Review of the smartphone LG V30+: best alternative to Samsung and Apple
Design smartphones, which had remained virtually unchanged for the last two or three years, this year finally began to change. Moreover, it is not of form factors and displays. In the race for a larger staff of engineers and designers try to keep the sizes of the devices in the sane borders. Hence the trend for more elongated displays. Only this year was presented the Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy Note8, X iPhone, Essential Phone Andy Rubin and a few smartphones that can be called frameless. The flagship LG G6 could be attributed to a true edge-to-edge smartphones, but it is the fashion to use extended screens with an aspect ratio of 18:9. And LG once again becomes a pioneer who has not received proper attention.
New LG V30+ executed in the same style. Formally, this smartphone comes to replace the LG V20, which has not been officially launched in Russia, but in reality it is much closer to the LG G6.
Original LG V30 was presented at the IFA exhibition in 2017 in Berlin, and V30+ is an improved version for the Russian market, which just went on sale. This improvement is, however, expelled a larger amount of internal memory (64 GB was 128). LG also presses the work with wireless charging and a new audio chip, but there are no differences from the usual V30 no. Can’t say that this is able to seriously affect the overall impression from the device, so take it as a small bonus for the wait, because in the world LG V30 has long been sold.
|LG V30+||Apple iPhone X||Samsung Galaxy S8+||Samsung Galaxy Note8||Huawei Mate 10 Pro|
|Screen||6 inch, P-OLED, 1440 × 2880, 537 ppi, capacitive multitouch||5.8 inch, OLED,
1125 × 2436 pixels, 458 ppi, capacitive multitouch
|6.2 inch, Super AMOLED, 1440 × 2960, 529 ppi, capacitive multitouch||6.3 inch, Super AMOLED, 1440 × 2960, 521 ppi, capacitive multitouch||6 inch, AMOLED, 1080 × 2160, 402 ppi, capacitive multitouch|
|Safety glass||Corning Gorilla Glass 5||No data||Corning Gorilla Glass 5||Corning Gorilla Glass 5||Corning Gorilla Glass 5|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 835: eight cores (4 × 2.45 GHz Kryo and 4 × 1.9 GHz Kryo)||Apple A11 Bionic six cores, frequency 2.39 GHz (2 × Moonsoon and 4 × Mistral)||Samsung Exynos 8895: eight cores (4 × M1, 2.5 GHz + 4 × Cortex-A53 frequency of 1.69 GHz)||Samsung Exynos 8895: eight cores (4 × M1, 2.5 GHz + 4 × Cortex-A53 frequency of 1.69 GHz)||HiSilicon Kirin 970: eight cores (4 x Cortex-A73, 2.4 GHz + 4 × Cortex-A53, 1.8 GHz)|
|Graphics controller||Adreno 530||Apple GPU||Mali-G71 MP20, 850 MHz||Mali-G71 MP20, 850 MHz||Mali-G72 MP12, 880 MHz|
|RAM||4 GB||3 GB||4 GB||6 GB||4/6 GB|
|Flash memory||128 GB||64/256 GB||64/128 GB||64/128/256 GB||64/128 GB|
|Connectors||1 × USB Type-C 3.1||1 × Lightning||1 × USB Type-C 3.1||1 × USB Type-C 3.1||1 × USB Type-C 3.1|
|1 × nanoSIM||1 × nanoSIM||1 × nanoSIM||1 × nanoSIM||1/2 × nanoSIM|
|1 × microSD||1 × microSD||1 × microSD|
|1 × headset Jack 3.5 mm||1 × headset Jack 3.5 mm||1 × headset Jack 3.5 mm|
|Cell 2G connection||GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz||GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz||GSM/GPRS/EDGE MHz 850/900/1700/1800/1900||GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz||GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz|
|3G cellular communications||UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA 850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz||UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA 850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz||UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA 850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz||UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA 850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz||UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA 850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz|
