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Departures from prior V-series phones include the lack of a replaceable battery and the Second Screen, but we figure that those mourning the loss of these features will appreciate what the new ones can do to make up for them. "With its F1.6 Crystal Clear Lens Camera and Cine Video mode, the LG V30 is designed to help create professional-looking content without professional-level complexity". The screen comes with an 18:9 aspect ratio. But let's cut straight to the chase and go through all the details and sweet new features of the V30. From day one, the focus has always been on bringing the best multimedia features while offering up a durable package with all the high-end specs that power users are craving. LG introduces the world's first 18:9 FullVision OLED display with the V30 smartphone. It looks striking with its 18:9 FullVision display that occupies nearly the whole of the front leaving very thin bezels at the top and bottom. Both glass panels have Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. Gone is the niche secondary display of its predecessor.

Moving around to the front, we find a 6” P-OLED screen that covers 82% of the front.

The curved 3D glass at the edge of the screen on the LG V30 distinguishes it to a great extent from the G6 that was launched earlier this year. The smartphone is also MIL-STD 810G certified and offers IP68 water and dust resistance.

The LG V30 features "Ok, Google" voice activation where certain keywords will perform various actions when assigned, even within the apps.

LG launched its V-series of smartphones in 2015 with the introduction of the LG V10 - a curious device stacked with unique features, some of which borderline experimental, such as a secondary display exclusively dedicated to displaying notifications, two front-facing cameras for super-wide-angle selfie shots, and of course, an excellent Hi-Fi DAC that has since become a staple of LG smartphones and a fan's favorite. The 16MP standard sensor has an aperture size of f/1.6. There's not a lot of new stuff on the hardware front, save for the wider f/1.6 aperture on the primary camera, but LG promises to deliver in spades on the software side of things with its new Camera app. A 4% improvement in light transmittance is the stated benefit.

Another newly adopted Cine Video mode allows users to take movie-like videos on the V30 smartphone. It comes with DayDream support out of the box. The device is powered by Snapdragon 835 and paired with a 4GB RAM. The default storage can be expanded up to 2TB using a microSD card. LG's skinned version of Android 7.1.2 Nougat is on board, so we would hope an Oreo update will be on the way soon. The hardware is also said to support VR and advanced gaming without any lag.

LG is using a HiFi Quad DAC for audio on the V30, which also means you'll get top notch sound while listening to headphones. The phone comes in Aurora Black, Cloud Silver, Moroccan Blue and Lavender Violet colors.

LG, along with once major names like HTC and Sony have been squeezed between top global vendors Samsung, Apple and Huawei and other up-and-coming, aggressive Chinese smartphone suppliers.

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