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LG V30 Plus to launch alongside standard V30 model

A leaked render of the LG V30.
A leaked render of the LG V30.
The LG V30 will not be alone when it debuts later this month. It will be joined by the V30 Plus, a more robust version of itself which will include boosted specs and some features missing from the standard V30. Of course, with better features comes a higher price tag.

It seems that LG is following in the footsteps of its biggest competitor this year in launching its latest phone. The LG V30 is debuting at IFA in Berlin on August 31, but it will not be alone. Alongside it will be the LG V30 Plus, which is expected to be a premium version of an already-premium device.

So far, all that is known about the LG V30 Plus is that it will have double the storage of the standard model, increasing it from 64 GB to 128 GB. There will also be a difference between it and the regular V30 in terms of features, such as hi-fi audio playback and wireless charging compatibility. It is not known which model will include which feature.

This strategy is reminiscent of what LG recently did with the LG G6. A few months after its release, LG launched a "Plus" version of its flagship handset, including more storage and putting in some of the features—such as a high-quality audio chipset—that were missing outside of South Korea. It seems as though LG wants to make sure customers have the option of choosing which features are important to them from the get go this time around.

As for release dates and pricing, the LG V30 and V30 Plus will release simultaneously on three South Korean mobile carriers on September 15. As etnews notes, this is the same day that Samsung will begin selling its Galaxy Note 8, making for some stiff competition. The LG V30 will cost about US$700, while the V30 Plus will set customers back significantly more—that model will retail for approximately US$875. Premium indeed.


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John Garcia, 2017-08-11 (Update: 2017-08-12)