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LG Announces V30 Smartphone With 'FullVision' OLED Display, Dual Cameras (phonedog.com) 45

At a press conference in Berlin, LG announced their newest flagship smartphone, the LG V30. The V30 doesn't feature a removable battery or a secondary display like its predecessor, but it does feature faster performance and a significantly redesigned build construction that puts in more in line with Samsung and Apple's offerings. PhoneDog reports: A bigger device with beefier specs, the LG's V series took more design cues from the G series this year more than ever. As expected, LG got rid of the secondary display in favor of a single 6-inch LG P-OLED display (not Super AMOLED, although practically the same with rich black and vibrant colors). The V30 switches out its secondary display for slimmer bezels, which may prove to be a smart move considering how popular the concept is this year. Specs look pretty solid, although there were reports that the device would feature 6GB of RAM rather than 4GB. The bread and butter of the V30 are its sophisticated audio and its dual rear camera set-up. Speaking of the back of the device, another small advantage that LG may have over the competition is the center placement of its rear fingerprint sensor, which has been a bit of a pain point for Samsung this year with the S8 and the Note 8. The LG V30 is set to release on September 21 in South Korea, with releases in North America, Asia, Africa, and Europe following shortly after. LG also has yet to announce a price for the V30, although rumors peg it to be around 800,000 KRW in South Korea (which equates to about $699 in the U.S.). For those interested, GSMArena has a full spec sheet available for the LG V30. Some of the noteworthy specs include a 6-inch LG P-OLED display with an 18:9 aspect ratio and QHD (1440 x 2880) resolution, Snapdragon 835 processor with 4GB RAM, dual 16-megapixel/13-megapixel rear-facing camera sensors, headphone jack, 32-bit/192kHz audio, wireless charging and Android 7.1.2 Nougat.
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LG Announces V30 Smartphone With 'FullVision' OLED Display, Dual Cameras

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  • by fafalone ( 633739 ) on Thursday August 31, 2017 @05:11PM (#55119277)
    The removable battery, SD card, and 2nd display is why I bought the V20 over the Galaxy and iPhone. If I wanted one of those I would have bought them, and come next upgrade I'll just buy Galaxy if there's nothing unique setting it apart that's not trivial.
    • Same here. Glad I'm not the only one. There has to be at least a baker's dozen of us left that like removable batteries and external storage in our phones.
    • by Anonymous Coward

      Agreed. I was okay with no notification LED, because 2nd screen.

      This is a go at Samsung's s8 from the looks. But, No 2nd screen? . No notification LED? No IR (I use the hell out of mine, I might be an outlier) ...honestly, slim bezels don't bother me. I've got ham hands and my fingertips click on shit when I hold my phone 1 handed. This is just more unwanted clicks, and easier for my phones screen to contact the ground when/if it falls and lands on it's side, regardless of a case. Glass' impact resistance s

      • Agreed. I was okay with no notification LED, because 2nd screen.

        This is a go at Samsung's s8 from the looks. But, No 2nd screen? . No notification LED?

        It has an interactive always-on display (with color even). That's probably why they got rid of the 2nd screen.

    • Another V20 user here who specifically chose the phone so I could get through a long day without a charger using good old fashioned "battery swap".

      Batteries in heavily-used phones wear out in less than 12 months.
      Being able to buy a new one and swap it in without damaging the phone for $20 is a major selling point.

      Its getting harder and harder to find a good phone with a removable battery as the years go on.

      I really didn't expect Samsung to ditch it so comprehensively after their "wall huggers" advertising c

    • The removable battery was the only reason I was looking at LG. I'll be buying two phones to replace the Samsung Notes that I have.

      • Same here. Almost got a used V20 to replace my aging 6P but waited for this. With no removable battery, there is no point.
    • Add me to the list - LG was the last to offer user-replaceable batteries. If I have to dick around with iOpeners and shit, I may as well get a Samsung Galaxy Note.
      However, I might look into FairPhone [fairphone.com] Those have user-replaceable everything. FP 2 is not that exciting technically speaking, but the fact I can replace practically every component, is becoming very attractive.

