[MWC 2018] LG V30S ThinQ, V30S+ ThinQ announced with more memory and AI capabilities

LG V30S+ ThinQ

LG has unveiled two more souped up variants of the V30 smartphone – LG V30S ThinQ and LG V30S+ ThinQ – at the Mobile World Congress 2018. These new smartphones feature specifications that are similar to that of standard V30, and most of the upgrade lie on the software part. LG has added some interesting artificial intelligence (AI) features to its new high-end smartphones. The LG V30S+ features 256GB of internal storage compared to 128GB storage on the LG V30S ThinQ. Let us have a look at the feature set of the LG V30S ThinQ and the LG V30S+.

LG V30S ThinQ, LG V30S+ ThinQ: Features

The LG V30S ThinQ and the LG V30S+ ThinQ feature a 6.0-inch P-OLED FullVision display with Quad HD+ resolution (2880×1440 pixels), 538ppi, and 18:9 aspect ratio. The phone supports HDR10 content playback. Under the hood, the phones are powered by the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset that’s used in the LG V30 and the LG V30+. The chipset has an octa-core Kryo 280 CPU and Adreno 540 GPU, resulting in excellent multitasking performance. The LG V30S has 6GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage, whereas the V30S+ has 6GB RAM and 256GB internal storage. Both phones have microSD card slots for storage expansion, and support up to 2TB microSD cards.

We’re disappointed by the fact that none of these phones are powered by the newly announced Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset, something that will be offered in the Galaxy S9 and Mi MIX 2s. In terms of imaging, both phones feature a dual-camera setup at their rear. The primary sensor has 16MP resolution, ƒ/1.6 aperture, and wide-angle lens. The secondary sensor has 13MP resolution with ultra-wide angle lens and ƒ/1.9 aperture. Both sensors are accompanied by a dual-tone LED flash and can record 4K videos at 30fps. On the front, the phones feature 5MP selfie cameras with fixed-focus lens, ƒ/2.2 aperture, 90-degree wide angle lens, and 1080p video recording.

Coming to the highlight feature of the phones, they feature three new AI capabilities for enhanced imaging: AI CAM, QLens and Bright Mode. LG claims that these new features automatically enhance the image capturing experience for novice as well as experienced consumers. The AI CAM feature is used for analysing subjects in the frame and recommending an optimal shooting mode among eight pre-defined categories. The QLens feature scans QR codes to improve online shopping experience. The QLens feature lets users access the lowest price of any item by crawling all the shopping websites, and it even recommends similar product that are available for purchase online. The LG-exclusive Voice AI command set works alongside Google Assistant on the phones, letting users access some apps through the voice commands.

In terms of connectivity, the phones feature dual-SIM card slots and 4G LTE connectivity. There’s dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, and USB Type-C 2.0 port. Thankfully, the company has retained the 3.5mm headphone port on both the phones. There’s a 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC for enhanced audio quality and IP68 certification for dust and water resistance. The phones are MIL-STD 810G compliant for improved durability against drops and extreme temperatures. Both phones feature 3300mAh batteries with support for Quick Charge 3.0 and wireless charging. The phones will be showcased at LG’s booth in Hall 3 of Fira Gran Via, Barcelona, Spain during MWC 2018 from February 26 until March 1.

LG V30S ThinQ, LG V30S+ ThinQ: Price, Availability

Currently, LG hasn’t announced the pricing or availability of the LG V30S ThinQ and the LG V30S+ ThinQ smartphones. However, we expect the phones to hit the markets worldwide in the next few weeks. The company has announced that both these smartphones will be available in two new colours: New Moroccan Blue and New Platinum Gray.

LG V30S ThinQ, V30S+ ThinQ: Specifications

  • Display: 6.0-inch P-OLED FullVision Display, Quad HD+ resolution (2880×1440 pixels), 538ppi, 18:9 aspect ratio, Corning Gorilla Glass
  • Software: Android 8.0 Oreo
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (octa-core Kryo CPU and Adreno 540 GPU)
  • Memory & Storage: 6GB RAM + 128GB storage (LG V30S); 6GB RAM + 256GB storage (LG V30S+)
  • Rear-facing camera: 16MP primary sensor + 13MP secondary sensor, PDAF, dual-tone LED flash, 4K video recording
  • Front-facing camera: 5MP selfie camera, ƒ/2.2 aperture, 90-degree wide-angle lens, 1080p video recording
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM, 4G LTE, VoLTE, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0 LE, NFC, USB Type-C 2.0 port, 3.5mm audio port
  • Extras: Rear-facing fingerprint sensor, IP68 certification for dust and water resistance, MIL-STD 810G, 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC
  • Battery: 3300mAh, Quick Charge 3.0, Wireless Charging
  • Colours: New Moroccan Blue, New Platinum Gray

Commenting on the launch of these new LG V30SQ and V30S+ ThinQ, Hwang Jeong-hwan, president of LG Mobile Communications Company said:

Many companies talk about AI but we’re already delivering on our promise by integrating intelligent technology in the LG V30S ThinQ to features most commonly used by our customers for a whole new level of convenience never before available in a smartphone of this caliber. And we will continue to introduce new AI capabilities to enhance usability and to demonstrate to our customers that we are committed to delivering a great user experience that continues long after the purchase of an LG phone.

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Onkar is a freelance writer at MySmartPrice. He is an engineer by profession and an ardent smartphone geek. He likes to write about smartphones, tablets, laptops, wearables, smart home products, and more in his free time.