lg v30 Review


We finally obtained our hands on a retail device and also we used it to re-run every one of our tests – we have actually upgraded the relevant testimonial areas.

Always crazy about try out unique attributes, LG has actually had a couple of caretakers (the double video camera), yet it’s generally quick to know a goner – wonder if you still keep in mind the G5 and also the one-off effort at modularity.

On the other hand, the V-series of phablets was conceived as an option to the large-screened Galaxy Notes with a secondary display instead of a stylus. Well, that lasted for 2 product cycles, and also the additional screen is no more. Rather, the LG V30 is all screen.

The LG G6 led the way in marginal bezels and also phenomenal aspect ratios this springtime with its 5.7-inch 2:1 FullVision display screen, total with rounded edges for both appearances and also some degree of protection. The V30’s screen is marketed as FullVIsion too, however LG has actually made a switch to OLED, P-OLED to be precise. It’s an ‘active matrix’ much like the following one, LG explains, just don’t call it AMOLED.

It’s a 6-incher, so there’s some anticipated dimension space in between the V30 and also the G6 on paper. However, in real life, the V30 is actually the sleeker tool of the two many thanks to a curved front panel, a thinner body as well as its impressively reduced weight. Believe it or otherwise, the V30 is, actually, lighter than the G6. Around back, you will not locate the V10’s rubber, or the V20’s light weight aluminum, it’s all glass this time.

Real to the V-series traditions nonetheless, the V30 has actually undergone MIL-STD-810 compliance testing (14 out 25 examinations passed, if you need to understand) implying boosted decline and also influence resistance.

A lot more notably, the mobile is IP68 accredited for dust and water resistance, an initial for an LG V phone. Previous generations prioritized the detachable battery over ecological sealing.

LG makes a huge offer out of its brand-new video camera – yes, it’s a twin configuration similar to the ones on the G5, G6, as well as the V20, yet it differs from any one of those. The primary web cam, the 16MP device that’s not ultra-wide, is dealt with to a premium lens with a glass element in advance and an f/1.6 aperture, the brightest on a smartphone. The super-wide shooter is 13MP, same resolution as on the G6, however with a broader aperture also – f/1.9 vs. f/2.4. Sadly, the front-facing web cam is still a measly 5MP. You would certainly be better off adhering to mirror selfies with the rear web cam.

LG V30 vital features

Main shortcomings

The G6 or V20, both of LG’s previous leading versions have a 5MP selfie camera, therefore does the V30. Possibly it’s time to go on? In addition to that, Korean manufacturers keep rejecting for one reason or another to put stereo speakers in their high-end tools – that’s a beef we’ve had with the Galaxy S8, and also currently the LG V30 too. Are the designers that pressed for room or is it something else? As well as with designers and Galaxy S8 currently pointed out, it may be worth explaining that the V30 might easily be misinterpreted for an S8 head on.

We’ll be checking out the differences, of which there are a couple of, obviously. Join us on the next page for the unboxing and also a comprehensive consider that lovely Moroccan Blue V30 we have for testimonial.

Covering it up

The V10 allowed, hefty, and rubbery, the V20 was still large, as well as metal-clad, and also both had second screens in the top right corner. The V30 is light, portable, as well as has a single display that leaves little area for anything else on the front. Talk about connection.

You might say that the V30 is what the G6 must have been, as well as you might well have a factor. But even if it turns its back on a lot of points ‘V’, doesn’t mean it’s not staying real to LG, which’s got to be more important.

There’s the double cam, yet another model of it – the single LG left it the same was in between the G5 and also V20 as well as we now have variation 3. The specifications are for the marketing team to collaborate with however ultimately, the V30’s key shooter takes excellent images with its 1/6 of a stop brighter lens than the competitors.

In the top rate, the ultra wide-angle camera is still just found on LG phones while others are exploring telephoto/portrait/bokeh settings or black and also white digital photography. Kudos to LG for more refining it, even though no one is really taking on them on this set (a reality that at least one customer over here can not appear to comprehend).

The OLED display screen reenters LG’s phone lineup after last making a look on the G Flex2 some three years back. So there, the V30 is staying true to LG. As well as even if the V30’s screen isn’t rather up there with Samsung’s Super AMOLEDs, it’s rather close.

Battery life ended up quite great, with last firmware including valuable minutes where required, and taking some where there was plenty to spare. Superb voice telephone call and video clip playback long life are enhanced by decent numbers when browsing the internet producing a strong general result.

LG V30 key examination searchings for

Noteworthy choices

In the pasts of the V10 and V20, we would certainly state that top of this checklist should be the existing Samsung Galaxy Note. Well, no, not with the V30. It’s your option of Galaxy S8 or S8+ primarily depending on where you stand on pocketability. The S8 proper will certainly get you one of the most of that – its slim body is the easiest to manage solitarily. The S8+’s battery must last you one of the most if your use leans towards web surfing. The V30 has two cameras on the back. The S8 is one of the most cost effective, yet provide the V30 a number of months, as well as it can arrive.

You could, of course, choose the G6 and that’ll net you an in a similar way doing dual electronic camera at a portion of the price of a V30. Well, the G6’s chipset isn’t as effective, and battery life is actually mainly worse, however you can’t really defeat the G6 in the bang for dollar metric.

OnePlus’ upgraded 5T currently uses a 6-inch 18:9 screen and still features a lot much more RAM than the V30. OP’s latest does not have water resistance and also a memory port, and its dual camera is difficult to advise. It’s substantially more affordable, though.

