The LG V30, LG's next flagship smartphone after the LG G6 that was launched earlier this year, will be released in the United States on Sept. 28.
With the LG V30 to arrive in less than two months, the important question is whether it will better compete with the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 8, compared to the lackluster challenge of the LG G6 against the Samsung Galaxy S8.
LG V30 Release Date Set At Sept. 28
According to an exclusive report by Android Authority, an internal document shared by a source revealed LG's plans for its upcoming flagship, which has been codenamed JOAN.
As expected, the LG V30 will be officially unveiled at LG's Aug. 31 press conference for IFA 2017, which will be held in Berlin from Sept. 1 to Sept. 6. The smartphone will then go on sale on Sept. 15 in LG's home country of South Korea.
The LG V30 will then go up for preorders in the United States starting Sept. 17, before finally going on sale on Sept. 28.
For European LG fans, there is no information yet on when preorders for the LG V30 will launch in the region. However, the document states that Sept. 28 will also be the global launch of the smartphone, so preorders should start at roughly the same date as in the United States.
LG V30 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 8
The decision by LG to launch the LG V30 about two weeks earlier in South Korea is due to the unimpressive sales of its current flagship, the LG G6.
LG posted a loss of about $117 million for the second quarter, attributing the weak performance to weaker than expected sales for its premium smartphones along with the increase in costs of components. The mobile business of LG performed better in the second quarter compared to the same quarter last year, but the company is understandably looking to do much better for the remainder of 2017.
With the LG G6 falling short as a worthy rival to the Samsung Galaxy S8, LG is hoping that the LG V30 will be a better challenger to the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 8. Previous reports claim that the LG V30 will have a 6-inch OLED screen with minimal bezels and that the LG V30 secondary display will either be removed or upgraded. Other rumored LG V30 specifications include up to 6 GB of RAM, Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835, and dual cameras on both the front and the back.
The LG V30 could possibly be LG's real flagship for the year, and its reported specifications and features make it easy to see why. How well it will fare in the market as it goes up against the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, however, remains to be seen.