lighter. Although the V30 refines the V-series style it promises some drop durability and IP68 rating. Although the back of the phone can catch some finger prints but they are not too noticeable.
We’ve got to applaud LG’s placement of the fingerprint reader dead center where it’s supposed to be on the back. From the front the V30 can be mistaken for the Samsung S8 Plus’s shorter cousin. The V30’s 6-inches OLED display looks and feels like Samsung’s infinity displays but without the curve edges. Color wise it runs a little on the cool side although you can choose different color regimes and settings. At max brightness even direct sunlight wont be a problem. The phone also features an always-on-display.
The V30 has respectful battery life and last slightly longer than the G6. It has a USB-C port and supports quick charge 3.0 for quick top-up. Music lover there’s something for you too, not only the phone has the usual headphone jack but it supports Hi-Fi audio for optimizing sound on connected headsets and offers 4 EQ presets. Sadly there’s no custom equalizer option for now. The V30 also supports HD audio recording. The speaker sounds good but the bass was still lacking.
The smartphone runs Android Nougat 7.1 and there’s Android 8 Oreo update in the works. While you wont get the stock Android the phone is bursting with options. You can choose to go with an app drawer add an extra icon to the home touch buttons or pick an alternative themes. You can lower the phone’s vibration or use the phone’s smart adapt to optimize the phone.
There’s also smart setting which adjust automatically depending whether you are on work or not. Most notable is the floating bar which allows access to your contacts, music or other shortcuts. Cost of all these functionality are bunch of pre-installed apps you can’t delete at least you can hide them.
Under the hood it has Snapdragon 835 paired with 4GB of RAM and 64/128GB storage which is also expandable. This hardware allows multitasking and heacy app use without much slowdown. The LG V30 is rocking a versatile a dual camera setup. There’s one 16MP (f/1.6) primary camera with optical image stabilization and autofocus. And there’s a second 13 MP (f/1.8 ) ultra-wide-angle camera without OIS and autofocus.
The photo quality is improved from G6, with slightly more details and less noise. Curiously the ultra-wide angle lens is slightly less wide than previous generations. Maybe to reduce the fisheye effect. Low-light shots can get a little noisy but there are well balanced and offer lot of detail. The camera app itself is versatile too. As you zoom in and out it automatically switches cameras in order to get the best image. If you get in further there’s manual mode with host of options and even few presets for getting a specific look.
There’s also a 360 degree panorama capability and a guide shot that uses pictures in your gallery to help you match compositions. The V30 can shoot 4K video and footage is even optically stabilized if you use the main camera. Footages has more details and warmer tone than the LG G6. However it’s also slightly noisier. With cinemode there’s host of options for video creators. It records video with a flatter gamma curve so you have more room for color grading your videos to achieve a more dramatic look. Quality zoom is another great option, you can pre-select a portion of the frame and zoom smoothly to that instead of the center.
With a phone so full of awesome features the mediocre selfie cam is surprisingly disappointing at 5MP. Selfies lack detail and colors are bland at least the camera allows for wide-angle shots so you can fit friends or an awesome background in your shot.
LG V30 Specifications:
- Android 7.1.2 Nougat OS with LG UX 6.0+
- Fingerprint sensor
- 6-inch QHD+ OLED display with a 18:9 aspect ratio protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 5
- 2880 x 1440 pixels resolution with 538 PPI
- Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Mobile Platform with Adreno 540 GPU
- 4GB LPDDR4x RAM with 64GB storage (V30) and 4GB LPDDR4x RAM with 128GB storage (V30+) (UFS 2.0),
- Expandable memory up to 2TB with microSD card
- 16 Megapixel rear camera with f/1.6-aperture, 71-degree wide-angle lens, dual-tone LED flash, Laser auto focus, OIS, EIS and PDAF along with 13 Megapixel secondary camera with f/1.9 aperture and 120-degree wide-angle lens
- 5 Megapixel front camera with 90-degree wide-angle lens and f/2.2 aperture
- Water, dust resistant (IP68), MIL-STD 810G certified
- 32-bit Advanced Hi-Fi Quad DAC
- 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz and 5GHz), Bluetooth 5.0 LE, GPS, NFC, USB Type-C 2.0 (3.1 compatible)
- 3,300mAh battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0, Wireless charging support
LG has made this phone which has little bit for everyone. It’s debatable whether this phone has best screen, the best camera or even the best extra features. But it has complete and awesome package stuff that you will use in your day to day life. we can say that LG has nailed it with this one.