LG V30+

LG V30+: Complete package shines with premium features galore

The LG V30+, which will hit shores here next month, has a power button which doubles as a fingerprint sensor at its back.
The LG V30+, which will hit shores here next month, has a power button which doubles as a fingerprint sensor at its back.PHOTO: LG

LG's V30+ premium flagship is finally hitting local shores in December, a month after the phone - which also has a variant called V30 - was launched worldwide.

Local buyers get the model with 128GB of onboard storage, instead of 64GB with the V30.

The V30+ outclasses LG's earlier flagship, the G6, in many ways. It has an edge-to-edge Oled display, rather than an LCD one, with a thinner bezel and an upgraded processor chip. It also doesn't skimp on features that a flagship should have - expandable storage, headphone jack and wireless charging.

The V30+ is the whole package and shows how premium phones don't have to cut back on features.

The six-inch screen is a joy to look at, with nice, vibrant colours and even brightness levels. Its colour temperature leans on the warmer side by default, but can be adjusted.

The V30+ sticks with an 18:9 screen aspect ratio, but opts for a wider body as opposed to a longer one like on the Samsung Note8. This gives the V30+ a great handling feel, with a nice and snug grip despite its glass back.

The power button, which doubles as a fingerprint sensor, is at the sweet spot on the phone's back just above the middle of the phone, and has a nice tactile clickiness to it.

The always-on display which gives the time and notifications at a glance is useful, as is the new "mini-view" which replaces the secondary screen found on the V20.

  • TECH SPECS

  • PRICE: $1,098

    PROCESSOR: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (Quad-core 2.35GHz and Quad-core 1.9GHz)

    DISPLAY: 6.0-inch QuadHD+ Oled, 2,880 x 1,440 , 538 ppi pixel density

    OPERATING SYSTEM: Android 7.1.2

    CAMERAS: 13MP wide, f/1.9 (rear); 16MP standard, f/1.6 (rear); 5MP wide, f/2.2 (front)

    MEMORY: 128GB (microSD expandable up to 2TB), 4GB RAM

    BATTERY: Non-removable 3,300 mAh

  • RATING

    FEATURES: 5/5

    DESIGN: 5/5

    PERFORMANCE: 5/5

    BATTERY LIFE: 4/5

    VALUE FOR MONEY: 5/5

    OVERALL: 5/5

 

It provides a convenient shortcut on the unlock screen for setting your phone to silent mode or turning on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth without needing to unlock the phone.

As with LG's tradition, the two rear cameras on the V30+ follow a wide-angle and standard-angle lens set-up, as opposed to one with a telephoto lens. This lets the V30+ take great landscape shots that really sparkle and excel in natural light, with good dynamic range and colour reproduction.

However, camera performance takes a slight hit in low-light performance, despite the relatively large f/1.6 aperture of the V30+'s lens. Details tend to be fuzzed over and lost, which becomes readily apparent when you zoom into the picture.

Despite its slightly weaker photo-taking abilities, the V30+ takes really good videos. The new Cine Video mode comes with cheesy filters to set a variety of cinematic moods, but the video stabilisation and point zoom features make it easy to shoot good videos.

My favourite feature of any LG phone, the hi-fi quad digital-to-audio converter, returns on the V30+, and works as brilliantly as before. It lets me drive high-end headphones like the Sennheiser HD650 on my phones, which works well for me as I use music streaming services.

Unfortunately, the V30+ doesn't ship with the latest Android 8.0. Users will have to contend with the slightly older Android 7.1.2 version, until LG pushes out an update.

I'm also not a fan of LG's take on the user interface, with its large, garish icons in shades of pastel colours.

Lester Hio

• Verdict: The V30+ is a great all-round phone, with a striking display, good camera for most shooting circumstances and a nice, comfortable body. It's also chock-full of features which is befitting of the V30+'s premium stature.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 29, 2017, with the headline 'Complete package shines with premium features galore'. Print Edition | Subscribe