Monthly Archive: August 2017

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LG V30 review: The £800 flagship phone will be available on 1 November

NEWS: The LG V30 will be exclusively available at Carphone Warehouse[1] for £800 SIM-free, or on contract for £42.99/month and an upfront cost of £40. That’ll land you 5GB of data on EE. The phone will be available on 1 November 2017 and is available for pre-order right now.

Despite its criticisms, I actually quite liked the LG G6[2]. Blame lack of sleep and over-workedness, but it was the standout smartphone at this year’s MWC. It beat Samsung to the punch with its all-display front after all, but in the end its wallet-shaking asking price led to its downfall. I haven’t given it a second thought since its launch.

But LG hasn’t let that stop them. Cue IFA 2017[3] and the company has another flagship lined up – the intriguingly named LG V30 – and there’s plenty here worthy of your attention.

READ NEXT: The best budget smartphones of 2017[4]

LG V30 UK price, release date and specifications

  • Display: 6in QHD+ OLED (2880 x 1440)
  • CPU: Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB / 128GB
  • Camera: 16-megapixel f/1.6 and 13-megapixel f/1.9 (wide-angle)
  • Price: £800
  • Release date: 1 November 2017

LG V30 review: Design, key features and first impressions

Take it out of the box, and the first thing you’ll notice is that it doesn’t look too dissimilar to the G6 it replaces. Okay, replaces might be a bit harsh – but it’s time we acknowledge that the G6 died an abrupt death.

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Back to the V30 and yes, it has the same all-display front as the G6. That’s not a bad thing – it was the G6’s standout feature, after all. But this time around, the handset looks cleaner, with no gap between the screen and the handset itself. It’s a posh-looking phone, no doubt about it.

And that display I mentioned earlier? It’s a marvel. I’m still getting used to 18:9 screens on phones, and the V30 cements large-screen phones as a proper possibility. This 6in, QHD+ screen is positively dominating: it’s bright, and given it’s an OLED panel, is capable of producing punchy colours with plenty of detail.

Powering the V30 is Qualcomm’s latest 10nm processing chip – the Snapdragon 835, also found in Samsung’s Galaxy S8[5], HTC U11[6] and Sony’s Xperia XZ Premium[7]. It’s still in its infancy – but expect top-notch performance here, especially when it works in tandem with 4GB of RAM and either 64GB or 128GB of storage.

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And now to the camera, or should I say, cameras – plural. Like the G6, the V30 operates a dual-cam setup on the rear, with one bog-standard, 16-megapixel f/1.6 camera working in tandem with the adjacent 120-degree, wide-angle, 13-megapixel f/1.9 camera. The result is a little more versatility with your snaps, which paired with this massive display and its multitasking possibilities, makes the entire shooting experience easier than it’s ever been.

LG V30 review: Early verdict

With LG’s V30, I’m getting a strong whiff of deja vu. I feel like I’ve reported on all of this before, and I’m increasingly worried that LG might make the same mistakes as the G6 all over again.

Regardless, the V30 seems to be a top-rate flagship smartphone. Its 18:9 display continues to impress, it’s packed with Qualcomm’s latest processor, and its camera is above and beyond. However, with a £800 price tag[8] that makes it more expensive than the Galaxy S8, S8 Plus and its predecessor, the LG G6. It’s going to be a hard sell.


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PS5 rumours and release date: When can we expect to see Sony’s PlayStation 5?

The PlayStation 5, or PS5 as it’ll eventually be known, is the inevitable follow-up to the PlayStation 4[1] and PS4 Pro[2]. Sony brought the PS4 into the world at the tail end of 2013, with a Japanese release following a few months later.

Four years on, Sony has released another PlayStation console in the form of the PS4 Pro, and seems to be promising us that it won’t be cutting off the PS4 any time soon. But, with rumours increasing around a PlayStation 5, and Sony in dire need of a competitor to Microsoft’s overpowered Xbox One X[3], way could see one land sooner, rather than later.

Even Sony’s Shawn Layden confirmed the existence of a PS5 in an interview with German website[4], but how long will you be expected to wait until its launch? And what kind of specifications are we expecting?

We’ve rounded up the best rumours on PS5 specifications and release dates, to give you a comprehensive guide to what you can expect from the PS5, and when you can expect it. We’ll keep on updating this page as and when we learn more about the PS5.

PlayStation 5 release date: When will it arrive?

There have been debates aplenty from analysts over the launch date of the PS5, with estimations ranging from 2018 to the fiendishly futuristic-sounding 2020s. Safe in the knowledge that a fifth-generation PlayStation is indeed in the works – as mentioned above, Sony bosses have confirmed it is “coming[5]” – fans are now attempting to decode a loose timeline for the release.

If we cast our eyes back a few years, we know the initial PlayStation was brought out in 1994, a staggering 23 years ago. Fast-forward a few *decades* and 2013 saw the launch of the original PS4. Four years later still, and we’ve just seen the excellent (albeit not exactly revolutionary) PS4 Pro emerge. Our sister site Alphr[6] reckons that, according to these time cycles, we’ll see the PS5 emerge in 2019 at the earliest, with 2020 looking like the more feasible release date for the fifth-generation PlayStation.

