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LG V30 price, release date, specs and rumors

Update: Official press renders leaked

According to LG's road map, the Korean company plans to release two flagship phones every year. The first half of the year traditionally sees the release of a high end G series smartphone, while the later half of the year aims at catching the masses with the V series. Press renders of the device have just been leaked.

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LG V30: release date

In accordance with previous rumors, including one from ETNews, it seems that LG will be unveiling its latest V series smartphone at IFA this year, as it has just sent out save-the-date invitations for August 31 in Berlin. The invitations feature a large letter V in the background, so this launch date is a sure thing. Taking place in the German capital again this September, IFA is Europe's largest consumer electronics trade show, and the V30 will be making its debut a day before the event begins on September 1.

The device is expected to be released in South Korea first, with 64 GB of internal storage for around the equivalent of $699.

LG V30: camera

LG's upcoming flagship will be the first camera on the market to come with f/1.6 aperture (for reference the Galaxy S8 came with f/1.7, as did the HTC U11). It will also incorporate two new effects called Cine Video and Live Zoom, which should be some fun additions.

Through the camera app, LG wants to offer its users an even closer experience to DSLR. It will be bringing users extra control of the photos they take with some features called LG-Log and Graphy. These will show specific logging and a histogram like many DSLRs do.

LG V30: design

The reliable leaker Evan Blass has shared what appear to be official press renders of the LG V30. These reveal a design that mirrors and magnifies the design of the G6. It's expected to have a 6-inch screen, and these renders seem to show a FullVision display with thin bezels and an 18:9 aspect ratio. There's no power button on the sides, so the fingerprint scanner will likely double as the power button, like on the V20 before it. Notably absent is the secondary display the V series is known for. This render seems to confirm the validity of device shown the video below.

Finally, we know what the LG V30 will look like. The latest video leak has allowed us a sneak peek. The video shows the phone from all angles, and was only up for a short while before being promptly taken down. 

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A sneak peek at the LG V30. / © Hitrecords

It would seem to look quite similar to the LG G6; it has a large bezel-less display and a similar rounded shape. It merges metal and glass for a really sleek finish, and it looks really good. Unlike the first two phones in the V series (V10 and V20), the V30 doesn't have a secondary display but instead, it has a P-OLED display and no longer LCD with a ratio of 2:1. 

LG V30: display

Great news has arrived for LG fans who have been jealous of the AMOLED displays of Samsung's smartphones. According to an announcement from LG, the company's next major smartphone will feature its first OLED FullVision display. That means the upcoming LG V30 will not have an LCD display, as is standard for the brand, but a plastic (P-OLED) display instead. Pixels will be on a plastic substrate that's even stronger than glass, then covered by Gorilla Glass 5. 

In addition to "perfect" black and white colors, a wide color spectrum will be delivered with 148 percent of the sRGB color space for digital images. LG says that burn-in won't be an issue due to advanced encapsulation and pixel-scanning technology. Plus, response time will be tens of times faster than LCD, making these OLED displays better for VR.

It shouldn't really come as a surprise to many that LG is finally switching to OLED panels for the LG V30, seeing as the company produces them en masse for its flatscreen TVs. LG had already used OLED displays for the G Flex and the G Flex 2, but these were never intended to be mass consumer phones.

So why the switch? Well, it turns out that IPS panels aren't fast enough for VR applications and Google's Daydream standard. LG doesn't want to miss out on this development so they've opted for the display technology switch. The V30 will also take over the unusual aspect ratio of the G6 (18:9 FullVision), which would mean we could see a similar design note as well.

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The LG V20 was quite exotic - will the V30 be more mainstream?  © AndroidPIT

LG V30: technical specs

Benchmark scores

The LG V30 has just been spotted on the benchmarking site GeekBench. While the LG G6, somewhat disappointingly, had a Snapdragon 821 processor, these benchmark scores show that the V30 will have the Snapdragon 835 expected of most 2017 flagships. It will also have a fairly standard 4 GB of RAM, as opposed to the more ambitious, if not strictly necessary, 6 GB of RAM found in the OnePlus 5 or Xiaomi Mi 6. The device tested was running Android 7.1.2. Given that the launch is only a month away, these specs seem like a safe bet.

Replacable battery

It's unclear if LG will continue the dying out trend of including the feature of having a replaceable battery. Almost every single high-end smartphone has killed off the replaceable battery, including LG's latest flagship the G6.

