Successor to the LG V20, which was the first non-Google phone to run Android Nougat, the LG V30 was announced this morning in Berlin at the IFA tradeshow. Highlights include a 6in 18:9 FullVision OLED screen, a large-aperture dual-camera, Hi-Fi Quad DAC and the powerful Snapdragon 835 processor.
When is the LG V30 release date?
Rumours were a little off about the release date as it will arrive a week earlier than expected on 21 September. However, that's in South Korea with other key markets to follow later, including North America, Asia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
As with a lot of phones now, there will be a 128GB V30+ model but this will be limited to certain markets.
The LG V30 will be available in Aurora Black, Cloud Silver, Moroccan Blue and Lavender Violet.
How much does the LG V30 cost?
Pricing has not yet been confirmed, though it is rumoured to come in at around $699 - likely £699 in the UK.
LG is running a competition to win a V30 and it's been spotted in the small-print that the phone is worth $749. That's actually not bad so we're hoping this does end up being the final price.
LG V30 features and specifications
We knew a number of the LG V30's features ahead of the event. For instance, we knew that it would be the first smartphone to feature a plastic OLED FullVision display. This is a QHD+ (1440x2880) display with a fast response time and minimal afterimages, making it a great device to also support Google Daydream. (Also see LG V30 vs LG G6.)
The display measures 6in, though the V30 has a smaller body than the V20 thanks to significantly reduced top- and bottom bezels - the V30 is 8mm shorter and 3mm narrower than its predecessor, just 7.3mm thick and 158g in weight. This makes it one of the lightest phones of this size.
The 'second screen' we saw on the V20 is now a floating bar in the V30, giving quick access to frequently used functions. It can be dragged offscreen when not required. The Always-On Display has also been upgraded, and as well as the time it can now optionally show Quick Tools, Music Player or a personal photo.
The V30 ships with LG's enhanced UX 6.0+, which LG says has been optimised to work even better with the immersive 18:9 OLED FullVision display while offering more personalisation options for a more intuitive user experience.
Google Assistant is also bundled, and supports commands specific to the V30, such as "Ok Google, take a romantic Cine Video" or "Ok Google, take a wide-angle selfie."
We also knew that the V30 has a dual-camera, in common with many recent flagship phones, though this one has the largest aperture of all at f/1.6 on its 16Mp lens. This is complemented with a crystal clear glass lens, laser autofocus, and both optical - and electronic image stabilisation.
LG has now confirmed that the second lens in this setup is a 13Mp wide-angle camera that has two-thirds less edge distortion than in the V20. It also says there's a new Cine Video mode that has Cine Effect and Point Zoom features. The latter allows smooth zooming in on a subject, regardless of its position in the frame, while Cine Effect offers 15 movie-look presets.
Graphy is a new feature within the camera’s Manual Mode, letting you choose from among a portfolio of professional shots and then apply those metadata presets to their own photos. You can create GIFs from the Gallery menu, and a Create Movie option lets you stitch together photos and/or video files into a moving image.
There's a new LG-Cine Log file type too, which can preserve a wide dynamic range and colour gamut, with more accurate image details.
You can use face recognition with the 5Mp front camera or voice recognition to unlock the phone even when the display is in standby mode, but there's also a fingerprint scanner on the rear.
LG also told us ahead of the unveiling that the V30 features a 32-bit Advanced Hi-Fi Quad DAC powered by ESS Technology’s SABRE ES9218P. It has two new features - digital filters and sound presets - and offers more customisable options than the original Hi-Fi Quad DAC. It's also the first phone to support MQA tech for streaming high-res audio, and it will ship with B&O Play earphones.
Some new features and specifications confirmed at the event that we didn't know in advance include the core hardware. The V30 is fitted with the Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage and microSD support up to 256GB. A 3,300mAh battery supports wired- and wireless charging, and Quick Charge 3.0 support can get you to 50 percent in just 30 minutes.
Of course we also got to see the final design, which is tough and durable with IP68 waterproofing, Gorilla Glass 5 front and rear and an 'H-Beam structure' metal frame. There's also a a heat pipe and a cooling pad to dissipate heat.
|Display||6in 18:9 Quad-HD+ (2880x1440, 538ppi) OLED FullVision display, Gorilla Glass 5|
|Operating system||Android Nougat 7.1.2 with UX 6.0+ and Google Assistant|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 835|
|Storage||64GB UFS 2.0, microSD up to 2TB|
|Cameras||16Mp f/1.6 + 13Mp f/1.9 dual-camera, 5Mp selfie camera|
|Connectivity||802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, USB-C|
|Other||IP68, MIL-STD 810G compliant, 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC, face/voice/fingerprint recognition|
|Battery||3,300mAh, wired and wireless charging, Quick Charge 3.0|
LG V30 videos
LG released a number of video teasers for the V30 ahead of the event, shown below. There's also the design video which is embedded at the top of this page.