LG’s next flagship smartphone is the LG V30, and while we’ve skipped the continuous drip of information that has been coming out about the device, a slow Monday is a perfect time for a rumor roundup! Maybe “rumor” is not the best way to describe a lot of this information—LG has been sending out non-stop press releases about the V30 all month.
LG already released a flagship this year, the LG G6, but it also has the V series, which is usually a more experimental flagship released in the second half of the year. Last year, the LG V20 had a totally different design from the modular LG G5, but this year, it looks like most of the experimental features are out the door, and we’re getting something that looks very much like a “G6 with upgrades.”
First up is the screen. LG’s press release says the V30 will be sporting a new P-OLED display made in-house by LG. The last time LG dabbled in smartphone OLED panels was during the crazy years of 2013 to 2015, when the company thought physically curved smartphones were a good idea. Those OLED panels were a hot mess, with a grainy and noisy picture, image retention, and uneven brightness.
That was two years ago, though, which is an eternity in the world of tech. Since then LG has been pumping out fantastic-looking OLED panels for televisions, while on the smartphone-side it has mostly stuck with the tried-and-true LCD. Samsung has been the smartphone industry’s biggest supplier of OLED panels for some time, but LG jumping into OLED production has apparently caught the attention of several big players. According to The Korea Herald, Apple is in talks to use LG’s OLED panels in the next iPhone, while the Yonhap News Agency reports that LG is also in talks with Google, which wants to use LG displays in the Pixel 2.
On the V30, LG is promising a 6-inch, 2880×1440 display with HDR10 support. LG’s press release mentions “VR” several times, which probably means the V30 will support Google’s Daydream VR standard. With the switch to an 18:9 display like the LG G6, the V20’s secondary “ticker” display is no more. The company also showed off the new always-on display mode, which has several styles that show the time and date.
The camera is also expected to be a big focus of the V30. LG dropped a press release promising an F1.6 aperture camera lens, which would be a high mark for a smartphone. While there are many other factors that make for a “good” smartphone camera, a bigger aperture means a camera can capture more light, which usually results in better photos. Also the device will still have a dual-camera setup, which adds an extra wide-angle camera lens.
Next up we have a press release from haptic feedback company Immersion touting the integration of its “HD TouchSense” in the V30. Immersion promises haptic feedback better than the usual vibration, telling 9to5Google, “For example, in the camera app, when you take a picture you feel a shutter click, just like a DSLR; when you adjust camera settings, it feels like you’re spinning a finely tuned mechanical knob. When you dismiss a notification, navigate from one home screen to another, and perform several other interactions, you feel subtle effects that match the animations perfectly, resulting in better usability and perceived design quality.”
Finally, the leaks! Production company HitRecord, which LG has worked with in the past, seems to have accidentally leaked videos containing the LG V30. The company quickly pulled the videos, but Droid Life was able to snag a few screenshots. The Korean site ETNews claims the device will have IP68 dust and water resistance, which means the removable battery from the V20 will not be present on the V30. The site also lists a Snapdragon 835 SoC, a first for LG; a 3200mAh battery, a 3.5mm headphone jack (woo!); storage options for 32, 64, and 128GB; and a price of $700 for the 64GB version.
The V30 will be unveiled at IFA 2017 (which somehow stands for “Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin“), Europe’s largest consumer electronics show. LG has a press conference scheduled for August 31 at 9am CST.
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