LG V30S ThinQ review: LG’s first AI smartphone

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A day before the start of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, LG announced an improved version of its best smartphone from 2017
. The LG V30S ThinQ, as it is called, is here to introduce us to LG’s approach to artificial cleverness on mobile and to display us how AI can make a fine smartphone an even better one.
The LG V30S ThinQ is the organization’s very first AI-powered phone
Sounds cool and all, but what can the LG V30S actually do? A primary use for the phone’s AI algorithms is to recognize various pictures and objects. When taking photos for example the AI CAM feature takes control over settings like saturation, sharpness, and contrast, and adjusts them optimally based on the picture it “sees”. Right now there are 8 pictures that can be recognized by the LG V30S: Portrait, Animal, City, Flower, Sunrise, Sunset, Food, and Landscape.

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QLens is another AI feature constructed into the phone’s camera app. It is designed to let you search for a particular product on Amazon by taking a photo of it using the LG V30S. Searches on Pinterest can be performed the same way.

Scan an object with LG’s QLens feature to search for it on Amazon or Pinterest

Speaking of the V30S and its digital camera LG is introducing a new Bright Setting with its latest phone. It is automatically enabled in low-light situations and binds 4 pixels into one for a brighter image. On the downside, the produced photos is of lower resolution due to the way it futilizes individual pixels together.

All of the over functions are expected to be introduced to the LG V30 with a software program update.

On the hardware front, the LG V30S is nearly identical to final year’s LG V30 despite the “S” in its title retaining the 6-inch OLED display the dual digital camera setup, the 3300mAh battery capacity, and the Snapdragon 835 program chip. The only enhancements under the hood is the inclusion of 6GB of RAM instead of 4, as well as the bump to 128 or 256GB of native storage instead of 64. The LG V30S will come in two new colors when it is released: Moroccan Blue and Platinum Gray.

 

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The LG V30S is scheduled to launch within one to two weeks after MWC 2018. Korea, LG’s homeland, will be one of the very very very first markets to get the new telephone adopted by other countries, this kind of as the US. Specifics regarding its US pricing and carrier availability remain unknown for now, but we’ll pass alengthy those particulars as soon as we get them.

LG Electronics (LG) is debuting its very first ThinQ mobile device this week at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018 in Barcelona, Spain. Building on the foundation of the LG V30 platform, the LG V30S ThinQ integrates new AI technologies into the most commonly used functions that are carefully aligned to the needs and usage behavior of consumers today. ThinQ was introduced at CES 2018 to identify all of LG’s home appliances, consumer electronics and services that utilize artificial cleverness. With the vision of becoming a human-centered AI organization that puts consumers very very first LG’s vision for ThinQ is to promote artificial cleverness as an approachable and less intimidating technology.

LG began working on producing differentiated and intuitive AI-based solutions for the most commonly used smartphones functions more than a year ago. With a particular focus on the  camera and voice recognition, the resulting Vision AI delivers a smarter camera that is even easier to use, while Voice AI enhances the breadth of spoken commands in the latest smartphone.

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Vision AI: Producing Photography Intuitive

Vision AI includes three new intelligent  camera functions: AI CAM, QLens and Bright Setting that automates and enhances the smartphone image capturing experience for novice as well as skilled shutterbugs.

AI CAM analyzes subjects in the body and recommends the optimal shooting mode among eight categories: portrait, food, pet, landscape, city, flower sunrise, and sunset.

Every mode enhances the characteristics of the subject taking into account factors this kind of as the viewing angle, color, reflections, lighting, and saturation level.

QLens takes additional advantage of the image recognition capabilities of the AI technology to check out QR codes to improve the online shopping experience. Capture an item of interest with QLens to get information as to where to buy the product online at the lowest price as well as recommendations of similar items. Perform an image search with QLens to see matching or similar images of food, fashion and celebrities or comprehensive information of landmarks this kind of as structures and statues.

