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LG V30s Thinq: 6-inch tough monster with smart AI makes its debut

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Having just launched during Mobile World Congress, LG V30s Thinq is expected to be released very soon. If you are on the lookout for a large 6-inch phablet, this tough monster will be worth the wait.

It seems that the V30 ThinQ shares some characteristics with its predecessor, the V30. Let’s begin then by taking a closer at the V30 per below:

  • 6-inch Quad HD P-OLED screen with 1440 x 2880 pixels, 18:9 ratio or ~537 ppi density
  • Always-on display
  • Fullview display
  • MIL-STD-810G certified shock resistant
  • IP68 certification with dust and water proof over 1.5 meter and 30 minutes
  • Gorilla Glass 5 protection
  • Front/back glass (Gorilla Glass 5), aluminium frame
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 chipset, Octa-core (4x2.45 GHz Kryo & 4x1.9 GHz Kryo) processor, Adreno 540 graphics and 4GB RAM
  • Dual 16MP (f/1.6 aperture, 1 µm, 3-axis OIS, PDAF) + 13MP (f/1.9 aperture, no AF) primary camera, phase detection & laser autofocus, LED flash
  • 5MP secondary camera with (f/2.2 aperture, 1/5", 1.12 µm)
  • 64GB/128GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to maximum 256GB
  • Android Nougat 7.1.2
  • Non-removable Li-Po 3300 mAh battery with Fast battery charging: 50% in 36 minutes (Quick Charge 3.0) and Wireless charging
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • September 2017 release date
  • USD 840 price tag

It blows away the competition by combining flagship specs with great protection. How often do you see a large 6-inch Quad HD P-OLED screen with Fullview display, high-end hardware and dual 16MP+13MP primary camera; combined with military-grade protection, IP68 certification that makes it water-proof and Gorilla Glass 5 all mixed in?

The only issue that most people have is the high price tag. Well, there’s a price to pay to have all this right?

Having debuted at the recent MWC 2018, here we are then with the V30s ThinQ as per below specs:

  • 6-inch Quad HD P-OLED screen with 1440 x 2880 pixels, 18:9 ratio or ~537 ppi density
  • Always-on display
  • Fullview display
  • MIL-STD-810G certified shock resistant
  • IP68 certification with dust and waterproof over 1.5 meter and 30 minutes
  • Gorilla Glass 5 protection
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 chipset, Octa-core (4x2.45 GHz Kryo & 4x1.9 GHz Kryo) processor, Adreno 540 graphics and 6GB RAM
  • 16MP (f/1.6 aperture, 1 µm, 3-axis OIS, PDAF) + 13MP (f/1.9 aperture, no AF) primary camera, phase detection & laser autofocus, LED flash
  • 5MP secondary camera with (f/2.2 aperture, 1/5", 1.12 µm)
  • 128GB/256GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to maximum 256GB
  • Android Nougat 7.1.2
  • Non-removable Li-Po 3300 mAh battery with Fast battery charging: 50% in 36 minutes (Quick Charge 3.0) and Wireless charging
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • March 2018 release date

Building on the foundation of the V30 platform, the V30S ThinQ integrates new AI technologies into the most commonly used features that are closely aligned with the needs and usage behaviour of consumers today.

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 significantly enhances the breadth of spoken commands in the latest smartphone.

There’s not much difference between the two, other than the V30S ThinQ will be featuring an extra 2GB RAM and an option to go for a whopping 256GB of internal storage. These make for a faster smartphone that lets you have more storage for you to do more things with it.

There will be two new AI technology on show that will add more spice to the V30S ThinQ smartphone. The first one is called Vision AI that includes three new intelligent camera features: AI CAM, QLens and Bright Mode.

It automates and enhances the smartphone image-capturing experience for novice as well as experienced shutterbugs.

AI CAM analyzes subjects in the frame and recommends the optimal shooting mode among eight categories: 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, colour, reflections, lighting, and saturation level.

QLens takes further advantage of the image recognition capabilities of the AI technology to scan 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 for similar items.

Perform an image search with QLens to see matching or similar images of food, fashion and celebrities or detailed information about landmarks such as buildings and statues.

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

Secondly, there’s the Voice AI that allows users to run apps and change settings through voice commands alone. Working alongside Google Assistant, the LG-exclusive Voice AI commands eliminates the need to search through menu options and allows for direct selection of specific functions.

Conclusion:

When everyone else is thinking of upgrading their hardware to make it faster, LG turns the tables around by making the software much smarter. With Vision AI and Voice AI running the show for the V30S ThinQ, it does seem to be the perfect fit for a smartphone this fast.

Alas, it is reported that it will still be running on the dated Android Nougat 7.1.2 operating system though.

LG V30S ThinQ is expected to be released very soon in March 2017 although there’s no official word on the price. But be prepared to pay a premium to own this tough smartphone.

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