LG’s New V30S ThinQ Smartphones Are More Of The Same
LG launched the V30 smartphone last year which received critical praise for its high-end specifications, great design, and good audio performance. Before we get to see a real successor to the V30 with Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 845 system-on-a-chip, LG has launched the V30S, ThinQ a refined version of their flagship model with a heavy focus on new camera features. However, these new camera features – such as a ‘Bright Mode’ and an ‘AI Mode’, will also become available for owners of the current V30 model. LG’s New V30S ThinQ Smartphones Are More Of The Same
In other words, it appears that the V30S ThinQ – the latter term referencing the AI capabilities of the phone – is a very minimal upgrade. The phone was first unveiled at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and both the normal V30S as well as the larger V30S+ model have already been launched in Asian territories.
The hardware changes are very minimal. In fact, the only upgrade that the V30S ThinQ models offer are two extra gigabytes of internal memory, which puts the RAM at 6 GB for the V30S compared to the regular V30’s 4 GB. The updated phones will also feature either 128 GB or 256 of storage capacity. The exterior is also identical, although the new model will be available in two new colors: Moroccan Blue and Platinum Gray.
LG is marketing its ThinQ technology heavily, which consist of two new features in the camera app. The phone features artificial intelligence which is able to recognize objects in pictures in the ‘AI mode’. The second and perhaps more useful feature is ‘Bright Mode’ which you can use to take noticeably brighter photos in dark lighting conditions. The software shrinks down the image from 16 megapixels to 4 megapixels and combines four pixels into one in order to collect more light details. In others words, the result is noticeably brighter, but sacrifices image quality.
However, these ThinQ features will also be made available to all existing LG V30 and V30+ owners at a later stadium, which means that the V30S and V30S+ really don’t offer many benefits compared to the regular models except for some extra memory and storage. Remarkably, the new phones ship with Android 7.0 instead of Android 8.0 Oreo.
People who are waiting on a true successor of the V30 will most likely have to wait until LG announces a potential V40 flagship as the V30S+ is a mostly pointless upgrade for existing owners.