LG V35 ThinQ: Review

LG’s new V35 ThinQ is fast; it has an amazing OLED screen with an 81 percent screen-to-body ratio; it is water resistant; it is equipped with a headphone jack, and boasts a long-lasting battery, and much more.

LG V35 ThinQ: Review

Available on AT&T and Project Fi for $900, the V35 ThinQ is an LG-manufactured AT&T-exclusive smartphone with an interesting backstory attached to it.

Not happy with the G7 ThinkQ, AT&T wanted LG to come up with a notch-less phone that didn’t have an LCD panel and, apparently, also pushed for an upgrade to the 4GB of RAM that the G7 had.

So, that’s how the LG V35 ThinQ became a reality.

As far as the external features of the V35 ThinQ are concerned, it is built very much along the lines of the V30 – OLED screen, and all – with the internals of the phone upgraded to match the G7 ThinkQ.

It, effectively, means that it is equipped with a Snapdragon 845 processor, 6GB of RAM and 64GB of UFS 2.1 grade onboard storage, an Adreno 630 graphics card, plus micro SD card support, a 3300mAh battery with wireless charging and Quick Charge 3.0, as well.

It has the V30’s Quad-HD OLED touchscreen panel, which translates to first-rate color reproduction, amazing contrast, HDR10 support, with better black levels than the G7 but way behind it in terms of brightness.

At 6.0 inches, this beauty of a display boasts a screen resolution of 1440 x 2880 pixels and a screen-to-body ratio of 81 percent – thanks to its smaller bezels.

Wrapped in Gorilla Glass 5 panels, this beautiful and light phone feels like a true flagship in the hand – absolutely premium.

As there is no physical design change from the V30, the phone does not include the G7’s resonating Boombox speaker; however, LG did manage to upgrade the sound system with DTS X virtual surround sound.

The new super far-field mikes on the V35 ThinQ is at par with those found on the likes of Google Home and similar devices, capable of identifying voices from up to a distance of 17 feet.

LG has also incorporated a wind noise filter to block out the sound of wind when recording videos outdoors.

The other V30 features carried forward on to the V35 ThinQ include a 32-bit Quad digital-to-analog converter (DAC), a 3.5mm audio jack, as well as Bluetooth 5.0.

In addition to the head[phone jack, you have the USB Type C charging port on the bottom of the phone, allowing you to charge and listen to music at the same time.

On the back, you have the fingerprint reader, which also doubles as a power button, and a dual camera setup, with an f/1.6 71-degree angle glass lens primary camera and a secondary Sony IMC 351 16MP sensor with a super-bright mode.

That secondary sensor is behind the G7’s narrower 107-degree angle f/1.9 lens, which is, really, a downgrade from the 120-degree angle f/1.9 lens of the V30.

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The reason behind the narrower lens appears to be the new portrait mode, which blurs the background to make foreground subjects stand out more prominently.

The front-facing selfie shooter has also been swapped out with the G7’s higher resolution 8MP camera, including once again a narrower lens, an 8- degree angle instead of the 90-degree angle lens on the V30.

Although the lens is not wide, it has been upgraded to an f/1.9 aperture in order to let in more light in dark situations.

The V35 uses the same camera software that the G7 does and, like the G7 it has fewer modes than the V30; however, it does support the low-light pixel binning mode that was first introduced on the V30S, which is great.

“Pixel binning refers to the combination of the information of adjacent detectors in a CCD camera sensor to create one single pixel in the recorded image.”

The secondary wide-angle lens has been upgraded to utilize pixel-binning for much better low light shots than the V30

The Google Lens and AI camera, built into the camera interface, can be accessed from the row of options along the bottom of the screen.

LG’s latest UX version 7.0 is included on top of Android 8.0 Oreo, which includes a number of new features, style changes, and a number of other little tweaks, as well.

All-in-all, the LG V35 ThinQ is aesthetically pleasing; relatively lightweight; and has a superlative screen for watching videos and playing games – to name a few of the phone’s amazing features.

It is at par with some of the top flagships on the market but stands out because of the Hi-Fi DAC it supports.

LG V35 ThinQ specifications

Dimensions: 151.7 x 75.4 x 7.3 mm (5.97 x 2.97 x 0.29 in)
Weight: 157 g (5.54 oz)

Build: Front/back glass (Gorilla Glass 5), aluminum frame

Display

  • P-OLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
  • 6.0 inches, 92.9 cm2 (~81.2% screen-to-body ratio)
  • 1440 x 2880-pixel resolution, 18:9 ratio (~537 ppi density)
    OS: Android 8.0 (Oreo)

Chipset: Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845

CPU: Octa-core (4×2.7 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4×1.7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver)

GPU: Adreno 630

Onboard Storage: 128 GB, 6 GB RAM (V35+) or 64 GB, 6 GB RAM (V35)

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