Update: LG has now confirmed some of the camera details of the V30, revealing the phone will have a f/1.6 aperture dual camera on its rear.
While some might argue that LG plays it relatively safe with its flagship smartphones, the same cannot be said about its V-series devices.
While it's likely to build the most feature-packed phone that it can, it's looking increasingly likely that the second screen feature – that made the V10 and V20 stand out – will be dropped.
It leaves the phone looking far more similar to the LG G6 which launched earlier in the year, so it will be interesting to see how the South Korean firm manages to make the two stand out in their own unique ways.
Here’s everything we know about the LG V30 and following that, we’ve listed out exactly how we hope this upcoming release shapes up.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? LG’s third take on its feature-rich phone
- When will it be out? August 31 launch confirmed, release likely September
- How much will it cost? Not cheap. Likely over $ 700 (about £537, AU$ 942)
LG V30 release date and price
- Confirmed: LG V30 launch date is August 31
- Rumored: LG V30 release date sometime in September
- Rumored: LG V30 price likely to be very high
There's no question about it, the LG V30 launch date is August 31.
How are we so sure? Well LG has sent out an invite for an event on that date which reads "Lights. Camera. Action. LG V30".
We were already pretty confident about this after receiving a slightly more cryptic invite to an LG press conference on August 31 back in July.
LG didn't put the V10 or V20 on sale in the UK or many countries outside of the US, so it may there's no guarantee we'll see a more global LG V30 release either.
However, considering the launch of the V30 is set to take place just at IFA 2017 in Berlin, Germany it may hint at a European release for the phone.
An internal document supplied to Android Authority suggests the phone will launch in Europe on September 28, and the same source claims you'll be able to pre-order the V30 in the US from September 17.
As far as price goes, this smartphone won’t be cheap. Though this isn’t a flagship in the typical sense, you can expect to shell out flagship prices for the V30.
LG V30 rumors, news and confirmed features
This, of course, means that not only will it meet spec in terms of power with the Snapdragon 835 likely to be behind the wheel, but it will be the first LG phone to have an OLED screen since the LG G Flex 2 – a mandatory inclusion to be Daydream-compatible.
It could also apparently have upgraded audio, including a collaboration with B&O, and could be made of 6000-series aluminum and Gorilla Glass 5, with IP68 water and dust resistance and military standard protection.
We do have more information on the LG V30 display and cameras though, which we've detailed in their own sections below.
Two screen or not two screen?
- Confirmed: Curved 6-inch QHD+ OLED Full Vision display
- Second screen looking unlikely, might be an option on main display
To date, one of the key features of LG's V-series smartphones have been their second screen displays which site a-top the main smartphone display.
For the LG V30 though, this feature is increasingly looking less likely to be included.
The most recent rumors and leaks suggest the V30 will stick with a large, single display on its front – already confirmed as a curved 6-inch QHD+ OLED Full Vision offering, making it bigger and brighter than the screen found on the flagship LG G6.
LG also says the screen on its next flagship smartphone (which is almost certainly the V30) will be 'ideal for VR' – so expect a heavy virtual reality slant with the new phone.
Thanks to tweets from respected tech insider Evan Blass, we now have a better idea of what the V30 will look like, including the fact that the V30 may be sticking to its predecessors screen-under-screen display.
An early series of leaks from established leaker @evleaks suggested an extending second screen on mock-ups of code-named handset Project Joan, but these rumors have since stayed quiet with more recent reports pointing towards a more traditional finish, similar to that of the G6.
It's looking ever more likely that the LG V30 might only have one screen, as another source has now said as much, adding that it could have a "floating bar" instead.
This may serve a similar purpose – giving you access to shortcuts and potentially letting you see notifications – but using a software screen rather than a second physical one.
LG V30 camera
- Confirmed: Dual camera setup with world's first f/1.6 aperture
It looks like there will be a focus (see what we did there!) on the LG V30 camera at the launch too, with the event invite reading "Lights. Camera. Action" and employing a concentric ring design which further alludes to the snapper (or snappers) on the handset.
The LG G6 and LG V20 both boast dual rear facing cameras, and the LG V30 will follow suit with a couple of snappers on its rear.
LG has even confirmed as much, sending out a press release several weeks before the phone's launch revealing "an F1.6 aperture camera and glass lens in the dual camera of its upcoming V30 flagship smartphone."
The V30 will be the first smartphone to boast a F1.6 aperture camera, which should let in a lot more light, allowing for cleaner looking images in poorer lighting conditions.
- Learn more with our A to Z of Photography: Aperture
In fact, a leaked shot (below) appears to show the dual cameras of the V30 in the flesh alongside a flash and laser focus block, and above a fingerprint scanner.
The LG V10 and LG V20 are well-received because they offer basically every feature that many users demand. So, a lot of what we want out of its next iteration is more of the same, to a degree.
A few other manufacturers have adopted LG’s dual-screen layout, which takes some oomph out of the feature. But there are still a bunch of ways that the V30 can stick out when it releases this summer or early autumn.
A global release
LG, you need to go wide with the LG V30. Smartphone enthusiasts from regions outside of the US have sat idly by with each V release, but that needs to stop.
The LG V20 had global appeal in several ways, what with its military-grade durability, removable battery and dual-lens camera system. When you really think about it, LG’s decision to keep it locked to the US is baffling.
A flexible display
Based on reports and followed up on by a strong tease from Google, the LG V30 will have an OLED screen, the first we’ve seen at LG since the LG G Flex 2.
Let’s take things a step further and add a flexible display onto the list. Maybe it will have some sort of signature curve, or heck, it could break new ground as the pioneer of smartphones with a display that flexes to your needs.
As much as we’d like this, our interview with LG during MWC 2017 makes this reality seem a ways out:
“We’re in a position to release a change in form factor like that, conservatively, in two years. Now, that could change. It’s a question of finding the proper timing and the right usage scenarios for us. It’s not just a form factor change, it’s a device change. This sort of thing will no longer be referred to as a smartphone. There has to be a shift, and I don’t know what that is right now.”
A 3.5mm headphone jack
We now live in a world in which this has to be on a feature wishlist. But for the LG V30, keeping its headphone jack is especially crucial, as it means that we’ll also likely see the return of the V20’s awesome quad DAC technology that amps up the sound quality all-around the device.
“Jack of all trades” is more or less the mantra of the V series and losing one of its best trades would make it a tough sell, that is unless it helps to pioneer Android O’s hi-res Bluetooth codecs. Let’s just not let it come to that.
No camera bump
Given the sheer size of the LG V20’s camera bump, it was somewhat of a miracle of engineering that the one on the LG G6 impressively sat flush within the chassis.
So, it’d be awesome for LG to keep the momentum going by giving the V30 an equally flattering look.
While smartphone displays that support HDR content are popping up at a faster pace, it never hurts to add one more to the pile. LG usually opts to sidestep the competition with its V smartphones, but this would be one area where joining the club would be nothing if not a good thing.