The LG V30s ThinQ is priced higher than the Galaxy S9 Plus

While LG stopped short of showcasing a new flagship (at least not to the world), the company did show off a new device. The LG V30S ThinQ lineup was announced, but not everything was shared regarding the device.

Notably, LG stopped short of sharing pricing and availability of the new V30s ThinQ lineup. Thankfully, the company has now shared these details, at least for those in South Korea.

The standard V30S ThinQ will be priced at $975, while the V30S+ ThinQ cross the $1,000 threshold, being priced at $1,020. Compared to the new Galaxy S9 lineup, this price increase is quite substantial, considering the standard Galaxy S9 is priced at around $790.

As a refresher, the V30S ThinQ lineup features the same body and style as the standard V30. However, LG has packed a few AI goodies into the devices while increasing the RAM and storage. The V30S ThinQ includes 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, while the V30S+ ThinQ includes 6GB of RAM and 256GB of base storage.

The most interesting part of these devices is that LG is already planning to bring the AI features to the standard V30 later this year. Granted, the update isn’t expected to arrive until September, but at least V30 owners know some new goodies are on the way.

As for LG’s other plans for 2018, the company supposedly showed off the LG G7 (codenamed ‘Judy’) behind closed doors at MWC 2018. The device is said to sport a notch of its own, along with standard 2018 flagship specs.

We’ll have to wait and see if LG’s new change of course will positively affect the company.

Google Home Max and Apple HomePod duke it out in a blind test

In case you haven’t heard, the Apple HomePod recently launched to much excitement, but does it deserve the overwhelming amount of hype it’s getting? We can’t answer that question ourselves just yet, but Yahoo conducted a blind test survey to see which smart home speakers sounded the best to common ears.

The results may surprise you. The Apple HomePod, Google Home Max, Amazon Echo, and Sonos One were pit against each other. Panelists were asked to rank each one on the merit of sheer sound quality. The Sonos One walked away with three of the panelists’ best votes. Google’s Home Max took 2 votes. The HomePod and Amazon Echo were left in the dust.

It’s a fair knock on the Amazon Echo, which isn’t priced quite the same ($150) as the others ($350-$400 for both the HomePod and Google Home Max).


Read More: Apple HomePod vs Google Home vs Amazon Echo

Most surprising of all, though, is that the $200 Sonos One might actually trounce them all, and considering you can get 2 of those for the price of one of the other beasts, it may well be the best value in home speakers. Of course, no one has Google or Amazon beat in the smarts department just yet, so you’ll have to decide what’s more important to you in the long run.

Samsung releases three new teasers ahead of Galaxy S9 launch

By now, we all know that the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus will be unveiled at MWC 2018. However, the company is beginning to ramp up anticipation as Samsung has released three new teaser videos through the Samsung Mobile Korea YouTube channel.

[embedded content]

These are teasers in the true sense of the word, as each trailer is just 15 seconds long. The first of these videos, gives us a taste of how fast the devices will actually be, with fast cars, skydiving, and more in the video. However, if you watch the end of the video, there’s a slight hint of slow motion, suggesting that the devices could have slo-mo video capture in-tow.

[embedded content]

The second of these videos suggest that low-light camera performance will be vastly improved. The entire video is dark until the very end, when you see the deer look at the couple walking through the woods, and the deer’s face is automatically enhanced. This falls in line with rumors that the Galaxy S9 lineup will see new low-light camera technology, including a possible sensor with a variable aperture.

[embedded content]

The last teaser shared is more upbeat, and shows a gentleman going through his day, leading up to his birthday dinner. At the end when the man smiles, a brief overlay is placed on his face. This may suggest that Samsung will, in fact, introduce some type of 3D emoji competitor to take on Apple’s Animoji from the iPhone X.

Samsung will be unveiling its latest devices on February 25th, and reminds everyone of that at the end of each video where it states “Galaxy 2018.02.25”. The company will be live-streaming its launch event, making it possible for everyone around the world to watch the unveiling, even if you aren’t able to make it out to the event in Barcelona.

Let us know in the comments what your favorite rumored feature of the Galaxy S9 lineup is. Could it be the redesigned camera module with the new fingerprint scanner? Maybe it’s the variable aperture that we have been seeing teased and rumored over the last few months.