The best smartphone for consumption and content creation?
LG has just officially announced the V30, successor to the popular V10 and V20. The phone loses its secondary display and interchangeable battery, but instead this time we have a P-OLED FullVision panel (18: 9) and IP68 certification that makes it waterproof and dustproof..
This new phone also offers us the latest Qualcomm processor, the Snapdragon 835, along with 4 Gigabytes of RAM and 64 GBs of storage. We have the excellent dual camera system we saw on the LG G6, in a slim and stylish phone. In fact, it is one of the best designed phones we have seen from LG, with thinner edges than we saw in the G6, and a glass back (Gorilla Glass 5). Hopefully, wireless charging, this time around, is available in all markets and not limited to just a few.
If there is something to criticize from the spec sheet that you will see below, it is that the battery, for the screen size, is a somewhat reduced capacity for the size of the equipment. Yes, it is a similar capacity to that offered by the Samsung Note 8, but for a phone aimed at power users, we would have liked to see LG sacrifice something of the size of the phone, to give us a battery of greater capacity. After testing phones with 5,000 mAh batteries (like the Moto E4 Plus I'm using for review), sometimes it is amazing that phones that cost multiple times the price of entry phones, with components that consume more energy, come with batteries. so small.
Another point to consider is that the front camera, the selfie camera, seems to be the same as the LG G6. And this was one of its weakest points. In this era of selfies, a front camera is important (sometimes even more important than the rear, unfortunately). And the LG G6 could not get good photos at night, unfortunately.
|screen||6 P-OLED / 2880 x 1440|
|Rear Camera||16 MP f / 1.8 (normal) / 13 MP f / 1.9 (wide angle)|
|Front Camera||5 MP f / 2.2|
|Storage||64 GBs, expandable|
|Memory||4 GBs of RAM|
|Dimensions / Weight||151.7 x 75.4 x 7.4 mm|
|Additional features||158 g|
A phone for Pro Users
Broadly speaking, the LG V30 is shaping up to be an excellent phone for power users (leaving aside the battery / front camera issue). Miss the secondary screen, and the fact that LG used its V line to experiment with reckless gambling in the industry. Instead, we have a phone that is committed to offering us an excellent content creation and consumption experience.
LG is one of the few manufacturers that continues to take audio seriously. And this time, it has teamed up with Bang & Olufsen to give us a set of B&O Play headphones included in every box of the V30. In addition to this and continuing the tradition, we have a Quad DAC for Hi-Fi audio, giving us the best sound fidelity that we can find in a smartphone. And thanks to the series of microphones that the team has, audio recording also benefits from topics such as noise reduction, among others.
Perhaps one of the most interesting aspects is the video recording of the V30, which could make this phone a favorite of vloggers (with the exception of the front camera, of course). The V30 offers color profiles (picture profiles) that we can appreciate in real time while recording the video. In essence, it allows us to “colorize” the video, just as we can do with editing software, to give it a different look. The most striking? That LG even allows us to use a flat profile, also known as “log” and used by many cameras and DSLRs, which gives us a flat, almost raw image that retains the full possible dynamic range. Being able to record in log is a great benefit, because then we can color it as we like in our editing software. This is the first phone that allows it
The V30 comes with Android 7.1.2. Unfortunately Oreo (Android 8) will not be available for this phone at launch, but LG promises an update later in the year.
Here are some Hands On on the phone:
The G6 review