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LG V30 vs V20: Is it worthy to upgrade?

07 September 2017 5

IFA 2017 is finally over but it brings tons of new products for gadget geeks. The South Korean giant manufacturer LG took the stage on August 31st to unveil their much awaited second flagship of the year V30. The device was in leaks and rumors for quite some time. At the IFA 2017, the company wraps off the cover from their flagship smartphone. The V30 predecessors weren't available globally in all regions but instead, the company released their V lineup smartphones in few countries only. However, from the look of the things, it seems like the V30 will be available globally in all regions.

No doubt, LG's V-lineup smartphones are technically more sound as opposed to their G-lineup. The reason is quite obvious as the company releases their V-lineup device in the second half of the year that's why usually the V-lineup device outdo their G series smartphone not only in specs sheet but also in overall performance and design. Whenever a new flagship smartphone is announced, we compare it with all its rivalries to make sure our keen readers have a good idea about in which aspects latest flagship is better than already top tier smartphones available in the market.

So far we compared the latest LG V30 against the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and Apple iPhone 7 Plus. Now is the perfect time to check out how latest flagship is better than its predecessor V20. Last year V20's key selling features were a 32-Bit Quad DAC and secondary display. Although this year LG ditched the secondary display but instead brought a floating Bar on the bottom edge. The V30's key selling features are its Full Vision display, bezel-less design, and top tier dual rear camera setup.

We are pretty much sure, this comparison will certainly give you answer to the question, how latest flagship V30 is different from its predecessor V20? Let's start with the design.

75.4 x 151.7 x 7.39 mm
6 inches - 2880x1440 px
78.1 x 159.7 x 7.6 mm
5.7 inches - 2560x1440 px
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Design

The LG V20 is featuring a solid aluminum chassis with traditional bezels around the edges. The rear side is adorned with dual rear cameras, the flashlight is placed on the left side of cameras. The LG's traditional circular fingerprint scanner is below the camera sensors. LG logo is embedded on the front facing side below the display whereas the V20's logo is on the rear bottom. To make sure the LG V20 and V30 stay strong against accidental drops, the devices are MIL-STD-810G compliant. The V20 dimensions are 159.7 x 78.1 x 7.6mm and it weighs 176g. It has USB Type-C connectivity port but it isn't water and dust proof.

We can claim that the latest V30 is a refined look of last year V20 as well as latest LG G6. The V30 features a solid aluminum chassis but the rear is made up of glass like the G6. The glass and metal sandwich design looks premium in hands. On the rear side, the slightly protruding dual rear cameras are giving the device beautiful looks. Like the predecessor, the circular fingerprint scanner is on the rear side below the dual sensors. However this time the dual LED-flashlight is shifted to the right side of the sensors.

The V30 dimensions are 151.7 x 75.4 x 7.6mm, it is significantly lighter than V20 at 156g only. This year V30's footprints are not only smaller but also it is lighter than the predecessor, however, the thickness remains same on both the devices. The front facing side is featuring all front facing display. The LG Logo is not shifted to the rear bottom and also the V30 logo is now shifted to the center on the rear side. Once again it has Type-C connectivity port and traditional 3.5mm headphone jack for audio output via headphones. The good thing is V30 is IP68 rated smartphone which means it can resist against water up to 1.5 meters for 30 minutes without any damage.

Display

One of the major key highlights of this year V30 is its Full Vision display. Last year LG V20 was featuring a 5.7-inches IPS LCD display with Quad HD screen resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels. The device pixels density is 513 pixels per inch. The display was protected with the Corning Gorilla Glass 4. Apart from the primary display, there was a secondary display of 2.1-inches. The secondary display screen resolution is 1040 x 160 pixels. It was placed on top of the primary display to give instant access to the certain apps and notifications without unlocking the device.

The V30 is bringing an OLED display of 6-inches. It is the company's first flagship smartphone which is featuring an OLED display panel, the Flexible display mid-ranger G Flex was adorned with the OLED panel but it wasn't the flagship smartphone. The 6-inches display screen resolution is 1440 x 2880 pixels and its pixel density is 537ppi. This year LG ditched the fixed secondary display but instead, they brought a 'Floating Bar' secondary display which can be swiped away when it is not in use.

