LG's recently unveiled Android flagship V30 Plus series is finally available for purchase in India via Amazon for Rs 44,990.
The new LG V30 Plus comes packed top-notch hardware on par with established brands such as Samsung Galaxy S8 series, Apple iPhone X (& iPhone 8, 8 Plus series), HTC U11, OnePlus 5T and Google Pixel 2 (& XL) series, among others.
But, is LG V30 Plus worth buying?
Absolutely yes! To provide better perspective, we have listed key aspects that make LG V30 a compelling purchase.
LG V30 boasts P-OLED (Plastic- Organic Light Emitting Diode) display. One of the main advantages of having OLED over LCD screen is the superior image quality. The former is capable of depicting perfect black and colours with greater accuracy across a wider colour spectrum.
Another praiseworthy aspect 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.
It sports a huge 6.0-inch FullView QHD+ (1440 x 2880) OLED screen with 4.15 million pixels. The 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.
LG V30 also boasts a new semi-transparent "Floating Bar" feature. It allows quick access to frequently used functions and can be dragged completely off the FullVision display when not needed. When switched off, the Always-on Display (AOD) can still be 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.
LG V30 Plus is one of the very few in the smartphone industry to boast high-grade durable body. It comes with 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 also comes with IP68 water-and-dust resistant certification, meaning LG V30 user can take it for a dip in the swimming pool, provided it is less than five feet and for close to 30 minutes only.
LG V30 series is the world's first tier-1 phone brand to boast f/1.6 aperture. With such large aperture, its camera can absorb 25 percent more light to the sensor compared to an F1.8 lens seen in rival phones.
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.
As far as the camera specifications are concerned, 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 houses Snapdragon 835 octa-core, Qualcomm's latest and the most powerful CPU to date. It is backed by 4GB LPDDR4x RAM, 128GB storage and a 3,330mAh battery, which is more than enough keep the phone running for a whole day under mixed usage. It also boasts fast charging capability, wherein the device can power up from zero to 50% in just 35 minutes. It also has wire-less fast charging capability (zero to 50% in 55 minutes) adding more value to the phone.
Cost of the devices plays a very important role in the minds of the customers, particularly in a price sensitive market like India. Usually, LG used to offer top-end phones with Rs 50,000 or more in the past, but surprisingly this time, it has kept the price under Rs 45,000, making LG V30 Plus affordable alternative to expensive Samsung Galaxy Note8, Apple iPhone X and iPhone 8 series.
LG V30 Plus boasts in 32-bit Advanced Hi-Fi Quad DAC 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 that the Hi-Fi Quad DAC system of the LG V30 will offers users to control left and right audio signals separately.
Besides the usual Google Assistant feature, 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 Plus without the need to press a button or swipe the screen.
LG V30 is the company's first smartphone to boast face-scanner for unlocking the phone's screen. Interesting thing to note is that it can be opened instantaneously using the front facing camera even when the phone's display is off.
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Key Specifications of LG V30 Plus:
|Model||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|
|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|