LG V30 Plus
Hello, Guys! Today I’m going to do a full specifications review of LG V30 Plus. The LG V series has always been about power user features a Removable battery, expandable storage, great audio quality, a funky display setup, and an impressive set of camera features. The latest phone from LG V30 is thin, lightweight and gorgeous to look at. It grabs attention from every nook and corner does this mean LG has a flagship on its hands that can compete like of HTC U11, the Galaxy S8 or the Pixel 2 XL. So, it looks a bit prettier now and is a little more grown up. So, let’s start-
Design & Build: –
It’s a gorgeous looking phone that puts the Galaxy Note 8 to shame and Samsung could really learn from LG the correct place to put a rear fingerprint scanner. It has a metal frame with glass layer on the back. On the front, it’s a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 which makes the phone very sturdy. It’s a well-built smartphone for the most part but glass even Corning has its bad days, be nice and it should serve you well, be rough it may not live to see the next day without a crack. But still in the hand feel sturdy of the V30 Plus is much better than its predecessors. The LG V30 Plus is the first phone from LG to feel luxurious in its own way. It’s smooth to touch and because the rear seamlessly wraps around the front it feels all the more reassuring in the hands. It is also IP68 water resistant and packs wireless charging chip at the back.
Biometrics & Security: –
The fingerprint scanner is located on the rear panel. It is very accurate and more reliable. It is very quick. The V30 Plus also comes with the Facial Recognition and the Sound recognition system. The facial recognition is not as good as the iPhone 10 facial recognition. It is fast but sometimes it becomes very hectic and sometimes very accurate. It didn’t work at night time or low-light. Sound recognition is good. I found this is very useful for Google Assistant. I think it gives you more security and accuracy.
The V30 is a bezel-less with an unusual 18 by 9 aspect ratio. It is wide enough so as to not look like the Galaxy S8 Plus which looks unusually tall. Since the display is big it’s equally cumbersome to use with one hand but this is the USP of LG V30 It’s big bezel-less display. The phone comes with very slim bezels allowing the display to take over 80% of Its front side. A concept also is seen in Galaxy Note 8 or the iPhone 10 like these phones the V30 Plus uses an OLED panel and is in fact, LG’s first true flagship phone in a long time to come with curved OLED screen though it is hardly noticeable in daily use. There’s a slight curve on the right and the left edge of the phone which makes LG say that it’s a Curved display.
The 6-inch full vision screen has a 1440 x 2880p of resolution which roughly translates to 537 PPI. The display is HDR 10 compatible which makes it capable of Google’s daydream virtual reality platform like most Quad HD displays colours look good and vibrant on the V30 Plus. If you look closely you can see that don’t really blend all that well and appear patchy and grainy. Moreover, a bluish tinge appears on the display every time you tilt the phone even by the smallest angle. So, LG V30 is one of the those few phones launched this year that had display issues and if you’re looking for the flawless Quad HD screen at this price, this phone will disappoint you.
The LG V30 Plus comes with Dual Cameras setup on the back panel which has a 16-megapixel sensor and a 13-megapixel sensor put side by side. The difference is that while the 16-megapixel sensor has a usual lens but a wide aperture of f/1.6, the 13-megapixel sensor has a wider angle lens with a usual f/1.9 aperture while the wide-angle camera was present on the LG G6 and LG V20 as well.
What gives LG a reason to heavily advertised LG V30’s camera is the aperture on the main sensor. Of course, it’s good in low-light situations and you will able to take decent photos in low-light.
LG has managed to reduce the barrel distortion that normally comes with lenses like this, making it look better than ever before. For me, I still find a wide angle setup to be more fun to use compared to another dual camera setup, and the V30 Plus has the best implementation yet. Which transitions us nicely into the main camera, which is a pretty impressive shooter too.
In full auto mode, the camera is generally pretty good at producing good looking shots with natural looking colours, and nice details. It’s not quite at the level of phones like the Google Pixel 2 with its insane HDR processing, but this is still a camera that I’ve really enjoyed using, and I think most people would too.
The highlight of the camera though, other than the wide-angle camera, is really just the plethora of modes features, and effects, that you can get from the camera app. Some of the fun modes from the LG G6 are still here too. Then you get one of the best manual modes out of the box. I’m not just talking about images, but videos too.
On top of all that, you can also get a bunch of colour-grading presets that you can use on-the-go. If those are noted your jam, you can even shoot in a Cine-log mode to preserve as much dynamic range as possible if you want to do your own colour grading. One feature I really like is this smooth zoom feature where you can select an area for the camera to slowly crop into.
The V30 Plus begin with can shoot 4K videos at 30 fps in log format comes with as many as 15 different colour grading presets to add a cinematic look to videos and specialized modes. That allows dooming into a particular selected area within the frame while recording but again if you’re not looking to record Pro-level videos that is something you won’t be able to utilize in your daily use. Video editing software would probably be able to achieve a similar effect. But if you’re just looking to share content quickly while on-the-go, it works well enough. Which is the same story with all the “Power User” features in the camera app.
In terms of outright quality, most content creators would probably still go with a dedicated camera setup. But those are typically pretty cumbersome to carry around. What the LG V30 Plus offers, is the mobility and freedom to create more professional looking content and sharing them on-the-go. And I think that’s a legit value proposition.
