LG V30S ThinQ 128GB Smartphone (Unlocked, Matte Moroccan Blue)

LG V30S ThinQ 128GB Smartphone (Unlocked, Matte Moroccan Blue)
Key Features
  • GSM + CDMA/4G LTE Wireless Connectivity
  • North American Variant
  • Snapdragon 835 Octa-Core CPU
  • 6.0" 2880 x 1440 OLED Display
With the V30S ThinQ 128GB Smartphone from LG, you can take photos and video with cinematic results. They support still photo resolutions up to 4656 x 3492, up to 4K video, and 10-bit HDR, for improved color accuracy and contrast. The 16MP standard angle camera also features a glass lens, which is designed to increase sharpness and color. The 13MP camera features a 120-degree, wide angle lens that captures more of the world around you.
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This device is unlocked and should work fully with carriers listed below with green bars. Yellow bars denote partial network coverage. A SIM card and service plan must be purchased separately. Network compatibility listed here is for reference only and does not guarantee phone compatibility or activation on CDMA Carriers.

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LG US998R Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Android 8.0 Oreo
  • 3GSM + CDMA / 4G LTE Wireless Connectivity
  • 4North American Variant / US Compatible LTE
  • 5Durable Design
  • 6Additional Rear Camera Features
  • 7Additional Front Camera Features
  • 8Video Features
  • 9Audio Features
  • 10Enhanced Productivity
  • 11Additional Productivity Features
  • 12Convenience Features
  • 13Entertainment Features
  • 14Connectivity Features

With the V30S ThinQ 128GB Smartphone from LG, you can take photos and video with cinematic results. They support still photo resolutions up to 4656 x 3492, up to 4K video, and 10-bit HDR, for improved color accuracy and contrast. The 16MP standard angle camera also features a glass lens, which is designed to increase sharpness and color. The 13MP camera features a 120-degree, wide angle lens that captures more of the world around you.

The dual-rear cameras are joined by a 5MP front-facing camera. You can use it to capture selfie pics or 1080p videos. Switch from the 80-degree standard field-of-view, to a 90-degree wide-angle, which lets more friends into the shot. Selfie Light makes sure that your pics are well-lit, and Beauty Shot softens your facial features to help you look your best.

The 6.0" QHD+ FullVision display features OLED and HDR10 technology for deep blacks and stunning contrast when viewing movies, TV shows, mobile games, or your own pictures and video creations. The display has a cinematic 18:9 aspect ratio, and the always-on mode lets you conveniently see the date, time, and notifications when the screen is sleeping. Further customize your display with a moveable/collapsible toolbar for app shortcuts and call notifications.

Running the Android 8.0 Oreo operating system, this phone is powered by an Octa-Core processor (4 x 2.45 GHz and 4 x 1.9 GHz Kryo) and 6GB of RAM. You can store your apps, 4K videos, and HDR10 snapshots on 128GB of built-in storage, which can be expanded via an (optional) microSD card up to 2TB in size.

This phone is unlocked and compatible with GSM/4G LTE networks. Connect to the internet and other devices with built-in 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4+5 GHz Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 5.0. The V30S also supports NFC technology for making phone-to-phone data transfers or mobile payments.

Android 8.0 Oreo

The Android operating system integrates heavily with Google's services. Using the card-based Google Now, Android quickly surfaces information for you whenever you need it, powered by the same Knowledge Engine that runs Google's web search. It's a personalized and customizable OS, allowing you to add your favorite apps or widgets to your home screen. You can even download new themes using the Google Play Store, which offers access to millions of apps, games, books, music, movies, and more. Android 8.0 Oreo adds major productivity and security capabilities to the operating system. They've introduced Google Play Protect, which scans apps on your phone to detect harmful behavior. With the touch of the Home button, continue to work in apps while watching active videos in Picture-in-Picture mode. Other features include, faster boot speed, automatically turning on Wi-Fi when near saved networks, limiting background activity for little used apps, notification snoozing, smart text selection, and more.

