In early May, LG started what became flagship smartphone season with its G7 ThinQ. The handset is only now reaching markets around the world, yet LG unfolded a new flagship device just last week. LG V35 ThinQ starts shipping today and is exclusive to AT&T in the US. The phone features a lot of the same as G7 ThinQ, only with V-Series branding.
AT&T wanted no part in the G7 ThinQ, but is the South Korean OEM’s sole carrier partner in the US for distributing LG V35 ThinQ. As we found out last week, LG V35 ThinQ is more or less a variant of the G7 ThinQ, only part of the V-series that usually comes later in the year. We don’t know what this means for the rumored LG V40 due out this fall, nor do we know why it was necessary since we got an LG V30S ThinQ earlier this year. There are now a bunch of LG flagship phones that use the same naming scheme that are difficult to tell apart. LG has been struggling to reel in profits, yet unlike its struggling competitors, the company is releasing more phones than usual. This has been quite the turnaround from February when we thought we were getting nothing.
The phone made a splash unexpectedly and fast. We hadn’t even learned a lot from leaks. Not only that, but the phone has released today and pre-orders retrieved have now begun shipping in the US. This is super quick for LG, probably the fastest in a while for phone of this caliber. Despite being full of high-end internals and featuring a modern design, the device is a small jump over the rest of LG’s collection.
Up front, we’re looking at a 6-inch Quad HD+ display of an OLED type for accurate colors and great outdoor viewing. The phone is powered by Qualcomm’s 845 chipset coupled with 6GB of RAM and either 64GB or 128GB of storage. Other specs include IP68 water and dust resistance, Quad DAC for enhanced audio, headphone jack, a 3,300mAh battery, and a pair of 16MP cameras on back. There’s also a fingerprint scanner and some type of facial recognition. In a lot of ways, the LG V35 ThinQ copies the competition, but as we saw in leaks, there’s no notch on this model. LG debated on this and seems to have decided that the notch will be reserved for the G-series. Or, then again, maybe we’ll get an LG V40 later this year that’s a more substantial upgrade with a notch. Who knows?
Like LG’s other ThinQ-branded smartphones, the V35 ThinQ includes the company’s AI bundle of features including many in the camera. Since the phone features on-device machine learning, your experience will get better over time with use as it learns your habits. The device runs Android 8.0 Oreo out the box and will eventually get up to date software as time proceeds. The Google Assistant is on board, in addition to Google Lens within LG’s own camera app. We’re glad to see LG keep close ties with Google and use its already established features rather than try to build in more of their own.
The AT&T LG V35 ThinQ with 64GB of storage costs a hefty $899 (or $30/month for 24 months) and comes in two colors (Black or Gray). And you only go up from here. For this kind of price tag, you should probably consider other handsets in the market that are marginally worse but shave off a few hundred bucks. You also have LG’s other models like the V30S ThinQ and G7 ThinQ that cost less, but vary by carrier support. The phone is not available unlocked, but as mentioned above, the AT&T version has started shipping today. The product link as well as the source are below if you need more information or want to make a purchase. Let us know in the comments if you think releasing all these phones will be a successful strategy for LG.