David Thong, an analyst at Macquarie Capital Securities who boasts good track record on PlayStation predictions, believes[7] that we’ll see the PlayStation 5 rolled out in the second half of 2018. He’s one to keep an eye on, as he successfully predicted the launch of the PS4 Slim[8] and the PS4 Pro, so his ostensibly dubious foresights shouldn’t be dismissed.

The principal flaw in Thong’s prediction remains, of course, that it’s unlikely Sony would unveil another flagship product so soon after the release of its PS4 Pro. We’re with Alphr[9] on this one – like marriage or settling down to read Proust, if you’re waiting it out for the PS5, you’re in it for the long haul.

PlayStation 5 release date: What to expect?

Given the far-off release date, rumours circulating the PS5’s specifications aren’t exactly what you’d deem reliable. We can, however, make educated guesses. As the successor to the already excellent PS4 Pro[10], we can safely assert that Sony will need to roll out some impressive new technology in order to shift the new console.

Whilst we loved the PS4 Pro, one arena it failed to pack any punches in was innovation. We dubbed it “not a gamechanger”, and deemed its extra £100 price tag unworthy. With reviews like that, it’s understandable if Sony is galvanised into some seriously creative product development.

The PS5 will definitely need to up its power game, so we predict it’ll shed the AMP-based processor and start using Nvidia’s technology, something that the Nintendo Switch carried off with aplomb. The only thing that makes us waver on this front is that it would invalidate compatibility with the AMD-based PS4 and PS4 pro models.

We will update this page as and when we learn more about the PlayStation 5.

(Image: Ninac26[11] used under Creative Commons)


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PlayStation Plus October 2017 games revealed: MGS V and Amnesia lead this month's PS+ titles

PlayStation Plus’ October lineup has finally been revealed by Sony. October’s set of PS+ games are huge too, with Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain arriving alongside the Amnesia Collection on PS4.

As you may well be aware, Kojima’s final Metal Gear Solid title is absolutely gargantuan in size and scope, so expect it to soak up almost all of your attention in October. The Amnesia Collection, which contains Amnesia: The Dark DescentAmnesia: A Machine for Pigs and Amnesia: Justine is the perfect horror experience for Halloween.

On PS3, PlayStation Plus subscribers can pick up Monster Jam Battlegrounds and Hustle Kings. PlayStation Vita owners will also receive Hue and Sky Force Anniversary, both of which are compatible with PS4.

PlayStation VR owners will still be able to download RIGS: Mechanised Combat League for free in October and PlayLink title That’s You is also still available.

September’s games are sticking around until 3 October, at which point they’ll be replaced with October’s selection of downloadable titles.

PlayStation Plus October 2017 lineup:

  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (PS4)
  • Amnesia Collection (PS4)
  • That’s You (PS4)
  • Monster Jam Battlegrounds (PS3)
  • Hustle Kings (PS3)
  • Hue (PS Vita & PS4)
  • Sky Force Anniversary (PS Vita & PS4)
  • RIGS: Mechanised Combat League (PSVR)

PlayStation Plus: Everything you need to know

What is PlayStation Plus?

PlayStation Plus, or PS Plus and PS+ as it’s also known, is Sony’s premium subscription service. Having initially started as a way to get a slew of free titles each month, alongside premium discounts on the PlayStation Store, PlayStation Plus has evolved into an Xbox Live Gold-style service. You can’t play your PS4 online without a PlayStation Plus subscription.

To ease the blow, every month Sony gives you access to a slew of new games for PS4, PS3 and PS Vita. Obviously, the deal works out best if you own all three consoles, but Sony is making strides to provide cross-play and buy functionality.

How much is PlayStation Plus?

Sony sells PlayStation Plus in either three or 12-month subscription packages. You can buy a subscription directly from Sony’s PlayStation Store, using either a recurring PayPal or card payment or a one-off purchase. A 12-month subscription now costs £50 (after having previously sat at £40 for years), and a three-month subscription is £20. Amazon also offers up a neat six-month package, consisting of two three-month cards, for under £40.

PlayStation Plus subscriptions also stack, so if you buy a few at once during a sale, you’ll be able to extend your subscription for less.

How often does PlayStation Plus update?

PlayStation Plus updates on the first Wednesday of every month. Each title lasts a full month, but some games do carry over to the second month if they’re seen as special or on a promotion.

Discounts in sales carry on until the sale period is over and there’s usually a slew of free or cheap avatars and themes available to PlayStation Plus members all the time.

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PS Plus January 2018: Deus Ex and Batman take the lead

PlayStation Plus’s January 2018 release list is out and it’s much better than December’s lacklustre lineup, which saw you commanding legions of the undead and err, kung fu fighting as a panda. This month’s outing is all about stealth and point and clic…