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LG V30+ Unboxing, Quick Review: Better Late than Never?

It’s Finally Here!

LG released their flagship device — the LG V30 — at IFA Berlin in September and we were kept waiting as to when the device would arrive on our shores. The Korean company finally opened up the LG V30+ for pre-orders early in December but the device just arrived at Unbox HQ over the weekend, so we can finally check out what’s in its packaging and give the phone a thorough go around. John has already published a quick review of the vanilla version of the device but, since it’s been awhile, we decided to give you a refresher on what to expect with the LG V30+ before it goes through our review process.

LG V30+ Specs

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor
  • 4GB LPDDR4 RAM
  • 6.0-inch 18:9 QuadHD+ OLED FullVision Display (2880 x 1440 / 538ppi) with Corning Gorilla Glass 5
  • 128GB UFS 2.0 internal storage (128GB for the V30+), expandable up to 2TB via microSD
  • Standard 16-megapixel, f/1.6 and wide-angle 13-megapixel, f/1.9 rear cameras
  • Wide-angle 5-megapixel, f/1.9 front camera
  • 4G LTE
  • WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0, A-GPS, GLONASS
  • USB Type-C port, Fingerprint sensor, Voice and Face Recognition
  • 32-bit Advanced Hi-Fi Quad DAC
  • Android 7.1.2 Nougat (LG UX 6.0 UI)
  • 3300mAh Li-Ion battery, with Quick Charge 3.0, wireless charging support

What’s Inside the Box?

In terms of packaging, the LG V30+ comes in a black cardboard box that simply has the name on the device in the front and not much else. After you’ve cut through the plastic and open it up, you’re greeted by the LG V30+ that’s covered with a microfiber cleaning cloth to help prevent the device from getting scratch up during transport and will definitely come in handy because of the materials used to give us a gorgeous looking flagship. Aside from the LG V30+ itself, you’re getting the following accessories as well:

  • Quick Start Guide and Warranty Card
  • SIM Ejector Tool
  • USB Type-C Cable
  • Power Adapter
  • B&O In-ear Headphones with Braided Cables

Familiar but Gorgeous Nonetheless

The LG V30+ closely resembles the first flagship device the Korean brand released back in Mobile World Congress early in 2017 — the LG G6. You’ve got a curved metal frame to help out with the handling of the phone and glass back to make the device visually stunning. We only wish that we got sent the blue colored variant that John got to see on the floor of IFA, but the silver one ain’t half bad either. Like the LG G6, the LG V30+ also has an IP68 rating so you can take it for a dip for up to 30 minutes at a depth of 1.5 meters; not that we really recommend doing that.

Let’s have a quick tour of its button and port layout.

On the right of the device, you’ll find access to the SIM tray slot. Sadly, it’s a hybrid slot so you’ll have to choose between more storage or a second SIM card but you do have 128GB of onboard storage on the LG V30+.

Switch on over to the left side of the phone and you’ll find the volume rocker.

Up on top is the 3.5mm headphone jack. The LG V30+ is also equipped with a Quad DAC that should give you a better listening experience if you’ve got the right pair of cans.

Lastly, on the bottom is where you’ll find the speaker grille and the USB-C port.

LG was the first one out of the gates to introduce us to the extended 18:9 aspect ratio with their FullVision Display that also makes it on to the LG V30+. You have a 6-inch QHD+ OLED display that looks absolutely amazing with great punchy colors with deep blacks to make them pop even more, which is also protected by Gorilla Glass 5 to help prevent it from getting scratched up. Like the LG G6, you’re also getting support for HDR-10 and Dolby Vision on the V30+.

Even before incorporating edge-to-edge displays onto their devices, LG has already been known to put their fingerprint scanners on the back of their phones and it’s no different on the V30+; which, by the way, doubles up as the power button as well. It’s fast and accurate but we’ll definitely see how it holds up over the course of our review process.

Right above the fingerprint scanner of the LG V30+ is its dual camera setup. You have a 16-megapixel camera at an aperture of f/1.6 and a 13-megapixel wide-angle camera at f/1.9. We’re really curious to see how the main camera performs given its aperture that should give us better results in low-light situations. Another thing we’ve been wanting to try out with the LG V30+ is its video capabilities.

In case you missed it, the V30+ allows you to shoot in CineLog to help capture more dynamic range in your footage after a bit of color grading on your editing software of choice or you can slap on any of the 16 presets available on the device. There’s also a host of features to help you get more interesting shots along with great audio in 4K at 30 FPS. We’ll try to shoot a short movie to really see what it’s a capable of or at least a short vlog using the device.

For the front camera, you have the option to include more of your friends in your selfies with its 5-megapixel wide-angle shooter that has an aperture of f/1.9.

Under the hood of the LG V30+ is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor that has been paired with 4GB of RAM and, as mentioned earlier,  128GB of expandable storage; which doubles the storage capacity of the regular LG V30 and the main point of distinction between the two variants. The processing package of the LG V30+ should be more than enough for even the heaviest of users but we’ll reserve our judgments for the full review.

Providing juice to the device is a 3300mAh battery and runs on Android Nougat 7.1.2 with LG UX 6.0 on top of it.

That’s pretty much it for this quick peek at the LG V30+. You can check back in a couple of days for its full review. The LG V30+ has been given a price tag of Php 46,990 during its pre-order but you can grab for a little less via our friends from Widget City who provided us with this review unit, which you can order by clicking HERE.

Check out the other articles about the LG V30 by clicking the links below:

https://unbox.ph/gadget/the-lg-v30-survives-a-brutal-durability-test/

https://unbox.ph/gadget/lg-v30-now-open-for-pre-order-at-digital-walker/

https://unbox.ph/gadget/filmmaker-pits-the-lg-v30-against-the-red-weapon/

Jamie Inocian

A self-confessed geek. Jamie started out helping out on the Unbox Podcast and became the Digital Sales Manager when he joined the team full time. He has since then transitioned into one of our Senior Editors and Head Video Producer.

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