Over the last few years, LG has released new V smartphones as part of its broader effort to expand its flagship handset line, typically with an emphasis on video and audio quality, as well as innovative features like dual displays. That's exactly what the V20 offered.
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Later this summer, the company is releasing a new handset that will likely be called the LG V30. On July 12, LG announced that it would be holding a press event a day before IFA in Berlin on Aug. 31.
The design of its invite, complete with a smartphone silhouette and prominent “V,” as well as the rumors surrounding it, suggest the event will indeed showcase the V30. So, what might you expect from the V30? Read on for a look at some of the latest rumors.
Like other V handsets that have come before it, the LG V30 could come with two screens.
According to some reports, both displays are expected to utilize OLED technology instead of the LCD screens LG had been using in the past. Oddly, there are no rumors so far on exactly how big the LG V30’s screens might be.
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Still, the LG V30 is expected to ship with a rather large screen. According to a concept from Android Authority, the main display will sit directly underneath the secondary screen, which will effectively make it feel like the collective screen real estate will spill off the top of the handset.
The top, or second, screen will reportedly display icons for quicker access to important apps and features.
That is, if the secondary screen is coming at all.
A report from XDA Developers in June said that LG is actually planning to remove the secondary display and instead offer a bigger screen that will nearly entirely cover its face, similar to the Galaxy S8. But again, there was no word on screen size.
If LG indeed intends on offering only one display in the V30, it would mark a stark departure for the company: previous V handsets have differentiated themselves because of that dual display.
We haven’t heard much about the V30’s design, but some renders have been making their way around the web.
First up, we have the concept photo Android Authority obtained. While the site was quick to note that its sources didn’t believe it was the final design, the handset in the concept showed a device with rounded corners and two screens. In the center of the second screen sits a front-facing camera.
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Like the Galaxy S8 and other high-end handsets today, this V30 renders also appears to ditch the physical home button for a screen that nearly covers its face.
Android Authority also obtained a second rendering of the smartphone. It has what appears to be a grey finish and dual rear-facing cameras. Its fingerprint sensor sits below the rear cameras. There’s also no physical home button.
Serial leaker Evan Blass has shared some other images of what he says is the LG V30. And those images suggest the device, which is codenamed Project Joan, according to Blass, could have a secondary screen that slides out.
While he acknowledged that it might not be the final design, it showed a concept of the second screen extending out from the bottom, giving you more access to apps and features.
Ultimately, we don’t really know what to expect from LG’s V30 design, but some additional renderings and leaks could surface soon.
LG has done a good job of keeping its V30 plans under wraps. But there have been some leaks to suggest the LG V30 could come with higher-end specs.
Specifically, XDA Developers reported in June that LG is planning to bundle the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor in the handset. It might also come with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. It’ll also have a microSD card slot, according to that source.
It’s also expected that the smartphone’s screen will have an 18:9 aspect ratio, similar to the LG G6. And since it should be available in early September, look for the LG V30 to run Android Nougat rather than Android O.
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Google separately suggested earlier this year that the LG V30, which it did not mention by name, could also come with Daydream support. Google specifically said that LG’s next flagship will support the virtual reality feature.
Beyond that, our best guess on other features comes from OnLeaks, which has said that the smartphone will come with wireless charging support, a dual camera array, and have a 3,200mAh battery that cannot be removed. Also look for IP68 certification for water- and dust-resistance.
The LG V line of handsets has long been known for its high-quality audio. And according to a report from Android Authority, the LG V30 could similarly deliver solid sound.
LG is rumored to be planning ESS Quad DAC support for the V30. Quad DAC (Digital to Analog Converter) is designed to take digital tracks and convert them to analog. The Quad component means there will be four DACs, all working towards eliminating noise in the sound to deliver better audio.
If it all works well, the LG V30 should be among the best-sounding smartphones on the market.
The LG V30’s release date is a little up in the air at the moment. However, we do know that LG will be holding a launch event on Aug. 31, suggesting it could make an appearance on store shelves soon after.
There’s currently no word on which carriers the LG V30 should work on, but since it’s a flagship handset, look for an unlocked version you can put on the carrier of your choosing.
Given the specs, the LG V30 won’t be cheap. We don’t have a definitive source to tell us exactly what the smartphone will cost, but most industry watchers peg its price at or around $750.
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