LG V30s ThinQ, an absurdly-named upgrade to the V30, offers additional RAM and AI

LG V30s ThinQ

The world’s largest telecom and mobile event, the Mobile World Congress’ 2018 edition, is currently underway. And like every year, LG is also present at the event. However, this year, instead of showcasing an entirely brand new smartphone (is the G7 even happening?) LG has gone ahead and launched an upgraded version of the LG V30. It is called the LG V30s ThinQ, and we are still scratching our heads trying to figure out who came up with this rather stupid name.

Also read: MWC 2018: List of all the phones launched at the world’s biggest event for phones

Why is it called LG V30S ThinQ?

There’s a reason for the name, though. LG’s new V30s ThinQ has enhanced Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning. (ML) capabilities. Currently, these enhancements are available immediately in LG’s new AI Cam setting inside the camera app. Accordingly, the camera can currently recognise eight specific categories and you can train it to learn more. 

  • Person (portrait)
  • Animal
  • City/building
  • Flower
  • Sunrise
  • Sunset (These are two separate)
  • Food
  • Landscape

This is very similar to what Google achieves with the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. While all this AI additions are great, there is one question that remains. Like LG states, the AI features will be added to the original V30 via a software update. Therefore, what is the need for new hardware?

There is another useful software tweak, which is found in the form of a new Bright mode. In this mode, the LG V30s’ camera apparently combines four pictures into one to take a brighter picture. While doing this, you will definitely lose out on resolution for more exposure. 

What else is different?

The awful nomenclature notwithstanding, the LG V30s ThinQ has the same exact design of the LG V30. What’s changed in the design, however, are the new colours  New Platinum Grey and New Moroccan Blue, developed in conjunction with the colour experts at Pantone. Moreover, internally the V30s Thin Q offers 6GB of RAM – up from 4GB on the V30.

Now, we have no idea on when the LG V30s ThinQ will come to India but it will be available in Korea first and in other markets later. If LG’s past in India is taken into consideration, it won’t come until much later. But, we hope the pricing is the same as the V30 in India, then it could make for a sweet upgrade.

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