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MIL-STD-810G certification

The LG V20 was a highly praised phone, not just because of its replaceable battery but also because of its solid build quality and US Military standard MIL-STD-810G certification. The G6 has passed similar tests and had received the same certification, so we can deduct that the V30 will continue the trend of being a very "robust" phone.

Unfortunately, there aren't any further technical specs that have found their way into our hands or online. From what we've heard and seen though, its more than likely that the V30 will be on par - at least in technical spec terms - to the Google Pixel, Moto Z or Axon 7. The reasoning? These are currently the only Daydream ready smartphones.  

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  • Michael K 2 months ago

    I can't see a reason to stay with LG if they make the V30 with a non removable battery. If they put a big battery that will last a long time, I might consider it.

  • Justin Berry 2 months ago

    The removable battery, IPS display, and IR blaster were the main selling points that got me to buy the V20. I hope they don't turn the V series into another disposable phone.

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  • Hopefully the battery stays removable. Sometimes i switch it twice a day. And after two years you have to change them to new ones. The new design looks pretty.

  • All the same Samsung s8 remains the best smartphone of this year

  • So basically what LG have done if they get rid of the uniqueness, have created more of what the LG6 should of been, and a hardware updated version of that..... Wow will LG customers be pissed.

    • Yes, but in 6 months or less we will have a great LG 5.7" phone (Ok...with the dumb 2:1 screen probably) that will be about $400 to $450 with another awesome camera. Hate the loss of the removable battery, but I'll have to get a battery case instead.

    • Ian, yes there will be a lot of irate LG fans without the removable battery and secondary display. These will be bad decisions on their part!

      • Secondary display will stay. Just done with software instead of separate display. This should be okay because you can use the bigger display.

  • Mark
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    1 month ago Link to comment

    LG took everything great about the V20 and put in the trash can for the V30. This is going to be an epic fail. V20 her I come

  • So their talking glass & wireless. That's all fine & dandy but I would be more concerned with the size of the battery. If not removable why not a 4000mamp one. The slide out tray has me very confused. Who wants it??

  • Why would anyone need removable battery?

    • Mark
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      1 month ago Link to comment

      There are many reason why some people want removable batteries.
      1) Your phone will out live your battery by many years.
      2) Convince of not having to plug your phone it the wall. I charge my batteries externally just swap them when it is low.
      3) Hard reset do not always work because you never completely remove the power source, removing the battery does.
      4) Batteries lose voltage as well as MAH as they age. The voltage loss is what slows your phone down as it ages.
      5) You do not need IP68 rating with a removable battery. If you get it wet remove the battery dry it then you are good to go.
      6) Non removable is nothing but planed obsolescence to force you to get a new phone.
      That's just a start.

  • No removable battery?!!!! This pisses me off more than any other thing. The last phone out there with a removable battery.
    LG have lost me forever if they do this.
    I refuse to upgrade my phone every 2-3 yrs... besides being unsustainable from an environmental and cost perspective, batteries (contrary to articles on this and other sites) DO NOT last much long than 2-3 yrs. THey lose conditioning and need to be replaced regularly (18-48months).
    Plus I am always on the go, and don't want to cart around a bulky external battery pack. Small easily replaceable batteries are far simpler. I can go through three batteries in one day (I have 4 for my current V10). Its so easy to swap them out and continue on.
    Now I will probably be seeking a phone that has all the features of the V10/20 but with a battery that is easy to swap out.
    Phone manufactures don't care about the consumer/end use at all.

    • "Now I will probably be seeking a phone that has all the features of the V10/20 but with a battery that is easy to swap out. "

      Clearly you haven't shopped for a phone lately....
      You'll never find one(phone with Removable battery)...only the cheapie phones from LG and a few others sometimes still have removable batteries.

  • I myself hope they don't kill removable batteries when the next batch of their "K" and "stylo" lines for next year surface.

  • Mark
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    1 month ago Link to comment

    LG if you get rid of the removable battery in your phone designed for power users. I will consider it biggest fail of the century just in front of the Note 5 fail. Please I want this phone but only with a removable battery.

    • Look, I really don't want a slide out tray with a keyboard. Sounds like something blackberry would do & we know how good their sales are. Stick with the removable battery or give it a 4000mamp battery or better. Remember the gimmick on the modules, that didn't work out so well. Forget the gimmicks and just produce a stellar phone!

  • Michael K 2 months ago Link to comment

    I can't see a reason to stay with LG if they make the V30 with a non removable battery. If they put a big battery that will last a long time, I might consider it.

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