LG V30S ThinQ Refresh adds AI and more memory: MWC 2018

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LG doesn’t appear to be launching a significant phone during MWC this year. Instead, they have released a refresh for their well-received LG V30.

The LG V30S ThinkQ doesn’t change a great deal; it is still using the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 rather than the 845 you will see on many of the new phones in the next few days. It bumps up the specifications a bit and mainly adds A.I. features which aims to significantly improve the camera capabilities.

The LG V30S come sin 2 models, similar to the last model, the standard model offers 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, while the V30S+ doubles the storage to 256GB.

Apart from that everything is identical regarding hardware, you get 6-inch 2880×1440 POLED display, Snapdragon 835, 16MP primary camera, 13MP wide-angle secondary camera, 5MP front-facing camera, 3300mAh battery, Quad DAC (and headphone jack), IP68 water resistance, HDR10 support, and more.

Changes have been made to the camera, and now the LGV30S has a special bright mode which drops the pixels in favour of improved lighting. Essentially it uses 4 pixels for every 1, giving you a 4MP shot. Clearly you won't get as much detail as a 16MP shot but it will still be a lot better than a regular shot with very poor lighting.

On the V30S, which is LG's first ThinQ-powered phone, AI manifests itself in a few ways: the most instantly noticeable is a camera app that automatically detects scenes and changes shooting settings and colour profiles for a variety of objects, from people to dogs to cans of beer. LG reportedly trained its AI engine using millions of photos from the EyeEm database, and the company plans to push regular over-the-air updates to improve and expand its recognition database.

It can set scenes for various categories including portraits, pets, landscape, food, sunset and sunrise

There is no word on pricing or availability just yet, and it will be interesting to see if some markets just phase out the V30 in favour of the V30S.


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