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LG V30 will boast wider aperture, ‘world’s clearest’ camera lens

LG knows we want to take great photos with our smartphones, so it has been working to develop its best ever camera for the upcoming V30. The South Korean company has revealed it will boast a super-wide aperture and the “world’s clearest” lens on a smartphone.

LG will officially unveil the V30 at the IFA trade show in Berlin on August 31, but it couldn’t help but provide us with some exciting tidbits ahead of time. We now know the V30 will be the world’s first smartphone with an f/1.6 aperture that lets in more light for improved performance in almost all settings. What’s more, it will be coupled with the clearest lens ever found on a phone.

LG is calling it the Crystal Clear Lens, and it will be made out of glass rather than plastic, like those on many other smartphones. As depicted in the image above, it will allow V30 owners to shoot photos and videos that are brighter, sharper, and more colorful than ever before. LG also says it has improved edge distortion on wide-angle shots for better group selfies.

In comparison, rival devices like the iPhone 7 boast an f/1.7 aperture. LG says its new camera lets in around 25 percent more light. It’s clear that this will be one of the V30’s biggest selling points, and that LG will be marketing the device at those who want even great camera performance from their smartphone.

“LG boasts an unrivaled heritage in smartphone photography and our decision to adopt glass in the V30 camera is specifically because this has traditionally been the realm of DSLRs,” said Juno Cho, president of LG Mobile. “For the users whom the V series was designed, this kind of innovation is significant”.

We’re also expecting the V30 to offer a 6-inch OLED display — LG’s first OLED display on a smartphone — with a taller 2:1 aspect ratio like the G6. It will also be powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 835 processor.

Killian Bell

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