This would mark the first time LG launched a “V” series phone actually at IFA; last year the company held an event to unveil the LG V20 while IFA 2016 took place, but held its event in San Francisco.
LG’s plan this year is to hold a launch event the day before IFA officially begins, according to ETNews, which reported on the LG V30’s launch timing. With the show opening its doors on September 1, placing the LG V30 unveiling on August 31.
This lines up with previous rumors the LG V30 will debut sometime in August. Several companies, including Samsung, hold events in the day or two before IFA officially gets underway.
Though the launch timing rumors match up, we suggest taking ETNews’ information with a grain of salt as the publication didn’t site sources in its report. It is however a prolific source of information out of Korea, and one with a typically solid track record.
Launching the LG V30 in August also coincides with the release of Android O, the newest flavor of mobile operating system from Google. The Android O release date is scheduled for this summer, so LG V30 could be one of the first flagships to launch with the OS baked in. The LG V20 was the first phone with Android Nougat due to its early release in South Korea.
More rumored LG V30 features
ETNews also dished a number of details on the new phone, including LG’s intent to put the V30 up for pre-order in South Korea, something it hasn’t done with previous V releases.
The pre-orders will be available at three mobile carriers in the country, and it’s unknown whether pre-orders will open up in the US or elsewhere. The LG V30 will officially go on sale in September in South Korea.
As for LG V30 specs, ETNews says the phone will feature an OLED screen, a bezeless design akin to the LG G6, two cameras on the rear and the V series’ signature double screen on the front.
While it’s keeping the dual front displays, the overall look of the V30 is said to be a radical departure from the LG V10 and V20.
The LG V30 battery will supposedly pack a 3,200mAh punch alongside a Snapdragon 835 processor, and the phone will be water and dust-proof. Audio is said to be a premium feature of the V30, and it will buck the trend of ditching headphone jacks in favor of keeping the 3.5mm port.
Finally, LG is reportedly to be breaking the V30 into three storage options: 32GB, 64GB and 128GB. And, yes, the LG V30 will likely be expensive, with the 64GB version costing about $700.
These are all respectable specs, but the V30 will face direct competition from the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, which is also said to be launching in August. Soon after, the iPhone 8 will be revealed in mid-September.
Will the LG V30 have what it takes to stand up to the competition? We’ll find out in just a few months’ time.
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