When you’re in the market for a feature-heavy phone with all of the trimmings, you can usually rely on LG‘s V series to deliver. Just look at the LG V20: QHD display? Check. Latest edition processor? Check. Dual-camera? Check. MicroSD card support? Removable battery? Android’s latest platform? Audio chops? The list goes on.
What’s more impressive is that LG’s two prior V series devices, the V10 and V20, not only delivered on the specs front but also on innovation, bringing an additional “ticker” display into the mix for unique functionality. Despite their flaws, there’s much the Vs got right, which is why we’re eagerly anticipating the rumored successor, the LG V30.
LG is yet to officially announce the handset but feasible speculation from various sources suggests it’s on its way, and possibly in the next two months. In this article, we’ve rounded up all the current LG V30 specs, price, and release date rumors to give you an idea of what you can expect when it launches.
LG V30: release date
The LG V30 is tipped to be unveiled on August 31, one day before the opening of IFA 2017 in Berlin which runs until September 6. This rumor was first picked up by The Investor (and then backed up again separately) and, at first glance, it seems unlikely — LG’s previous V series phones didn’t launch at IFA or indeed see an official release in Europe.
However, if LG was to launch the V30 in Europe as it has been suggested, this would be the best time and place to do it ahead of MWC next February — and the company might be keen to get its new phone out there to take the shine off an upcoming 10th anniversary iPhone, expected September. If we do see the V30 at IFA, its official release will probably follow a few weeks later, in South Korea for sure, but hopefully globally.
LG V30: price
It’s still early days to be putting down a potential price on the LG V30, though ETNews has offered one suggestion. Apparently, the LG V30 could set you back 800,000 KRW in South Korea, the equivalent of around $699 for the version touting 64 GB of internal space (32 GB and 128 GB models are also anticipated). ETNews doesn’t outline the source of the information, however, and even if it were true right now, bear in mind that things could change between now and release time. Straight currency conversions are always a risky business too (for reference, the LG V20 had a RRP of $799).
LG V30: specs
The LG V30 specs are said to include a Snapdragon 835 processor (which seems pretty likely), 3,200 mAh battery, IP68 certification for dust and water resistance and ESS Quad DAC support, as well as a headphone jack. Both the LG V10 and LG V20 were known for offering high-quality audio, so the chances are this will be a standout feature once again. For more on what a Quad DAC means for your phone, hit our explainer article at the link.
More recently, leaker @OnLeaks has suggested that the unit would come with wireless charging, a dual rear camera setup and a rear fingerprint scanner — the latter two of which are also supported by the image at the top of the page (again via ETNews from a concept video). OnLeaks also speculates that the V30 will have a glass rear, something which would corroborate the talk of an IP68 rating. This would dash hope for a removable battery, though; the V10 and V20 both featured removable batteries but their design was far from waterproof.
LG V30: display
As for the display, LG is said to be utilizing an OLED panel instead of the LCD screens typically used on its handsets. This may be to support a curved display, like on its LG G Flex devices, which also use OLED tech, but it may also just be a flat panel.
We have seen a concept of the upcoming device back in May, which shows the bezel-less display along with a secondary screen on top. Just like on the Essential Phone, there’s also a camera in the middle that just looks great. You can check it out for yourself below.
Before you get too excited, let me just say that it’s actually highly unlikely that the image shows the final design of the V30. According to XDA Developers, the upcoming phablet won’t have what has become an iconic feature of the V series: a secondary ticker.
The rumor hasn’t been confirmed yet, but it does make sense. Just like the G6, the V30 is expected to feature the FullVision Display with 18:9 aspect ratio. This will make the device slightly narrower and a bit taller when compared with other devices with the same screen size. Adding a secondary display to the V30 would probably just make it to tall and, therefore, a bit awkward to use.
That’s all the news we have on the LG V30 so far but we’ll have more for you in the coming weeks. How do you think the LG V30 is shaping up? Let us know in the comments.