What is not so great though, is the front-facing camera. It’s a wide-angle camera too, and while its decent enough in good lighting, it can struggle a little in dimmer lighting conditions.
Processor, Memory & Processor: –
The LG V30 Plus is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset which clocked at Octa-Core up to 2.45GHz processor with 4 gigabytes of RAM and 128 gigabytes of internal storage which is expandable up to 256GB via microSD card. It has Adreno 540 graphics card.
The software is optimized well. The phone is smooth sailing 9 out of 10 times. This doesn’t mean the phone is as fast as the OnePlus 5T. There are slight lags that LG could have ironed out once that you may get used to but clearly visible with compared head-to-head with faster phones.
Even though 4 gigabytes of RAM doesn’t sound as impressive anymore, I haven’t run any HD games into any situations where I felt like I needed more.
On the software, the LG V30 Plus looks the same old LG phone apart from a few additions. It has the same interface as that of the LG V20 build on top of the Android Nougat which means it’s cluttered. Ugly looking animations, plenty of LG software I’ll never use, and just generally weird design choices around the interface. I definitely see improvements over past LG software, and some of the annoying things can be turned off, but at the glacial pace that they’re moving, it’s going to take a while for them to catch up to Samsung.
Like most overzealous manufacturers, the software comes with quite a bit of additional features. Most of them I would never use. The floating bar that replaces the secondary display on previous V series phones. It is supposed to provide quick access to shortcuts but ends up feeling more clunky instead. There are genuinely useful features like the ability to add a button to pull down the notification shade, double tap to wake or sleep, using a knock code to unlock the phone while it’s on my desk, or having an always on display that shows me all my notifications. So, if you can live with the way the software looks or you’re planning to use a launcher on the phone anyway, it’s not exactly a terrible experience.
The LG V30 ships with a 3300 milliamp-hours battery which doesn’t sound like much for a phone this size, but it is actually enough to get me through a day of use quite easily. A bigger battery would be nice of course, but the phone is slimmer and lighter than other devices, which makes it less tiring to use one-handed. It does support fast charging and wireless charging, so even if you are a super heavy user, it’s not that difficult to keep the phone topped up throughout the day.
Sound & Connectivity: –
It comes with a Hi-Fi Quad DAC which none of the flagship phones has truly improved the quality of sound without having to invest in a fancy pair of earbuds. The addition of a Hi-Fi Quad DAC means all your FLAC files will sound the way they are made too and all of your standard MP3 files will sound much better.
The call quality on the LG V30 Plus is also excellent and we did not encounter any issues regarding the network. The Phone supports Dual SIM and 4G, VoLTE but again the Loudspeaker on the V30 Plus is no match the ones on HTC U11, Galaxy S8 or The Pixel 2 XL and many of the phones in this price segment come with Dual speakers which the LG V30 Plus misses out on.
Finally, the LG V30 Plus is a great smartphone for regular users. Some power users would probably be pretty upset with LG abandoning removal battery on the V30 Plus. But for me, I think it’s worth the trade-off for a more weather resistant phone. That probably allowed LG to finally just go all-in for the design of the phone, resulting in not just a feature-packed device, but also one of the best-looking phones in the market this year.
While thing like the Hi-Fi Quad DAC, ultra-wide angle camera or the camera features might not be deal breakers for me, I could definitely see folks who would buy the phone just for those features. And for regular consumers, the basic features of the phone are solid enough, you get 2-year local warranty in Singapore and have I mentioned how good looking the phone is?
On the downside, I’m still not a fan of LG’s UI, the front camera could be better, I wished the battery size could be a bit bigger, and the stereo speaker would have been nice. But other than that the LG V30+ is a great smartphone for me.
|Indian Buyers||Buy Now||Price|
|LG V30 Plus||Rs 44,990|
|LG V30 Plus||Coming Soon||$ 850.00|
|Technology||GSM / LTE / HSPA|
|BODY||Dimensions||151.7 x 75.4 x 7.3mm|
|DISPLAY||Type||P-OLED, 1440 x 2880p, 18:9 Ratio (537 PPI)|
|Protection|| Corning Gorilla Glass 5
IP-68 certified- Dust/Water Proof
|CAMERA||Rear||Dual (16-MP, f/1.6, 3-axis OIS, PDAF + 13-MP, f/1.9) Phase Detection & Laser Autofocus, LED Flash|
|Video||2160p@30fps, 1080p@30/60fps, 720p@120fps|
|Features||Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face detction, HDR, Panorama|
|PROCESSOR||OS||Android 7.1.2 Nougat + LG UX 6.0+|
|Chip||Qualcomm Snapdragon 835|
|CPU||Octa-Core up to 2.45GHz Cortex-A53|
|MEMORY||Internal||128GB, 4GB RAM|
|External||Up to 256GB (microSD)|
|FEATURES||Sensors||Fingerprint, Proximity, Gyro, Compass, Accelerometer|
|CONNECTIVITY||WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, Hotspot, Dual-band|
|USB||Type-C 1.0 Reversible Connector|
|Others||Bluetooth v5.0, GPS, NFC & Radio|
|SOUND||Speaker||Loudspeaker & 3.5mm Headphone Jack|
|Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic|
|BATTERY||Li-Po 3300 mAh|