LG Launches V30S ThinQ at MWC 2018

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LG has announced the newest smartphone in its portfolio, the V30S ThinQ, at Mobile World Congress. The phone will be available in two colours – Moroccan Blue and Platinum Grey. The phone comes with Google Assistant, and runs on Android 8.0 Oreo. The phone also comes with its own AI engine and hence it works with LG’s own products.

You can now ask Google to talk to LG and find out how much time is left on the washer, if you have a ThinQ-powered washer. You can also ask Google to search with QLens. With QLens you are able to take a picture of something and find it on Amazon or Pinterest. Or you can also scan a QR Code.

Other AI features are also within the camera, but mostly to help you take better photos. The V30S ThinQ’s camera can recognize over 100 million items (in 18 categories) and is able to adjust the lighting, white balance and exposure to make those items pop. So it is able to recognize that you are taking a photo of your food, and adjust the shot to make it look even tastier.

This is all part of “AI Cam” which can be toggled on/off in the camera itself. So if you don’t want to use these features, you don’t need to. AI Cam is powered by machine learning, so it is always learning and improving on itself. LG did also note that some of these features will be ported to older devices, as long as the hardware will support it. Specific features that are being ported were not mentioned – mostly because it hasn’t been ported yet.

Speaking of the camera, it is the same camera from the LG V30, including the exact sensors. That includes a 16-megapixel main sensor and a 13-megapixel wide-angle sensor. It also is still a bright sensor with the f/1.6 aperture on the main sensor. However, LG has also included Bright Mode. This adds more light in your low-light pictures, but doesn’t add a lot of noise to the background. Basically LG took its great low-light camera and made it even better, with the same sensors. Which means, LG improved its software here.

As far as specs go, there’s still a 6-inch FullView OLED Display here, powered by the Snapdragon 835 chipset, with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage – along with a micro SD card slot. All powered by a 3300mAh battery, and Android 8.0 Oreo.

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