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LG V30: The Smartphone with Quad-DAC, F1.6 & Wide Angle Lens Reviewed


As already mentioned, the rather large display dominates the entire front of the LG V30. It is high-quality processed, has rounded corners and has been very well designed from a design point of view. The display is a FullVision screen with a screen diagonal of 6 inches in 18:9 format.

LG continues to rely on the criticized OLED displays in the V30 as well. In principle, it can be said that these do not necessarily have to be worse than other displays. Nevertheless, at some point they reach a performance limit that could be exceeded by competing products. However, LG still opts for this type of display. Ultimately, the question here is to what extent a “better” standard than OLED is really needed in practice, even if OLED leads to more than just sufficient results.

Of course, the weaknesses of the OLED display used must also be pointed out during this test. These are mainly due to the stability of the viewing angle. The white, which is rather yellowish by default, quickly acquires a light blue tone. This point shows what newer solutions could do better than OLEDs. Whether the user is bothered by the bluish white in practice, however, is another question. With a high-end smartphone, a demanding customer can be bothered by it, but most people probably won’t notice it.

With regard to all other test points, however, the display is convincing. It has a resolution of 2,880 x 1,440 pixels and offers an extremely sharp display of all displayed content. The brightness of approx. 430 cd per square meter is also surprisingly high for an OLED display. Contrast, black value and colour display are equally convincing. In addition, it is possible for the user to individualize some settings. For example, he can manually set the color temperature and intensity. Here he has the choice between a completely manual setting and the selection of prefabricated profiles.

A new feature of the LG V30 is the Always-on display function. Even when locked, the date, time, battery level and missed notifications are permanently displayed. You can control the media player such as Spotify and start the camera and note app as well as activate/deactivate WLAN, Bluetooth, torch and change the notification mode.

The support of HDR10 in certain applications continues to attract positive attention. Especially when streaming, this is very positive, as the image quality can be further improved.

All in all, the display is always a highlight of the new V-Smartphone. It dominates the optics of the front side, is extremely powerful for an OLED display, has only one real weak point and can convince with many positive points.

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Simon Lüthje

I am co-founder of this blog and am very interested in everything that has to do with technology, but I also like to play games. I was born in Hamburg, but now I live in Berlin.

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