LG V30 – Is this LG’s way back to stardom?

The LG V30 was unveiled at IFA 2017 yesterday and it looks like the real deal!

Here’s what we know so far.

Performance LG V30 image 2

The LG V30 uses the Snapdragon 835 chipset which is the best chipset out there at this time, this is a better chipset than the LG G6 which is already an improvement, specs alone this could compete with the Samsung Galaxy S8. The V30 also has 4GB of RAM so multitasking will be done with a breeze, it also makes the rest of the phone quick and responsive. Quick charge 3.0 makes an appearance meaning 50% in half an hour, which really is impressive. It also features a quad DAC inside which makes even average music files sound fantastic (Not sure if this will be in the UK version as LG can be funny).

The LG V30’s performance was great, on par with all the other flagship phones out there at this current time, the quad DAC is an extra bonus which will make music more enjoyable!

Design 
LG V30 image 1

Credit – BGR

The LG V30 design is a lot different than the typical V-line from LG, the V-line was well known for its second small display but not on this device. Sticking with the current trend, it has smashed the bezels away and gone for a 6-inch display! What makes this more impressive is that it’s smaller than the LG V20 while having a bigger display. The display is a 6-inch P-OLED panel with a QHD+ 2,880 x 1,440 resolution, making it nearly on par with the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 while having an IP68 rating. It measures at 151.7 x 75.4 x 7.3 mm and weighs only 158 grams. This does make it wider than the Note 8 however but it does make it easier to hold, especially with the curved glass back. The finger print scanner has stuck in the same place, right in the centre of the back panel which makes it easier than Samsungs weird placement. USB-C makes an appearance (as expected) along with a Micro-SD sand a SIM tray on the side.

The LG V30 is a beautiful phone, all glass (Gorilla Glass 5) and nearly no bezel. Definitely one of the nicest looking phones out there, which goes hand in hand with its size which is the mid point between the Galaxy S8 and S8+.

Camera 

The main selling point of this remarkable phone

The LG V30s camera has been touted as the best smartphone camera on the market and it’s not hard to see why. It has a dual camera set up with the main camera boasting 16MP with a f/1.6 aperture which is the widest there has been on a smartphone to date. The second camera is a wide angle camera which has 13MP with a f/1.9 aperture. This is definitely the main selling point of this remarkable phone, the camera is out of this world compared to others. The front camera (Selfie) is only 5MP with a f/2.2 aperture, which is quite disappointing but it does take some decent selfies. While most other cameras either go with telephoto or monochrome (or both) LG sticks to the wide angle camera, with great effect! LG has also added features to make the photos even better with professional colour grading which will give it professional standard contrast etc, it also allows you to shift the Cine Log straight to adobe premiere which is brilliant for video makers! To top that off, LG has joined forces with Graphy to help users learn how to use the manual mode to get the best shots and videos.

We didn’t have time to test it thoroughly but just with the short time you knew straight away how good the camera really is! Definitely, its main selling point and it is a phenomenal piece of tech!

Hands on opinion

I really do believe that LG has tried to take it straight to the Note 8 and show it that they are still there, they have definitely done a great job. The Snapdragon 835 LG debut is an extra bonus but this could be the one for LG, easily. Looks to be one of the best (if not the best) smartphone of 2017. We will have to wait and see for its full release before we can pass proper judgement though.