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LG will unveil updated LG V30 at MWC 2018



LG's updated V30 smartphone will focus on AI optimisations.

LG has confirmed it will announce a new version of its LG V30 handset at Mobile World Congress 2018, with a press release outlining the new features for its flagship handset.

The original V30, and the V30+ that's available to Australian consumers is a high-end phone with a focus on photography, but for the 2018 update of the V30, the focus is strongly on AI implementations, especially around image and voice recognition. That's broadly in line with the ThinQ AI ambitions the company unveiled at CES 2018 last month.

On the image recognition front, the 2018 V30 will be able to automatically adjust to the best shooting parameters based on what it's looking at, in a similar manner to the same feature found on Huawei's Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro handsets. LG's claim is that it will also use the same image recognition to rapidly scan QR codes, identify products and online shopping options for them, as well as a claimed improvement in low light performance.

On the voice side, LG's updated V30 will be host to 9 new Google Assistant commands, bringing the total number up to 32. Specifically, the new V30 will have voice commands for Panoramic Photo, Food Photo, Time-lapse Photo (Video), Slow-motion Video, Low-light Photo, Pending, AI Cam Photo, Image Search, QR Code Scanning and Shopping Search modes.

LG had been previously tipped to avoid launching a new handset at MWC 2018, with the expected LG G7 reportedly heading back to the drawing board. It's not clear if LG will update the processor in the V30 up to Qualcomm's newer Snapdragon 845, or if, like its predecessor, it'll opt for a Snapdragon 835 processor instead.

We'll be reporting live from MWC 2018 on all of LG's big mobile news, so stay tuned.

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