In design section, we mentioned the overall footprints of V30 is smaller than V20 but still, it features slightly large display. The reason behind this is the change of aspect ratio. The V20's display aspect ratio was 16:9 whereas the V30's aspect ratio is 2:1 which was introduced with the G6. The V30's display brings HDR 10 as well as Dolby Vision support. So we claim the V30 is more media-centric device than its predecessor.

Hardware

The LG V30 has added the advantage of being the latest flagship. The LG V30 is powered up by the Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 SoC. The same Octa-Core chipset is powering the Galaxy S8 US variant, HTC U11, Nokia 8, Moto Z2 Force and flagship killer OnePlus 5. The new chipset is not only powerful but also it is more power efficient as opposed to last year SoCs.

The chipset is accompanied with 4GB RAM and built-in native storage is 64GB which is further expandable using MicroSD card. The top of the line variant has the 128GB store but it will be exclusive for few regions. The device hardware is powerful enough to handle multitasking and hi-fi games. The V20 is also one of the powerful smartphones but for those who are looking for the fastest LG smartphone, the V30 will certainly be your choice.

The Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 SoC is powering the V20 with 4GB RAM. The base variant native storage is 32GB whereas the top of the line variant has 64GB memory. Its internal storage is also expandable using MicroSD card.

Specs LG V30 LG V20
Display 6.0-Inches OLED 5.7-Inches LCD
Screen resolution 1440 x 2880 pixels 1440 x 2560 pixels
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
RAM 4GB 4GB
Storage 64/128GB Expandable via MicroSD card 32/64GB Expandable via MicroSD card
Rear camera Dual camera 16MP+13MP Dual camera 16MP+8MP
Front camera 5MP 5MP
Battery 3,300mAh 3,200mAh
OS Android Nougat 7.1.2 Android Nougat 7.1
USB Type-C Type-C
IP68 Yes No-
Camera

Without any doubt, camera section is one key area where LG paid special attention. Last year V20 was the first LG smartphone with 32-bit Quad DAC. There are two cameras on the rear side, the primary lens is the 16MP sensor with f/1.8 aperture whereas the secondary camera is the 8MP sensor with f/2.4 aperture. The V20 has OIS, single LED flashlight, and Laser Autofocus. Up front, the selfie-capturer is 5MP with f/1.9 aperture.

The V30 is also bringing dual rear cameras on board. The primary sensor is the 16MP lens with f/1.6 aperture, OIS, the field of view is 70 degrees whereas the secondary sensor is the 13MP module with f/1.9 aperture and its field of view is 120 degrees. According to the company, the V30's primary camera sensor is capable to capture 25% more light as opposed to the sensor with f/1.8 aperture. This means users will be getting amazing picture quality even in low-light conditions.

The front facing sensor on V30 remains 5MP but now it has facial recognition feature as well. Like its predecessor, the V30 also has Quad DAC. Apart from that, there are two microphones to enhance the audio recording capabilities of the handset.

Battery

The V20 is light up by a 3,200mAh battery cell, it supports Qualcomm's Quick Charge 3.0 and features USB Type-C port. The device lacks wireless charging feature. In case of V30, the battery cell is slightly large of 3,300mAh. It supports Fast charging and Wireless charging.

Software

Both the devices are from LG that's why they have LG's custom UX layer over the stock Android OS. The V20 was the first smartphone announced with Android Nougat 7.0 with UX 6.0 layer over it. Once again the V30 has added the advantage of being the latest smartphone it is pre-loaded with the Android Nougat 7.1.2 OS with the company's UX layer. Although overall UI experience on both the devices are somewhat similar the V30's OS is specially optimized to get the full benefit of the 2:1 aspect ratio and also the camera app.

Conclusion

The V30 is bringing the top of the line hardware with premium glass and metal design. The predecessor V20 features aluminum design whereas with the V30 LG took the design to next level by introducing glass and metal design with trimmed bezels. The new V30 is IP68 certified and also it supports wireless charging which wasn't available on V20.

The camera sensors are also improved and also V30 has the larger display with QuadHD+ screen resolution. The V30 base variant native storage is double as opposed to the V20. In our view, the V30 is indeed worth upgradeable device. At the end, we would like to hear our readers thoughts regarding the V30 vs V20 in the comments section below.

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