When LG announced the V30 last year, we were pretty impressed … then they announced a special Red variant, which was nice … now, the LG V30 has YET ANOTHER variant, the LG V30S, or the LG V30S ThinQ.
It’s a strange name, actually a terrible name, for what actually is the same phone! No, really! We were worried about LGs place at MWC this year, after it was revealed the company cancelled the G7, but when the company went on stage and presented the “V30S” name, we were at least expecting a spec bump, though what we got instead was far less.
Before we get to what’s changed, as there’s not a lot, let us go over what’s the same. Processor, same Snapdragon 835, display is the same POLED 1440p display, same Cameras, battery, incredible Quad DAC headphone jack … basically everything that needed to change to make this a worth while upgrade, hasn’t.
So, what has changed.
The LG V30S ThinQ, will come in two variants, all with minor changes which all involve RAM and internal Storage. The first will come with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, whilst the other will come with a greater 6GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. It’s worth pointing out, like the normal V30, the V30S ThinQ still has microSD Card expansion, making these improvements even less impressive than they would be.
Camera changes and AR
You’ve been likely wondering what the heck, ThinQ, is all about, and it all comes down to AR. LG have made some interesting changes to the way the Camera works on the V30S, with multiple modes including automated Scenes, a Bright Mode, and of course AR. The interesting thing about all these changes is that the hardware is pretty much the same from the regular V30, so it begs the question why this announcement was even a thing in the first place, especially with LG claiming existing V30 owners will get most of these things in “an upcoming update”.
The first interesting change comes in how the LG V30S takes Photos in low-light, which involves the Bright Mode setting. Whilst using the bright mode, the V30S trades Megapixels, which dip to 4, to reduce noise and instead absorb more light and reduce noise. From what we’ve seen so far, it seems to work fairly well.
AR AND SCENES
Scenes within the Camera view-finder is nothing new, in fact Huawei has been doing it almost since the first release, and Samsung has been doing similar things with Bixby Vision, but LG has entered the game this year. The Camera will automatically adjust the Settings to match what it thinks you are taking a picture of, this include; Portrait, Food, Pet, Landscape, City, Flowers, Sunrise and Sunset.
The Camera also invokes a level of AR features, similar to what Google announced in Google Lens on the Pixel 2 line, allowing you to scan objects and do a Search around either Shopping websites, or general web searches to find relevant results.
So, where does that leave us with the LG V30S ThinQ. Well, it’s a confusing device, one which most will regard as pointless, and we’d have to agree. It’s nice that it comes out of the box with Oreo, but at the end of the day, it’s the same V30 you’ve either already got, or decided to skip in the first place, and that’s definitely not going to help LG in 2018.