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LG V30
LG V30
LG V30
LG V30
LG V30
LG V30

Informr score
The LG V30 currently has an Informr score of 8.1 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 52 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • Fast performance
  • Sleek design
  • Great battery life
  • IP68 rated

What's bad

  • Poor viewing angles
  • Slow autofocus
  • Full-auto camera leads to mixed image quality results

While LG has experienced rocky sales in their last few releases, they haven't given up on the smartphone market yet. They’re hoping the release of the V30 will spark interest in new customers.

LG has pulled all the stops for the V30 in terms of design. Many reviewers consider it one of the best-designed phones the company has released. They have reduced the bezels on the side of the screen to where most barely notice them and combine them with a metal frame and curved glass back.

While attractive, experts experienced slight scratching when the phone rubbed against loose change or keys. Many also were worried about shattering the glass if they dropped it.

The phone measures 5.97-by-2.97-by-0.29 inches and weighs 158 grams—making it larger, albeit lighter, than the iPhone X. Despite its large size, critics found it easy to use one-handed and comfortable to hold thanks to its ergonomic design.

It comes with an IP68 water-resistance rating. This means it can survive a quick dip in the pool or a puddle.

A 6-inch, 2K OLED display dominates the front of the phone. Most critics enjoyed the vibrant, rich colors, excellent sharpness, and overall contrast when watching movies or gaming. At the same time, the 18:9 aspect ratio doesn’t work perfectly with all apps, games, and video formats.

Muddy whites and poor viewing angles let down some reviewers. While not horrible, they note it’s the weakest part of the phone—especially when pitted against other flagships like the Pixel 2 and  Huawei Mate 10 Pro.

What the V30 might lack in a dazzling display, it makes up for with an octa-core processor and 4GB of RAM. Although this might be slightly less raw horsepower than the Pixel 2, most reviewers barely noticed a difference in real life tests. Apps opened fast and performing everyday tasks was a breeze. They didn’t notice any frame rate drops when playing demanding games.

The 3,300mAh battery also impressed, lasting through a full day of intense usage. If that wasn’t enough, it comes with Qi wireless charging so you don’t need to carry a charger with you if you need a refill.

LG was one of the first manufacturers to use a dual-camera system, so it’s not a surprise to see this arrangement on the V30. The main camera is 16MP with a very wide f/1.6 aperture. 

Interestingly, experts were surprised that it had a hard time illuminating dark scenes, finding the Samsung S8 and Pixel much better options.

Although it wasn’t great at taking pictures in the dark, they noticed it performed better in dim shots, providing a good balance of detail and contrast.

In better lighting, they could take crisp and vibrant pictures that rivaled the Galaxy S8 Plus. The catch was that they had to move out of full-auto mode and choose their own settings. Full-auto often resulted in white balance and exposure issues. They were let down with the slow autofocus—especially in low light settings.

Despite some issues, most reviewers were very happy with the LG V30.  Tech Radar states, “... the V30 holds its own thanks to a dollop of power... and a capable camera…” Trusted Reviews is a bit more muted in their recommending stating, “[It’s] an excellent Android phone - but it misses the mark in a few areas.”

Operating system
Operating system
2.45 GHz
2.45 GHz
Screen Size
Screen Size
16+ MP, f/1.6
16+ MP, f/1.6
3300 mAh

What the Critics Are Saying...

Gadgets 360
Gadgets 360

This is exactly the kind of device that looks dazzling at first glance and has an impressive spec sheet, but really needs some time spent with it to uncover its true nature.

- Jamshed Avari, Gadgets 360
PC & Tech Authority
PC & Tech Authority

The LG V30+ fits in well to the super-premium smartphone market and only photography enthusiasts will not be happy with it. However, the price hike to reach this market tier is exponential and tends to be inversely-proportional to value.

- Nick Ross, PC & Tech Authority

The smartphone has not disappointed us in any significant segment (the UI and Nougat rankle) but also has not managed to wow us. It comes laden with both software and hardware oriented features

- Akriti Rana, TechPP
Android Guys
Android Guys

The V30's display is a bit of a mess, and the all-glass body is a bit more fragile than I'd like in a modern smartphone. On the other hand, the internal components are top-notch, and it'll serve you well for at least two years.

- Dono, Android Guys

Other than slight blue shift on the display, there's very little you can fault the V30+ for, but at the same time, there's no "must have" features. There are however plenty of small differentiators that could make it a compelling option for anyone in the market for an Android phablet.

- Alex Choros, WhistleOut

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Common Questions

We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the LG V30 user manual here.

LG backs up the V30 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.

If your V30 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact LG support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find LG's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.

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Screen Size

The LG V30's screen size is 6 inches with 1440 x 2880 pixels resolution.

2.45 GHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 Octa core 2.45 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the Android 7.1 Nougat (Update Available: 9.0 Pie) operating system (OS).

16+ MP

You can take photos with the phone's onboard 16+ MP, f/1.6 camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 5+ megapixels resolution.

64/128 GB

Internal memory is 64/128 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 2000 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3300 mAh battery. LG's performance ratings are 1560 minutes, 570 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

LG V30 Specs

Release Date September 15, 2017
Regions Available USA, Canada, United Kingdom
Operating System Android 7.1 Nougat (Update Available: 9.0 Pie)

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Processor Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 Octa core 2.45 GHz
Internal Storage 64/128 GB
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.89 W/kg
Body: 1.16 W/kg
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Headphones, Data Cable
Mobile / Cellular Data
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
SIM card size
Dual SIM Yes
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, aptX HD
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 2000 GB)
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Main Camera
Resolution / Aperture
16+ Megapixels, f/1.6
Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, ISO, Multi-shot, Panorama, Dual camera feature (13 MP 2nd camera, F1.9 aperture), HDR, Exposure compensation
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, FLV, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution / Aperture
5+ Megapixels
Additional Front Camera Info
F2.2 aperture
Video Recording Parameters
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology OLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1440 x 2880 pixels
Pixel Density 537 pixels
Size 6 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Power & Battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 3300 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging Yes
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Up to 896 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to 570 minutes
Internet Use (Cellular) Up to 390 minutes
Talk Time Up to 1560 minutes
Standby Time Up to 18 days
Mixed Usage
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Material Aluminium
Colors Aurora Black, Cloud Silver, Moroccan Blue, Lavender Violet, Raspberry Rose
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.2 x 7.5 x 0.7 cm (6 x 3 x 0.3 in)
Weight 158 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design No
IP Rating IP 68
Headset Jack 3.5mm
External Speakers Yes
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Input / Keyboard Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Additional Information Other Names (AKA): LG V30+
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