8.3/10
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The LG V30 currently has an Informr score of 8.3 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 43 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

What's good

  • Fast performance
  • Sleek design
  • Great battery life
  • IP68 rated

What's bad

  • Poor viewing angles
  • Slow autofocus
  • Full-auto camera leads to mixed image quality results

While LG has experienced rocky sales in their last few releases, they haven't given up on the smartphone market yet. They’re hoping the release of the V30 will spark interest in new customers.

LG has pulled all the stops for the V30 in terms of design. Many reviewers consider it one of the best-designed phones the company has released. They have reduced the bezels on the side of the screen to where most barely notice them and combine them with a metal frame and curved glass back.

While attractive, experts experienced slight scratching when the phone rubbed against loose change or keys. Many also were worried about shattering the glass if they dropped it.

The phone measures 5.97-by-2.97-by-0.29 inches and weighs 158 grams—making it larger, albeit lighter, than the iPhone X. Despite its large size, critics found it easy to use one-handed and comfortable to hold thanks to its ergonomic design.

It comes with an IP68 water-resistance rating. This means it can survive a quick dip in the pool or a puddle.

A 6-inch, 2K OLED display dominates the front of the phone. Most critics enjoyed the vibrant, rich colors, excellent sharpness, and overall contrast when watching movies or gaming. At the same time, the 18:9 aspect ratio doesn’t work perfectly with all apps, games, and video formats.

Muddy whites and poor viewing angles let down some reviewers. While not horrible, they note it’s the weakest part of the phone—especially when pitted against other flagships like the Pixel 2 and  Huawei Mate 10 Pro.

What the V30 might lack in a dazzling display, it makes up for with an octa-core processor and 4GB of RAM. Although this might be slightly less raw horsepower than the Pixel 2, most reviewers barely noticed a difference in real life tests. Apps opened fast and performing everyday tasks was a breeze. They didn’t notice any frame rate drops when playing demanding games.

The 3,300mAh battery also impressed, lasting through a full day of intense usage. If that wasn’t enough, it comes with Qi wireless charging so you don’t need to carry a charger with you if you need a refill.

LG was one of the first manufacturers to use a dual-camera system, so it’s not a surprise to see this arrangement on the V30. The main camera is 16MP with a very wide f/1.6 aperture. 

Interestingly, experts were surprised that it had a hard time illuminating dark scenes, finding the Samsung S8 and Pixel much better options.

Although it wasn’t great at taking pictures in the dark, they noticed it performed better in dim shots, providing a good balance of detail and contrast.

In better lighting, they could take crisp and vibrant pictures that rivaled the Galaxy S8 Plus. The catch was that they had to move out of full-auto mode and choose their own settings. Full-auto often resulted in white balance and exposure issues. They were let down with the slow autofocus—especially in low light settings.

Despite some issues, most reviewers were very happy with the LG V30.  Tech Radar states, “... the V30 holds its own thanks to a dollop of power... and a capable camera…” Trusted Reviews is a bit more muted in their recommending stating, “[It’s] an excellent Android phone - but it misses the mark in a few areas.”


Operating system
Android
Processor
2.45 GHz
Screen Size
6"
Camera
16+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Tech Advisor

There's a lot to like about the V30 becuase it's like LG has taken the G6 and upgraded it in key areas and even refined the already sleek design. Now the price is a more reasonable £599 we can highly recommend this phone which offers excellent design, screen, cameras and audio

- Chris Martin, Tech Advisor
DxOMark

The V30 is a very capable for still photos with good (if not exceptional) exposures and color in all lighting conditions. With texture and noise results in low light that outperform some of the top-ranked devices we’ve tested, the LG earns itself a high Photo score of 87 points, despite lacking opti...

- Paul Carroll, DxOMark
Ausdroid

The LG V30+ is a well priced, feature packed handset that will make the majority of users happy.

- Daniel Tyson, Ausdroid
Gadgets Now

The LG V30+ is far from perfect but it has its fair share of strengths. It has a remarkable design, boasts of powerful specs, dual rear camera setup with some unique capabilities and a special quad DAC for the music lovers.

- Komal Mohan, Gadgets Now
PC Magazine

With tons of storage and powerful music capabilities, the LG V30+ has potential to be the ultimate phone for audiophiles.

- Sascha Segan, PC Magazine


Prices (Where to Buy)




Common Questions


LG released the V30 on September 15, 2017.


The V30 price will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. You can compare LG V30 prices from around the web here on The Informr.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the LG V30 user manual here.


LG backs up the V30 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your V30 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact LG support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find LG's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.



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Screen Size
6"

The LG V30's screen size is 6 inches with 1440 x 2880 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.45 GHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 Octa core 2.45 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 7.1 Nougat operating system (OS).

