Technology major LG launched the much-awaited Android flagship V30 Plus on December 13 in New Delhi.
The new LG V30 Plus is the top-end version of the original LG V30. The key difference between the two is the storage; the former comes with 128GB inbuilt memory, whereas the latter has 64GB.
LG V30 series is the company's first phone to boast P-OLED (Plastic- Organic Light Emitting Diode) display. One of the main aspects that make OLED trump over LCD is the superior image quality, which is capable of depicting perfect black and colours with greater accuracy across a wider colour spectrum.
It sports a huge 6.0-inch QHD+ (1440 x 2880) OLED screen with 4.15 million pixels. In addition to proprietary FullVision display technology, company has claimed to have implemented optimal image algorithms on this OLED display to deliver 148 percent of the sRGB colour space for digital images and 109 percent of the DCI (Digital Cinema Initiative)-P3 colour space for digital cinema.
Another praiseworthy attribute of OLED technology is operational response time, which is said to be tens times faster than LCD. The accelerated response time effectively eliminates afterimages, an important consideration for action movies and VR. And with support for HDR10 and Google Daydream VR platform, it guarantees immersive and expansive cinematic visual experience on the V30.
Furthermore, LG V30 series boasts military-level-durability MIL-STD-810G certification and is capable of handling wide-range of environment conditions that include: low pressure for altitude testing; exposure to high and low temperatures plus temperature shock (both operating and in storage); rain (including wind blown and freezing rain); humidity, fungus, salt fog for rust testing; sand and dust exposure; explosive atmosphere; leakage; acidic atmosphere, acceleration; shock and transport shock; gunfire vibration; and random vibration.
It also comes with IP68 water-and-dust resistant certification, which means that LG V30 users can take it for a dip in the swimming pool, provided it is not less than five feet and for close to 30 minutes.
The praiseworthy attribute of the new LG device is the camera hardware. It is the world's first phone to boast f/1.6 aperture. With such large aperture, the V30 series camera can absorb 25 percent more light to the sensor compared to an F1.8 lens seen in rival flagship phone brands.
In a bid to improve the image and video recording quality, LG has incorporated glass-based Crystal Clear Lens to deliver greater light-collecting ability as well as better colour reproduction than a plastic lens.
In terms of camera specifications, it comes with dual-camera, one a 16MP standard shooter (F1.6 / 71-degree Field Of View: FOV) and a 13MP wide angle (F1.9/ 120-degree FOV) snapper. On the front, it houses a 5MP camera with 100-degree wide-angle lens and f/2.2 aperture.
Under-the-hood, the V30 comes packed with Snapdragon 835 octa-core, Qualcomm's latest and the most powerful CPU to date. It will be supported by 3,330mAh battery with fast charging capability, a 4GB LPDDR4x RAM and come in 64GB (as standard V30) and 128GB (as the V30+) storage options.
Other notable aspects of LG V30 Plus:
It boasts of 32-bit Advanced Hi-Fi Quad DAC powered by ESS Technology's SABRE ES9218P. It will offer digital filters and sound preset, which no other rival phone has in the market.
For those unaware, digital filters are normally seen only on expensive digital audio players. It enhances the pre and post-ringing of the impulse response with filters that can be customized to personal tastes.
LG claims that the Hi-Fi Quad DAC system of the V30 will offer users to control left and right audio signals separately.
LG V30 is also the company's first smartphone to boast face-scanner for unlocking the phone's screen. The interesting thing to note is that it can be opened instantaneously using the front-facing camera even when the phone's display is off.
LG V30 also boasts a new semi-transparent "Floating Bar". It allows for quick access to frequently used functions and can be dragged completely off the FullVision display when not needed. When powered off, the Always-on Display (AOD) can be now customised, as well. The AOD now not only shows the clock, it can also be set to display Quick Tools, Music Player or a personal photograph as well.
Furthermore, LG V30 also boasts Voice Recognition supported by Qualcomm Aqstic voice UI technology for always-on, always-listening capabilities that require very little battery power. It uses a combination of the user's voice and self-generated keywords (ideally three to five syllables combined) to unlock the V30 Plus without the need to press a button or swipe the screen.
LG V30 Plus price and availability details:
The new LG V30 Plus is exclusive to Amazon India (online) and will go on sale for Rs 44,900 from December 18 onwards.
As part of promotional sale offer, the company is giving free one-time screen replacement voucher worth Rs 12,000.
It is also offering a wireless charger worth around Rs. 3,000, and in-app Beat Fever purchases, which costs Rs 6,400 for free and is valid on device purchase till December 19.
LG V30 Plus vs competition:
With a cost-effective price-tag, feature-rich LG V30 Plus will definitely give a stiff challenge to Samsung Galaxy S8, Note8 series, Apple iPhone 8 (and 8 Plus), iPhone X and HTC U11 series.
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Key Specifications of LG V30 Plus:
|Model||LG V30 Plus|
|Display||6.0-inch QuadHD+ (2880x1440p) OLED FullVision Display with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 shield (front and back)
|OS||Android 7.1.2 Nougat OS (will get Android 8.0 Oreo soon)|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core|
|RAM||V30 & V30+ : 4GB LPDDR4x|
|Battery||3,330mAh with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 Technology and supports Wireless Charging, as well
|Network||LTE-A 4 Band CA|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac / Bluetooth 5.0 BLE / NFC (Near Field Communication) / USB Type-C 2.0 (3.1 compatible)|
|Add-ons||IP68 Water and Dust Resistant / MIL-STD 810G Compliant / Crystal Clear Lens / 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC / HDR10 / Daydream / Google Assistant / UX 6.0+ / Voice Recognition (Qualcomm Aqstic voice UI) / Face Recognition / Fingerprint Sensor|
|Dimensions||151.7 x 75.4 x 7.3mm|
|Colours||Aurora Black / Cloud Silver / Moroccan Blue / Lavender Violet|
|Price||LG V30 Plus : Rs 44,990|