Today at IFA 2017 in Barcelona, LG officially unveiled the V30, the successor to last year’s V20. This year’s phone retains a lot of what made its predecessor popular, while losing one pretty important feature.

Let’s rip the band-air off right away. Unlike the LG V20, the V30 does not have a removable back, meaning you won’t be able to replace the battery. For a lot of people, that won’t ever be an issue, but for some it makes a big difference.

Luckily, the V30 is a big step up in a lot of other ways, and while it likely won’t dethrone the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, it should provide some respectful competition. It’ll boast a 6-inch 18:9 Quad HD+ OLED screen, a Snapdragon 835 processor, 64 or 128GB internal storage with a MicroSD card, 4GB of RAM, 16MP and 13MP dual rear cameras, a 5MP selfie-camera, and a 3300mAh battery. On top of that you get wireless charging, a 3.5mm headphone jack (it’s still crazy that we have to specify that nowadays), Quad DAC for hi-fi audio, MIL-STD-810G durability, and IP68 water and dust resistance.

And then, with what could be the most important feature to some people, there’s the compatibility with LTE Band 71, which means that it’s the first phone ever to work on T-Mobile’s new 600MHz network. This is the network that T-Mobile spent $8 billion on, and it’s low-band spectrum, which means it’s really good for rural areas and inside structures. It’s still growing too, with T-Mobile planning to have a million square miles of coverage by the end of the year.


If you’re a T-Mobile customer, the V30 is a very appealing choice. If you’re not, then LG’s latest is still certainly worth a look, but time will tell if it can run with the big dogs.

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