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LG hid one of the V30’s most important specs—but for a very good reason

by Danny Zepeda | September 5, 2017September 5, 2017 11:30 am EST

LG announced the V30 last week at IFA, and it looks to be the company’s with a stunning 6-inch FullVision OLED display and glass and metal body.

During the unveiling, it touted the V30 camera’s class-leading f/1.6 aperture. If you’re unfamiliar with the term, aperture is the amount of light that is allowed in the lens.

But early units shipped to reviewers were showing an aperture of f/1.7 .

Eventually people started spotting the difference and questioned if LG lied about its f/1.6 aperture. So, is this some elaborate corporate lie? It turns out LG just hid the real V30 camera aperture from early reviewers and testers.

LG has since released a statement where it addresses the issue:

“Before unveiling a new product, LG Electronics safeguards confidential and proprietary device information by masking the true values of important product specifications. Some preproduction preview sample devices recently distributed featured non-final software, which maintained masked information with regard to aperture. The LG V30 features an F1.6 aperture camera and glass lens, an industry leading innovation.”

There you have it. It was just smoke and mirrors on LG’s part to keep a key V30 feature under wraps until it could truly show it off.


Danny Zepeda

Born and raised in Southern California, Danny grew up on a steady diet Pixar, Star Wars and Steven Spielberg movies. Unbeknownst to him, this was...