GSM + CDMA / 4G LTE Wireless Connectivity

This phone is designed to work on select GSM and CDMA networks and is 4G LTE capable. LTE is an advanced cellular network data protocol capable of data speeds so fast that they compete with wired broadband Internet providers. With an LTE connection, this phone should have no problem streaming HD video, downloading apps, uploading photos, or anything else that requires a high-speed data connection. The phone is also backwards compatible with 3G and 2G data for instances when you can't get LTE. In addition to cellular wireless, this phone also features Bluetooth, NFC, and Wi-Fi connectivity.

Note: Not compatible with all cellular networks. Please make sure your provider uses a frequency or band that this phone supports, and that they will allow you to used carrier unlocked phones. You can check which bands this phone works within the Specifications.

North American Variant / US Compatible LTE

The V30S is a US variant. The V30S's LTE radio is tuned to frequencies that are most often used in the United States and North America. It can also be used in other parts of the world; however, LTE access may be limited or unsupported, depending on the network. To ensure this phone will work with your carrier please check to make sure the frequencies your carrier uses are supported by this phone. The full list of compatible carrier frequencies can be found here, the frequencies this phone supports can be found in the product specs.

Durable Design

LG has constructed the V30S to be able to withstand the elements and survive the damage that can come from everyday use. The entire phone is IP68 rated for dust- and water-resistance, as well as passing MIL-STD-810G testing for shock-resistance. The sides of the phone are made from aluminum, and the front and back are encased in Corning Gorilla Glass 5.

Even the rear cameras and CPU have their own protection. The rear cameras are protected by Gorilla Glass 4, and the heat pipe on the CPU absorbs and expels heat to minimize overheating.

Additional Rear Camera Features

Rear LED Flash
HDR Mode - optimize the contrast of your pictures
Up to 8x Zoom
Manual Mode - adjust shutter speed, ISO, exposure, white balance, and more
Graphy - select reference photos that automatically adjust Manual Mode settings
Photo Signature
Square Camera - 1:1 camera UI that includes Snap Shot, Match Shot, Grid Shot, and Guide Shot features
Pop-out Picture Mode - use both of the rear cameras to automatically add frame effects
Camera Modes - Food Mode, Panorama, and 360 Panorama
Film Effect - choose from 8 preset filters
Quick Sharing Functionality - access sharing platforms instantly after taking pictures and videos

Additional Front Camera Features

Auto Shot - take a selfie with automatic face detection
Gesture Shot - take a selfie with a simple hand gesture
Gesture Interval Shot - take four selfies in sequence by making a fist twice
Gesture View - transitions between camera mode and preview mode automatically

Video Features

Cine Effect - choose from 16 difference color grading presets to add a cinematic look
Point Zoom - zoom in on any selected area within the frame for more stability and control
Video Manual Mode - adjust audio focus, manual focus, white balance, frame rates, and more
LG-Cine Log - when in Manual Mode, capture a wide color gamut for enhanced video
Steady Record 2.0 - record smoother, clearer videos on the move
Slow-Motion Video Recording - 1280 x 720 resolution at 240 FPS
Time-Lapse Video - record a video that plays back faster than normal
Quick Video Editor -= merg3e up to 50 photos or videos, trim and add title/text, background music, and theme effect overlays
Snap Movie - combine a series of short video clips

Audio Features

RAM (receiver as Mic) - 2 analog mics combine with the phone's receiver to improve sound clarity white recording in loud environments
Hi-Fi Video Recorder - 2 high AOP mics record video with higher-quality sound
HD Audio Recorder - capture high-quality sound with the ability to record over a separate audio track, choose between Normal, Concert, and Custom modes
Wind Noise Filter - minimize wind noise during video recording
32-Bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC - Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC) for crisp, full sound through (optional) wired headphones
Sound Preset - select custom options to achieve different sound experiences
Digital Filter - choose from Short, Sharp, and Slow to change the Sound Filter characteristics in DAC
Hi-Fi Streaming - MQA decoder enables high resolution audio to be packaged in a small size

Enhanced Productivity

The LG V30S ThinQ lets you use a variety of features to increase your productivity. A few are designed around getting information into your phone quickly. If a great idea comes to you, or if you need to jot something down for later, the V30S has QuickMemo+ and Capture+ functions make it easy.

