With the launch of the LG V30 as LG's second flagship device of 2017, we want to know how it compares to its predecessor, the LG V20.
In summary, the LG V30 features a premium design like the V20 but it introduces a few tweaks, such as its glass back, wireless charging port and waterproof design. The V30 also offers a larger display, higher resolution and rear cameras. The V20 was a powerhouse phone, so is the upgrade worth it?
The LG V20 features a lightweight premium aluminum build with super slim bezels. On the back there is a dual-lens camera setup with a flash to the left, along with a circular fingerprint scanner beneath the camera module. Branding is kept to a minimum with a small LG logo at the bottom of the display and a V20 logo at the bottom of the rear. The LG V30 continues with the premium design standard set by the V20 and G6, though rather than an aluminium build, it has a glass back. A dual-rear camera setup is present with a circular fingerprint sensor beneath the camera module again, though the flash is positioned to the right of the lenses this time round.
The V20 measures 159.7 x 78.1 x 7.6mm and weighs 176g. LG made the V20 MIL-STD-810G compliant in order to better resist shock and impact, but there is no waterproofing on board. The LG V20 features USB Type-C and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The V30 measures 151.7 x 75.4 x 7.6mm and weighs 158g, making it smaller and lighter. The device is bezel-less with nearly an all screen front. USB Type-C and a 3.5mm headphone jack are on board again, along with IP68 waterproofing and MIL-STD-810G compliancy.
The LG V20 is smaller than the V30 with a 5.7-inch display with a Quad HD resolution and pixel density at 513ppi. The V30 comes with a 6-inch OLED display, making it the first LG device to offer an OLED panel. The display has a 2880 x 1440 pixel resolution, with a pixel density of 537ppi, making it sharper than the V20.
The LG V20 was the first smartphone when it launched to include a 32-bit Quad DAC from ESS and feature ESS's HyperStream 2 audio technology. The device has a dual-rear camera with on 16-megapixel sensor offering an f/1.8 aperture and one 8-megapixel sensor with an f/2.4 aperture. The LG V30 comes with a dual-rear camera as well, made up of a 16-megapixel sensor with a 70-degree filed of view, OIS and a f/1.6 aperture, which LG claims allows for 25% more light than the V20's f/1.8.
The LG V20 comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset, and 4GM of RAM with up to 64 GM of storage. The V20 has a 3200mAh battery capacity.
The V30 however comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 platform, which means it is faster and more capable than the V20. The processor is supposed by 4GM of RAM and 64GB of storage and there is mircoSD for storage expansion. It has a 3300mAh battery along with wireless charging.