MWC 2018: LG unveil V30S ThinQ

Monday, 26 Feb, 2018

Sounds cool and all, but what can the LG V30S actually do? It uses algorithms to brighten images.

When a user enters the AI Cam setting and points the camera to, say, a flower, the software will start cycling images and flashing words in an attempt to guess what the object is. Searches on Pinterest can be performed the same way.

While this phone is the first to carry the "ThinQ" moniker, it's going to be one that's shared by a great deal of LG's total portfolio in the future, including home appliances. On the hardware front, the LG V30S is almost identical to last year's LG V30 despite the "S" in its name, retaining the 6-inch OLED display, the dual camera setup, the 3300mAh battery capacity, and the Snapdragon 835 system chip. There is another variant, LG V30S+, which includes 6GB of RAM with 256GB of default storage.

LG have put a lot of effort into the incorporation of AI into this phone and while it seems as if there is nothing totally new, we suspect (and hope) that they have improved on previous versions of this sort of functionality we have seen from others.

Sales will begin in early March in Korea but at this stage it is unknown if this will make it to our shores.

LG has not revealed the prices and availability schedule of this phone.

LG is usually one of the big hitters of Mobile World Congress. In this year, LG will identify all its products using artificial intelligence under this brand. Apparently, it's all about artificial intelligence. Apart from the aforementioned features exclusive to the V30S ThinQ, it also features voice and face recognition, features a fingerprint sensor and supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 technology. All thanks to Vision AI, the smartphone's camera has now three new features, called AI CAM, QLens, and Bright Mode. Each mode enhances the characteristics of the subject taking into account factors such as the viewing angle, color, reflections, lighting, and saturation level. With the QLens, the user can also scan the QR codes directly with the built-in camera app.

The LG V30S ThinQ and the LG V30 measure 151.7 x 75.4mm and weigh 158g, though the V30S ThinQ is ever so slightly slimmer at 7.3mm compared to the V30's 7.6mm.

The voice AI allows users to run applications and change settings just through voice commands. The LG V30S ThinQ now comes 6GB RAM and a 128GB internals, whereas the V30 S+ ThinQ features the same amount of RAM but with a higher 256GB storage. The best part is that it still features an SD card slot with up to 2TB storage.

Both come with the same 6-inch Amoled screen with 18:9 view and resolution of 1,440x2,960 and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. There's the Moroccan Blue, and the new Platinum Grey. AI, both in Vision and Voice, category makes the device different from the standard iteration of V30. The company's V30 smartphone was launched previous year, complimenting the industry with its latest design and functionality. The update will reach smartphones that have capable hardware and other factors.