LG’s next smartphone gets exposed in apparent double leak

The LG V30 might be just around the corner, which probably explains why we’re seeing a sudden flurry of leaks about the phone.

Much is made of the LG G-series phones, but increasingly popular are LG V-series devices, which give LG a second bite of the yearly smartphone pie. This year we’re expecting a follow-on to the well-received LG V20, and it’s probably going to be called the LG V30.

This week we’ve seen two leaks, each of which seemingly reveal new details about the phone. The first of these comes courtesy of prolific leaker and journalist Steve Hemmerstoffer, who posted the following to Twitter:

Hemmerstoffer, who leaks mobile news under the pseudonym @Onleaks, has a very good track record for posting accurate leaks. We can’t verify this image however, so take it with due caution.

What the image suggests is that there’ll be both a dual-camera module and a fingerprint scanner on the back of the device, in keeping with previous rumours. Perhaps the biggest change is the abandonment of the second screen, which was a small OLED strip on the front of the handset that displayed notifications on previous V-series phones.

This is corroborated by our second leak of the week, which can be traced to Android Authority’s Nirave Gondhia who cites “an exclusive internal source”. Gondhia writes that the second screen is definitely being culled, and will instead by replaced by a new “floating bar” – a software feature that may provide “quick access to shortcuts and possible even notifications”.

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The report also went on to suggest that the LG V30 would feature a 6-inch QHD+ OLED FullVision display, and support for HDR 10 and Google Daydream straight out of the box. It’s also tipped to feature an f/1.6 aperture – a first for smartphones.

The LG V30 is expected to be announced on August 31, just before Berlin’s IFA 2017 tradeshow kicks off proper.

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