IFA 2017: LG launches V30 flagship smartphone

Friday, 01 Sep, 2017

The LG V30 is powered by a top-of-the-line Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor paired with 4GB of RAM.

LG V30 sports a MIL-STD-810G standard IP68 certified aluminum chassis with Gorilla Glass 5 panel on its rear side. Samsung has just recently launched its Galaxy Note 8, so consumers hope to see something new from its competitors.

LG V30 runs on Android 7 Nougat with LG UX 6.0+.

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.

The South Korean phone maker has set the release date for Thursday September 21st in South Korea. But now, there's a feature called Point Zoom, which allows the user to smoothly zoom in and out on a section of the frame, and Cine Video, which lets you apply filters to video, that are inspired by different genres of films. It measures 151.7mm x 75.4mm x 7.3mm making it slimmer than the V20. For improved audio experience, the smartphone supports Hi-Fi Quad DAC, which enables playback of 32-bit audio.

The LG V30 comes in Aurora Black, Cloud Silver, Moroccan Blue, and Lavender Violet Colors. You can also expand the memory upto 2TB using a microSD card. While the Android Oreo has launched and will available as first on Google Pixel is notable.

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The LG V30 features a headphone jack and the audio output from the smartphone sounds pretty good with the Quad DAC and B&O (Bang & Olufsen) Play branded speakers.

LG is also touting the V30's audio capabilities. The dual camera setup consists of a 16MP standard angle camera and a 13MP wide angle camera. The LG V30 comes after the success of V20 mobile, the last flagship device in LG's V-series. There are also a few software tricks meant to improve the camera experience, including a manual video mode for easier post-editing and progressive digital zoom with zoom-to-point. There's a Plus model that will be limited to certain regions globally, but the only discernable difference appears to be the extra storage of 128GB.

LG V30 packs a 6-inch QHD OLED Full Vision 18:9 display, however, LG has managed to decrease the footprint of the V30 as opposed to its predecessor. The LG V30, as is known for the media consumption, also has the support for Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) technology for high-resolution audio streaming.

LG released a number of video teasers for the V30 ahead of the event, shown below.

Other photography features include Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), Electronic Image Stabilisation (EIS) and Hybrid Auto Focus that combines both Laser Detection Auto Focus and Phase Detection Auto Focus. Well, this is no more and instead, the company has replaced it with an always on display and a floating bar, where you can access shortcuts to quick tasks and the music player as well, even when the screen is off. On the connectivity front one would get 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, USB and Type-C 2.0.