QuickMemo+ works like a digital notebook, allowing you to quickly add text, pictures, and drawings.

Capture+ lets you write on any screenshot you capture. You can annotate them and save them to your gallery or in QuickMemo+

Additional Productivity Features

Smart Cleaning - phone diagnosis for improved performance
Power Saving Mode/Battery Saver - restricts apps in the background
LG Health - fitness app tracks daily activity
QSlide - overlay two windows, and adjust the size and transparency of them
Dual Window - use two apps simultaneously on a split screen

Convenience Features

Google Assistant - intelligent personal voice assistant
Barge-in - recognizes "OK Google" commands while audio is playing
App Scaling - set view to 16:9, 16.7:9, or 18:9
Shortcut Keys - quick access to Capture+ or Camera
Comfort View - decreases the amount of blue light on the screen
Screen Color - adjust settings for Normal, Best for movies, Best for photos, Best for web, Custom, or Enhanced video color
Mini View - shrink the screen for one-handed use
Knock On - double tap the screen to put our phone to sleep or wake it up

Entertainment Features

Daydream - a virtual reality (VR) platform
Accelerometer - control games by turning and tilting
Video Player with Touch Lock, Video Screenshot, and Resume Play Functions
Customizable Video Screen Ratio, Subtitle Settings, Playback Speed, and Video Auto-Close function
LG Music App - organized by songs, albums, artists, genres, and playlists

Connectivity Features

Mobile Hotspot - share a 4G LTE data connection with up to 10 other wireless devices
Wi-Fi Direct - connect directly to devices
USB and Bluetooth Tethering - share your internet connection
Android Beam (NFC) - share contacts, web pages, and more
Media Server - allow nearby devices to access content
Screen Sharing (Miracast) - wirelessly mirror device screen
HD Voice Capable
MIDI Device - connect to musical instruments via USB
MirrorLink - connect to a MirrorLink-capable car to share your screen and apps

LG US998R Specs

Operating SystemAndroid 8.0 Oreo
Memory6 GB
GPUAdreno 540
Native Resolution2880 x 1440
Display Colors16.0 Million
Aspect Ratio18:9
Pixel Density538 ppi
Screen CoatingGorilla Glass 5
CDMA 2GCDMA: 800, 1900 MHz
GSM 2GGSM, GPRS, EDGE: 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
CDMA 3GEV-DO: 800, 1900 MHz
GSM 3G/3.5GUMTS, HSPA+: 850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz
4G LTELTE: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 12, 13, 20, 25, 26, 41 Bands
BluetoothBluetooth 5.0 + LE 
FM RadioYes
SensorsAccelerometer, Barometer (Altimeter), Compass, Fingerprint, Gyroscope, Proximity
Water ResistanceResistant
IP RatingIP68
Pointing DeviceNone
BatteryInternal Lithium-Ion (3300.0 mAh)
Fast Charging TechnologyQualcomm Quick Charge 3.0
Wireless ChargingQi
Dimensions (W x H x D)3.0 x 6.0 x 0.3" / 7.6 x 15.2 x 0.8 cm
Weight5.57 oz / 158 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.95 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)6.9 x 3.6 x 2.3"

LG US998R Reviews

Fantastic phone!