Low light photography on the LG V30S ThinQ gets a large boost with Bright Setting. Instead of measuring only ambient light like most smartphone cameras, this AI feature utilizes algorithms to brighten images by a factor of two for better looking photos without the noise.

Voice AI: LG-Exclusive Voice Commands

Another new feature is Voice AI that allows customers to run applications and alter settings through voice commands alone. Working alengthyside Google Assistant, the LG-exclusive Voice AI commands eliminates the need to search through menu options and allows for direct selection of specific functions.

More Memory, More Storage, More Colors

The LG V30S ThinQ takes the “flagship” nomenclature to a new level with upgraded functions that would satisfy even the most demanding customer. With 6GB of RAM, sleek multitasking and quicker performance is practically guaranteed and storage capacities of 128GB in the LG V30S ThinQ and 256GB in the LG V30S+ ThinQ means that customers will never run out of space. In the uncommon event that does happen, the microSD slot provides even more storage, up to 2TB.

Still the thinnest and lightest among smartphones with displays of 6 in or more, the LG V30S ThinQ is no slouch in the toughness and durability class having passed 14 MIL-STD 810G tests approved by the US Department of Defense. The New Moroccan Blue color has been updated with a green tint while New Platinum Gray gives the device a sophisticated elegant look. Both products feature a lenticular finish on the back again that displays different hues under certain lighting conditions.

LG V30S Price : LG AI ThinQ

We expected to buy the LG V30S ThinQ at $900-950 dollars, but the price  also isn’t subtle, with maybe a price tag of a million won price value in Korea. If we based on the current exchange ratio, that is the equivalent of $920 USD. Even though, currency exchange calculations tend to, several times greatly overstate the actual US. price.

LG V30S Release date

We now know that this flagship phone will be available for the market and go on sale at March 9th. We should know things like pricing and availability for the V30S QThin when LG makes its presentation at 2018 MWC.

Expanding the Smartphone AI Experience

The AI suite of technologies in the LG V30S ThinQ is the just the beginning of the organization’s renewed strategy to create more intelligent smartphones that puts consumers’ needs over all else. While the LG V30S ThinQ offers this kind of sophisticated functions out of the container certain phones from LG will receive crucial AI functions in future updates delivered over-the-air. Additional LG smartphones will be considered for future AI upgrades, depending on hardware and other factors for the best user experience.

“Many businesses speak concerning AI but we’re currently delivering on our promise by integrating intelligent technology in the LG V30S ThinQ to functions most commonly used by our customers for a whole new level of convenience never before available in a smartphone of this caliber,” stated Hwang Jeong-hwan, leader of LG Mobile Communications Company. “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 lengthy after the purchase of an LG phone.”

Key Specifications:
Chipset: Qualcomm® Snapdragon ™ 835 Mobile Platform
Display: 6.0-inch 18:9 QuadHD+ OLED FullVision Display (2880 x 1440 / 538ppi)
Memory:
– V30S ThinQ: 6GB RAM / 128GB ROM / microSD (up to 2TB)
– V30S+ ThinQ: 6GB RAM / 256GB ROM / microSD (up to 2TB)
LG V30S ThinQ Camera:
– Rear Dual: 16MP Standard Angle (F1.6 / 71°) / 13MP Wide Angle (F1.9 / 120°)
– Front: 5MP Wide Angle (F2.2 / 90°)
AI: AI CAM / QLens / Bright Setting / AI Haptic / Google Assistant
Battery: 3300mAh
Operating System: Android 8.0 Oreo
Size: 151.7 x 75.4 x 7.3mm
Weight: 158g
Network: LTE-A 4 Band CA
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac / Bluetooth 5.0 BLE / NFC / USB Type-C 2.0 (3.1 compatible)
Colors: New Moroccan Blue, New Platinum Gray
Other: IP68 Water and Dust Resistant / MIL-STD 810G Compliant / 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC / HDR10 / Crystal Clear Lens / Google Daydream / UX 6.0+ / Voice Recognition / Face Recognition / Fingerprint Sensor / Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ 3.0 Technology / Wireless Charging

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