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