LG V30 hands on

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LG V30 hands on

The V-series makes its debut in the UK at Carphone Warehouse

A few weeks ago we covered the announcement of the LG V30 at IFA’s technology conference in Berlin. And now we’ve got the smartphone all to ourselves, so we can give you a closer look at everything it can do.

Before we get into the features, lets just talk about where this smartphone sits in the LG hierarchy. Spec-wise, the V-series is a cut above the G-series, in this year’s case, the LG G6. This may sound odd, to have a line superior to the flagship, but it’s the same story with a lot of manufacturers – just think Sony’s Xperia XZ Premium or the Samsung Galaxy Note smartphones.

This is what you can expect from LG’s biggest and best smartphone to date, exclusively available from Carphone Warehouse

Design and display

In terms of build quality and design, the LG V30 is a great-looking device. Its 6-inch, 2:1 ratio screen takes over almost the entire face of the phone, leaving just two small slivers of bezel at the top and bottom.

The Quad HD+ resolution means you get a brilliant picture quality in everything you do, and with HDR10, colours are more vibrant, and there’s a greater contrast than ever before.

Camera

The LG V30’s dual lens camera is making headlines in the tech world for its super-wide f/1.6 aperture lens. It can suck in more light for brighter shots, and it’s made of glass instead of the usual plastic, improving the colour range in low-light environments.

Point zoom is another great feature, which lets you pan into any point in your frame when filming in Cine Video. In the past you’ve only been able to zoom in on a central position, but this adds a brand new element to smartphone cinematography.

At the announcement event in Berlin, David Franco, director of Game of Thrones, dropped by, and said this mode makes capturing the perfect moment in video “a piece of cake” - going on to show off his own home video shot on the V30.

On the front of the smartphone, there’s a wide-angle 13MP camera, able to take photos at 120-degrees. With this size lens, you’ll have no problem fitting yourself and all your mates in selfies, and you can leave the selfie stick at home.

Performance

Under the hood, the LG V30 has no shortage of power for unrivalled performance. There’s Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB RAM, and a giant 3,300mAh battery. The LG V30 is also VR-ready, able to pair with Google’s Daydream View headset.

There are no need for wires of leads for the Google virtual reality experience – simply download the app, and slot the phone in the front of the headset.

For music fans, the LG V30 is packing B&O Hi-Fi tech, so you can enjoy high-quality audio when listening with the bundled Hi-Res earphones. You can record in Hi-Fi sound too, using the phone’s directional receiver for uncompromised sound quality.

Security was also high on LG’s priority list, with the V30 boasting facial recognition (which works really quickly), voice recognition, and a fingerprint scanner, embedded inside the home button on the back of the device.

Interested? Not only is this the first time the V-series has come to the UK, but it’s exclusive to Carphone Warehouse. Follow the link to find out more.

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