IFA 2017: LG V30 Launch Event Live Blogby Ian Cutress on August 31, 2017 2:46 AM EST
02:51AM EDT - We're here at LG to see the launch for the new LG V30 smartphone. Starts at 9am Berlin time / 3am Eastern!
02:51AM EDT - I'm still in line to get into the venue, big security this year
02:52AM EDT - I should say we were ready pre briefed. Hands on articles going up in 10
02:54AM EDT - And here's a device
02:55AM EDT - Seems like the press release already went out
02:58AM EDT - So I'm seated, not near the front
02:58AM EDT - Event WiFi is dead, I'm on mobile data
02:59AM EDT - a couple of minutes from starting
03:00AM EDT - Starting with a video
03:01AM EDT - A link to our hands on: http://www.anandtech.com/show/11789/hands-on-with-the-lg-v30
03:01AM EDT - Juno Cho, president of LG Electronics mobile to the stage
03:02AM EDT - Since the emergence of hte smartphone, it has changed many lives: communicate with one another and preserve memories, capture photos and videos is so much easier with smartphones
03:02AM EDT - Transitioning from story telling to story showing
03:02AM EDT - This is the concept behind the V Series
03:03AM EDT - 'The V30 is the most perfect smartphone we have ever created'
03:03AM EDT - People will actually want to use the V30, and tell their friends. 'Better to show than to tell'
03:04AM EDT - Dubstep video time
03:04AM EDT - unce unce unce
03:05AM EDT - Experience a 'college cathedral' experience
03:05AM EDT - Cine Video mode to give cinema level quality
03:05AM EDT - Dual cameras with a wide angle lense
03:06AM EDT - Dual cameras with a wide angle lens
03:07AM EDT - First smartphone for f/16 crystal lens: 'Crystal Clear Lens'
03:08AM EDT - Last lens in the stack is made of glass, not plastic
03:08AM EDT - Vivid OLED display
03:09AM EDT - 'The most beautiful smartphone on the market'
03:09AM EDT - 'People express themselves though video'
03:09AM EDT - Amateur video quality has soared
03:09AM EDT - 'Cinematic videography'
03:10AM EDT - Director of Photography from Game of Thrones to the stage
03:11AM EDT - 'Do you enjoy taking photos when not on the job' 'Yes, and I use my smartphone. LG gave me an early look at the V30'
03:11AM EDT - Video time, showing off some video taken by the GoT guy
03:13AM EDT - Cine video mode takes care of color automatically
03:14AM EDT - 15 different cine effects
03:14AM EDT - Easy to select what mood you want to impart, and control the intensity
03:14AM EDT - Smoother light gradation and brighter colors
03:15AM EDT - Type of color palette you see in a movie in a smartphone
03:16AM EDT - Point zoom: it's complicated to zoom, but LG can zoom to a point in a slow and smooth way for a cinematic effect
03:16AM EDT - Point zoom pulls you in to further the story. 'Easy for everyone to use'
03:17AM EDT - Support for Log profile, allows for easier color grading. Unique in a smartphone
03:18AM EDT - Now for audio: using the receiver as a mic
03:19AM EDT - Up to 142 dB support using the 'more durable' receiver as a microphone
03:20AM EDT - Now for camera. f/1.6 lens with single glass element
03:22AM EDT - Now for display. 6-inch QHD+ OLED with support for HDR10
03:22AM EDT - (sorry, even data is having trouble catching up)
03:23AM EDT - 18:9, narrow bezels with a massive screen to body ratio
03:23AM EDT - Daydream VR support
03:29AM EDT - Daydream launching in Korea and Japan first
03:29AM EDT - ARCore is coming to the V30 in the near future
03:29AM EDT - Snapdragon 835, Don Macguire from Qualcomm to the stage
03:29AM EDT - 'Advanced video and camera, immersive gaming and graphics, connectivity: all enhanced by Qualcomm'
03:29AM EDT - Alternate the exposure of pixels in an image to give a wider color range
03:29AM EDT - Images and video captured in low power modes with full feature set
03:30AM EDT - Adreno GPU supports high profile gaming with 'nearly zero lag or latency'
03:30AM EDT - X16 Qualcomm modem, up to 1 gigabit LTE speeds
03:32AM EDT - 32-bit Quad DAC
03:32AM EDT - MQA format audio
03:33AM EDT - Two upgrades: Sound Preset (EQ tunings, there's four new modes, but not user adjustable)
03:33AM EDT - Digital Filter to adjust reverb
03:33AM EDT - Audio by B&O Play, bundled earphones
03:34AM EDT - Exclusive in-app items worth $100 for mobile music game Beat Fever
03:34AM EDT - 'bezel bending technology with FullVision display'
03:34AM EDT - 7.3mm thick
03:35AM EDT - Size of the dual camera is reduced from V20
03:36AM EDT - Lenticular rear pattern to reduce fingerprints
03:36AM EDT - Four colors
03:36AM EDT - Gorilla Glass 5
03:36AM EDT - Uses an Aluminium H-frame to add tensile strength
03:37AM EDT - Heatpipe and thermal pad, IP68 resistance, MIL-STD-810G
03:37AM EDT - 3300 mAh with Quick Charge 3.0 and wireless charging
03:38AM EDT - Upgraded power saving features, more gradation (brightness, screen resolution)
03:38AM EDT - Graphy photo setting modifications from reference features
03:38AM EDT - Advises the users on how to change manual settings
03:39AM EDT - No second screen, so added a floating bar
03:39AM EDT - Added function by pop out
03:39AM EDT - Always on display upgraded as well
03:39AM EDT - Quick toolbox on always-on display
03:40AM EDT - Voice recognition to unlock the phone with any 3-5 syllable hotword
03:40AM EDT - Using voice for AI, supporting Google Assistant
03:42AM EDT - Announcing support for Korean on day one, Italian and Spanish support coming soon
03:42AM EDT - Voice commands dedicated to LG mode - take a wide angle video, take a romantic video
03:43AM EDT - Recognizes 'OK Google' when the screen is off or playing music
03:43AM EDT - Support devices from 70 smart home devices that can be controlled via Google Assistant. LG is designing devices compatible
03:44AM EDT - Now some Q&A from our press prebriefing
03:46AM EDT - Q: Why is it difficult to add glass to lens? A: Depth is the main issue but we made it work
03:46AM EDT - Q: V30 feels lighter than G6, how? A: We use a thinner OLED display
03:46AM EDT - Q: How does a glass smartphone qualify for MIL spec? A: The Aluminium H-beam enhances the tensile strength
03:46AM EDT - Q: Can we expect OLED screens in future LG flagships? A: LG is a leader in OLED makes it easier to make the transtition, but it will be done case by case
03:47AM EDT - That looks like a wrap. Our hands on can be found at http://www.anandtech.com/show/11789/hands-on-with-the-lg-v30