LG has just announced an upgrade to its highest selling flagship V30 at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The update is so subtle that it seemingly appears to be an afterthought, something the South Korean firm has to plan out in a hurry in order to beat the Galaxy S9 heat.
Meet, the LG V30S ThinQ and V30 S+ ThinQ, bumped up version of its predecessor with more RAM, storage, and a new AI-based intelligent assistant. For those wondering, this search assistant is called the ThinQ, and in fact, that’s the reason behind the device’s rather odd nomenclature.
Externally, nothing much has changed in the LG V30S ThinQ and the LG V30S+ ThinQ; except for the new color hues. Unlike the original LG V30, the new flagship from the Korean maker will be available in two new coats of paint, namely the Moroccan Blue and the New Platinum Grey. With that said, it wouldn’t be surprising to see LG launch few other color hues of the smartphones in the recent past.
Internally, the all new smartphones are nearly identical to their predecessors. The only difference being the RAM and the storage department. 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 rest of the specifications include 6 inch Quad HD display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor, dual 16MP + 13MP rear camera and a 3,300mAH battery.
Another major highlight of the new LG V30S and V30 S+ ThinQ is the presence of the new artificial intelligence based assistant. The AI platform is reminiscent of the Samsung’s implementation of Bixby. LG had recently unveiled a new smart speaker with this AI platform earlier this year. The features of the ThinQ assistant is in line with that of Bixby. LG has tried to integrate ThinQ AI as deeply as possible with its UX UI. These include features like AI Cam and QLens.
The AI Cam is essentially an artificial intelligence backed viewfinder that designed to recognize the subject of the shot. Incidentally, the software is based upon a tool called EyeEm Vision. The AI Cam can recognize a variety of subjects and sort it out into a total of eight categories. These include Portrait (Person), Animal, City/Building, Flower, Sunrise, Sunset, Food, and Landscape. On the other hand, the QLens image detection tool is similar to Google Lens and Bixby Vision. It is capable of recognizing specific objects by searching information about the same from Amazon’s online store. Additionally, it can also scan QR codes.
LG V30S ThinQ and V30S+ ThinQ Price and Availability
LG V30S ThinQ and V30S+ ThinQ will go on sale in Korea in a few weeks’ time. LG is however expected to make it widely available in a large number of its international markets starting March. The South Korean electronics giant hasn’t yet revealed the pricing details of the smartphones yet.