LG has taken the wraps off the improved version of its last flagship, the LG V30. The new phone which is called the LG V30S ThinQ brings a ton of new features with a focus on AI.
Rather than announce a whole new smartphone, LG’s new strategy is to release upgraded versions of its flagships. That doesn’t mean there is no new flagship on the way, it just will arrive later.
LG V30S ThinQ Design and Specs
The LG V30S ThinQ doesn’t look different from the V30 released last year. Their physical appearances are identical. The specs are also the same –
- 6-inch P-OLED QHD+ FullVision display
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
- 6GB RAM
- 128GB ROM (256GB LG V30S+ ThinQ)
- 5MP selfie camera
- 16MP f/1.6 + 13MP f/1.9 wide-angle dual rear camera
- 3,300 mAh battery with QC 3.0 support
- IP68 rating and MIL-STD 810G compliance
There is more RAM and storage but that isn’t new. The LG V30 Signature Edition comes with 6GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. So what has changed?
The software! The LG V30S ThinQ has been infused with AI (Vision AI and Voice AI). Vision AI covers image related tasks and is split into AI Cam, QLens, and Bright Mode.
AI Cam is a smart feature baked into the phone’s cameras. It can identify the object you want to take a picture of and recommend the best shooting mode. This is similar to what Huawei does with its Mate 10 Pro.
This means that the camera can detect if you are trying to take a picture of your food, pet, or a person and modify the settings that will give the best representation of the object.
There is also Bright Mode which adds a bit of lighting when shooting in low-light conditions without making the photos noisy.
Think of QLens as LG’s version of Google Lens which is a Pixel exclusive feature. With QLens, you can point the phone’s cameras at an object and get information about it. You can also scan QR codes and barcodes, or get landmark descriptions. LG also says you can perform an image search using QLens.
For Voice AI, this is Google Assistant with thirty-two LG V30S ThinQ tricks. You can simply say “Okay Google” like on other devices but ask it to do specific tasks like:
- take a picture/selfie on a wide angle,
- record a video on a wide angle,
- take a documentary cine video
- take a thriller cine video
- take a food photo
- take a low-light photo
- take a slow-motion video etc.
Some of the above commands are already available on the LG V30 but the last three are some of the new ones released along with the V30S ThinQ.
You can also connect to other LG smart devices and even monitor their statuses. For example, you can simply ask your device about your LG smart washing machine and it will bring up the requested info.
LG V30S ThinQ Price and Availability
The LG V30S ThinQ will be available in a new Platinum Gray color as well as Moroccan Blue. There is no info on price yet and release date yet. Notwithstanding, we already know its home country, Korea, will get it first.
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