LG V30 – Everything we know

The V10: great. V20: less so. What will the V30 be?

The LG V10. It’s long been one of our favourite phones by the South Korean brand. The phone addressed a size needed in the market at that point, had a unique secondary display and swap-able batteries. Then came the next year’s LG V20. Let’s not go there. LG broke our hearts with that one. In 2017, considering the LG G6, we’ve got some hopes (if not high hopes) for the V30.

The phone is expected to launch on August 31 this year, as part of the company’s IFA line-up.

Here’s everything we know about the device to date.

LG V30: Build and design

Initial rumours suggested a slide from the bottom secondary display for the LG V30. An idea I personally love. Imagine the Blackberry Priv with a secondary display instead of the keyboard.

LG V30 Slider Render
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LG V30 Slider Render
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A pretty neat concept right? Unfortunately as per latest leaks, it looks like LG is going down a different path. While the V series is known to be a unique range in of itself, LG looks to create nothing more that a larger LG G6Onleaks and Smartprice have today brought out renders of the latest device that indicate the same.

The renders are pretty precise and based on CAD specifications passed onto accessory manufacturers. If this does turn out to be the LG V30, it’s pretty sad to see LG playing it safe and not going with more interesting earlier render.

That said, this is still a good build with a beautiful, almost edge-to-edge 18:9 ratio display, a bottom-firing speaker, headphone jack and the fingerprint sensor on the back. Unfortunately it looks like the device drops the V series secondary display.

LG V30 IFA Invite

LG V30: Specs (rumoured)

  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
  • Camera: Dual Camera (Specs unknown)
  • Storage: 4GB RAM/ 64GB ROM
  • Battery: 3,200mAh 
  • OS: Android 8.0
  • Audio: ESS Quad-DAC support with 3.5mm audio jack
  • Security: Fingerprint scanner
  • Durability: IP68 dust and water resistance
  • Charging: Wireless Charging

Considering the LG G6‘s biggest drawback was its processor, it’s good to see that LG might stay up-to-date with current trends with the Snapdragon 835.

Wireless charging is still doubtful but the IP68 certification should definitely be possible considering the G6 has it too.

Another disappointing rumour is the 4GB of RAM. While 2016 was the year for companies to claim that 6GB and higher RAMs were ‘overkill’, 2017 is the year that’s been proven wrong. Phones like the the Huawei P10 Plus (6GB RAM) and the Oneplus 5 (8GB RAM) are examples of the same.

Last year, the V20 was one of the first devices to come with Android 7.0 Nougat. Hopefully LG will continue that trend and we might see Android O on the device straight out of the box.

V20 Nougat
The V20 was one of the first devices to come with Android 7.0 Nougat

LG V30: Price and availability

While there’s no way of knowing the price of the device until its release, speculated prices circle around $699 for the 64GB variant (Dh2,568). 32GB and 128GB variants are expected too.

Considering the release is August 31, it should be available in the UAE somewhere in September.

What are you expecting from the LG V30? Let us know below.