YouTuber JerryRigEverything has performed his scratch, burn and durability testing on LG’s newest flagship, the V30.
At first he did a scratch test of the smartphone’s screen, which started scuffing at a pressure level of 6 or 7. To put this test in perspective, the iPhone 8 and the Samsung Note 8 also received the same results.
With LG covering most of the smartphone’s front with Gorilla Glass 5, areas like the on-screen home button and the front-facing camera couldn’t be lightly scratched.
The V30’s front facing metal speaker grill, which doubles as a microphone, is placed slightly below the glass just enough that it’s difficult to damage — however, it’s a dust trap.
While most of the rear and front of the V30 is clad in Gorilla Glass 5 and is difficult to scratch, including the rear-facing camera sensor, the phone’s fingerprint scanner is not protected by Gorilla Glass 5. This means JerryRigEverything was able to scratch the device to the point where its fingerprint sensor no longer functioned.
The edges of the V30 are metal, so scratching the smartphone in this area didn’t damage the device. The V30 has an OLED panel that didn’t stand up well to flame damage when JerryRigEverything burned the display, causing its pixels to be permanently damaged.
Lastly the V30 is difficult to bend, as its glass panels don’t separate from the frame — this is also good news for the device’s IP68 dust and water resistance rating.
While JerryRigEverything didn’t perform a drop test on the V30, it’s also good to know the V30 is MIL-STD 810G certification. MIL-STD 810G certification means that a device has a military graded frame and that it is capable of surviving 26 falls from up to four feet, onto plywood on top of concrete — essentially the V30 should be able to withstand falls that other flagships likely can’t.
LG is now available in Canada.