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LG V30S ThinQ vs LG V30: An ultimate in-house tussle

05 March 2018 5

The South Korean giant LG announced a new variant of flagship V30 as V30S ThinQ at this year MWC. The company CEO already confirmed LG G6 successor won't be released after one year cycle instead the company will release it when it is required. To remain in limelight at the MWC, LG announced iterative flagship V30S ThinQ. The new variant retains the goodies of its predecessor with few upgrades. For the first time ever LG announced an iterative variant of their flagship after six months of original variant launch.

The new V30S ThinQ is the LG's latest offering for the first half of 2018. Like most of the latest smartphones, the key focus of the latest LG device is its AI capabilities. LG brought AI to a number of aspects including a camera to make it a strong competitor of newly announced top-tier devices. The V30S ThinQ isn't a brand new flagship instead it brings minor internal upgrades with same hardware like the predecessor.

So if you already own V30, Should you grab the latest V30S ThinQ or not? This question is surely in everyone's mind who is looking to purchase a new LG flagship phone. The AI tech of V30S ThinQ is worth upgrade or not. Like always we put new smartphones in competition with their predecessors to know in detail what kind of additions new variant is bringing. Today we will put the LG V30 against the V30S ThinQ to know all the key differences and similarities amongst the two devices. We are hopeful this comparison will certainly provide answers to all queries related to LG latest flagships. Without any further delay, let's start with the design of both the devices.

75.4 x 151.7 x 7.39 mm
6 inches - 2880x1440 px
75.4 x 151.7 x 7.39 mm
6 inches - 2880x1440 px
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Design

As far as design is a concern, both the LG V30 and the V30S ThinQ retains the same design. The chassis is made of metal with glass covering the rear side. It's the same design we already saw on the V30. The major upgrade to the latest V30S ThinQ is in the software department. Being an iterative variant, the V30S ThinQ didn't bring any change in appearance rather the major change is internal.

The LG V30 dimensions are 151.7 x 75.4mm x 7.6mm and weigh 158g whereas the V30S ThinQ measurements are 151.7 x 75.4mm x 7.3mm and it also weighs 158g. Overall dimensions and weight of both the variants are same but the V30S is slightly slimmer. The front-facing side of both the device is all-screen without any physical button on the front. The fingerprint scanner on both the devices is on the rear below the dual camera modules. The dual camera setup is placed horizontally along with dual LED flashlight.

Apart from the regular color variants, the new V30S ThinQ will be available in Platinum Gray and Moroccan Blue as well. For connectivity both the devices have USB Type-C port on the bottom edge and the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack is at the top. Like most of the latest smartphones both the devices are IP68 certified which means both can resist 1.5 meters deep water for 30 minutes without any damage. Both the devices are STD 810G protected which brings extra strength against accidental drops.

Display

The display panel on both the V30 and V30S ThinQ is Full Vision 6.0-inches with Quad HD+ screen resolution of 1440 x 2880 pixels. The pixels density of both the device is 538 pixels per inch. So you won't find any difference in the display quality of either of the device. The aspect ratio of both the device's display is 18:9.

The good thing is both the devices features OLED display panel that's why brightness and colors vibrancy is pretty great. Despite being an OLED, the display panel on the V30 wasn't one of the best in the market, unfortunately, we can expect similar for the V30S as the display panel on both the devices remains similar.

Hardware

The first prominent change between the LG V30S ThinkQ and the V30 is in the hardware department. Both the devices are powered up by the Qualcomm's Octa-core Snapdragon 835 SoC, although it's not the latest chipset still we can claim it to be the second best in the market.

The LG V30 was offered with 4GB RAM but considering the latest standard, the V30S comes with 6GB RAM. Same is the case with the native storage, the V30 was packed with 64GB whereas the native storage on the V30S is 128GB. The V30+ was offered with 128GB storage which is now doubled for the V30S ThinQ+. The native storage on both the devices is further expandable up to 2TB using MicroSD card.

