Right on cue, LG took to the world wide web to announce the V35 ThinQ – an upgrade to the V30s ThinQ that LG revealed just a few months ago. While the V30S ThinQ was just a slight software rework of the original V30, the just-introduced V35 ThinQ actually packs a number of hardware improvements under the hood.
The LG V35 ThinQ stays true to its power-user idea, but it mostly borrows some new-generation components from the mainstream G7 flagship. The most significant upgrade is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 system chip, which ensures that LG's V line remains fully competitive in 2018. A more dramatic successor is rumored to be in the pipeline for an autumn introduction, and will possibly be called LG V40 (ThinQ). The Snapdragon 845 is the same chip that powers the V35's biggest rivals, such as the Galaxy S9+, the OnePlus 6 and others.
A reworked dual-camera was among the key features of the G7 (unveiled earlier this month), and this new configuration now makes its way to the V35 ThinQ as well. It consists of two 16 MP rear cameras, one standard and one that is super wide-angle. This sounds similar to what we had before, but the new setup promises to capture better night / low-light photos, wide images with less distortion towards the edges, and also support for a suite of 19 'AI' effects designed to optimize the image profile depending on the scene you're capturing. The front-facing camera is also getting a resolution bump, from 5MP to 8MP.
As part of the AI-fication of the smartphone, there's support for the Google Lens visual recognition technology, just as on the G7. However, in terms of software and features, there doesn't seem to be anything here to differentiate the V35 from the G7. It does have its unique, bezel-less design that doesn't have any cut-outs though. It looks basically the same as before, except for the New Aurora Black color option, which is only complemented by the New Platinum Gray variant that we already know. On top of that, the V35 keeps its predecessors' biggest differentiating feature, which is the 6" high-resolution OLED panel. The latter was subject to a bit of criticism initially with the V30, but hopefully LG has worked out any production kinks at this point.
The LG V35 price is set at $900, which is notably more expensive than the $750 G7 ThinQ. Perhaps this is due to the costly OLED screen in use. The phone's release date is set for June 8, with planned availability across the Americas, and in select markets in Asia, Middle East and Africa. In the US, the LG V35 ThinQ will be available on AT&T and Google Project Fi.
LG V35 THINQ: A FASTER, SMARTER V SERIES PHONE
LG’s Award-Winning Platform Updated with Latest Mobile Processor, Camera, AI Features and DTS:X
SEOUL, May 30, 2018 ― LG Electronics (LG) today announces the LG V35ThinQ, the latest iteration of its highly acclaimed V series of premium multimedia smartphones. The LG V35ThinQ continues to inject new energy into the V series platform with even faster performance, and enhanced photography, audio and AI functionalities. The newest V series device will be rolling out in the Americas starting in June followed by limited markets in Asia, Middle East and Africa.
Catering to the most demanding of users, the device features the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 mobile platform paired with 6GB of RAM and 64GB/128GB of internal storage. The LG V35ThinQ retains the stunning 6-inch 18:9 OLED FullVision display with QHD+ (2880 x 1440) resolution in a compact form factor that weighs only 157g and measures a thin 7.3mm.
The display is further accentuated with the scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass 5 that is curved around the edge for a sleek and premium feel. The LG V35ThinQ is built to withstand the rigors of daily use with its IP68 rating for dust and water resistance and a passing grade in 14 of the US military’s MIL-STD 810G tests for reliability of equipment performance in harsh environments.
A Better, Smarter Camera
The LG V35ThinQ sports a new rear dual camera module featuring two 16MP lenses in standard and Super Wide Angle configurations that was first introduced in the new LG G7ThinQ. The Super Wide Angle camera now features less edge distortion with sharper and more natural photos from previously. The front camera gets a huge bump in resolution from 5MP to 8MP.
The LG V35ThinQ features the improved AI CAM with 19 shooting modes to help users take better photos every time. Users will also find Portrait Mode to create bokeh shots with both the front and rear cameras, Live Photo to record a scene immediately before and after the shutter is pressed as well as Stickers for fun 2D or 3D overlay effects using face recognition.
Improving on the low light photography capability in the V30SThinQ, the V35ThinQ features the new Super Bright Camera to capture low light images that are approximately four times brighter. With the help of pixel binning and advanced software processing techniques, the AI algorithm determines the best settings when shooting in dim environments.
AI Features to Make Life Convenient
Following the LG G7ThinQ, the newest V series smartphone will also feature Google Lens in the camera app as well as from within Google Assistant and Google Photos. With Google Lens, users can get more information on objects such as landmarks, plants, animals and books by just pointing with the camera. Users can also visit websites, add a business card to contacts and add events to the calendar directly with the camera.
With Super Far Field Voice Recognition (SFFVR) technology, Google Assistant can be accessed by voice up to five meters away. SSFVR is capable of accurately understanding voice commands even over background noises such as a TV and traffic.
Immersive High Definition Audio
The Hi-Fi Quad DAC featured in the V35ThinQ delivers richer sound when paired with a pair of high-end headphones. And with DTS:X, listeners can enjoy virtual 3D surround sound up to 7.1 channel audio with any content while on the move.
“The LG V35ThinQ is part of our strategy that we announced early this year to introduce new iterations of existing products that improve on a proven and successful idea,” said Hwang Jeong-hwan, president of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “With carefully considered updates that increases performance and convenience, the LG V35ThinQ is a great option for anyone looking for a complete and powerful multimedia smartphone.”
Additional details including price and purchase locations will be announced locally at the time of availability.
· Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 845 Mobile Platform
absolutely agree, poor FFC (which works well only in really well lit areas) is the main drawback on my LG G6 and even though I rarely use it, but I will want my next phone to have good both cameras and this V35 looks now like a great option
Why even bother with the G7 or announce yet another flagship right around the corner? I need answers from the new CEO who said they were going to avoid this exact same scenario. Come on man. I want this though. The V30 had everything I needed in a phone but the front facing camera and a weaker speaker. But with this new 8mp ffc and new processor I don't need much else.
I love the V30+. Great phone with a reasonable camera. I just bought the OP6 though, with 8gb/256gb storage. If I don't like it I may opt for the V35..
I wonder if there is any release planned for Australia
I really hope that this phone will come to eastern Europe and this ridiculous price will drop fast. Also I hope that LG won't have any random issues with the display, because otherwise it is very nice OLED screen.
I would love to buy this phone as my HTC 10 has gone mad apparently. But the main problem is only a few devices support VoLte in India. Samsung Apple Xiaomi Nokia and a few other Chinese manufacturers support VoLte ... Sony HTC LG don't...so whenever i need to buy a new phone here in India i get very confused and buy the wrong one. I regret buying this HTC 10
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