The LG V30+ has finally landed on our shores after it was first launched roughly a month ago in the US. However, with competitors unveiling their flagships smartphones just weeks apart, what does the LG G30+ have to offer? Here’s our first look at the LG V30+.
Weighing at only 158g, the V30+ is the lightest 6-inch smartphone and over category in the market, and it is thinner and shorter than its predecessor, the LG V20. Holding it feels comfortable, which is comparable to the LG G6, even though it has a much bigger body.
The looks and specifications
The V30+ is covered in glass on the front and back, and it does bring out the classy look that a premium smartphone should have. The sides are curved, but it is not as curvy as the Samsung flagship models. To be honest, this is a plus point for people who have issues with accidentally touching the side controls while watching videos on their smartphone.
The V30+ is rocking a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset, 4GB of RAM, 128 GB of onboard storage (expandable up to 2TB), an 18:9 QuadHD+ OLED FullVision Display at 2880 x 1440 resolution and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
According to LG, the QHD+ OLED FullVision display is not only gorgeous to indulge your shows on but it also “offers faster response time with minimal afterimages when viewing an action-packed movie or playing a game with quick movements.”
The V30+ is running on the Android 7.1.2 Nougat, but the software upgrade to the Android 8.0 Oreo should be on its way.
At the front of the V30+ is a 5MP wide-angle F2.2 camera, which is excellent for selfie and wefie. But the real magic is at the back of the V30+. The rear dual camera sports a 16MP F1.6 Crystal Clear Lens and a 13MP F1.9 wide-angle lens. With bigger apertures, consumers can expect a bokehlicious good time taking photos. LG also made some adjustment to the wide-angle lens to reduce the fish-eye effect of the images.
The V30+’s standard angle lens is “supported by Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS), Electronic Image Stabilisation (EIS) and Hybrid Auto Focus that combines both Laser Detection Auto Focus and Phase Detection Auto Focus.” This should reduce the blur that is commonly seen on the G6.
Complementing the camera is a new video mode called the Cine Video. With this new mode, LG said that users can now take high-quality videos enhanced by the cinematic hues of various movie genres, thanks to the Cine Effect and Point Zoom features.
The Cine Effect enables the user to do colour grading on the V30+ without having to transfer it to the laptop, whereas the industry-first Point Zoom feature allows users to determine where the camera should zoom in on when filming. Traditionally, we can only zoom in towards the centre of the frame. With this function, users can hold the V30+ straight while zooming into the sides of the frame.
Similar to the LG G6, the LG V30+ also has the widely lauded Hi-Fi Quad Dac embedded in the smartphone. The difference is that for the latest flagship smartphone, there are new inclusions of digital filters and sound presets.
Audiophiles will also be thrilled to know that “the LG V30+ is the first global smartphone to support Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) technology that enables the streaming of high-resolution audio.” What this means is that the “MQA captures the sound of the original studio master and folds it into a small file to make high-resolution audio easy to stream.”
Like the soon-to-be-released iPhone X, the LG V30+ too features the Face Recognition technology, which according to LG, “can unlock instantaneously using the front-facing camera and without pressing any buttons even when the phone’s display is off.”
This is something that we should try it out once we receive the review unit.
The LG V30+ is now available for you to register your interest and from 31 Oct to 17 November, you will receive a pair of BEOplay H3 earphones worth S$229 with the purchase of the LG V30+ at authorised retailers.
The V30+ is retailed at S$1,098 and will be available from 2 December. Colours available are Aurora Black, Lavender Violet, Moroccan Blue and Silver.
- Chipset: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835 Mobile Platform
- Display: 6.0-inch 18:9 QuadHD+ OLED FullVision Display (2880 x 1440 / 538ppi)
- Memory: 4GB LPDDR4x RAM / 128GB UFS 2.0 ROM / MicroSD (up to 2TB)
- Rear Dual: 16MP Standard Angle (F1.6 / 71°) / 13MP Wide Angle (F1.9/ 120°)
- Front: 5MP Wide Angle (F2.2 / 90°)
- Battery: 3,300mAh
- Operating System: Android 7.1.2 Nougat
- Size: 151.7 x 75.4 x 7.3mm
- Weight: 158g
- Network: LTE-A 4 Band CA
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac / Bluetooth 5.0 BLE / NFC / USB Type-C 2.0 (3.1 compatible)
- Colors: Aurora Black / Cloud Silver / Moroccan Blue / Lavender Violet
- Others: IP68 Water and Dust Resistant / MIL-STD 810G Compliant / Crystal Clear Lens / 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC / HDR10 / Daydream / Google Assistant / UX 6.0+ / Voice Recognition / Face Recognition / Fingerprint Sensor / Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ 3.0 Technology / Wireless Charging
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