During the wee hours of the morning here in the U.S., LG held a press conference in Berlin to announce its second flagship this year, the LG V30.
A bigger device with beefier specs, the LG’s V series took more design cues from the G series this year more than ever. As expected, LG got rid of the secondary display in favor of a single 6-inch LG P-OLED display (not Super AMOLED, although practically the same with rich black and vibrant colors). Like the G6, the V30 also eliminated the removable battery this time around.
Official spec sheet for the LG V30 is as follows:
- 6-inch LG P-OLED display; 18:9 FullVision; 1440 x 2880 resolution (~537 ppi)
- Snapdragon 835 processor
- 4GB RAM
- 64/128GB internal storage; microSD supported up to 256GB
- Dual 16-megapixel/13-megapixel rear-facing cameras
- 5-megapixel front-facing camera
- 3,300 mAh battery
- Android 7.1.2 Nougat
- 3.5mm headphone jack
- 32-bit/192kHz audio, B&O Play certified
- Quick Charge 3.0
- Wireless charging
- Titan, Silver, Pink colors available
In the end, there weren’t any secrets of the V30 that we weren’t previously told about. The V30 switches out its secondary display for slimmer bezels, which may prove to be a smart move considering how popular the concept is this year. Specs look pretty solid, although there were reports that the device would feature 6GB of RAM rather than 4GB.
The bread and butter of the V30 are its sophisticated audio and its dual rear camera set-up. Speaking of the back of the device, another small advantage that LG may have over the competition is the center placement of its rear fingerprint sensor, which has been a bit of a pain point for Samsung this year with the S8 and the Note 8.
The LG V30 is set to release on September 21 in South Korea, with releases in North America, Asia, Africa, and Europe following shortly after.
LG also has yet to announce a price for the V30, although rumors peg it to be around 800,000 KRW in South Korea (which equates to about $699 in the U.S.).
Overall, the V30 appears to be a more powerful version of the G6 we saw unveiled earlier this year. Its design is sleek, but I’m personally no fan of glass backs and am a little sad to see the V-series go this route as well. With its slightly curved screen, LG also appeared to borrow some design cues from Samsung as well, considering the G6 features a completely flat display. If the V30 is priced how it’s rumored to be priced, it stands a good chance of serving as a solid alternative to other flagships already on shelves and on the way, but we’ll know for sure once we have a chance to review it in depth. For now, you can check out Beau’s first look video of the V30for some initial impressions of the device.
Readers, what are your thoughts on the V30 now that it’s official? Are you a fan of the changes made, or do you wish it had kept features like a secondary display and removable battery?