V35 ThinQ is LG’s take two on a 2018 flagship phone

We talked about LG's G7 ThinQ a couple of months ago, but as Samsung and a couple of others have demonstrated, having one high-end Android handset just isn't enough. LG's new co-flagship is the V35 ThinQ, another Snapdragon 845-powered phone with a large OLED screen, dual rear cameras, and IP68 dust and water intrusion resistance. The V35 loses a little bit of display real estate compared to the G7, but notch-naysayers will appreciate the mostly-rectangular panel.

Like almost every other Android phone in its price class, the V35 carries a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 as its beating heart. That SoC does its cardio by swimming around in a 6-GB pool of memory. Standard V35 models get 64 GB of storage, though some other markets also get access to a V35+ version with 128 GB of flash memory onboard. Users can add microSD cards as large as 2 TB. While on the subject of features that could be taken for granted on high-end phones a few years ago, the V35 gets a headphone jack. LG's spec sheet specifically mentions a heat pipe cooling setup on the SoC, possibly in response to Asus' ROG Phone and its aggressive cooling setup.

The display is a 6″ OLED panel with a resolution of 2880×1440. Most gerbils can probably do the math in their heads to figure out the 2:1 (18:9 in marketer-speak) aspect ratio, but probably need to use some computational assistance to figure out the 538 PPI pixel density. The fingerprint sensor lives on the back of the phone in the interest of clearing space on the front for the screen. The company didn't mention the screen's brightness rating, so prospective buyers planning on lots of outdoor use might want to opt for the manufacturer's G7.

Taking in images are a single 8-megapixel 80° front camera with an f/1.9 aperture, plus a pair of 16-MP sensors on the reverse side. One of the rear snappers has a 107° field of view and an f/1.9 aperture, while the other is 71° FOV and an f/1.6 light inlet. The rear cameras can record 4K video at 30 FPS or “HD” slow-motion footage at up to 240 FPS.

The V35 ThinQ measures 5.9 ” tall (15.1 cm), 3″ wide (7.5 cm), and 0.3″ thick (0.73 cm). The phone weighs 5.5 oz, including its 3300-mAh battery. LG didn't make any battery life claims, but CNET says the handset played videos for 15 hours on a single charge in its testing, a couple hours short of the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus' movie-watching time. Users can replenish that charge using the USB Type-C connector on the bottom of the phone.

The phone comes with Google Android 8.0 Oreo installed from the factory. LG didn't elaborate on any proprietary software special sauce, but it did mention that Google Lens is part of the deal and that the V35 has a “Super Far Field Voice Recognition” microphone array to make dialogue with Google Assistant more pleasant from distances of up to five meters, “even over noises such as TV and traffic.”

LG has a pretty high opinion of the V35 ThinQ, pricing the phone at $900 here in the United States. The phone is available in black or gray finishes through AT&T and Project Fi here in America. The standard warranty lasts one year, but buyers can get a second turn around the sun's worth of coverage by registering with the manufacturer.

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    • ronch
    • 1 year ago

    Oh noes!!! Another 18:9 phone!!!!

    Aaaaaaarrrrggghhhh!!!!! I can’t breathe!!!

    • brucethemoose
    • 1 year ago

    This is close to my ideal phone, but ooof, that price.

    Shame too. Low sales might send a message saying the market doesn’t want high quality 3.5mm audio, microSD, or OLED screens that can take HDR streams. Which is EXACTLY what I want.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 1 year ago

      low sales of an LG device is a sign that the market doesn’t want nasty burn-in and boot loops.

      • cynan
      • 1 year ago

      The Samsung s9+ has all of those features you listed and now seems to be coming down in price if you don’t mind buying the international version with the slightly inferior Exynos chipset.

        • brucethemoose
        • 1 year ago

        Old Galaxies didn’t have great audio output, IIRC. Is the S9 better?

        Also not a fan of TouchWiz at all, nor the curved edge. I could run a custom ROM, but I’d rather have a lean OS with OTA updates, like stock Android or Sense.

          • cynan
          • 1 year ago

          The LG flagships are somewhat renown for their analog sound, so I doubt the S9/plus would be better. However, from [url=https://www.head-fi.org/threads/galaxy-s9-s9-audio-quality.873298/page-7<]head-fi[/url<], it looks like many are happy with the analog out and it seems to be an improvement over past galaxy generations. Also, the S9+ has been reviewed as having one of the best sounding speaker systems (but you probably weren't asking about that). I haven't owned a Galaxy phone since way back (Galaxy Nexus) so I can't comment on the bloat/UI overlay. But TouchWiz (now called Samsung Experience) is apparently better than it used to be. And with [url=https://www.xda-developers.com/samsung-galaxy-s9-aosp-android-oreo-project-treble/<]Project Treble[/url<], it might not be too difficult to get a more stock Android experience in the near future.

    • JosiahBradley
    • 1 year ago

    900$ 0_0. That’s like 3 of my phones. Is it three times faster, larger, or does it make a mean latte? What on Earth do you get for the price of a used Titan X?

      • ronch
      • 1 year ago

      But it’s 3x cooler coz.. [b<]FLAGSHIP[/b<].

    • strangerguy
    • 1 year ago

    Between the massive price increases of new stuff (like phones, GPUs, RAM, HDR monitors) and “good enough” old gen stuff I find it really hard to get excited for anything new.

    Hell the latest hardware I got is Linksys EA7500 router, and I have only have it because the ISP is giving it away with zero caveats. Otherwise my other two few-years-old free bundled 802.11ACs D-Links would have worked perfectly fine too.

    • albundy
    • 1 year ago

    besides the wonderful feature of Always-On Display with OLED burn in technology, why did they remove features like the removable battery and IR Sensor? what makes this phone worth $1000?

    • Chrispy_
    • 1 year ago

    That will be a monumental flop;

    Priced too high for a company that doesn’t have the best track record with phone reliability, update punctuality, and functional software. Even if the competition wasn’t superior in the design and camera department, they’re still cheaper.

    When it comes to Android, Anyone buying a phone with a skinned OS that replaces the stock Google apps is doing it wrong, IMO.

    • Ryhadar
    • 1 year ago

    Oh. My. God. I can actually [i<]see[/i<] the bezel. Fail. And a 3.5mm audio jack? What is this, the '90s!? /sarcasm

    • sweatshopking
    • 1 year ago

    Shipping with 8.0 means it’ll support treble, which is good news for updates. But then it’s lg, so who knows.

      • Growler
      • 1 year ago

      It’s all about that 8, ’bout that 8, fo’ treble.

      • albundy
      • 1 year ago

      and it will have support for AptX HD.

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