|Cellular 4G||LTE Cat. 16 (1000 Mbps), ranges 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 17, 18, 19, 20, 28, 29, 38, 39, 40, 41||LTE Cat. 10 (450 Mbps) bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 66||LTE Cat. 16 (1024 Mbit/s, 150 Mbit/s), ranges 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 17, 20, 28||LTE Cat. 16 (1000 Mbps), ranges 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 32, 38, 39, 40, 41, 66||LTE Cat. 16 (1000 Mbps), ranges 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 26, 28, 32, 34, 38, 39, 40|
|Wi-Fi||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4/5 GHz||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4/5 GHz||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4/5 GHz||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4/5 GHz||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4/5 GHz|
|NFC||There||Yes (only for Apple Pay)||There||There||There|
|Navigation||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo|
|Sensors||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass), Hall sensor||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass), Hall sensor||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass), Hall sensor|
|Fingerprint scanner||There||No (for security, use the face scanner FaceID)||There (and also the scanner of the iris)||There||There|
|The main camera||Dual camera: a normal 16 MP, f/1,6, autofocus, led flash + wide angle 13 MP, f/1,9||Dual camera: 12 MP wide angle, f/1,8 + telephoto camera 12 MP, f/2.4, autofocus, led flash, optical stabilizer||12 MP, f/1,7, phase detection autofocus, optical stabilization, led flash||Dual camera: 12 MP wide angle, f/1,7 + telephoto camera 12 MP, f/2.4, phase detection autofocus, led flash, optical stabilizer||Dual camera: 20 MP wide angle, f/1,6 + wide angle 12 MP, f/1,6, phase detection autofocus, led flash, optical stabilizer|
|Front camera||5 MP, f/2.2, and without a flash||7 MP, f/2.2, and without a flash||8 MP, f/1,7, no flash||8 MP, f/1,7, no flash||8 MP, f/2.0, no flash|
|Food||Removable battery: 12.5 W⋅h (3300 mA * h, 3.8 V)||Removable battery: 10,32 W·h (2716 mAh, 3.8 V)||Removable battery: the 13.3 WH (3500 mAh, 3.8 V)||Removable battery: 12,54 WH (3300 mAh, 3.8 V)||Removable battery: 15,2 WH (4000 mAh, 3.8 V)|
|Size||151,7 × 75,4 × 7.3 mm||143,6 × 70,9 × 7.7 mm||159,5 × 73,4 × 8.1 mm||162,5 × 74,8 × 8.6 mm||152,4 × 74,5 × 7.9 mm|
|Weight||158 g||174 g||173 g||195 g||178 g|
|Protection from water and dust||Mean, standard IP68||There are, IP67||Mean, standard IP68||Mean, standard IP68||There are, IP67|
|Operating system||Android 7.1.2 Nougat||iOS 11||Android 7.0 Nougat||Android 7.1 Nougat||Android 8.0 Oreo|
|Current price||59 990 rubles||79 990 rubles||54 990 rubles||69 990 rubles||66 990 rubles|
Design, ergonomics, software
In Russia, LG V30+ is available in three colors: black, blue and purple. And this is the rare case when all the shades are good. We got a copy in dark blue design, very nice and unobtrusive. We should also note the heterogeneity of staining – upon closer inspection, visible light grinding, therefore, in the light of “back” of the camera shines beautifully. Looks nice, but the effect is not new – such “tricks” shown earlier as LG, Huawei and HTC.
The rear panel is completely covered with tempered glass, as in the case with the LG G6. It’s definitely beautiful, but not very practical: no matter how strong any glass used, it is still covered with small scratches and fading unless you use a case.
If you’ve never dealt with LG phones, activation V30+ can enter you into a small stupor. Smartphone not the power button and lock the one that is usually located on the right side. But there is only a slot for SIM card and microSD storage device (or two SIM cards slot, as usual, hybrid). But the required key is on the back, and it has an embedded fingerprint sensor. It is quite small, is pressed easily and clearly, the fingerprint scanner works flawlessly. However, for those who are already familiar with smartphones LG, there won’t be anything new – the company has the power button in the back since the days of the G4.
