After weeks of teasing, LG finally pulled the wraps off the company's new Android flagship V30 phablet series in Germany on August 31, just a day ahead of IFA (Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin) September (1-6).
Though the new LG V30 borrows the FullVision design language from the G6 series, it is bigger, faster, powerful and houses better camera hardware than the latter. The new V30 is the company's first phone to boast P-OLED (Plastic- Organic Light Emitting Diode) display. One of the key attributes that make OLED trump LCD is the superior image quality, which is capable of reproducing perfect black and colors with greater accuracy across a wider colour spectrum.
The V30 flaunts a massive 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 notable advantage of OLED technology is operational response time, which is said to be tens times faster than LCD. This 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 visual experience on the V30.
As far build quality concerned, LG V30 has passed 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.
Furthermore, it has IP68 water-and-dust resistant certification, meaning LG V30 can survive five feet underwater for close to 30 minutes only.
Another notable aspect of LG V30 is the camera hardware. It is the world's first phone to boast f/1.6 aperture. With such large aperture, LG V30 camera will be able to absorb 25 percent more light to the sensor compared to an F1.8 lens seen in rival 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.
LG V30 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 note worthy features of LG V30:
It boasts 32-bit advanced Hi-Fi Quad DAC audio system powered by ESS Technology's SABRE ES9218P. It will offer digital filters and sound presets, which no other rival phone can boast of.
For those unaware, digital filters are normally seen only in expensive digital audio players. It enhances the pre- and post-ringing of the impulse response with filters that can be customized to personal tastes and this will be for the first time, we will be seeing it in a smartphone: LG V30.
LG claims the Hi-Fi Quad DAC system of the LG 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. 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 requires 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 without the need to press a button or swipe the screen.
LG V30 series availability details:
The company has confirmed that the new LG V30 will be first made available in the home market South Korea on September 21 and later in other global markets. The price details of the device is kept under the wraps, but it is expected to be revealed during local launch events. Stay tuned.
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Key specifications of LG V30 series:
|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|
|Camera||Main dual camera: 16MP Standard Angle (F1.6 / 71°) + 13MP Wide Angle (F1.9/ 120°) with laser detection AF (Auto Focus), OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) and EIS (Electronic Image Stabilization), 4K video recordingFront: 5MP Wide Angle (F2.2 / 90°)|
|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 / Face Recognition / Fingerprint Sensor|
|Dimensions||151.7 x 75.4 x 7.3mm|