The Newly Launched LG V30+ is a Good Alternative to the OnePlus 5T

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LG finally impressed everyone with its pricing of the LG V30+. Everyone expected that LG would price the V30+ above Rs 50,000 or some even expected it to be over Rs 60,000, but to everyone' surprise, LG priced the device at Rs 44,990. At that price, the V30+ is the best smartphone when it comes to features. It has got all the features of the flagship Samsung Galaxy Note 8, which is available to purchase at a steep price of Rs 67,900.


With its price, the LG V30+ is entering the OnePlus 5T territory. Of course, the price of the V30+ is still a good Rs 8,000 higher than the 5T, but for early buyers, LG is giving a free one-time screen replacement and a wireless charger. But still, the V30+ is the most affordable feature-packed flagship smartphone, as compared to the no-frills attached OnePlus 5T. Here's why the LG V30+ is a good alternative to the OnePlus 5T.

The V30+ Has a Quad HD+ Display
Starting off with the display, the V30+ has a 6-inch P-OLED Quad HD+ display with a pixel density of 537 PPI. It's an OLED panel, but so far, there are no display issues reported by international media or anyone who else got the phone. Surprisingly, LG is the manufacturer of the Google Pixel 2 XL which is riddled with a lot of display issues, but thankfully, LG has optimised the display on its own smartphone.


The OnePlus 5T has a Full HD+ display with a pixel density of 401 PPI. Both the smartphones have a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on top of the screen to protect it from scratches. For real day usage, the resolution doesn't matter as the 5T has the best display in its price range, but 2018 will be entirely about AR and VR. Especially for Virtual Reality, you need a Quad HD display to experience it to the core.

OnePlus 5T Leads the Hardware With Double the RAM
Both the V30+ and OnePlus 5T feature similar set of hardware. The Snapdragon 835 SoC, Adreno 540 GPU can be seen on the devices, but the 5T leads when it comes to RAM. The V30+ has just 4GB of RAM, but the premium variant of 5T offers double the RAM of 8GB. That said, again, 2018 will be all about AR and VR, so to use AR to the core, it requires more RAM, which makes the 5T a winner. The V30+ comes in a single 128GB storage option, and guess what, unlike the OnePlys 5T, storage on the V30+ can be expanded up to 2TB with a microSD card slot.


When it comes to battery, the V30+ and 5T have the same 3300mAh battery, but the latter may offer better battery life, thanks to OxygenOS optimisations. Also, the V30+ comes with Quick Charge 3.0 and may fall short of OnePlus' Dash Charge technology.

The major attraction for the OnePlus 5T is the OxygenOS built on top of Android. OxygenOS is a slightly tweaked version of stock Android with a different user interface and faster animations. The V30+ ships with LG's own user interface, which also offers tons of features. Also, there's a floating secondary display feature on the V30+, which replaces the secondary ticker display found on the previous LG smartphones. Both the devices will be upgraded to Android 8.0 Oreo, and LG promised the update by the end of January 2018, whereas OnePlus said early 2018.

LG V30+ Can Capture Better Low-Light Images
Cameras are one hell of an essential aspect of a smartphone' success. Over the years, LG has managed to add best cameras on their smartphones that doesn't fall short of Samsung's or Apple smartphone cameras. But the sad part is LG never got recognition from the crowd.


With the LG V30+, the company has gone ahead and added an industry's first f/1.6 sensor, meaning the smartphone will capture some excellent low-light images. Numbers wise, the V30+ ships with a 16MP f/1.6 primary camera and a secondary 13MP sensor with 120-degree field-of-view for wide-angle shots.

This setup is different when compared to the 5T as it comes with a 20MP primary sensor with a f/1.7 aperture and a 20MP secondary low-light sensor with f/1.7 aperture. The V30+ has a 5MP selfie camera, which doesn't inspire confidence when compared to 5T's 16MP selfie shooter.

Features wise, the V30+ comes with Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) support, while the 5T settles down with Electronic Image Stabilisation (EIS). The former also has laster autofocus technology.


What Separates V30+ from 5T?
Now that we're done with all the basic features, let's jump into the aspect where the V30+ truly excels. First and foremost- wireless charging. Yes, the V30+ is one among the few smartphones to offer wireless charging, and incidentally, it's also the cheapest 2017 flagship smartphone with wireless charging tech.

Next up on the list is Quad DAC. The V30+ is a device made for audiophiles. LG has added a 32-bit HiFi Quad DAC on the smartphone, which pleases the audio lovers. And yes, it still has a 3.5mm headphone jack.


And lastly, the V30+ is also water and dust resistant smartphone with the IP68 rating, and it is also military grade standard certified, meaning it can survive small drops. There's a Face Unlock feature on both the phones, but the one on the 5T beats V30+ hands down.

The LG V30+ is a Feature-Packed Smartphone at Rs 44,990!
At Rs 44,990, you can't get a better specced and feature-packed smartphone than the V30+. Features such as wireless charging, IP68 rating, dedicated audio DAC are some of the highlight features of the V30+.

The OnePlus 5T is a great smartphone, of course, it is the best smartphone under Rs 40,000 right now. Nevertheless, it doesn't offer any fancy features like the V30+. When compared between the two, I would go with the V30+, thanks to the few additional tweaks on top.


But again, there's a slight scare inside me, and that is the price drop. The price drop of the V30+ is inevitable, which would make the device even more compelling. However, don't expect it to go under Rs 35,000 in the near future, at least till the launch of LG G7.

What would be your pick between the two? Let us know by commenting below.

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