The entire surface of the body front and back is glass, but the frame around the unibody, aluminum. First, with a smartphone it was more durable – it can also drop to the floor, and G6. And secondly, it pleasantly cools the hand, and largely contributes to the feeling of the expensive and quality stuff.
The right side, as already mentioned, does not contain any elements except the tray for the SIM card and memory card, and the left side LG V30+ buttons for switching volume. On top is a connector to 3.5 mm, and the bottom center — USB Type-C (3.1). Yes, LG V30+ is difficult to call it a compact device, but for a 6-inch smartphone, it is quite compact. And if width is greater than the same Galaxy Note8, at the expense of lesser thickness to operate more convenient, and in the pocket of his jeans he gives much less discomfort.
Oddly enough, at the time of V30+ is running Android 7.1.2 instead of the actual Android 8.0. However, in the near term the company should release an update. Meanwhile, it is worth noting laconic and unobtrusive shell LG UX 6.0 and a small set of useful applications.
In V30+ system means you can clean up RAM memory to configure power saving modes — in principle, this smartphone is good and without your active participation, but if necessary, you can perform the procedure manually.
In addition, there is a convenient quick access toolbar that can be placed at any height of the screen to the right or left. When clicked, the panel expands in the context menu you can quickly create a note or list, make gif animations from videos on the screen, go to General settings menu and perform other functions. Of course, a set of quick access functions can be edited at your discretion.
Display and sound
Six-inch P-OLED display occupies almost the entire front panel. Frame on the sides, however quite small display is 81,2% of the area of the front surface. This is slightly less than that of the Samsung Galaxy Note8 (83,2%) and is slightly larger than Huawei Mate Pro 10 (80.9 per cent).
The resolution is 1440 × 2880 pixels, so the pixel density is very high – 537 ppi. Is Dolby Vision and HDR10, but in this case, we do not rely on marketing terms, and laboratory testing. In the case of OLED (equally P-OLED and AMOLED), we do not give a chart of contrast – from the point of view of the colorimeter it is infinite, because the black color of the pixel is achieved in the complete absence of light.
The maximum brightness is regularly slightly lower than the IPS-matrix, but by the standards of the OLED is in order. Color gamut was wider than the sRGB space, but the quality of the settings screen is almost not affected.
Yes, it is possible to find fault with “lifted” the color temperature, which on average is 7 700 To 6 500 at a reference To, but it is a very common practice. Manufacturers often specifically lead to the screen with more cool colors, since users consider this picture more pleasing to the eye. The average DeltaE deviation for the extended palette ColorChecker is of 6.08 is also a little too much, but nothing serious.
The ratio 18:9 allows you to easily control the smartphone with one hand. Applications in the bulk have already been adjusted, so that no inconvenience the owners V30+ in this regard will not experience. And since the display is made of technology OLED, the LG cost nothing to implement AlwaysOn Display, and with some customization possibilities. For example, you can choose from several different dials for the hours in analogue or digital form. The price for this convenience will be an increased battery consumption. I checked: if you turn off all wireless modules and do not touch the smartphone during the day, the service information on the display “eats” about 14-16% charge. That is the day it will take less than 10%. You need it or not – decide for yourself.
LG V30+ equipped with pumped DAC – ES9218 Sabre. In the presence of music in an uncompressed format smartphone sounds great, to complain about the sound in the headphones, in this case sin. The maximum level of volume is enough for all situations, in General a full order. But the sound from the external speaker could be louder. But you don’t think I don’t complain about the impossibility of listening to rap on the street – in my world important only to the maximum volume (and hence efficiency) of the alarm.
Complete with LG V30+ is, by the way, the headset Bang & Olufsen. Firm honored, but to expect miracles from these headphones is not necessary – they are good, but nothing more.