It is a primary specs replace to the prevailing LG V30, with a couple of tweaks that make it higher than the Android telephone we reviewed six months in the past – and emphasis on few tweaks.
Not one of the modifications are going to ship you upgrading. As an alternative, it is the true definition of an iterative smartphone replace. Here is what we have skilled so removed from this Android eight.zero Oreo handset whereas at MWC 2018.
New LG V30S ThinkQ design and specs
We’re 6GB of RAM the place there was 4GB of RAM earlier than, 128GB and 256GB inner storage configurations as a substitute of 64GB and and 128GB, and a model new colour, New Moroccan Blue, which joins Platinum Grey.
The design and specs are in any other case the identical as earlier than, and that is okay for most individuals. It runs the identical Snapdragon 835 chipset that is present in most Android telephones right now and we’re a fan of its 6-inch P-OLED display screen in a compact physique. That is the thinnest and lightest telephone with a 6-inch display screen (or greater). The understated design actually lets this large 18:9 display screen shine.
We’re nonetheless testing the telephone and its 6GB of RAM to find out its meaningfulness, however we already discover the inner storage configurations useful. Whereas Samsung is capping its house at 64GB with microSD storage, LG V30 ThinkQ begins everybody off at 128GB now and likewise features a microSD storage slot. To us, that is the proper transfer.
About that AI digital camera
The LG V30S ThinkQ touts new digital camera smarts via its AI CAM mode, which is a stylish manner of claiming it robotically switches between eight scenes: portrait, meals, pet, panorama, metropolis, flower, dawn, and sundown.
Computerized scene switching is useful relatively than having to manually cycle between the modes, however different smartphones do that with a devoted AI chip. This appears extra like a software program, not hardware replace that is not coming to the LV30, sadly.
There are a couple of different digital camera software program tweaks right here. The telephone hyperlinks to up providers like Amazon and Pinterest to establish objects round you, whereas Brilliant mode reduces picture noise with algorithms along with measuring ambient mild.
Brilliant mode might be why you are going to wish to go for LG V30S over the unique (and sure cheaper LG V30). If it will probably actually harness the facility of algorithms to make low-light pictures higher, that is excellent news individuals looking for a motive to personal LG’s newest and best. We’ll do extra side-by-side picture testing quickly.
There’s little or no that is convincing outdoors of the digital camera we bought six months in the past on the unique V30. The again of the telephone has a dual-lens 16MP digital camera that shoots at f/1.6 on the traditional lens, and f/1.9 on the broad angle lens. The front-facing digital camera is able to taking broad f/1.9 selfies.
We’re a giant fan of the video modes and settings discovered on the LG V30, and that hasn’t modified within the improve to the V30S ThinkQ. Our favourite LG-exclusive characteristic is Level Focus, which helps you to step by step zoom into particular spots whereas a video is recording, not simply blow up the middle of the viewfinder display screen. The Cine Video menu returns for a similar complete colour grading choices.
All of this makes the LG V30S ThinkQ a minor improve to what we have thought-about an underrated Android telephone. It has options you could have ignored: a formidable 18:9 6-inch P-OLED show, highly effective DAC audio system and feature-packed video recording modes.
Must you purchase the LG V30S ThinkQ over the unique or anticipate this one? That is going to rely on the LG V30S worth and launch date, which the corporate has but to announce. It may land in Korea and the US within the subsequent month, however each the value and official launch date are as much as carriers.
By the point it does launch, chances are you’ll be tempted by the Samsung Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9 Plus, that are poised to be the extra highly effective, succesful and camera-focused Android telephones of 2018. All the things comes all the way down to what LG costs and the way a lot you wish to spend.