LG launched its latest flagship smartphone - the LG V30+ in India on December 13 at an event in New Delhi, at a price point of Rs 44,990. This is a smartphone that's pitted against the likes of Samsung Galaxy S8, Google Pixel 2 XL and if you are still on a budget, the OnePlus 5T. The new LG V30+ is a marginally revised version of the LG V30, which was launched at the IFA 2017 in August this year. The main difference between LG V30 and LG V30+ is on the storage front. The V30 comes with a 64GB storage, while the V30+ is backed by a 128GB storage. Apart from this, most of the specifications remain the same. We have been using this latest LG flagship smartphone for a while now and we get you the review on News18 Tech.
In terms of specifications, the LG V30+ sports a 6-inch 18:9 Quad HD+ OLED FullVision display with 2880x1440 resolution. The smartphone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC and carries a 4GB RAM along with 128GB internal storage, which can be expanded up to 2TB using a microSD card. On paper, it ticks all the right boxes for being a flagship smartphone. In terms of design, it looks upmarket and the sleek design language compliments the device's price point. The device is easy to pocket as well and the back panel has a nice shiny touch to it. The only problem is that it attracts a lot of fingerprints and is prone to scratches, so chances are that if you are going to buy this device, you'll be wanting to keep this one inside the protection of a cover. The device is lightweight as well, at 158 grams.
In terms of display, the LG V30+ offers an 18:9 aspect ratio display that has an OLED FullVision capability with 538 PPI of pixel resolution and a 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 5 as a cover glass. The viewing angles, brightness and touch response on this device are top notch and will make you not think of the Samsung Galaxy S8 or the Google Pixel 2 XL. LG has also gotten rid of the dual-display which they were trying to push in their previous devices that, in reality, had little to no use.
In terms of optics, the LG V30+ features a dual camera setup that includes a 16-megapixel (f/1.6) primary lens and a 13-megapixel (f/1.9) 120-degree wide-angle lens. The selfie camera comes with a 5-megapixel (f/2.2) wide-angle lens. The image quality is very good on this smartphone but not equivalent to that offered by the Samsung Galaxy S8 or the Google Pixel 2 XL. The front camera also gives you an option of a wide angle mode for group selfies. If you wish to click 18:9 aspect ratio images from the rear camera on this one, the megapixel count goes down to 8.7MP, which can be a bit disheartening as the images do lose a few details. This phone, like many flagship devices, does offer its users a variety of modes to chose from like manual, food, slow-motion, time-lapse and panorama. The LG V30+ also has a f/1.6 glass lens that helps this device improve the dynamic range and low-light images. What we personally liked about this device is the Cine Video Mode that can help content creators with storytelling as it has dramatic and professional colour sets that enhance your video stories. The microphone capabilities of this device are also top notch as it comes with a directional receiver and you always get a superb sound recording that is unmuffled and distortion-free. Even while recording in loud and noisy environments, the device makes sure that you get pristine Hi-Fi sound.
For audiophiles also the LG V30+ makes for an interesting choice. The device comes with Hi-Fi 32bit Quad DAC that offers you music that sounds rich, full, and lifelike. There is sound presets also on offer like Enhanced, Detailed, Live, and Bass - to experience the music of your liking. To top it all, the device comes with a Digital Filter that transmits sound characteristics and amplifies your audio to convey spatial, natural, and clearer sound experience.
The smartphone is backed by a 3,300 mAh battery with QuickCharge 3.0 support. The V30+ also enables wireless quick charge and the charging time is very less as compared to other flagship devices. The battery though lasts only for a day with heavy usage and the battery management system on this device could have been better. Additional features of the LG V30+ will include Daydream compatibility, IP 68 Water/ Dust resistance and MIL-STD-810G durability.
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What's Not So Cool?
The V30+ runs the latest Android 7.1.2 Nougat with UI-UX 6.0+ on top. This is a bit of a sad point as we were expecting that LG will launch the device with Android Oreo out of the box. Another thing that is a bit of a worry is that this device is too late to be introduced by LG in the Indian market as other players and competitors already have the edge and reliability over this brand in the market. Having said that, the LG V30+ is not your average joe flagship smartphone at all.
The LG V30+ is a device that LG should have launched at the beginning or the middle of this year and not at its very end in India. This is a phone that offers the best of software and hardware that a flagship device can offer and that too at a very competitive price point for Rs 44,990. If you don't want to settle for a value for money flagship device like the OnePlus 5T and have a little extra money, then the LG V30+ should be your natural choice. And for people who don't want to be a part of the Samsung or Apple clan and still want a fully functioning and good looking flagship device, the LG V30+ will not disappoint you at all.
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