The new and improved LG V30 is finally official with a big 6-inch edge-to-edge display and two powerful cameras on the back. With the pre-orders quickly approaching and the release date near, here is everything you need to know about the US release, pricing, and shipping details. This is our LG V30 release date breakdown.
On August 31st LG unveiled the successor to the popular V20 — a bigger and more powerful LG V30. Now nearly a month later, it’s officially available in South Korea and coming soon for other markets. LG’s V30 is the Galaxy Note 8 alternative you’ve been waiting for.
A few highlights from LG’s V30 event are the lightning fast cameras, sleek software, and the V30’s big new 6-inch OLED “Full Vision display”.
Following the event, LG immediately confirmed a release date of September 21st in South Korea and other regions like the US will quickly follow. If you’re interested in the LG V30 read on for more details.
Here, in an effort to help buyers get LG’s impressive new phone, we break down the release date, pricing, color options and more.
LG V30 Release Date
The finely tuned and bigger LG V30 is officially available today, September 21st, in South Korea. However, this launch date is strictly for LG’s home country. The phone is not available in the United States, at least not yet. According to LG, the V30 “will get delivered to eager customers in North America, Europ, and other key markets globally in the days and weeks to come.”
LG doesn’t say in the next few months, but in the “days and weeks to come” which suggests an arrival sooner than later.
Earlier this month, a few accurate leaksters suggested the phone will be available in the US starting September 25th from all major carriers. LG didn’t confirm nor deny those rumors. Another source said September 28th, but if that were the case pre-orders would be available. Most likely US carriers will start accepting pre-orders around the 25-28th, with a release date in early to mid October.
As soon as we have more information about a release date in the United States we’ll update with all the details. Either way, this phone will be available faster than most LG phones in the past.
LG V30 Pre-Orders
Those interested will want to pre-order the V30 ahead of time to get LG’s new phone on release day. We still don’t know when that is, nor when pre-orders begin.
Earlier this month a leaked internal document claimed the LG V30 will go up for pre-order in the United States on September 17th for all major carriers. Obviously, that didn’t happen, but the launch could be right around the corner. We’ll keep an eye out for more information.
However, LG didn’t confirm this so we’ll wait for more details before saying anything further. Just know LG’s impressive new V30 should hit store shelves within the next 30 days.
Where to Buy the LG V30
First off, the LG V30 is available now in South Korea. If you’re in Europe or the United States, the wait is a little longer and who will offer it is still unknown.
However, we’re expecting all major retailers and carriers to have the phone. That means Carphone Warehouse in the UK and other big carriers. As for the United States, expect availability from AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon and maybe even Sprint. Not to mention smaller regional carriers and most retail stores. Some of those include Best Buy, Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club, Target, and Amazon.
LG V30 Specs & Features
The LG V30 pretty much has it all, similar to its earlier models like the LG V10 and V20. The company throws a little of everything into a well-rounded phone, then undercuts the competition like Samsung and Apple in terms of pricing.
This year, the LG V30 kicks things up a notch. It has a high-end 6-inch OLED display made of plastic, so it’s more durable than other big-screen phones. LG’s using a brand new 16 Megapixel f/1.6 aperture camera for blazing fast photos and improved low-light photography, not to mention the secondary wide-angle camera on the back. Then audiophiles can appreciate the 32-bit Quad DAC for improved audio, a big battery, wireless charging and IP68 dust and water-resistant. Yes, the LG V30 has it all.
LG V30 Specifications
- 6-inch 2880 x 1440 Quad HD P- OLED “Full Vision” Display with smaller bezels
- Snapdragon 835 Processor with 4GB of RAM
- 64/128GB storage options, micro-SD slot expansion
- Android 7.1.2 Nougat (Android 8.0 Oreo to quickly follow)
- Dual 16 and 13 Megapixel Rear cameras with a f/1.6 aperture and wide-angle lens
- 5MP front-facing camera
- 3,300 mAh battery with Fast and Wireless Charging
- Rear-mounted fingerprint scanner
- IP68 Dust and Water Resistance up to 5ft (MIL-STD 810G Compliant)
- 32-bit Quad DAC for improved audio with presets and sound filter modes
- USB Type-C port, 3.5mm headphone jack, more
- Available in Aurora Black, Cloud Silver, Moroccan Blue, Lavender Violet
The only potential downside for the LG V30 is the lack of a removable battery. This is a feature fans of the first two V-series phones absolutely loved. However, by integrating the battery into the device and sealing off the design, the V30 is now IP68 dust and water-resistant. Meaning it can go under 5ft of water for over 30 minutes and come out working fine.
Additionally, the new design features curved glass on both the front and the back. Making it easier to hold and just a better-looking phone. In terms of a Galaxy Note 8 comparison, the V30 only has 4GB of RAM vs 6GB and a slightly smaller display. That also means the 3,300 mAh battery in both phones should last longer on the LG V30.
LG’s making a lot of noise about its “world’s first” f/1.6 aperture camera in a smartphone, new video recording capabilities for content creators, and that the V30 has better sound than any other phone thanks to its Quad DAC. If you’re looking for the highest end smartphone on the market, LG’s V30 is near the top of the list.
LG V30 Color Options
LG announced its new phone and confirmed four beautiful colors options for potential buyers. And while we’re not sure if all four will go on sale in the United States, you can expect at least three of them. With potentially some exclusives at retailers like T-Mobile or Best Buy.
Choose from Aurora Black, Cloud Silver, Moroccan Blue, Lavender Violet with the LG V30. The front of each device is still black, which helps make the screen seem bigger and blend in with the extremely small bezels around the device. You can’t go wrong with any LG V30 color choices.
LG V30 Price
LG made the new V30 official but didn’t share an exact release date or price. Meaning excited potential buyers don’t know how much it will cost.
However, we do have a few important pieces of the puzzle to help fill in the gaps. After the launch, news out of Europe suggests it will cost €900. Of course, that price isn’t what we can expect in the United States, but something similar will likely follow.
Our guess is the LG V30 will run $799 or $829 in the United States. This is about $100 more than the first price of the LG G6, which makes sense. Additionally, the LG V20 last year came in at $799 and undercut the Galaxy Note 7 in terms of price. Expect a slightly lower price at T-Mobile than from the others, and something around $29-$32 a month for 24 months on an installment agreement from US carriers.
When you consider the $960 asking price for the new Galaxy Note 8, or the iPhone X for $1,000 LG’s V30 for hundreds less is very enticing. We’ll update this post the moment we have more information. In the meantime, here are a few reasons we recommend waiting for the LG V30.