LG won’t unveil the successor to the G6 at MWC in the final week of February; instead, the new device will be launched at a stand-alone event at a later point in time. However, there will still be some interesting news for mobile photographers from LG at the trade show. Namely, the Korean manufacturer will introduce a suite of AI technologies for its smartphones, with the 2018 version of the flagship V30 being the first device to feature the new tech.
LG’s objective for the new system was to deliver a “unique and more intuitive user experience”, focusing on the camera technology and voice recognition.
“As we communicated last month at CES, the future for LG lies in AI, not just hardware specs and processing speeds,” said Ha Jeung-uk, senior vice president and business unit leader for LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “Creating smarter smartphones will be our focus going forward and we are confident that consumers will appreciate the advanced user experience with the enhanced V30 that many have been asking and waiting for.”
The Vision AI component puts the focus on camera usability and performance. It automatically analyzes objects and recommends the best suited out of the following shooting modes:
In addition to any detected objects in the frame, the system takes into account the angle of view, color, reflections, backlighting, and saturation levels in order to pick the best mode. For example, framing a plate of pasta will result in food mode being triggered. The final image result will show warmer colors and increased levels of sharpening for a pleasing visual presentation of your lunch.
A new low-light shooting mode, also on board, automatically brightens images in dim environments by a factor of two.