LG V30
If the LG V30’s bottom edges look familiar, it’s because the upcoming flagship will have the same curved dual edges as the Samsung Galaxy S8. LG

LG has announced that its upcoming flagship smartphone, the LG V30, will be the first mobile device to sport a plastic OLED FullVision display. The new handset will be the company’s first OLED smartphone since the LG G Flex 2, which was released two years ago. LG hopes that the OLED-smartphone integration will be just as successful as the company’s premium TV venture.

Smartphone manufacturers try to one-up each other with contemporary features and hardware upgrades to meet the growing demand of consumers. The latest high-end mobile devices can handle resource-heavy apps and withstand beyond normal wear and tear due to premium components. Now, LG is stepping up to the plate to do the same. The company is bringing its OLED know-how into its smartphone division.

“Expertise in OLED has long been a core competency of LG, and the technology has always been seen as a potential value-add for smartphones,” according to Juno Cho, president of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “With competition in the global smartphone space fiercer now than ever, we felt that this was the right time to reintroduce OLED displays in our mobile products.”

The highly anticipated LG V30 will furnish a 6.0-inch plastic OLED FullVision, Corning Gorilla Glass 5-protected display, which should make the phone a virtual reality (VR) delight. The device screen will be the company’s largest panel in four years, but the V30’s display will actually be smaller compared to its predecessor, the V20. The new flagship will have 20 percent smaller bezel at the top and a 50 percent reduced bezel on the bottom, and will have the same QHD+ (1,440 x 2,880) resolution like the G6, which was released in February.

If the V30’s bottom edges look familiar, it’s because the next LG flagship will have the same curved dual edges as the Samsung Galaxy S8. The ergonomic design provides better grip and handle. LG boasts of its so-called P-OLED technology and how it’s better than the usual run-of-the-mill panels.

“P-OLED is created by placing pixels on a plastic substrate which is much stronger than a glass base,” according to the South Korean tech giant. “Most importantly, using advanced encapsulation and pixel-scanning technology, the burn-in problem that has affected OLED technology in the past has been all but eliminated in the P-OLED technology in LG’s upcoming device. Encapsulation significantly reduces oxidation of the pixels and LG’s pixel-scanning technology allows for less energy to be applied to each pixel, also saving battery power.”

The LG V30 will be launched on August 31 and will likely go on sale by the end of September. It will house the latest Snapdragon 835 chipset alongside 4 GB of RAM, dual cameras (one ultra-wide and one normal). Interested buyers will have to wait if the phone will indeed come with an f/1.6 aperture. If so, it’ll the have widest lens on any smartphone camera, as GSMArena notes.


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