Updated on 13-Dec-2017.
LG V30+ Launched in India for Rs 44,990
LG has launched the flagship phone, LG V30+, in India today. The mobile will be available on Amazon India from 18th December (Monday), for a price of Rs. 44,999. The phone comes in two color variants, Aurora Black, and Cloud silver. The other colors will be available at a later date, and pre-booking for the LG V30+ will start from 14th December 2017.
Furthermore, the launch offers include a wireless charger worth Rs. 3,000 (free), and LG is also offering 1-time free screen replacement within a year of purchase, in case you break the display accidentally.
LG V30+ comes with a stunning display along with an incredible Dual Rear camera. Moreover, it is a treat for audiophiles, as it can easily mesmerize anyone with the power of its 32 Bit HIFI Quad Audio DAC and the bundled B&O earphones.
LG unveiled the LG V30+ on 31st August, and it has taken them more than 3 months to get the device to the Indian market. India is the most important market for most mobile companies, and a lot of phones are now launched here at the same time, as in the other countries. LG still has different priorities, we believe.
LG launched two storage versions of the LG V30+ back then, but it seems they have currently launched only the 128 GB version in India, with 4 GB of Ram (Source LG official website.)
Design LG V30+
The LG V30+ looks a lot different compared to the LG V20. The V20 came with a ticker display at the top that is now gone, and the phone is even physically smaller than the LG V20. The V30 comes with a full infinity display like the Samsung Note 8 or the LG G6.
The back side of V30 has a glossy metal finish, a refreshing change from the glass back design on the rival phones.
The LG V30+ comes with a Dual rear camera that resides on the upper middle side of the phone. There is a LED flash at one side of the dual camera assembly, and below it has a circular fingerprint scanner.
The whole arrangement looks much better to me, and the fingerprint placement is also more easily accessible compared to the Samsung S8 and Note 8, where it is positioned next to the rear camera.
You don’t have to reach out to press the fingerprint scanner, and it also prevents accidental finger marks on the camera lens cover.
If you observe, there is a slight camera bump, and the phone has V30 written on the back of the phone.
LG has retained the 3.5 mm headphone jack, and it is placed at the top, while the bottom side has speakers and the USB Type C Port.
The smartphone is sleek and measures just 7.3 mm. It also feels very light for a 6.0 Inch display phone, as the weight is only 158 grams, compared to the 195 grams of the Samsung Note 8.
Overall it looks very neat and minimalist, and I especially like the back side of the phone with a less cluttered design.
The LG V30+ comes with a 6 Inch OLED Display panel that is superior to the screen used in the LG G6.
Further, the V30+ offers an 18:9 aspect ratio and has a resolution of 1,440 x 2,880 px. It has an incredible 83% screen to body ratio, and also comes with 538 PPi screen density.
The display is protected by the latest Corning Gorilla Glass 5 compared to the V20 that came with the Gorilla Glass 4.
Aforementioned, there is no ticker display on the V30+ but only has the large 6 Inch OLED panel offering excellent brightness and color reproduction.
LG has a core capability to produce excellent displays, and they have created some beautiful OLED TVs.
But as reported by the Verge and ARS Technica, the V30+ display is a disappointment. The screen suffers from inconsistent color reproduction and brightness.
You may not find any issues in well-lit conditions, but in the low light settings when display brightness is low, the problems are more perceptible.
The LG V30+ is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, clocked at 2.35 GHz, and comes with the Adreno 540 GPU.
The Snapdragon 835 is the fastest mobile processor that is currently available in the market, and all flagship devices including Samsung S8, S8 Plus, and OnePlus 5T uses the same processor from Qualcomm.
However, the LG V30+ comes with just 4 GB of Ram compared to most counterparts that are using either 6 GB or even 8 GB Ram.
But we don’t expect that the V30 will have any performance impact due to the lower ram, compared to others, in the day to day performance, but a 6 GB ram inclusion would have been nice…….. LG.
Coming to the most crucial aspect of the LG V30+, the Dual rear camera. The smartphone comes with 16 Megapixel + 13 Megapixel rear cameras.
The 16 Megapixel primary camera comes with the worlds first f/1.6 aperture lens. Notably, Samsung S8, HTC U11 and Note 8 all have a f/1.7 aperture lens.
LG V30+ is the first phone to come with f/1.6 aperture that can capture more light for clicking better photos in the low light scenario. The second rear camera comes with a f/1.9 aperture and has a wide angle lens.
