Announced at IFA 2017, the LG V30 is a gorgeous phone getting hot that sloughs away unnecessary features and amps up all its best. It gets a better screen, wireless charging and advanced video features you don't see on a typical phone.
Last year's LG V20 ($480.00 at T-Mobile USA) had a secondary screen that defined the V series; in the V30, it's gone, and that's great. In its place is a moveable on-screen tab that includes the shortcuts you used to see on the V10 ($525.44 at Amazon.com) and V20. I don't mind the tradeoff you get in return. In fact, it's better than any second screen: The V30 has a water-resistant body and wireless charging, which match up to Samsung's Galaxy S8 ($609.88 at Amazon Marketplace) and Note 8.
But the V30 didn't abandon everything. LG doubles down on audio features and outfitted the V30 with an array of video and imaging tools. Now you can capture, record and edit all sorts of media to be the next Ava DuVernay, Annie Leibovitz or the YouTube or Instagram star du jour. To audio and video die-hards, this is a big deal.
If you have no intention of creating a bunch of videos and whatnot, the V30 may not do it for you. When you pick it up for the first time, its tools do take time to figure out and use fluidly, and while LG hasn't released an official price yet, I anticipate paying a pretty penny for these features -- the V family is typically LG's priciest phone of the year. Then again, the Note 8 and Apple's iPhone 7 Plus ($888.89 at Amazon Marketplace) have reached sky-high prices too. As an alternative, LG's G6 is smaller and (typically) less expensive, and there's always LG's rivals: the Galaxy S8, Motorola Moto Z2 Force and HTC U11 ($649.00 at Amazon.com).
If you do want to make movies on your phone, however, the V30 seems like it might be one of the better choices out there. I got my hands on a preproduction unit and below are my first impressions so far. Of course we'll hold off on our final judgment until we get the final production unit in for review.
In the meantime, the LG V30 is shaping up to be a seriously competitive media powerhouse that hopes to duke it out with tomorrow's best Android lg g5 screen replacement .
When and where to get it
The V30 will be available first in South Korea on Sept. 21. North America, Asia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East will follow. So far, US carrier AT&T confirmed it will carry the V30, but gave no exact sale date. I'll continue to update this as more carrier announcements roll in.
As for pricing, nothing is official yet. But LG did say it will cost around the same price as the G6 and the V20, so expect it in the ballpark of $600 to $800, or about £650 in the UK and AU$760 to AU$1,010 in Australia.