HTC hopped on the tall screen bandwagon with the U11+. Possibly not as budget friendly as the OP, however still less expensive than the V30, the HTC U11+ has a whole lot going all out – simply one cam, but a rather amazing one, stereo speakers with a great deal of Boom, a higher-res selfie webcam. The U11+’s display screen is dimmer than the V30’s, battery life isn’t as great on the whole, and the HTC’s glossy back can be either a professional or a disadvantage, relying on your individual preference.

The Nokia 8 packs three 13MP electronic cameras as well as it can even shoot 4K video with the front one. It can likewise take monochrome stills, while the V30 can do neither. The V30 has the ultra-wide-angle cam on its side, better security versus the elements, a great deal more display screen in the same-sized body. Once more, the V30 is the more expensive phone.

The Friend 10 Pro has a double electronic camera of its very own, a shade+monochrome setup vs. the V30’s regular+ultra large – each phone takes fantastic pictures, it’s just that one can do black and also white, the various other enjoys weird perspectives. This alone can resolve it for some but there are various other bits also – the Friend has a higher-res selfie web cam, and also its battery will last you a lot longer in internet browsing, however the V30 has the sharper display screen – 1440p vs. 1080p. There’s no 3.5 mm jack on the 10 Pro, no card slot, and also no FM radio either – and all of these can be located on the V30.

Last decision

The LG V30 might have easily been a G6s or something – it’s that close to an incremental upgrade to the G6 and that away from the original V-series concept. But hey, it’s LG regrouping at its best and also the V30 has actually ended up so extremely well. It’s got one of the most important boxes checked (among them double-checked in a distinct means) and we can see people going to the stores. Perhaps not right away – the launch rates sound quite steep, but in a number of months that must change.

  • Technology: GSM / HSPA / LTE
  • 2G bands: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2 (dual-SIM model only)
  • 3G bands: HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1800 / 1900 / 2100
  • 4G bands: LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700), 13(700), 17(700), 20(800), 28(700), 38(2600)
  • Speed: HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (4CA) Cat16 1024/150 Mbps
  • GPRS: Class 33
  • EDGE: Class 33
  • Launch
  • Announced: 2017, August
  • Status: Available. Released 2017, September
  • Body
  • Dimensions: 151.7 x 75.4 x 7.3 mm (5.97 x 2.97 x 0.29 in)
  • Weight: 158 g (5.57 oz)
  • Build: Front/back glass (Gorilla Glass 5), aluminum frame
  • Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
  • – IP68 dust/water proof (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
    – MIL-STD-810G compliant
  • Display
  • Type: P-OLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
  • Size: 6.0 inches, 92.9 cm2 (~81.2% screen-to-body ratio)
  • Resolution: 1440 x 2880 pixels, 18:9 ratio (~537 ppi density)
  • Multitouch: Yes
  • Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass 5
  • – Dolby Vision/HDR10 compliant
    – Always-on display
    – LG UX 6.0+
  • Platform
  • Android 7.1.2 (Nougat), upgradable to Android 8.0 (Oreo)
  • Chipset: Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 (10 nm)
  • Octa-core (4×2.45 GHz Kryo & 4×1.9 GHz Kryo)
  • Adreno 540
  • Memory
  • Card slot: microSD, up to 512 GB (dedicated slot) – single-SIM modelmicroSD, up to 512 GB (uses SIM 2 slot) – dual-SIM model
  • Internal: 128 GB, 4 GB RAM (V30+) or 64 GB, 4 GB RAM (V30)
  • Main Camera
  • Dual: 16 MP, f/1.6, 30mm (wide), 1.0m, 3-axis OIS, PDAF & laser AF
    13 MP, f/1.9, 12mm (ultrawide), no AF
  • Features: LED flash, HDR, panorama
  • Video: 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30/60fps, 720p@120fps, 24-bit/192kHz stereo sound rec., HDR video
  • Selfie camera
  • Single: 5 MP, f/2.2, 22mm (wide), 1/5″, 1.12m
  • Video: 1080p@30fps
  • Sound
  • Alert types: Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
  • Loudspeaker: Yes
  • 3.5mm jack: Yes
  • – 32-bit/192kHz audio
    – B&O Play certified
    – 24-bit/48kHz audio recording
    – Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
  • Comms
  • WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot
  • Bluetooth: 5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX HD
  • Yes
  • Radio: Stereo FM radio with RDS
  • 3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector (PowerDelivery 2.0)
  • Features
  • Sensors: Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, color spectrum
  • Messaging: SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
  • Browser: HTML5
  • – Fast battery charging: 50% in 36 min (Quick Charge 3.0)
    – Wireless charging 10W
    – MP4/DviX/XviD/H.265/WMV player
    – MP3/WAV/FLAC/eAAC+/WMA player
    – Photo/video editor
    – Document editor
  • Battery
  • Non-removable Li-Po 3300 mAh battery
  • Misc
  • Colors: Aurora Black, Cloud Silver, Moroccan Blue, Lavender Violet, Raspberry Rose
  • Price: About 420 EUR
  • Tests
  • Performance: Basemark OS II: 2701 / Basemark OS II 2.0: 2705Basemark X: 36704
  • Display: Contrast ratio: 207000 (nominal), 4.022 (sunlight)
  • Camera: Photo / Video
  • Loudspeaker: Voice 66dB / Noise 72dB / Ring 84dB
  • Audio quality: Noise -93.2dB / Crosstalk -94.2dB
  • Battery life: Endurance rating 93h
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