Different from previous years, LG won’t be introducing a new hardware for this year’s MWC 2018 event. Instead, the South Korean tech firm will be refreshing its V30 lineup with the new V30S ThinQ variants as the new flagship of 2018. This new product branding is not new to LG as the company already have a few ThinQ branded devices mostly on its smart and connected home appliance.
The new V30S ThinQ is actually the V30 that we have in 2017 however, this year’s refresh incorporates LG’s new AI implementation in its software as well as a few updates in its hardware. The V30S and the V30S+ carries the new Snapdragon 835 chipset similar to its predecessor but this year’s model comes with 6GB of RAM instead of 4GB and the storage has been given a significant upgrade with the V30S ThinQ having a 128GB storage while the V30S+ ThinQ is up at 256GB.
Apart from these notable hardware changes, the rest is basically of the same components as the original V30. The display is still a 5.99-inch P-OLED screen but those display problems from the V30’s has been gone with the new “S” variants (though that’s what early reports are saying), we’ll see if the display issues from the V30 are definitely gone with these two new models. The camera on the back is the same dual-camera setup consisting of a 16 Megapixel and a 13 Megapixel sensors as well as the front with its 5 Megapixel Selfie shooter.
The V30S ThinQ and the V30S+ ThinQ runs Android Oreo, well that’s the same Operating System that we have with the original V30 but besides the basics of Android Oreo itself and with the help of Google Assistant, LG was able to include a full-blown AI algorithms on its software and that what makes the new “S” variants of the V30 even more powerful and smart.
One of the things that has been improved on the new LG flagship devices is its imaging department. It comes with a new AI Cam that uses AI to automatically select a number of preset scene modes depending on the scenario and the object in focus. There’s a new Bright Mode too from which LG claims as Twice as bright as previous contrast enhancing technologies in its smartphones with lesser noise. This would result into a much more detailed shots even on places with inadequate lighting.
It also includes the new QLens which works much like the Bixby enhancements from Samsung flagship devices, it takes AI technologies for search. Take for example a certain product that you have in hand, through QLens, the system will automatically search products from one on your hand on Pinterest or Amazon. It can scan QR Codes too which aren’t that amazing nowadays but still useful. Or if pointing the device here and there is not your cup of tea, you can also use its QVoice feature that is tied to Google Assistant for voice search and inquiries.
There are a lot of things we can do with AI these days and LG’s implementation of it seems close to what we are expecting. Though it’s still open to a whole bunch of improvements but the future that we are looking for from these past few years are now happening and that when we make good use of it, it just give us more convenience and better user experience.
The LG V30S ThinQ and the LG V30S+ ThinQ will be available in Moroccan Blue and New Platinum Gray, Release date is expected on March 9th however pricing of the device are yet to be disclosed.