Published: Mon, February 26, 2018
Sci-tech | By Lila Blake

LG wants to make you ThinQ with its new smartphone

LG wants to make you ThinQ with its new smartphone

On the hardware front, the LG V30S is almost identical to last year's LG V30 despite the "S" in its name, retaining the 6-inch OLED display, the dual camera setup, the 3300mAh battery capacity, and the Snapdragon 835 system chip. It has 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. The V30S ThinQ comes in two more colour options: Moroccan Blue and Platinum Gray.

LG has been one of the major players at the MWC in the past.

As of now, it's unknown whether the new phone will make it to the Indian market or not.

As is typical with smartphone launches, LG has not mentioned when the V30S ThinQ will be available worldwide. The concept is fine, in that it's an attempt to bring together AI features in all of LG's home electronics brands. The USP of this smartphone is that it comes with Artificial Intelligence features.

The V30S is also extending LG's existing list of device-specific Google Assistant voice commands to be able to trigger the new camera modes.

LG reportedly further added a new low-light mode dubbed as Bright Mode, stating that this mode uses algorithms to brighten images by a factor of two for better-looking photos without noise. The AI Cam analyses subjects in the frame and recommends the optimal shooting mode in eight categories of portrait, food, pet, landscape, city, flower, sunrise, and sunset. "Each mode enhances the characteristics of the subject taking into account factors such as the viewing angle, color, reflections, lighting, and saturation level", reads LG's official blog post. QLens uses image recognition capabilities to scan QR codes for an improved shopping experience.

For instance, if a user captures an item of interest with the QLens, he or she can get information as to where to buy the product online at the lowest price. It can also be used to see matching images of food and fashion or detailed information of landmarks such as buildings and statues - much like Google Lens does. There were many leaks in the past stating that it would be called LG V30S.

With Voice AI, this phone allows users to run apps and change settings through voice commands alone. Acclaimed as the thinnest and the lightest among the other smartphones, the LG V30S ThinQ comes with 6-inch or more QHD+ display screen.

What might come as a disappointment to a lot of consumers is the use of the older Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The best part is that it still features an SD card slot with up to 2TB storage.

The smartphone is fitted with a 6.0-inch 18:9 QuadHD+ OLED FullVision Display with the screen resolution of 2,880×1,440 pixels.

LG V30S ThinQ is the company's first AI-powered smartphone.

The Company, betting big on AI, is also expected to announce handsets in near future that will receive AI features updates delivered over-the-air.

Ahead of the Mobile World Congress 2018 trade show, the company on Saturday unveiled the V30S ThinQ, a version of last year's flagship V30 with slightly better specs and a focus on artificial intelligence.

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