The iterative variant of V30 comes with the same chipset with more RAM and double native storage was pretty much expected. The V30S ThinQ is featuring a Voice AI which allows the user to perform a number of tasks by simply commanding with voice, you can do certain tasks without touching the device. Both the devices feature dedicated 32-bit HIFI Quad DAC to provide top-notch audio experience.

Remeber the V30 is LG's audiophilic device which means you can expect amazing audio experience certainly better than most of the devices in this league. In terms of performance both the devices performs pretty great, they can handle everything no matter what you throw it. Surely you won't disappoint with the performance of any of these devices but having more RAM and storage is always a plus point.

Specs LG V30S ThinQ LG V30
Display 6.0-inches 6.0-inches
Screen resolution 1440 x 2880 pixels 1440 x 2880 pixels
Chipset Snapdragon 835 Snapdragon 835
RAM 4GB 6GB
Storage 64GB , 128GB Expandable via MicroSD 128GB, 256GB Expandable via MicroSD
Rear camera 16MP+13MP 16MP+13MP
Front camera 5MP 5MP
Battery 3,000mAh 3,000mAh
USB Type-C Type-C
3.mm headphone jack Yes Yes
OS Android Oreo Android Oreo
IP8 Yes Yes

Software

Apart from AI additions, overall UI experience on both the devices is pretty much same but the AI additions on the V30S ThinQ makes it slightly better than standard V30. The AI in camera and voice commands feature is something not currently available for V30 owners but the company confirms they will roll out their key AI features to selected devices in near future as an OTA update, So it won't be surprising to see an update for V30 in near future with AI features LG introduced with V30S ThinQ.

The LG V30 was announced with Android Nougat 7.1.1, later on, it was updated to the Android Oreo. As OS the V30S ThinQ is pre-installed with Android Oreo 8.0 straight out of the box.

Camera

The camera sensors on both the V30 and V30S ThinQ remain same but LG brought Vision AI features for the later device. Both the devices have dual rear snappers, the primary snapper is 16MP with f/1.6 aperture and 71-degrees field of view whereas the secondary sensor is wide-angle 13MP camera module with f/1.9. Being a wide-angle sensor its field of view is 120 degrees, this sensor allows the user to capture wide portrait images. Up front, the selfie camera remains a wide-angle 5MP module with the 90-degrees field of view and f/2.2 aperture.

The new additions to already best camera of V30 are QLens, AI CAM, and Bright Mode, these three new features are introduced with the latest V30S ThinQ. The QLens as the name suggests is the camera ability to recognize images, this feature uses AI to scan images as well as QR codes and allows users to purchase products online by simplifying scanning using QLens. The AI CAM is the second new feature which scans objects and automatically adjusts camera settings to capture images optimally. We already have seen somewhat similar camera feature for the Huawei's Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro which detects objects and tune camera settings accordingly. Last special feature of the V30S camera is Bright Mode which use AI algorithms to ensure noise-free images with a good level of brightness.

Battery

The battery cell on both the devices remain 3,000mAh which easily last one day on single charge. Both the devices feature Qualcomm's Quick Charge 3.0, having the glass rear both the devices support wireless charging. We can expect similar battery life on both the devices.

Conclusion:

The difference between the V30 and the V30S ThinQ are not extra-ordinary which prompts LG V30 owners to upgrade to V30S ThinQ unless more RAM and storage is your first requirement. Both the devices shares same design aesthetics, display, chipset and camera modules. The new V30S ThinQ brings new AI features for the camera as well as brings Google Assistant powered voice commands features and couple of new color variants.

In the end, we would like to hear our readers thoughts regarding the LG V30S ThinQ vs V30 in the comments section below! Would you like to grab V30S ThinQ if you are still confused amongst the latest flagships announced at MWC this year? Stay tuned for more comparisons.

(last update 15 December 2018 @ 21:38)

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