Camera
16+ MP

You can take photos with the phone's onboard 16+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 5+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
64/128 GB

Internal memory is 64/128 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 2000 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
3300mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3300 mAh battery. LG's performance ratings are 1560 minutes, 570 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

LG V30 Specs

Overview
Release date September 15, 2017
Regions available USA, Canada, UK, India
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
LTE:
1700/1900/700/2100 /800/850/1800/2600/2300/2500 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System Android 7.1 Nougat (Update Available: 8.0 Oreo)

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Processor Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 Octa core 2.45 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 64/128 GB
RAM 4 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.89 W/kg
Body: 1.16 W/kg
Languages English, French, Chinese
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Headphones, Data Cable
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 3300 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging Yes
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Up to: 896 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 570 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Up to: 390 minutes
Talk Time Up to: 1560 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 18 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Aurora Black, Cloud Silver, Moroccan Blue, Lavender Violet, Raspberry Rose
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.2 x 7.5 x 0.7 cm (6 x 3 x 0.3 in)
Weight 158 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design No
IP Rating IP 68
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology OLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1440 x 2880 pixels
Pixel density 537 pixels
Size 6 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, aptX HD
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 2000 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallett No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 1.6
Resolution
16+ megapixels
Dual lens
Yes
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, ISO, Multi-shot, Panorama, Dual camera feature (13 MP 2nd camera, F1.9 aperture), HDR, Exposure compensation
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, FLV, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
F2.2 aperture
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, MP4, M4A, WMA, WAV
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, AVI, FLV, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): LG V30+

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Critic Reviews


Tech Advisor

Remains a solid choice for a new smartphone

from Tech Advisor

There's a lot to like about the V30 becuase it's like LG has taken the G6 and upgraded it in key areas and even refined the already sleek design. Now the price is a more reasonable £599 we can highly recommend this phone which offers excellent design, screen, cameras and audio

Read full review

There's a lot to like about the V30 becuase it's like LG has taken the G6 and upgraded it in key areas and even refined the already sleek design. Now the price is a more reasonable £599 we can highly recommend this phone which offers excellent design, screen, cameras and audio

Read full review

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DxOMark

Camera’s good, life’s good

from DxOMark

The V30 is a very capable for still photos with good (if not exceptional) exposures and color in all lighting conditions. With texture and noise results in low light that outperform some of the top-ranked devices we’ve tested, the LG earns itself a high Photo score of 87 points, despite lacking optical tele-zoom and bokeh features.

Read full review

The V30 is a very capable for still photos with good (if not exceptional) exposures and color in all lighting conditions. With texture and noise results in low light that outperform some of the top-ranked devices we’ve tested, the LG earns itself a high Photo score of 87 points, despite lacking optical tele-zoom and bokeh features.

Read full review

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Ausdroid

A well priced, feature packed handset

from Ausdroid

The LG V30+ is a well priced, feature packed handset that will make the majority of users happy.

Read full review

The LG V30+ is a well priced, feature packed handset that will make the majority of users happy.

Read full review

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Gadgets Now

Another ‘almost there’ smartphone by LG

from Gadgets Now

The LG V30+ is far from perfect but it has its fair share of strengths. It has a remarkable design, boasts of powerful specs, dual rear camera setup with some unique capabilities and a special quad DAC for the music lovers.

Read full review

The LG V30+ is far from perfect but it has its fair share of strengths. It has a remarkable design, boasts of powerful specs, dual rear camera setup with some unique capabilities and a special quad DAC for the music lovers.

Read full review

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PC Magazine

Audiophile-friendly output

from PC Magazine

With tons of storage and powerful music capabilities, the LG V30+ has potential to be the ultimate phone for audiophiles.

Read full review

With tons of storage and powerful music capabilities, the LG V30+ has potential to be the ultimate phone for audiophiles.

Read full review

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The Verge

Consistently disappointing

from The Verge

The LG V30 is a straight up disappointment when it comes to video. With stills, there are times where it hangs with the competition. But the video quality on this phone is frankly embarrassing, especially when you consider that was basically the main selling point of it.

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The LG V30 is a straight up disappointment when it comes to video. With stills, there are times where it hangs with the competition. But the video quality on this phone is frankly embarrassing, especially when you consider that was basically the main selling point of it.

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The Mobile Indian

Has issues but doesn’t disappoint

from The Mobile Indian

LG V30 + is the best device that the company has been able to come out till date. It is elegant and is a work horse. Pricing is bang on target and will not disappoint.

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LG V30 + is the best device that the company has been able to come out till date. It is elegant and is a work horse. Pricing is bang on target and will not disappoint.

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NDTV

Looks phenomenally good

from NDTV

This is exactly the kind of device that looks dazzling at first glance and has an impressive spec sheet, but really needs some time spent with it to uncover its true nature.

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This is exactly the kind of device that looks dazzling at first glance and has an impressive spec sheet, but really needs some time spent with it to uncover its true nature.

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Digit

A phone that audiophiles should certainly consider amongst their options

from Digit

The LG V30+ is an impressive smartphone, but the LG still needs to work on the execution. The phone has excellent design, but it needs a better camera, better software and more dependable display to convince match up to other flagships.

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The LG V30+ is an impressive smartphone, but the LG still needs to work on the execution. The phone has excellent design, but it needs a better camera, better software and more dependable display to convince match up to other flagships.

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The Mobile Indian

Elegant looking top-notch phone

from The Mobile Indian

The LG V30+ looks a pretty interesting device with some premium design along with some top-notch hardware. As for the competition is concerned, the smartphone will surely face a stiff competition. However, the at this price point the phone does looks like a deal to beat.

Read full review

The LG V30+ looks a pretty interesting device with some premium design along with some top-notch hardware. As for the competition is concerned, the smartphone will surely face a stiff competition. However, the at this price point the phone does looks like a deal to beat.

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