Like all LG V series devices, the LG V30 has the characteristic top-notch specs, powerful cameras and processing, audiophile-quality audio output, and of course, the iconic Second Screen that sets the LG-V series apart from other smartphones like the LG G-series. These features have since cultivated a strong cult following of power users, content creators and media consumers.
The LG V30’s release marks a turning point in the development of the V series. The V30 packs a punch in terms of its on-board camera – a twin camera set-up with a main 16MP camera boasting a bright F1.6 lens, the widest aperture in the industry. This allows in more light for optimised low-light performance, traditionally an area in which cameras on mobile devices suffer. Both Optical and Electronic Image Stabilisation are featured on the main camera, as well as the use of Laser Detection and Phase Detection for fast and accurate autofocusing in all light conditions.
Crystal Clear Lens technology renders images with more clarity and accuracy compared to the plastic lenses utilized on most existing mobile cameras. Distortion in the 13MP secondary wide-angle camera has been drastically improved from the V20.
A Cine Video mode now provides a plethora of videography options in a compact package, including the ability to alter colour palettes through Cine Effect and the inclusion of a Point Zoom feature. LG-Cine Log captures video with greater dynamic range to allow greater flexibility for grading during post-processing.
The LG V30 marks a departure from the trend of LCD screens, adopting a more power-efficient and vibrant 6-inch OLED Full Vision display.
The form factor is more compact than ever with a thickness of 7.3mm and weight of just 158g, the lightest amongst smartphones with display dimensions equivalent or larger. The chassis is now glass-clad, curving around the edge. With its thin bezels, the V30 is 8mm shorter and 3mm narrower from its decidedly large predecessor the V20.
Audiophiles will rejoice at the Hi-Fi Quad DAC, which has been tuned by B&O PLAY, and MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) technology, the first in the industry, that allows streaming of high-resolution audio in smaller files. A set of headphones from B&O PLAY will also be included.
The 3300mAh battery is no longer interchangeable due to IP68 water and dust resistance, and the Second Screen have now evolved into an Always On Display (AOD) and Floating Bar with shortcuts.
The LG V30 is set to be released in South Korea on the 21st of September and subsequently in other key markets.