LG plans to unveil a new AI-focused version of the V30 at MWC 2018

LG is in a bit of a state of flux at the moment as the company has reportedly scrapped its current plans for the LG G7, leaving the company without a flagship to unveil at MWC 2018. That gives Samsung more of the attention at the event, but a new rumor suggests LG will still have somewhat of a presence at the event.

The report claims that LG will be releasing a new version of the LG V30 at MWC 2018 named the “LG V30+‘α’,”, with this version being more focused on AI than anything else. This device will be released in a partnership with Google as the upcoming device will include more features from Google Assistant, but specific details are scarce.

It’s likely that this new V30 will feature many of the same specs of the version that was released back in August of last year. This means a 5.7-inch 18:9 display, along with the Snapdragon 835 chipset at the helm. Unfortunately, we’ll just have to hang tight until February 26th when LG is expected to hold its press conference at MWC 2018.

We’ve seen other OEM’s release slightly upgraded versions of devices a few months after the initial release, and if LG is moving away from the yearly release cycle, we could see more of this from LG. The most notable OEM who has been releasing slightly-enhanced versions of devices has been OnePlus who recently launched the OnePlus 5T which kept the same specs as the OnePlus 5, but included a new 18:9 display.

Let us know what you think about this report and if you would be interested in picking up a new version of the LG V30 if it actually comes to the US, or if you will just wait to see what LG’s true 2018 flagship looks like.

LG Might Announce an Upgraded V30 at MWC Instead of the G7

LG’s mobile division has been struggling for a while now, posting ten straight quarters of operating losses and recording a $331 million loss in the third quarter of 2017. Phones like the LG G6 didn’t bolster the company’s bottom line, and there are signs that a change in strategy is underway.

LG Electronics CEO Jo Seong-Jin said at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show last week that the company would no longer launch smartphones on a yearly basis, and would instead unveil them “as needed” and consider rebranding its G series smartphone lineup. A subsequent report suggested that LG had ordered its mobile team to can development of the upcoming LG G7 and start from scratch, pushing back the smartphone’s launch date.

Now, a report in The Korea Herald states LG might introduce an upgraded LG V30 with improved artificial intelligence (AI) features at Mobile World Congress 2018. Instead of unveiling a new model in its flagship G series, LG will reportedly announce an improved LG V30, which debuted on August 31, 2017.

The upgraded LG V30 will be called the “V30+‘α’”, according to the report, and it’s “likely” to feature Google Assistant-based AI functions.

Announcing a beefed-up V30 instead of the G7 appears to be part of LG’s new strategy to keep around high-end smartphones for a longer period of time. Mr. Seong-Jin at CES said at CES 2018 that the company needed a way to “[maintain] the existing platforms” longer.

If a new version of the V30 is announced at MWC 2018 next month, the launch of the G7 could come months after, the report noted.

A PR official at LG confirmed to The Korea Herald that some the company had announcements planned for MWC 2018, said didn’t elaborate. We expect to learn more about LG’s strategy in the coming weeks.

Source: The Korea Herald

T-Mobile to offer new BOGO deals and savings

T-Mobile is the scrappy underdog among U.S. mobile carriers, and the company is constantly finding new ways to provide more value than its competitors. Per usual, T-Mobile ran plenty of promotions throughout the holidays, and now that the New Year is here, more deals are ready to go. Starting this Friday, T-Mobile will launch three new ways to save including BOGO deals, rebates, and incentives to switch from another carrier.

For new and existing customers, T-Mobile is offering a BOGO free promotion on several flagship smartphones, including the Galaxy S8, LG G6, and LG V30. The company is also offering $750 back for customers who choose the Galaxy S8+, Active, or Note 8. Customers will need to add a new line for this deal. For customers searching just one new smartphone, T-Mobile is offering a $150 rebate on Samsung and LG flagships, including the Galaxy S8, Note 8, LG V30, and more.

As part of its #GetOutoftheRed campaign, T-Mobile is offering Verizon customers up to $650 in rebates on a new smartphone when they switch to a T-Mobile ONE Plus or ONE Plus International plan. A total of 13 smartphones are included in this offer, including the Pixel 2, Galaxy S8, and more.

All of these offers can be combined on the same account, but not on the same line. If you’ve been thinking about a change, now is a great time to get creative and find a deal. For full details, follow the source link below.

LG to Introduce Raspberry Rose LG V30 at CES 2018

LG doesn’t typically announce new flagship products at the Consumer Electronics Show. It has a history of unveiling smartphones (particularly new G series devices) at Mobile World Congress, with the release date usually following a month or two later. So it was a little surprising when LG said it’d introduce a new variant of the LG V30 at CES 2018 next week: A new Raspberry Rose color option for the V30 featuring audio tuning by specialists at B&O PLAY.

LG says the new color is designed for “fashion-conscious smartphone users”, with the goal of crafting a design so outstanding it wouldn’t feel out of place in a Valentine’s Day gift basket.

As with most of LG’s unique smartphone variants, the LG V30 in Raspberry Rose isn’t expected to be available in every market. While LG didn’t announce launch pricing and every launch country, it said it’ll bring the new phone to South Korea and to key markets in Europe and Asia.

LG could have more in store for CES 2018. In 2017, it announced a number of mid-range devices, including the LG K10, LG K8, LG K4, LG K3, and the LG Stylo 3.

However, LG typically uses CES to showcase advancements in its OLED TV, its smart appliance, and its laptop computer divisions. We already know that it’ll show off new audio products, one of which has the Google Assistant built in. And the South Korea-based company could have a few surprises up its sleeve, like last year’s surprise Hub Robot.

Source: LG Newsroom

LG releases all new Raspberry Rose version of the LG V30

The LG V30 has been available for a few months after being announced back at the end of August, but now LG is trying to spark up some extra recognition with the release of the new “Raspberry Rose” color. The company issued a press release last night which stated that the new color variant would be introduced to the world at CES 2018.

This new color variant will join the ranks of the Black Silver, Blue, and Violet options for those who have been toying with the idea of picking up an LG V30. However, it seems that this won’t be coming to the US anytime soon as LG states the color will be made available in Korea shortly after CES, then rolling out to “key markets” in Europe and Asia.

As a reminder the LG V30 features a 6-inch display with an aspect ratio of 18:9, while being powered by the Snapdragon 835 chipset and 4GB of RAM. This has been coupled with either 64GB or 128GB of internal storage, while LG has also included a microSD card slot for storage expansion.

When it comes to the cameras, the V30 features a basic 5MP front-facing camera, while the rear of the device features a dual-camera setup. There is a primary 16MP sensor with an aperture of f/1.6 and OIS, while the secondary 13MP sensor includes an aperture of f/1.9.

Hopefully, LG decides to bring this Raspberry Rose variant of the V30 to the US, although it’s not really all that appealing to myself. But hey, more options are better, right?