If you have been waiting for LG’s new V30, we have some great news for you. The flagship smartphone is finally on sale in the US, although only two carriers are selling it currently – AT&T and Verizon Wireless. T-Mobile has started accepting pre-orders, while Sprint will begin selling the more premium V30+ model October 13th onwards.
Both AT&T and Verizon Wireless will have the V30 in-store starting today, so if you are planning to go check out the device first, you can head over to an AT&T or Verizon store near you. T-Mobile, on the other hand, expects to begin shipping the V30 before the 13th of this month. If you wish to purchase the V30 outright, you will need to shell out roughly $800 at most places. AT&T is selling the V30 on its Next plan for a monthly payment of $27 for a period of 30 months. The carrier is running a BOGO deal as well, wherein you can get a second V30 free. Along with your V30, you will be receiving a free Google Daydream View VR headset as well. On Verizon, the LG V30 is available for a monthly fee of $35 for a period of 24 months, which amounts to a full retail price of $840. However, the carrier will also give you a $200 Visa prepaid card if you place your order before November 6th. Additionally, you will be receiving a free Google Daydream View VR headset. If you are a T-Mobile subscriber, you will need to pay $80 down and then $30 each month for 24 months.
The LG V30 is the company’s first flagship in over two years to feature an OLED display. Like the G Flex 2 from 2015, the V30 uses a P-OLED panel. The P-OLED panel offers 1440 x 2880 Quad HD+ resolution and an 18:9 aspect ratio with a slight curve on both sides. In terms of hardware, the V30 runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core 64-bit chipset, coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of UFS 2.1 storage. At the back of the phone, you get a dual-camera setup with a 16MP primary sensor and a 13MP wide-angle sensor. The primary sensor is paired with a bright f/1.6 aperture lens, allowing for superior low-light performance compared to previous LG flagship smartphones. The front-facing camera isn’t very impressive though, offering a standard 5-megapixel resolution and relatively small 1.12um pixel size. In terms of audio quality, the V30 is pretty much unrivalled, thanks to a Hi-Fi 32-bit Quad-DAC that is claimed to be superior to the one inside last year’s V20. Some of the other key features of the LG V30 include a USB Type-C port, IP68 rating for dust and water resistance, MIL-STD-810G compliance, and a non-removable 3300mAh capacity battery with fast charging as well as wireless charging support. The V30 will ship with the Android 7.1.2 Nougat operating system out of the box, with LG’s UX 6.0+ custom skin on top.