LG is rumoured to be announcing its second flagship of 2017 at consumer electronics show IFA in Berlin. The company has scheduled a press conference for 31 August where the LG V30 is highly expected to be unveiled.
Question is, how will it compare to LG’s current flagship smartphone? We have put the rumoured specs for the LG V30 up against the five-month old LG G6 to see how they stack up against each other based on the speculation.
LG V30 vs LG G6: Design
- Leaks suggest V30 will be slightly bigger
- IP68 waterproofing expected on both
- STD 810G drop protection expected on both
Based on the leaks, the LG V30 will be following a similar design to the LG G6. It looks like there will be a horizontal dual-rear camera setup on the rear with a circular fingerprint sensor beneath, though the flash module might be on the right of the camera lenses rather than in the middle like the G6.
An almost all-screen design is expected on the front, while a USB Type-C port is thought to be at the bottom and a 3.5mm headphone jack at the top, all of which would mirror the G6. Leaked measurements suggest the LG V30 will come in at 151.4 x 75.2 x 7.4mm and it is expected that IP68 waterproofing will be present, along with STD 810G drop protection.
The LG G6 features a metal and glass sandwich design, measuring 148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9mm and weighing 163g. It has a dual-rear camera setup on the back, with a flash module positioned between the two lenses and a circular fingerprint sensor beneath. The front is almost all-screen with a small LG logo at the bottom, USB Type-C sits at the bottom and a 3.5mm headphone jack is at the top.
There is IP68 waterproofing on board the LG G6 and STD 810G drop protection, suggesting the V30 and the G6 will offer very similar specs when it comes to design aside from possibly a slight tweak in the dual camera layout. The LG G6 comes in six colour options but not all are available in every region.
LG V30 vs LG G6: Display
- V30 will have a slightly bigger display
- Both FullVision screens with 18:9 aspect ratio
- V30 OLED, while G6 LCD
The LG V30 will feature a 6-inch FullVision OLED display, following confirmation from the company itself, meaning it will adopt the 18:9 aspect ratio found on the LG G6. It will be the first LG device to offer an OLED display so the colours should be richer and punchier than they have been on previous LG flagships, even if a little more unrealistic.
LG has also confirmed the display resolution ahead of the V30 announcement at 2880 x 1440 pixels. This puts the V30’s pixel density at 537ppi. It hasn’t been officially revealed whether Dolby Vision and HDR 10 will be on board the new device, but we’d say it’s likely that they will be. Previous “V” models had a secondary display but this hasn’t been seen on the leaks for the V30 as yet.
The LG G6 has a 5.7-inch display, making it a little smaller than the V30, which suggests the leaked measurements of the new device might be accurate. It too has a FullVision display with a 18:9 aspect ratio, as we mentioned, but it has an IPS LCD panel rather than OLED.
The resolution is the same as the V30 at 2880 x 1440 pixels, but because it is slightly smaller, its pixel density is a little higher than the V30 at 564ppi. A difference this small won’t be noticeable to the human eye though, whereas the OLED display over LCD display should be. The G6 is HDR10 and Dolby Vision compliant.
LG V30 vs LG G6: Camera
- Same camera resolutions on both could appear
- Dual-rear snapper on both expected
- Likely V30 will place big focus on video recording and audio support
There haven’t been many rumours surrounding the LG V30’s camera resolutions. All we’ve seen is that there is likely to be a dual-setup on the rear. Many expect the V30 to follow in the footsteps of the LG G6 but nothing has been reported so far.
The LG G6 has two 13-megapixel sensors on the rear, one of which is a standard-angle lens with an aperture of f/1.8 while the other is a 125-degree wide-angle lens with an aperture of f/2.4. There is optical image stabilisation on board, along with phase detection autofocus and manual mode for adjusting shutter speed, ISO, exposure and white balance.
On the front, the LG G6 has a 5-megapixel wide-angle lens with a f/2.2 aperture. The rear cameras are capable of 4K video recording, while the front is capable of 1080p video recording. The LG V models have been all about video capture in the past, so we’d expect this to remain a feature, supported by strong audio too. The G6 offers support for 32-bit audio.
LG V30 vs LG G6: Hardware
- More advanced processor expected on V30
- Similar battery capacity expected on both
- V30 might offer more RAM and storage
The LG V30 will be a flagship device and therefore flagship hardware is expected. It is thought the device will feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 platform under its hood, along with at least 4GB of RAM, 32GB or 64GB of internal storage and microSD support.
Battery capacity has yet to be detailed in leaks, but based on the V20 and G6, it is thought the V30 will offer a capacity around the 3200 to 3300mAh mark. Its predecessor has a removable cell but it is thought the V30’s battery will be non-removable.
The LG G6 opts for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor, supported by 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage with a microSD slot for storage expansion up to 2TB. There is also a 3300mAh non-removable battery capacity on board.
LG V30 vs LG G6: Software
- Similar experience expected
- Android Nougat with LG UX 6.0 predicted for both
The LG V30 will most likely arrive on Android Nougat with LG’s UX 6.0 user interface over the top, like the G6.
No doubt there will be a few additional features added on the software front to the new device, but it’s expected the V30 will offer a very similar experience to that of the G6.
LG V30 vs LG G6: Conclusion
The only thing official about the LG V30 so far is the display. Everything else is rumour or guesswork. Based on this though, the LG V30 is likely to be larger than the G6 but with a similar design, offer a bigger and bolder display and it is also likely to deliver more advanced hardware.
We will update this feature as more official details are revealed, as well as when any more substantial leaks appear. For now, you can read our full rumour round up on the LG V30 in our separate feature.