With the LG G6, LG made a statement. It no longer wants to be Gyro Gearloose of the smartphone industry, pushing bold innovation that no one outside its focus groups asked for. LG cleaned house, stripped away all the complexity, and introduced one of 2017’s most understated – and all-around pleasant – premium phones. It was a solid strategy, even though displays of clever engineering, such as the LG G5’s removable battery, will be missed by those able to appreciate them.
According to a “trusted source” as cited by the ever diligent XDA Developers, the same revision awaits the LG V30 – a premium smartphone, primed as an alternative to the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and, reportedly, scheduled for a late August announcement.
LG’s “V” series is notable for the presence of a small secondary display placed just above the primary screen. Its purpose is to provide quick shortcuts, summarize notifications, and show a signature text for a bit of extra swag.
The secondary screen is only “formally” going away
The secondary display was a refreshing experiment that certainly stood out in the ocean of lookalike phones, but it didn’t catch on either with consumers or mobile vendors. Thus, it makes sense that LG might abolish it in the V30, as XDA’s source claims. However, this won’t necessarily be the end to the concept of conveniently pulling certain shortcuts and notifications to a designated space above the main display.
Rather than going through the trouble of running two separate displays, LG might – for the first time in recent history – introduce an OLED display, likely in the same 18:9 screen ratio as the LG G6
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