LG V30S ThinQ is announced: LG's first AI phone


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 intelligence on mobile and to show us how AI can make a good smartphone an even better one. 

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 scenes 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 scene it "sees". Right now there are 8 scenes that can be recognized by the LG V30S: Portrait, Animal, City, Flower, Sunrise, Sunset, Food, and Landscape. 

QLens is another AI feature built 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 camera, LG is introducing a new Bright Mode with its latest phone. It is automatically enabled in low-light situations and binds four pixels into one for a brighter image. On the downside, the produced photos is of lower resolution due to the way it fuses individual pixels together.

All of the above features are expected to be brought to the LG V30 with a software update. 

On the hardware front, the LG V30S is nearly 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. The only improvements 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. 

The LG V30S is scheduled to launch within one to two weeks after MWC 2018. Korea, LG's homeland, will be one of the first markets to get the new phone, followed by other countries, including the US. Specifics regarding its US pricing and carrier availability remain unknown for now, but we'll pass along those details as soon as we get them.


source: LG

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