A day prior to the official IFA 2017 commencement in Berlin the most awaited event took place – LG revealed its new flagship device the LG V30. Three significant features make it the most powerful mobile phone in the world at this very moment: its 6-inch QHD+ P-OLED display with an 18:9 ratio, an exceptional glass finish which includes the IP68 certificate in a very slim and light body along with MIL-STD-810G robustness and, what is most important – an impressive dual camera with f/1.6 and f/1.9 apertures, securing a record-breaking standard for image sensor light sensitivity, as well as an outstandingly great dynamic range on photographs and video recordings.
Revealing the V30 model, LG singled out the camera, including the dramatically advanced video recording options, clearly convinced that this indeed is one of the best mobile phone cameras. The camera setup includes one having a wider and the other a narrower shooting angle. The later has f/1.6 aperture, 16 megapixels, three-axis optical image stabilization (OIS), phase detection and laser auto focus. The wide-angle camera has a maximum resolution of 13 mega pixels and f/1.9, which is an important improvement compared to the previous model’s f/2.4 secondary camera. LG representatives claim that a greater dynamic range has been secured largely due to both of the camera lenses being made of glass, not plastic.
As it uses two color cameras with various shooting angles and a relatively great resolution, LG V30 indeed offers shooting buffs vast creative possibilities – greater than rival models with a different dual camera setup. For instance, the Point Zoom option is rather practical as it enables the user to zoom in towards any focus point touched on the screen while shooting a video, not necessarily towards the center of the viewing angle. Similarly, LG has built in predefined creative filters into the recording software that are appropriate for different situations, making anyone much better at recording than they would be otherwise.
Apart from the camera which aims to be the best camera on the market, another particularity about LG V30 is its impressive glass unibody finish. The device is smaller and lighter than its predecessor, despite a larger display diagonal (due to the reduced bezel and more height, of course). It seems exceptionally light when held in hand – much lighter than what is expected from a 6-inch phone. It is indeed quite slippery and does not secure a promising grip due to its glass back and rounded edges; however, this is why LG has certified the device according to the previously-mentioned MIL-STD-810G specification for drop tests, not to mention the fact that it is water and dust-proof. Credits for this go to Gorilla Glass 5, which covers both the front and rear surfaces of the phone.
The frame has been crafted out of aluminum and the front surface does not include a Home key or capacitive control keys (which make up a part of the user interface) – because of the display that takes up 81.2 percent of the surface, or the famous secondary display which was previously seen in LG’s V series. Those options secured by that secondary display are now available with the so-called Floating Bar, which can be set up on the only remaining screen as a part of the interface. There is plenty of room for this practical addition with a 6-inch diagonal.
It is usual practice for LG that the back surface includes the Home key with a fingerprint sensor, situated just under the dual camera, along with the B&O logo. This means that the device comes with Bang & Olufsen headphones with active noise reduction, DAC and Acoustic Overload Point microphones because LG wants the V30 to also be the best phone in the world for music playback, not just for recording videos and taking photographs. It also includes a 3.5-mm audio jack, which the South Korean manufacturer is not planning to get rid of … even if Apple isn’t listening.
During the reveal, LG representatives declared they were seriously switching to P-OLED displays with the V30 model (clearly, the G7 will also include it and perhaps the mid-range models as well), which, in today’s time of exceptionally sharp displays with great quality, irrelevant of their manufacturing technology – is still a device’s more significant trend-setting element and important market diversification for LG because it is much slimmer and less demanding power-wise than most other display types on the market. Of course, the imaging is outstandingly impressive and compared to OLED screens LG used on the Flex model – has far better quality, a more sustainable contrast, rich, saturated colors and exceptional sharpness.
LG V30 and Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
The 18:9 ratio with nearly nonexistent rims on the left and right side will clearly become a flagship standard, as successfully imposed by both South Korean giants this year. The difference compared to Samsung’s device is that LG V30 does not have rounded edges, however, the point of this side ratio, practical effects and the premium feeling they provide when held in hand are more or less the same. In addition, when it comes to its size, the device sits somewhere between the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus, as it resembles it more than the LG G6, which also has a 18:9 screen. Considering its features, top specifications and the overall impressive feeling, it is clear that LG is even going against the Galaxy Note 8 with this product.
Finally … the battery. LG has managed to place a 3300 mAh battery in such an elegant body, which is not that thrilling for a 6-inch phone, but it does have Quick Charge 3.0, enabling it a 50-percent recharge in 30 minutes, as well as Qnovo battery capacity preservation technology during charging cycles, which only Sony’s Xperias had to offer until now. The LG V30 will surely be one of the biggest hits of this year’s IFA show and one of the best mobile phones we will have the opportunity of seeing this fall. Some will not like the fact that it comes with ‘just’ 4 GB of RAM; however, LG has also revealed the V30+ with 6 GB of RAM for those who love splitting hairs.