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IFA 2017 | LG V30 is now official after numerous leaks and teasers

The LG V30 is arguably its most beautiful smartphone. (Source: LG)
The LG V30 is arguably its most beautiful smartphone. (Source: LG)
The LG V30 has been made official at IFA. The 6-inch smartphone features a curved P-OLED display, a rear camera with a large F1.6 aperture and high-end audio features.

After numerous leaks and deliberate teasers from LG itself, the highly anticipated LG V30 is now official. As expected, the V30 will come powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 matched with 4GB of RAM and in a standard 64 GB configuration for storage. It will also be joined by the LG V30+ in some markets, where it will come with 128 GB of storage out of the box. Both models, however, can have their storage expanded up to 2 TB through the microSD slot.

The LG V-series has always brought some interesting technology to the table, and the LG V30 is no different in this regard. It is the first smartphone to feature a particularly large F1.6 aperture (in combination with a 16MP sensor), and features a new Cine Video mode that allows users to apply filters to videos shot on the device. Its secondary sensor is a utilizes a wide-angle lens with a still impressive F1.9 aperture offering a 120-degree field of view.

The V30 is also the first LG smartphone to feature a P-OLED display since the LG Flex 2. In this incarnation, LG has taken advantage of the plastic substrate to curve the display around the edges of the device in the style of the Samsung Galaxy S8 range. The use of OLED tech also means that it is the first LG phone to receive Google Daydream VR certification. The 6-inch P-OLED FullVision 18:9 display has a 2880 x 1440 pixel (QHD+) resolution and a pixel density of 538ppi. While the secondary display tech that featured on previous V-series smartphones is gone, LG has replaced it with a new Floating Bar that works in conjunction with the always-on-display and incorporates many of the functional elements that the secondary display used to offer.

As with the superseded LG V20, the new V30 also features enhanced audio features. The highlight is a new advanced quad-DAC from audio specialist ESS, while the V30 is also the first smartphone to receive the Master Quality Authentication (MQA). This gives it the ability to stream high-resolution audio in the MQA file format. LG has once again partnered with B&O for specially tuned pre-set audio settings, while a high-quality set of B&O earphones is also included in the box.

LG has also partnered with Google to embed deeper Google Assistant functionality into the V30 so that it supports some of the unique features that LG has baked into the device. This includes the ability to trigger LG’s unique Cine Video function as well as work in combination with Google Home to use voice commands to activate LG’s household white goods including its washing machines.

The LG V30 is made using Corning Gorilla Glass 5 front and rear, while it uses Gorilla Glass 4 to cover the camera lenses. Despite the use of glass, LG says that the V30 has passed 14 categories of the MIL-STD 810G Transit Drop Test. This is in addition to its IP68 water and dust resistance.

The LG V30 will be available in South Korea on September 21 with “key markets” in North America, Asia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East to follow. It will come in four colors including Aurora Black, Cloud Silver, Moroccan Blue and Lavender Violet. Pricing is yet to be announced.

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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2017-08-31 (Update: 2017-09- 2)
Sanjiv Sathiah
Sanjiv Sathiah - News Editor
I have been tech-obsessed from the time my father introduced me to my first computer, an Apple ][. Since then, I have grown to enjoy exploring and experimenting with any computing platform that I can get my hands on – I am the definitive early adopter! I have always been interested in how we can use technology to shape and improve our lives, most recently using it to record, mix and master my debut record, Acuity – Nature | Nurture out now on Spotify.