LG V30 full review

LG is about to release its newest model from the V Series: the V30. Following the release of the G6 which came out last April, the V30 has been dubbed the ‘multimedia king’ and is set to become one of the world’s leading smartphones. We’ve already already reviewed the G6 in depth, but we'll now take a good look at the main differences between the G6 and the V30.

The first thing you’ll have noticed is how similar both smartphones look. The V30 has kept the G6’s round corners, and taken it a step further by including rounded Gorilla Glass and extra curviness to the back.

The same materials were used in design (glass and aluminum) and the colours don’t vary much either from one model to another (the G6 is available in White, Black or Platinum, while the V30 will also offer Blue and Purple options).

We’ve noticed minor changes to the camera layout and it’s also worth mentioning that the V30’s screen includes smaller bezels, making it look more attractive.

In terms of price, the V30 is set to be a little more expensive than the G6, which debuted at £649 in the UK, but the difference is minimal as the estimated debut price for the V30 is £699. You can now buy a G6 for a lot cheaper than its original price though, it’s possible to get it for £500 from Carphone Warehouse. The V30 is not available for pre-order just yet, but you can register your interest to be the first to find out more.

LG G6 VS LG V30: Features and Design

The V30 is a little larger and lighter than the G6 but the changes are too small to make a real impact on your experience. The bigger size does, however, provide the V30 with a larger screen and a superior body to screen ratio (81% compared to 78% on the G6). The resolution is the same on both phones (1440 x 2880), making the pixel density a little inferior on the V30, but it’s nothing to be too concerned about. You definitely won't be able to tell.

Both phones have a similar video quality, but the V30’s camera has been upgraded from a 13Mp on the G6 to a 16Mp. No changes were made to the front camera (13Mp on both).

The V30 should also be considerably more powerful than the G6 as it is equipped with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835, the best processor available, while the G6 had to make do with the Snapdragon 821.The CPU upgrades from quad-core on the G6 to octa-core on the V30, but the GPU remains the same (Adreno 540).

Both phones enable fast-charging (up to 50% in under 30 mins) and they are equipped with the same 3300mAh battery.  Both are also dust- and water-resistant,with an IP68 rating.

In terms of storage, the V30 comes with either 64GB or 128GB of storage while the G6 starts at 32GB. However, they both enable storage to be expanded up to 256GB through the MicroSD slot.


LG G6 LG V30
 £659 £699
 Android Nougat 7.0
Android Nougat 7.1.2
 5.7in 1440 x 2880 touchscreen, 564ppi  6.0in 1440 x 2880 touchscreen, 537ppi
Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, quad-core processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, octa-core processor
Adreno 540 graphics Adreno 540 graphics
32GB, 64GB or 128GB storage 64GB or 128GB storage
Dual 13 MP main camera (3-axis, phase detection), support for 2160p video at 30fps Dual 16 MP main camera (3-axis, laser and phase detection autofocus), support for 2160p video at 30fps
13MP front camera 13MP front camera
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot
Bluetooth 4.2, A2DP, LE, aptX HD Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX HD
Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by) Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
3300mAh non-removable battery 3300mAh non-removable battery
USB 3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go

Fast battery charging: 50% in 36 min (Quick Charge 3.0)
USB 3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector

Fast battery charging: 50% in 36 min (Quick Charge 3.0)
MicroSD support up to 256GB MicroSD support up to 256GB
IP68 water-resistance IP68 water-resistance
148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9 mm 151.7 x 75.4 x 7.4 mm
163g 158g


LG V30: Specs

  • 6in 18:9 Quad-HD+ (2880x1440, 538ppi) OLED FullVision display, Gorilla Glass 5
  • Android Nougat 7.1.2 with UX 6.0+ and Google Assistant
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
  • 4GB LPDDR4
  • 64GB UFS 2.0, microSD up to 2TB
  • 16Mp f/1.6 + 13Mp f/1.9 dual-camera, 5Mp selfie camera
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, USB-C
  • IP68, MIL-STD 810G compliant, 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC, face/voice/fingerprint recognition
  • 3,300mAh, wired and wireless charging, Quick Charge 3.0
  • 151.7x75.4x7.3mm