LG has officially unveiled the V30, its 6-inch flagship phablet, and the phone is conspicuously missing two mainstays of the company’s V line: a removable battery and LG’s so-called “second screen.” The new direction could turn off LG diehards, but they can rest assured that the V30 has every other feature imaginable. 

From its new display to its camera to its processor, everything about the V30 has been upgraded over both 2016’s V20, as well as the G6, a 5.7-inch flagship from this year. On paper alone, the V30 is a very intriguing phablet, but it still faces a tall order: Convincing enough people to buy it over the Note 8 and upcoming Pixel 2.

Meet the plastic OLED

Like Apple, LG has resisted the OLED trend in smartphone displays, but that’s not the case anymore. The V30 features a 6-inch P-OLED Full Vision display with the same 1440×2880 resolution and 18:9 aspect ratio introduced with the G6. LG is touting the display’s durability as much as its color gamut: The “P” here stands for plastic, so it won’t shatter as easily as other phones, and LG is also using rounded display corners to help diminish the possibility of cracking. And to top it all off, the whole thing is covered by Gorilla Glass 5.

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LG says the V30 is more resistant to cracks than the V20.

Surrounding the display are far slimmer bezels than what we saw in the V20—20 percent slimmer at the top and 50 percent slimmer at the bottom. That sleekness also extends to the back of the phone where you’ll find a smooth, all-glass panel with a metallic sheen, and a much smaller dual camera array with a less pronounced bump.

And, of course, the fingerprint sensor/power button remains right in the center, per LG tradition.

The left side of the device houses a pair of volume buttons, and along the bottom there’s a speaker and a USB-C port. And don’t worry, a headphone jack can still be found on the phone’s upper edge.

Even higher fidelity audio

Like other premium phones, the V30 is powered by a Snapdragon 835 processor, and you’ll also get 4GB of RAM, a 3,300mAh battery, and either 64GB or 128GB of storage. And the V30 finally brings water resistance and wireless charging to the V line, thanks to the removal of the removable battery. But where the V30 starts to separate itself from the rest of the Android pack is in what you can do with it.

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There’s the headphone jack—on the top edge.

Along with the headphone jack is a 32-bit Advanced Hi-Fi Quad DAC powered by ESS’s Sabre ES9218P. High-fidelity music playback is nothing new to V20 users, but there are now four presets to customize your listening experience. The V30 also includes support for MQA streaming, a big plus for people who subscribe to a service that streams in the high-fidelity format.





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