The new LG V30 is not like the V20, LG’s criminally underrated flagship from 2016. It doesn’t feature a secondary display, nor does it present the same spartan design. Instead, LG is taking a more elegant, evolutionary approach to the clever ideas that have been key to the V line, while introducing a design that builds on this year’s LG G6.
Without the secondary display, LG has created a new floating bar concept, which places a handy tab at the edge of your screen that can be accessed from anywhere. Tap the icon, and you’ll find quick access to apps, screen capture, music controls, and favorite contacts. The feature can be placed on either edge of the display, and items that show up in the bar can easily be turned on and off.
The floating bar is no replacement for a secondary display, but it’s a clever alternative, even if it does take ideas from the Galaxy Note’s Edge panel. For what it’s worth, in our limited testing with the V30, we liked the seamless integration of the floating bar but often forgot it was there. Perhaps over time it’s a feature we’ll become more comfortable with.
What we needed no time getting used to was the V30’s astounding 6-inch QHD Full Vision Display, which features bezels that are positively tiny (82-percent screen-to-body ratio), providing users with ample room to stare in awe at the panel’s incredible vibrancy. LG says the 1440×2880 resolution panel features 4.15 million pixels and a color reproduction rate of 148-percent based on sRGB standard. HDR10 is also supported for improved contrast ratio.
All of these details were already revealed by LG earlier this month. Just know that the V30’s screen lives up to the hype, spoiling users with deep blacks and blinding whites. You’d expect this kind of quality from LG, considering the company makes some of the most beautiful OLED TVs on the market.
The screen is only the entry point into a phone that emphasizes content consumption and creation—something LG veered toward with last year’s V20. Like the V20, the V30 is outfitted with a Hi-Fi Quad DAC, which LG says outputs sound quality (through wired headphones or speakers) that resembles what was originally intended by an artist.
The V30’s dual-camera, meanwhile, promises to offer the most cinematic experience of any mobile device. There’s a 16-megapixel camera with an f/1.6 aperture and a 13-megapixel camera with an f/1.9 aperture, which LG claims work in conjunction to capture beautiful, low noise images.
If capturing video is your thing, the V30 features powerful tools that include Cine Video, Cine Effect (16 color-grading presets), and Video Studio, the latter of which provides users with a powerful editing workflow to edit videos right from their device.
There’s also a Point Zoom feature that allows users to control the pace and focus of the phone’s zoom. There’s also an option to select the area on the screen to zero in on before and during filming, resulting in more dramatic and cinematic results.
All of this is stuffed into a stellar all-glass design that features IP68 dust and water resistance and an MIL-STD 810G rating, which means the device passed 14 different military-standard durability tests.
Some of the remaining specs include a Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB and 128GB of expandable storage, and a 3,300mAh battery. It doesn’t have the best specs on the market, but as a whole, the V30 makes a pretty good case as a top flagship.
Some of the device’s other software touches include speech recognition with custom commands to unlock the device, facial recognition, and fingerprint and knock code features. Unfortunately, LG’s Android skin is still an unsightly mess compared to the elegance of Samsung’s software, but nothing a launcher can’t fix.
LG didn’t reveal pricing or even when the V30 will be available, but we’ll provide those details once they’re available. All things considered, the V30 is a strong entry in a market that’s full of top-tier flagships. And its screen is absolutely to die for.
We’ll have more on the V30 soon.