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

Sound

In terms of music playback, the V30 achieves average results. A pity is the fact that only a mono loudspeaker exists. Since this one loudspeaker is quickly unintentionally covered with a finger, the absence of a second speaker is negatively, not to say annoyingly, noticeable.

However, when listening to music with headphones, a very good audio quality without interference is achieved. The Quad-DAC, a low-noise and low-distortion digital-to-analog converter, also contributes to the very good audio experience. In order to use this converter, however, wired headphones must be used. Here you can also make different settings to let the sound appear more detailed or room-filling. This improves the sound quality audibly. It’s also worth mentioning that LG includes high-quality in-ear headphones from Bang & Olufsen.

System and Performance

In contrast to its predecessor, LG relies on a current processor for the V30. With the Snapdragon 835 the manufacturer makes a good choice. In combination with the 4 GB RAM a very good performance is achieved. The LG V30 also shows no weaknesses in demanding games. For gamers, this in combination with the extremely large display is particularly interesting – playing on the LG V30 is a very special experience that is highly recommended.

Android 7.1.2 is used as the operating system, which is a pity. An update on Android Oreo will follow next year, but will be relatively late. It would have been reasonable for LG to integrate the new operating system directly at the sales launch.

As with every LG smartphone, an adapted Android version is used. However, this does not necessarily stand out positively. The adjustments seem to lead to a deterioration of the operating system. For example, the sorting of the apps seems chaotic, the floating option is not activated at the factory and correction suggestions are not accepted by the keyboard, but have to be selected manually. Better solutions could have been found here.

Face recognition for unlocking has been integrated into the front camera. It works flawlessly in the test. If you don’t want to use face recognition, you can simply deactivate it, which is also positive, since a considerable proportion of smartphone users in Germany are critical of this function. However, technology enthusiasts do not have to do without fast unlocking.

In principle, the performance is very positive, while the system is rather mediocre. It remains to be seen when and with which adjustments Android Oreo will come to the V30.

Benchmarks

wdt_ID Smartphone OpenGL Manhattan OpenGL Car Chase T-Rex
1 Moto X Force 11,0 7,3 42,0
2 Neffos C5 Max 4,4 2,1 0,0
3 UMi London 0,0 0,0 7,3
4 Gigaset GS160 3,4 0,0 11,0
5 Sony Xperia XZ 46,0 20,0 59,0
6 Kodak Ektra 9,6 0,0 35,0
7 Huawei Mate 9 32,0 14,0 60,0
8 Huawei Nova 10,0 3,6 22,0
9 BQ Aquaris X 9,6 3,5 22,0
10 Neffos X1 11,0 3,9 22,0
Smartphone OpenGL Manhattan OpenGL Car Chase T-Rex
wdt_ID Smartphone Sling Shot Sling Shot Extreme Ice Storm Unlimited Ice Storm Extreme
1 Moto X Force 1.348 0 0
2 Neffos C5 Max 284 6.816 4.361
3 UMi London 0 2.827 1.951
4 Gigaset GS160 161 3.710 2.333
5 Sony Xperia XZ 2.416 0 0
6 Kodak Ektra 1.023 15.606 9.343
7 Huawei Mate 9 2.688 29.138 13.288
8 Huawei Nova 461 13.637 8.091
9 BQ Aquaris X 847 13.986 8.335
10 Neffos X1 481 9.294 5.486
Smartphone Sling Shot Sling Shot Extreme Ice Storm Unlimited Ice Storm Extreme
wdt_ID Smartphone Score
1 Moto X Force 4.115
2 Neffos C5 Max 2.892
3 UMi London 2.475
4 Gigaset GS160 2.600
5 Sony Xperia XZ 5.550
6 Kodak Ektra 3.975
7 Huawei Mate 9 6.431
8 Huawei Nova 4.594
9 BQ Aquaris X 4.889
10 Neffos X1 3.183
Smartphone Score
wdt_ID Smartphone AnTuTu Score
1 Moto X Force 22.297
2 Neffos C5 Max 37.569
3 UMi London 22.297
4 Gigaset GS160 29.251
5 Sony Xperia XZ 33.943
6 Kodak Ektra 84.997
7 Huawei Mate 9 139.020
8 Huawei Nova 63.206
9 BQ Aquaris X 66.149
10 Neffos X1 45.024
Smartphone AnTuTu Score
wdt_ID Smartphone Single-Core Multi-Core
1 Moto X Force 2.719 2.618
2 Neffos C5 Max 1.063 1.563
3 UMi London 685 1.146
4 Gigaset GS160 820 1.298
5 Sony Xperia XZ 3.585 3.271
6 Kodak Ektra 2.167 3.731
7 Huawei Mate 9 3.270 4.519
8 Huawei Nova 1.433 2.661
9 BQ Aquaris X 1.444 2.279
10 Neffos X1 1.205 2.164
Smartphone Single-Core Multi-Core
wdt_ID Smartphone Score
1 Moto X Force 2.803
2 Neffos C5 Max 2.697
3 UMi London 2.162
4 Gigaset GS160 1.794
5 Sony Xperia XZ 4.569
6 Kodak Ektra 5.869
7 Huawei Mate 9 7.316
8 Huawei Nova 3.325
9 BQ Aquaris X 3.461
10 Neffos X1 2.914
Smartphone Score
wdt_ID Smartphone Single-Core Multi-Core
1 Moto X Force 1.115 4.376
2 Neffos C5 Max 602 2.468
3 UMi London 371 1.064
4 Gigaset GS160 535 1.493
5 Sony Xperia XZ 1.626 3.872
6 Kodak Ektra 1.648 4.053
7 Huawei Mate 9 1.934 5.998
8 Huawei Nova 830 3.004
9 BQ Aquaris X 921 4.495
10 Neffos X1 731 2.738
Smartphone Single-Core Multi-Core

Battery

The battery life of the LG V30 can be described as average. It has a total capacity of 3,300 mAh, cannot be changed and can be charged both via USB-C port and wirelessly. Thanks to the Quick-Charge support, it is recharged comparatively quickly, which is very advantageous in everyday life.

In the test the battery usually lasts about 2 days. If you don’t use your mobile phone very much all the time, you can be sure that the battery will comfortably last from morning to evening. Nevertheless, it is recommended to charge it overnight, as one battery charge is barely enough for two days of use.

All in all, the V30 is on a par with comparable competitor products in terms of battery life, even if the PCMark Work Battery Life test doesn’t see it that way.

wdt_ID Smartphone Score
1 Moto X Force 549
2 Neffos C5 Max 0
3 UMi London 248
4 Gigaset GS160 442
5 Sony Xperia XZ 391
6 Kodak Ektra 293
7 Huawei Mate 9 505
8 Huawei Nova 317
9 BQ Aquaris X 553
10 Neffos X1 345
Smartphone Score

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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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