LG V35 ThinQ hands-on: say hello to portrait mode


When it launched last fall, the LG V30 was the perfect ending to a successful path of completion for the Korean company – who only a year before faced harsh criticism for the debacle with its flagship in the G5. Undeniably one of its most promising smartphones released, the V30 was highly regarded as the most versatile video cameras around in a smartphone, but for photos, it was lacking some of its rivals' key features. While it's not a direct successor, the LG V35 ThinQ brings forth enhancements to give it a more well-rounded package.

Design


Really, there's no difference in the design here that we haven't seen before in the V30. From its metal meets glass construction, curvy edges, water resistant IP68 certification, and its implementation of a 3.5mm headphone jack, everything is the same as before. That's not a bad thing either, as the V35 still retains the same refined aesthetics that made us fall in love with the V30. You can't go wrong with the new aurora black paint job with the V35 ThinQ, but the platinum grey color can still catch some prying eyes with its dazzle.

Display


Looking at the display presented to us here with the V35 ThinQ, it's largely unchanged from its sibling. Sporting a 6-inch 2880 x 1440 FullVision HDR OLED Display, it doesn't fail to impress with its rich details, exquisite colors, superb wide-viewing angles, and near bezel-less looks. And unlike the new LG G7 ThinQ, the V35 ThinQ opts to retain the notch-less appearance of its sibling.


User Interface


As far as the software is concerned, there's nothing out of the ordinary here with LG's custom skin running on top of Android 8.0 Oreo. The layout and native apps all appear unchanged from what we've seen previously with the V30, but since this is an AT&T issued version, it's accompanied by the carrier's usual set of bloatware out of the box.

One of the phone's notable changes is related to its processor, which makes the jump to Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 SoC coupled with an even more generous 6GB of RAM. That's a bump over the V30's Snapdragon 835 and 4GB of RAM, but the internal storage capacity remains the same at 64GB – with expansion courtesy of its microSD slot. Naturally, the phone exhibits the fluid finesse you'd expect from any high-end smartphone.

Camera


Recording video was one of the strengths of the V30, but LG tweaks the cameras here with the V35 ThinQ to include a few new tricks that its sibling lacks. Now, the V35 ThinQ is accompanied with dual 16MP cameras – one standard, the other being the wide-angle one. In terms of features, it's packing the same tools and modes that made the V30 so powerful. From its true manual video controls, to its various Cine Effects, there's a ton available here for content creators.

Expanding its functionality, the V35 ThinQ's cameras now support portrait mode – both with the front and rear cameras, which was something that the V30 lacked. Additionally, the same AI camera features seen in other ThinQ devices makes its presence here as well, as the AI-powered camera can detect scenes and produce the best results.


Battery


There's no change with the battery capacity here, it still sizes up at a capacity of 3300 mAh. Then again, we're crossing our fingers that the optimizations with the software and newer Snapdragon 845 will propel it to offer better longevity than the V30. Adding to the premium nature of the phone, wireless charging is along for the ride yet again, offering users just another way of charging the phone.

Expectations


Based on what we find new and different here with the LG V35 ThinQ, it's no wonder that it's not classified as a direct successor to the V30. There are certainly many similarities between the two, but there's still enough changes to warrant a new model name. With the addition of the newer Snapdragon 845 chip, more RAM, and newer cameras, the V35 improves upon what LG has done previously with the V30 last fall.

At the same time, though, the LG G7 ThinQ is another similarly spec'd phone – with all the same video recording assets that we get with LG's V-line. The toughest thing to swallow about the V35 ThinQ is its price, which at $899.99 outright even through AT&T, is a tough sell considering that the G7 ThinQ is selling for less. Indeed, it's a pricey investment, which for a slightly tweaked phone, will make it a difficult sell to convince consumers to pick it up over the G7 ThinQ.

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V35 ThinQ
  • Display 6.0" 1440 x 2880 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3300 mAh(20.5h talk time)

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8 Comments

1. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

LG said flagships would show up only when necessary. V30s, G7 and now V35

2. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

I once nearly bought an LG G4 with those beautiful interchangeable back covers but since I heard about the Boot Loop of death, I bailed, ever since I never found an LG that's fit for my needs.

6. fyah_king unregistered

I have two G4 and it's still running great.

7. yalokiy

Posts: 1011; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Because you don't use them?

4. Trex95

Posts: 2381; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

I think this version of V30 just a fix of originally V30 and how should it be plus don’t forget LG got big monies from Apple and Google.

3. Xxtoxicskittlexx

Posts: 190; Member since: Jun 11, 2018

Ive been reading PA for a while now. Just registered to post. So.. Some back story. Im a user not tied to a particular OS. I still have 1020 for photos and occasionally switch sims to take pictures with. Its a way of disconnecting from the internet considering the web and social media is barely usable with the outdated WinMo. I digress. Anyway. I have been using the Note 8 since launch all the while switching to the iPX in between time to time. Was happy with both phones until I got on the hifi audio craze having just bought the Shure SE846. Audio on both ipx and note 8 was horrible comparing to a real DAC like AK70. So my hunt began to look for a used v30 only to find out att would start carrying the v35. So i waited and picked one up like an idiot on launch day. Anyway I have been using the v35 since Friday. Battery life has been way better than the note 8 and its very snappy considering it has the 845 and 6gb of ram. Honestly I'm very happy with the photos it takes and the screen is stellar. The wide angle makes me wonder why I never switched or used this before. I find over the weekend I took more photos with the WA then the standard lens. Now to go to main reason I switched. The DAC. It produces absolutely beautiful sound through the quad DAC. The soundstage is phenomenal which is to expect from a cirrus chip. I think this one is a keeper. One awesome thing I found out was that the v35 is MQA certified so listening to some MQA content on tidal was an amazing experience on a phone. Definitely beats carrying a separate dac and a phone.. Only thing im getting used to is this LG Skin. Some apps are making me aggravated like the gallery app which doesnt let you select multiple photos. It lets you delete multiple but not selection. So far I havent missed the stylus. I like the grip of this phone better than the note8. There wasnt that bad of lg preloaded crap either maybe they decided to do it right this time? I say this because of what I had read of the v30. Sorry this is too long.

5. tyger11

Posts: 291; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

No notch, no problem.

8. rsiders

Posts: 1960; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

If the SD845 does anything good for the battery life the V35 will be insane in that department compared to 95% of the flagships which the V30 had already beaten out. The V35 is the one I really want but not on AT&T and not for $900. And the front facing camera is such a beauty now. Proud of LG for finally fixing this mistake.

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