    • The removable battery,

      The question needs to be asked as to why exactly manufacturers are doing away with the removable battery. While all the "quick charge" -like features are quite attractive, the fact is the battery will still have a hard time keeping up with heavy users without overheating.

      The only answer I have is that companies really want you to upgrade your phone sooner and throw the old one away rather than repairing and keeping what you have. Which is easy to do when the first thing to go is the battery and you can repl

  • 32 bit audio??? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Circlotron ( 764156 ) on Thursday August 31, 2017 @05:45PM (#55119401)
    At the present time at least, anything more than about 20 bits is lost in the noise so what's all this 32 bits of analog resolution of audio stuff? Just big numbers for advertising if you ask me.
    • Anything more than 16 bit / 44.1 kHz is just taking up extra space, if you use it for just playback. The frequency response and dynamic range are at or above the limits of the human ear. That's why those numbers were chosen for CDs. More bits and higher sample rates are good for mixing and production, but it's meaningless for the audio listener. That being said, the audio portion of the V20 is very good and sounds as good as any portable device out there. I imagine the V30 is the same.
      • The frequency response and dynamic range are at or above the limits of the human ear. That's why those numbers were chosen for CDs.

        False. Firstly the dynamic range of the human is is 120dB though you'd probably go deaf attempting to exploit that range. That is the reason digital master tapes use 20bit for recording, and SACD / DVD-A both have higher dynamic range than that. Plus electronics these days can actually get quiet enough to resolve these kind of minute outputs. 16bit was chosen for CDs due to the technological limits at the time. Heck Philips wanted to use 14bits but Sony at the time still was a quality audio company and want

  • by ffkom ( 3519199 ) on Thursday August 31, 2017 @05:46PM (#55119407)
    I wonder how some can consider it a feature to have a touch-display that reaches from edge-to-edge, with no more non-touch-sensitive space to handle the device without causing unintentional clicks/action.
    • by ELCouz ( 1338259 )
      Like touchpads they can detect the difference a touch and a palm... touch system are smarter than you think nowadays. False positive do happen but less than you might think.
      • by ffkom ( 3519199 )
        But my palm would be only on one side of the display. On the other side, it would be fingers that touch the surface. And even "only one opposing finger holding the device" is not quite an unusual scenario for me.
  • Let me be the first to say "Fuck you LG" as you are presumably going to deny UK users access to this as you did with the V10 and V20.

  • 18:9 (Score:2, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward

    Dear LG,
    18:9 is also known as 2:1.
    Signed,
    your 2nd grade teacher.

  • No goddam user-replaceable battery = NO SALE! Idiots.

  • My first LG phone had a motherboard problem that limited it to less than the speeds of 2G half the time. I thought it was just a bad network connection, until a replacement part made it ten times faster. Since that was a Nexus, I thought I'd give LG another chance. My next LG phone died after six months due to a processor defect which is common to every handset of that model. LG wouldn't repair their garbage phone since I had no warranty. (They clearly *could* have repaired it, but wanted me to pay the pric

  • How is this news? It's just another bar smartphone with specs lower than other flagship devices. What, is this LG's personal advertising space now? Less nonsense posts about average device announcements, plzthxbye
    • LG's phones have in the past been popular with the technology community, because they have been relatively root and rom friendly. This is partly because they formed the template for some nexus devices.
      Phones like the G2 (2013) and G3 are still being updated by the community. LG itself is also the company most willing to keep making security updates, according to a study I read last week.
  • Are you people retarded? Why would you glue the battery into the phone after Samsung's Note 7 debacle?

    You do realize one of the only reasons to buy an LG phone over a Samsung phone is the longevity promised by a device without a battery that's been glued in, right?

    No sale for you. :(

  • Can we please tax the living shit out of devices with planned obsolescence / glued in batteries? It's incredibly wasteful and the cost should reflect that fact.

  • Never ever ever buying another LG phone after the debacle with my V10.

    Bought it new, after 9 months it develops the dreaded "bootloop" problem, which is a manufacturing defect that takes a while to surface. Also affects the G3 and G4 phones.

    Send my phone in for repair, LG denies it due to "corrosion caused by liquid damage". Phone has never been near water, all stickers are white, logic board is pristine.

    So die in a fire, LG, I'm never going back. I should have learned after having a G2x a few years ago

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