LG V30+

LG’s top-of-the-line smart­phone means se­ri­ous per­for­mance, pow­er­ful au­dio

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LG goes all-in with their lat­est flag­ship de­vice

Just like Sam­sung’s Galaxy S and Galaxy Note se­ries, LG too pushes out two flag­ship de­vices now un­der its G Se­ries and V Se­ries. LG re­cently an­nounced a new ad­di­tion to its V se­ries the V30+, which we try to find out this month to see if it has got enough to take on the com­pe­ti­tion.

DE­SIGN

Over the years, LG has it­er­ated its smart­phone de­sign to make it prac­ti­cal and V30+ is a good ex­am­ple. You won’t find a curved screen like in Sam­sung phones but the V30+ brings in thin­ner bezels, larger dis­play and a phone that’s com­fort­able to hold and use. The V30+ is dom­i­nated by the glass that takes the whole front, thanks to the Ful­lVi­sion dis­play along with the back, for aes­thet­ics that looks nice but is a fin­ger­print mag­net. If we com­pare the phone with its pre­de­ces­sor, the V30+ is 8mm shorter and

3mm nar­rower. It’s 7.3mm in thick­ness and weighs 158g, mak­ing it one of the light­est phones with a dis­play size of 6-inches and over.

The fin­ger­print scan­ner po­si­tion re­mains un­changed, which is at the back and it dou­bles up as a home/power but­ton, vol­ume keys are on the left-hand side, a hy­brid SIM slot on the right and the USB Type-C port and

3.5mm head­phone jack on the bot­tom and top re­spec­tively.

LG has made sure the phone is durable and tough. The phone is IP68 cer­ti­fied that gives the V30+ re­sis­tance against dust and wa­ter and has also passed 14 US mil­i­tary tests to gain the US MIL-STD 810G com­pli­ance.

PER­FOR­MANCE

There was a time when any­thing over 5.5-inches for a dis­play was con­sid­ered big. But the gen­eral ac­cep­tance to­wards larger-sized dis­play has grown over the years, largely be­cause com­pa­nies started to cram them in com­pact form fac­tors. The V30+ also comes with a 6-inch dis­play in a body that is com­pact and eas­ily pock­etable. It’s an OLED Ful­lVi­sion panel that has an as­pect ra­tio of 18:9 with QHD+ res­o­lu­tion

(2880x1440) and pixel den­sity of 538ppi. The re­sult is a sharp dis­play with crisp text, deep blacks and lots of cus­tomi­sa­tion to im­prove the over­all pic­ture. The phone al­lows tweak­ing the dis­play res­o­lu­tion to FHD+

(2160x1080) or HD+ (1440x720) to help with the bat­tery life.

More­over, the phone also al­lows you to ad­just the colour tem­per­a­ture de­pend­ing on what you want to do the most (movies, pho­tos or web) or you can in­di­vid­u­ally cus­tomise RGB val­ues to make the colour tem­per­a­ture cooler or warmer.

LG was one of the first to bring Al­ways-on dis­play so it’s not sur­pris­ing to see the handy fea­ture present in the V30+. LG of­fers some cus­tomi­sa­tion here as well.

If we peek un­der the hood, the V30+ fea­tures the lat­est Snap­dragon 835 and 4GB RAM. Sure, we’ve got de­vices with 6GB and 8GB RAM but it seems to be an overkill when 4GB RAM is more than enough for a well-op­ti­mised de­vice like the V30+. De­spite LG’s cus­tomised user in­ter­face run­ning atop An­droid 7.1 Nougat, the phone is but­tery smooth with no signs of slow­ing down.

The phone also sup­ports Google Day­dream that al­lows to en­joy high-qual­ity VR with the Day­dream sup­ported head­set.

The V30+’s fin­ger­print scan­ner is quick and ac­cu­rate and also sup­ports Face Un­lock, in ad­di­tion to KnockOn. Face Un­lock is un­der­stand­ably less se­cure than what Ap­ple is of­fer­ing with the iPhone X but it is quick to un­lock the phone.

The 3300mAh bat­tery is good enough to last a day and sup­ports Qual­comm’s Quick Charge 3.0 technology as well as wire­less charg­ing.

LG has been in­te­grat­ing dual cam­eras at the back for quite some time and V30+ also comes with a dual cam­era setup. At the back, you’ll find a 16MP f/1.6 stan­dard an­gle lens along with a 13MP f/1.9 wide an­gle lens. The end re­sult is sat­is­fy­ing with good colours and sharp de­tails when shot in day­light. The f/1.6 aper­ture is slightly bet­ter but we found the low-light pho­tos to be on par with what the com­pe­ti­tion of­fers on their flag­ship de­vices. In­ter­est­ingly, the phone does not have a ded­i­cated por­trait mode.

On the video side, the phone is ca­pa­ble of shoot­ing up to 4K videos and even comes with some nifty tricks up its sleeve. There’s a Cine Video mode that in­te­grates live ef­fects and point zoom akin to pro­fes­sional video shoot­ing.

Au­dio is an­other area where V30+ shines. It is equipped with a Hi-Fi Quad DAC that sup­ports 32-bit au­dio and comes with four sound pre­sets and three dig­i­tal fil­ters.

CON­CLU­SION

V30+ is a re­ally good up­grade from LG and if you’re look­ing for some se­ri­ous per­for­mance along with good au­dio and bat­tery life, V30+ is the phone to go for.

PRICE `44,990 URL lg.com/in DI­MEN­SIONS 151.7x75.4x7.3mm WEIGHT

158g DIS­PLAY 6.0-inch 18:9 QuadHD+ OLED Ful­lVi­sion Dis­play (2880 x 1440 /

538ppi) CPU Snap­dragon 835 RAM 4GB STOR­AGE 128GB OS An­droid Nougat CAM­ERA 16MP+13MP wide-an­gle (Rear),

5MP (Front) MI­CROSD SLOT Yes DUALSIM Yes with VoLTE sup­port BAT­TERY

3300mAh IP68 CER­TI­FIED Yes

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