This is the LG V30S ThinQ, which we’ll call V30S from now on for our (and your) sanity’s sake. Our specific model is actually the V30S+ ThinQ, as it has 256GB of storage.
The V30 was probably one of the most underestimated flagships of 2017, flying under the radar for most people and thus definitely not breaking any sales records.
The V30S ThinQ has the potential to make a more lasting impression by improving its predecessor’s strengths. And with the LG G7 finally around the corner, it better have what it takes.
The V30S is rather slippery, but surprisingly easy to hold and operate with one hand without a fear of it sliding out of your grip.
The front is refreshingly symmetrical, and it looks like it will be the last LG flagship to go for that look – notches are in, symmetry is out this year.
The top and bottom bezels are identical in size, but do note that the side bezels are not tiny. That said, you probably won’t mind given the handset’s respectable 81.2% screen-to-body ratio. Unlike the G6, the V30S doesn’t have a logo on the front, as there simply wasn’t enough room on the bottom bezel for it.
The metal frame seems sturdy and it’s managed to survive a drop on a tiled floor from around 70cm with just one dent – although the blue color chipped away from that particular spot in the process. The V30S is MIL-STD-810G compliant for resistance to extreme conditions, which should further enhance its durability.
V30S employs LG’s first P-OLED panel with 18:9 aspect ratio and very small top and bottom bezels. Unfortunately, if the rumors about the G7 pan out, it will also be the last LG handset to don that setup, and we’re a tad conflicted about this. The fact that quality control seemed to be pretty hit and miss at the beginning of its production run didn’t help either, but while your experience may still differ, we can only discuss the display of our V30S unit. And, in a word, it’s fine. The OLED panel inside the V30 and the Google Pixel 2 XL caught a lot of flack for the fact that it can’t measure up to Samsung’s best in a few key areas, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad screen per se.
V30S unit runs Android 8.0 Oreo, you won’t find very many traces of Google’s design language inside, with the notification area being the single biggest exception. LG’s skin is still rather heavy, although we can’t say we’re bothered too much by it.
The launcher is devoid of an app drawer by default, but changing that is easily accomplished through Settings. Among its options are choices for icon shape and grid layout, and you can enable a search function when you swipe down on the home screen – yet this might get a tad redundant if you also use the Google search widget.
LG’s app store can safely be ignored for the most part and only used to update certain built-in apps (or for installation of additional LG apps, which is a choice you first get upon the initial setup).
We’re still wondering why LG is the only company to see the value in having a secondary wide-angle camera on the rear. Especially now when three-lens setups are becoming a thing, it would be quite baffling if no manufacturer chose a setup consisting of one normal-angle, one wide-angle, and one zoom lens. Hopefully LG itself will consider something like that for the V40.
We’re only sorry that LG still isn’t able to visualize the HDR effect live in the viewfinder like Samsung and Apple are doing with their latest phones. When you use the HDR mode on the V30S, the capable HDR algorithm will do a really nice job of restoring details in the highlights and shadows but you will only be able to appreciate this after the shot has been taken.
On paper, the V30S’ 3,300 mAh cell isn’t small by today’s standards, but it’s not record-breaking either. That said, battery life has been great. So much so, in fact, that with our normal use we haven’t actually managed to bring the handset to the point where the Battery Low alert shows up – at 15% left. Low mobile network signal level heavily impacts battery life, while using the phone primarily on mobile data will also eat into your numbers. However, we’d venture a guess and say that the V30S should last you through a day even if you’re more of a power user than we are.
LG V30S ThinQ Full Specifications
|NETWORK||Technology||GSM / HSPA / LTE|
|2G bands||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2 (dual-SIM model only)|
|3G bands||HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1800 / 1900 / 2100|
|Speed||HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (4CA) Cat16 1024/150 Mbps|
|Status||Available. Released 2018, March|
|BODY||Dimensions||151.7 x 75.4 x 7.3 mm (5.97 x 2.97 x 0.29 in)|
|Weight||158 g (5.57 oz)|
|Build||Front/back glass (Gorilla Glass 5), aluminum frame|
|SIM||Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)|
|– IP68 certified – dust/water proof (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
– MIL-STD-810G compliant
|DISPLAY||Type||P-OLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Size||6.0 inches, 92.9 cm2 (~81.2% screen-to-body ratio)|
|Resolution||1440 x 2880 pixels, 18:9 ratio (~537 ppi density)|
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 5|
|– Dolby Vision/HDR10 compliant
– Always-on display
– LG UX 6.0+
|PLATFORM||OS||Android 8.0 (Oreo)|
|Chipset||Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835|
|CPU||Octa-core (4×2.45 GHz Kryo & 4×1.9 GHz Kryo)|
|MEMORY||Card slot||microSD, up to 400 GB (dedicated slot) – single-SIM model
microSD, up to 400 GB (uses SIM 2 slot) – dual-SIM model
|Internal||256 GB, 6 GB RAM (V30s+) or 128 GB, 6 GB RAM (V30s)|
|CAMERA||Primary||Dual: 16 MP (f/1.6, 1µm, 3-axis OIS, PDAF) + 13 MP (f/1.9, no AF), phase detection & laser autofocus, LED flash|
|Features||Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama|
|Video||2160p@30fps, 1080p@30/60fps, 720p@120fps, 24-bit/192kHz stereo sound rec., HDR video|
|Secondary||5 MP (f/2.2, 1/5″, 1.12µm)|
|SOUND||Alert types||Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones|
|– 32-bit/192kHz audio
– B&O Play certified
– 24-bit/48kHz audio recording
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
|COMMS||WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot|
|Bluetooth||5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX HD|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO|
|Radio||Stereo FM radio with RDS|
|USB||3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector|
|FEATURES||Sensors||Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, color spectrum|
|Messaging||SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM|
|– Fast battery charging: 50% in 36 min (Quick Charge 3.0)
– Wireless charging
– MP4/DviX/XviD/H.265/WMV player
– MP3/WAV/FLAC/eAAC+/WMA player
– Photo/video editor
– Document editor
|BATTERY||Non-removable Li-Po 3300 mAh battery|
|MISC||Colors||New Maroccan Blue, New Platinum Gray|
Note that LG V30S is otherwise known as LG V30S+
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