LG yesterday officially announced its follow up to the fantastic but overlooked V20 from last year with some changes and, as always, some upgrades with the LG V30. There’s a lot to love in this new phone, especially in its upgrades, but there are also some changes that could lose some die hard fans of the V-series. Here’s what you need to know.
The screen is one of the biggest changes and in my opinion an upgrade with LG giving in and going full OLED. The LG V30 now sports a 6-inch 2880×1440 FullVisionTM HDR screen in the same 18:9 aspect ratio of the G6. This new curved edge screen is P-OLED to help prevent shattering as easily and uses Gorilla Glass 5 on the outside.
LG lost the second screen on the V series but tried to keep the features through software featuring a floating bar. There is now a bubble that once activated expands into a floating bar offering many of the same features. Unlike the second screen, this floating bar is not restricted to the very top of the phone and can be moved around. Making it much more useful in my opinion than a bar at the top of the screen I couldn’t reach with one hand.
Dropping the Replaceable Battery
While they were changing things LG also dropped the removable battery which is sure to be the biggest complaint from their fans. In doing so LG was able to replace it with a glass back similar to the G6, and as a result added wireless charging and made it IP68 water and dust resistant. Included on this beautiful new all glass back is the same dual camera setup we’ve become accustomed to from LG, along with the fingerprint scanner power button combo. In addition to unlocking with your fingerprint, LG now provides two more ways to unlock your phone through the use of facial recognition and voice recognition.
While it has a more refined look and smaller camera bump, it is not the same setup from the LG G6. This time the cameras aren’t matched, but both sensors get major upgrades over past flagships from LG. The 16MP main shooter uses an amazing f/1.6 aperture and OIS, while the secondary ultra wide camera is only 13MP with an f/1.9 aperture and no OIS. Around on the front of the phone is the 5MP selfie camera with an f/2.2 aperture.
The V series has always been about creating content and LG didn’t forget about this while they were making changes and upgrades. This year the video camera comes with an all new Cine Video option. For all the filmmakers out there this should be familiar as it is used in order to color grade and add effects to your videos. LG has included presets that act much like the photo filters for your camera, allowing you to add the right mood to your videos. LG didn’t forget about audio capture either utilizing three microphones and even the phones amplifier to help cut down on clipping.
Inside the LG V30 is packing similar specs to most other flagships on the market, with a Snapdragon 835, 4GB of RAM, and 64 or 128GB of storage with a microSD card slot for expansion. The new non-replaceable battery to keep you going all day weighs in at 3300mAh and supports Quick Charge 3.0 and wireless charging. The V30 will launch running Android 7.1.2 with LG’s UX 6.0+ skin in tow.
Fortunately, while LG was changing things up they left the headphone jack in and kept all the video and audio prowess that the V series is known for. The new DAC in the V30 is a 32-bit Advanced Hi-Fi Quad DAC powered by ESS’s Sabre ES9218P. This includes support for MQA streaming an audio format used to deliver music at high quality.