The LG V30
is an outstanding camera phone
, but with LG falling short in terms of battery life in the past, we wondered whether it has finally improved with the V30.
To test that, we have the LG V30 go through our battery test and the results are in.
The LG V30 is in fact the LG phone with the longest-lasting battery when we speak about flagship-grade products. While we did have troubles even getting through a day with the original LG V10 and the LG G5, the company has steadily been improving since than. But it is not just about the size of the batteries. Look at the physical size of the battery cells in the V series:
What has changed with the V30 is that it uses a newer and more efficient processor - the Snaprdagon 835 - and it does away with the secondary display. And here is its score:
The V30 gets more than 9 hours and a half, which ranks it near the top of the charts, with a result that outscores most other flagship phones. In our limited time with the phone, we saw that it indeed can go the extra mile and last a full day, even with more intense use, and with moderate use you can expect a day and a half off the charger.
Another important aspect of the bigger battery picture is the time it takes to recharge a phone. We tested the V30 using the wall charger that comes in the box and here is what we found:
It takes just 1 hour and 48 minutes to fully charge up the battery on the V30. That's slower than earlier V series phones: the original V10 was actually the fastest charging phone ever taking just 65 minutes for a full charge, but the current charging speeds of the V30 are not too bad and are comparable to the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.
Have you gotten the LG V30 already? What is your experience with battery life?
LG V30: all new features
LG V30: all new features
1. 6" OLED Full Screen display and Floating Bar
The LG V30 ships with a 6" OLED FullVision display, an edge-to-edge screen with a Quad HD+ resolution and support for the HDR10 format and wider color gamut. Gorilla Glass 5 is applied to both the front and the back, for added toughness. And the always-on display is updated with new features and functionality.
But what about the secondary ticker display, a hallmark feature of the LG V series? Well, it has transformed. The secondary display is not present on the V30, but there is a spiritual successor in the form of a translucent half-circle that sits on whichever edge you place it. It's called a Floating Bar, and works somewhat similarly to Sasmung's Edge functionality. When tapped, it reveals a carousel of shortcuts for contacts, apps, music controls, screenshot/gif capture, screen markup functions, and more, so it kind of is like a complementary screen.
2. Widest aperture on a phone camera ever, f/1.6
The LG V30 ships with a dual rear camera setup, a regular camera and a super wide angle one. Both are improved from before, the but the regular one in particular: it features a new, f/1.6 lens the widest and brightest aperture ever put in a phone camera lens. This allows capturing more light by the camera and capturing clearer images in low light or at night. It is a big feature that we are eager to test.
LG has also improved the super wide angle camera, which now has a slightly narrower field of vew than before. It has cut down distortion to almost none. There is a slight step down in angle width from 135 degrees to 120 helps to produce such pleasing results.
3. Cine Video
The LG V30 comes with Point and Zoom, which locks focus on a specific part of the screen and allows the user to zoom in on it smoothly; Cine Effect, which contains 15 different movie-genre-inspired filters to film with; Cine Log, which facilitates easy editing in programs like Adobe Premiere; and Video Studio, an on-board editing software which allows you to work with multiple photos and videos, as well as add after-effects to your mobile masterpiece.
4. Quad DAC and Receiver as a Mic
The V30 is a phone that will deliver for lovers of fine quality music. It features a 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC to minimize sound distortion and that's big. There are two new features to the existing quad DAC. Firstly, a sound preset: various presets tuned by audio experts, but also that can be set by individual users preferences, so that you can boost individual sound components like the bass. Then, you can further fine tune the reverberation effects of the music via a new Digital Filter: short, sharp or slow. LG has partnered with Danish company B&O Play to deliver the improved sound capabilities with a pair of earbuds that will ship with the V30 in select markets.
Then, the V30 also support MQA, a new standard for high quality audio formats that can deliver Hi-Fi sound in a reduced file size.
For sound recording, the LG V30 actually enables the use of the earpiece as a microphone. The earpiece is made of durable materials, so this new technique called RAM (Receivers as a Mic) allows capturing loud sound without too much distortion. LG says that you can capture a super loud 142 decibels in concert stadiums.
Additionally, with the V30, for a limited time, you can get in-app items worth $100 in the Beat Fever music game for Android.
5. Snapdragon 835 on board
The V30 comes with the Snapdragon 835 system chip on board and with 4GB of RAM. Pretty much every Android flagship phone these days has the Snapdragon 835, so this is not really a surprise, but still it's flagship-grade silicon, and a welcome change from the LG G6 that launched with the Snapdragon 821 in times when others opted for the newer 835. The big advantage of the Snapdragon 835 system chip is that it is built on a new, 10nm manufacturing process, which allows the chip to deliver great performance while consuming less power and allowing for better battery life.
6. 64GB base storage + microSD
Thankfully, the LG V30 ships with a plentiful 64GB of native, on-board storage and it supports a microSD card slot to expand on that initial allowance. This is great news for content creators that need that extra flexibility with add-on storage.
7. Face and Voice recognition
In addition to the rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, the V30 uses improved facial and voice recognition.
Facial recognition seems to work fast in daylight and in regular conditions, but it might be far less reliable outdoors and on the go. Voice recognition is also improved on the V30, so that you can unlock the device with a keyword that you yourself have set, not a pre-defined word like Okay, Google.
8. 3,300mAh battery and QuickCharge
A 3,300mAh battery powering a 6-inch Quad HD+ display certainly does not sound like a promise for great battery life, and that has been a sore point for LG phones for years. The more efficient Snapdragon chip inside might actually give LG's V30 a battery boost, but don't expect this phone to be a marathon runner in terms of battery life.
What LG promises, though, is quick charging: the V30 supports USB-C and QuickCharge 3.0, and you can get a 50% charge from 0 in just 35 minutes. And it supports fast wireless charging as well, so you can get a 50% top-up using wireless charging in 55 minutes.
9. Tough construction, IP68 water protected
The LG V30 is one elegant phone, but at the same time, it is also built to last. It features a metal frame with H-Beam construction to add tensile strength and to ensure the phone will survive in conditions where other phones will not. The V30 is also water protected with an IP68 rating, meaning that you can submerge it in water up to 5 feet deep for as long as 30 minutes.
10. Price and release date
The LG V30 will be expensive. It is a flagship device that sits atop the current LG G6, so it will be priced accordingly. We don't have exact pricing in the United States just yet, but we know that the phone will launch on September 21st in Korea, and the price there should be around 800,000 Korean won, the equivalent of $700.
The release date in the United States and Europe should be somewhere in the beginning of October.