LG 30 Specs Remain the Same but Adds Smarts
March 05, 2018
LG has injected more smarts into its flagship smartphone, as the new V30S ThinQ and the V30S+ ThinQ phones will get an AI assist when using some of the commonly-used features of the camera, as well as be able to do more using voice commands. LG introduced its ThinQ AI technology at CES 2018 in January, announcing that it would be rolling out the "approachable and less intimidating" smarts to some of its home appliances, consumer electronics and services. In the V30S smartphones, the camera are a tad easier and also there’s more power to voice interaction. Both phones feature the same dual lens camera at the back, with a 16 MP F1.6 lens (71° field of view) and a wide angle 13 MP F1.9 lens (120° field of view). There's also a 5 MP wide-angle camera to the front, with an F2.2 lens covering 90° field of view. LG gives mobile snappers a helping hand courtesy of Vision AI, which is made up of three AI features.
Voice AI improves on standard interactions with Google Assistant by adding more commands. There's voice and face recognition together with a fingerprint sensor. And LG says that future AI enhancements will be delivered over the air, so long as the hardware remains up to the task. LG has opted not to use the top-of-the-line chip from Qualcomm, but has retained the Snapdragon 835 of last year's model. The phones also keep the same huge 6-inch QuadHD OLED display at 538 ppi. The V30S ThinQ comes with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage, while the V30S+ ThinQ gets 6 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage. Both phones have a microSD slot for more capacity if needed. In common with MWC announcements from Samsung, Nokia and Sony, the new V30S phones run on the latest version of Google's operating system, Android 8.0 Oreo. They're thin and light – 151.7 x 75.4 x 7.3 mm (5.9 x 2.96 x 0.28 in) and 158 g (5.57 oz.) to be precise – and have been tested to MIL-STG 810G for ruggedness. And confirmed as IP68 water- and dust-resistant. The 3,300 mAh battery can be charged wirelessly, there's Bluetooth 5.0 and 802.11ac Wi-Fi, NFC and USB-C, and the phones are ready for use with Google Daydream VR technology. Finally, the same impressive 32-bit quad DAC as last year's model should be music to the ears of mobile audiophiles.