By 31 August 2017 | Categories: news


The dust has settled in Berlin, with LG Mobile officially unveiling its new flagship - the LG V30. Over the past few weeks, the South Korean manufacturer detailed several elements of the device, including the aperture of its new camera lens setup, as well as the look of its UI. Now that the smartphone has been revealed, it's clear that video, both watching and recording, will form an integral part of its experience.

Before we delve into that, let's run through some of specifications and design. To that end, LG has gone for a FullVision (18:9 aspect ratio) display, as well as utilising its own OLED technology to manufacture the V30's screen. The 6" QHD+ display delivers a 2880x1440 resolution and 538 ppi pixel density, with a new floating bar added to the mix.

Looking internally, an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset is present, with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB onboard storage (microSD slot for up to 2 TB). There's also a V30+ model on the way, which ups the memory to 256 GB. On the power side, a 3300 mAh battery is at the core, although LG has not detailed the expected battery life it yields.

Shifting to the back, we start to dig into the V30's new camera. It features a 16 MP camera with a f/1.6 aperture, which is paired with a 13 MP wide-angle on the back. The former's aperture is a first for smartphone cameras, with the company also debuting a new Cinema Videography mode for the V30. Users will get custom filters for adding different colour palettes to videos, as well as a new zooming feature which can zoom into any point of the screen, as opposed to only the centre.       

To complement the video functionality, LG Mobile has retained Hi-Fi Quad DAC for the V30, and partnered with Bang & Olufsen to fine tune the audio capabilities of the smartphone. B&O's earphones are also being bundled with the V30, but it's unclear if this will only be offered in select regions at this stage.

As for when the LG V30 will land locally, LG Mobile South Africa has not released any details for now, or indeed how much it could cost, but the new device is expected to launch in its native South Korea on 21 September, followed by other regions thereafter.

Given the V30's list of specifications, it's clear that this is LG's true flagship phone.  


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