LG has unveiled yet another smartphone today: the V35 ThinQ. After leaking onto the web last week, the device has officially debuted as the latest entry in the company’s V series which, mind you, has now seen three new iterations within nine months.
The V35 doesn’t stray very far from the original V30’s looks. In fact, it features the exact same glass IP68-rated body, 157g weight, and 7.3mm thinness. There’s even the same 6-inch Quad HD+ OLED display without a notch. Where you will find changes is under the hood as LG has basically loaded the V35 with its latest flagship’s (the G7’s) specs.
Inside the V35 sits a Snapdragon 845, 6GB of RAM, and up to 128GB of storage. Admittedly, the phone does have two extra gigabytes of RAM over the G7, but the processor and storage amount are identical. The same can be said about the dual cameras on the back which measure in at 16MP a pop. The main shooter has an aperture of f/1.6 while the secondary, Super Wide Angle camera has an f/1.9 aperture. The latter camera even has the smaller 107-degree field of view like the G7. There’s also an 8MP on the front for selfies which is actually usable this time around.
As for the battery, it’s slightly bigger than the G7’s at 3300mAh. On the software side, Android 8.0 Oreo powers the experience, while all of LG’s enhancements like AI Cam, Super Bright Camera, Google Lens, DTS:X 3D Surround Sound, a 32-bit quad DAC, face recognition, and Daydream support are also here. Unfortunately, you won’t be getting a dedicated Google Assistant key, side-mounted power key, or Boombox speaker on the V35, but I guess LG had to save something for the G7.
Overall, if the G7 isn’t doing it for you (maybe it’s the screen, maybe it’s the notch, maybe it’s the battery size), the V35 probably will. It kind of fills in all the G7’s blanks and gets you all the benefits of a V series phone like all the various camera modes and high fidelity audio capabilities.
As for pricing and availability, LG says the device will be sold exclusively through both AT&T and Project Fi (Google’s cell network). While the latter has yet to unveil pricing, the former says it’ll carry the device for $30/month for 30 months. In other words, the V35 ThinQ will cost a whopping $900. Whether that’s worth it is up to you to decide, especially since you can get the G7 for $150 cheaper.
Preorders for the V35 start this Friday, while the device will formally launch on June 8th.
Update 5-30-2018 11:08 AM: Added availability information.
Update 5-30-2018 11:42 AM: Added pricing information for AT&T.