By Pheep
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-11-22

I bought mine when it first came out! It is by far the best sounding out there with headphones! The DAC really does create audiophile quality sound! The screen is lush, and even though it's a few years old it still very fast! It is certainly better than my new iPhone! The camera is very good and you can do all kinds of tweaking with your photos! I will probably buy the V50 or the dual screen V8

This one is a keeper

By AndyNYC
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2018-12-24

I've been using the V30S since September and I'm very happy with it. It's very reliable, and the camera is fantastic. Battery has been decent and the size, shape, and weight are perfect. The only downside is I still have Android Security on March 2018 and we're almost in 2019. Hopefully Android 9 will arrive soon. [This review was collected as part of a promotion.]

just like heaven

By bilal
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2018-12-21

very good display fast and furious battery not very good but ok with me


By Chris
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2018-12-13

The best of ALL the phones in the V30 Class. Great phone at an exceptional price. Thanks B&H.

Where's the security updates?

By guiness95672
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2019-10-18

This phone V30s from bhphoto has not received any updates since the March 2018 security update. Every time I check for updates it says I'm already on the latest version. Uh seriously?

Love this phone, but I still miss the V10

By RR91
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-09-18

So, of course this phone is great. I got it after my V10 finally got the overheating/bootloop issue and kicked the bucket (lasted me 3 years though, so not bad). The V30s is fast, the fingerprint scanner works WAY better than the V10's did, still has a superb camera, and I think what I love the most is the resolution (I like to read on mobile, and no more grainy texts!). The only thing I still really miss from the V10 is the button design. I loved having the fingerprinter scanner/power button in one on the back of the phone, with the volume buttons just above and below it. They reverted back to the awkward side-button design most phones use and it's so clunky. I hate it. Bring back the V10 buttons, please!

Picture quality performance large screen face

By Wynette
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-01-02

I purchased this phone a month ago. I have to do a factory reset but it's working great... [This review was collected as part of a promotion.]

I'm a photographer and I love this camera...

By Crissy68
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2018-12-26

Would I buy this phone again?....the clarity of the pictures are amazing...I would definitely buy this phone again

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How is the speaker performance? Is it dual ...

How is the speaker performance? Is it dual speaker?
Asked by: Steve
This phone does not have stereo speakers.
Answered by: Geoffrey
Date published: 2019-09-24


Will it work with cricket wireless
Asked by: Javier V.
Using mine on AT&T and Cricket uses AT&T to deliver mobile services so it should work fine.
Answered by: Ron D.
Date published: 2018-08-27


Does this have Band 71/600 MHz (new T-Mobile band) support?
Asked by: Asif K.
According to TMobile support the answer is a definite yes. There is a lot of confusion around this, but support checked with higher level of tech support and they said yes definitely.
Answered by: Randall H.
Date published: 2018-08-27


Will this phone support T-Mobile WiFi calling?
Asked by: Anonymous
I'm a Verizon customer but looked this up online for you. They don't want us to include links here, but the T-Mobile site does have detailed info on how to set up wi-fi calling with the LG V30.By the way, you're going to absolutely LOVE the camera!
Answered by: RONEL K.
Date published: 2018-08-28


It will be work with Sprint?
Asked by: Heiber A.
Answered by: Ken F.
Date published: 2018-08-27


Unlike the original model, the specs for the Moroccan Blue states that there is no infrared, is this correct?
Asked by: roberto d.
The LG V30S does not have an IR blaster.
Answered by: Steve M.
Date published: 2018-08-27


Does this have Wi-fi calling?
Asked by: Krista K.
I'm on AT&T and unfortunately I cannot see Wi-fi the calling option. Forums are stating AT&T doesn't allow this feature on non-AT&T branded phones. Boo AT&T!!!
Answered by: Jo S.
Date published: 2018-08-27


When is this actually being released? LG doesn't seem to list this device anywhere on their website.
Asked by: Dylan D.
yes, it is. Check this linkhttps://goo.gl/FJthBH
Answered by: Ajith T.
Date published: 2018-08-27
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