The wide-angle camera can be used to capture landscape shots while the primary 16 MP camera is great for portrait shots. On paper, the camera looks great, but we will have to wait for more thorough testing to see if it can beat the best phones like S8, Google Pixel and HTC U 11.
The selfie camera is almost same as the LG G6 and comes with a modest 5 Megapixel lens with f/2.2 aperture. The Samsung Note 8 scores ahead with its 8 Megapixel front selfie camera that offers f/1.7 aperture to click better selfies in the low light conditions.
OS and UI
The LG V30+ runs on the Android Nougat 7.1.2 and comes with a light Custom UI (LG UX 6.0) from LG.
There are small changes to the stock Android UI, like when you swipe down on the home screen you get a search bar that can find all the installed Apps without leaving the home screen.
The home screen also has a floating Google bar with support for voice commands and text search.
Connectivity and Battery Life
The LG V30+ comes with a USB Type C port, placed at the bottom, with fast charging support. The LG V30+ has a 3300 mAH capacity battery that seems to be okay considering the display size of the V30.
The battery comes with Qnovo charging technology that extends the battery life in terms of years you can use it.
This time LG has sealed the battery inside the phone to ensure that the waterproofing works flawlessly, the LG V20 came with a removable battery.
The battery also has support for Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0. Additionally, it also has support wireless charging.
The sound quality is one of the reasons; audiophiles can be inclined to buy the LG V30+, it comes with an exceptional sound output with the HiFi Quad DAC. The sound quality is vastly improved compared to any other regular smartphones, and if you use a decent pair of headphones with the new LG V30+, you can have an outstanding experience.
The dedicated DAC adds bass and depth, and also improves the overall listening experience, with some pre-loaded presets.
Besides, LG is also bundling the high-quality B&O Play earphones along with the V30 to delight the music enthusiasts.
Water and Dustproof – IP 68 Rating – One of the features that a lot of LG Fans were expecting in the V30+ was water and dustproof design.
It is not a new feature as the LG G6 is also water and dust proof and the same is carried forward by LG for the V30+.
Face, Voice recognition and Fingerprint Scanner – The V30 comes with the capability to recognize a face, and also has a circular fingerprint scanner located at the back of the device.
Availability and Pricing
The LG V30+ was first launched in South Korea, starting 21st September 2017 and later on went on sale in the other countries. Aforementioned, the V30+ is available in India for Rs. 44,990 on Amazon India exclusively.
Difference Between Lg V30 and LG V30+
If you are wondering what is the difference between the LG V30 and the V30+, here is the clarification. The Lg V30+ comes with 128 GB storage, while the LG V30 comes with a 64 GB storage. LG has launched only the V30+ version in India. The Ram and other things are same on both the models.
There are many high-end phones available in the market like the HTC U11, Samsung S8, iPhone 7, OnePlus 5T and Nokia 8 between the 35k to 50k price range. The LG V30+ has a fierce battle especially against the Oneplus 5T that is considerably cheaper compared to the V30+.
Technical Specifications for LG V30+ Smartphone
- Processor QualcommSnapdragon 835 Octa-Core Processor Clocked at 2.35 GHz
- GPU – Adreno 540 graphics engine.
- Display: 6.0-inch 18:9 QuadHD+ OLED Full Vision Display with 2880 x 1440 & 538ppi
- Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Protection, 83% Screen to Body Ratio.
- Storage: 4 GB LPDDR4 RAM / 128 GB UFS 2.0 Internal Storage, MicroSD support (up to 2TB)
- Rear Dual: 16 MP Standard Angle (F/1.6 aperture / 71°) + 13 MP Wide Angle (F1.9 aperture and 120°)
- Front: 5 MP Wide Angle (F2.2 aperture camera with 90°)
- Battery: 3,300 mAh with Qnovo technology and Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0.
- Operating System: Android 7.1.2 Nougat with the LG UX 6.0.
- Thickness – 7.3 mm
- Weight: 158 grams
- Network: LTE-A 4 Band CA
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac / Bluetooth 5.0 BLE / NFC / USB Type-C 2.0 (3.1 compatible)
- Colours: Aurora Black, Cloud Silver, Moroccan Blue, Lavender Violet
- Others Features: IP68 Water and Dust Resistant / Wireless Charging
- Sound – 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC /
- Day Dream Ready
- Voice & Face Recognition
- Fingerprint Scanner at the back of the device.
We also compared the LG V30+ with Samsung Note 8 recently.
Originally Published on – 31/Aug/2017