If you are in the market for a flagship smartphone that has no notch, then the LG V35 ThinQ may be worthy of your consideration. It is a sad fact. As the days go by, it is getting harder and harder to acquire a smartphone that is not on the notch-wagon. That said, the V35 is indeed one rare example, save for the fancy pop up camera Vivo Nex S and Oppo Find X have to offer. Officially unveiled end of May, the LG V35 ThinQ is the latest iteration of the South Korea electronics giant’s V series of “premium multimedia smartphones.”
It may not have fancy, bold and rather groundbreaking design like Huawei P20, but under the hood, this thing should not disappoint as 2018 is concerned. That said, V35 ThinQ is powered by the market’s most updated processor, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform and 6 GB of RAM and 64/128 GB storage that is further expandable up to a whopping 2 TB with microSD card. It has a 6-inch 18:9 QHD+ FullVision Display with 2,880 x 1,440 resolution packing 538ppi.
There’s no three-camera setup; though, it does sport a new-flagship-standard dual camera snapper comprising of a 16 MP super wide angle camera and a 16 MP standard angle camera, while the front gets a 8 MP wide angle item. As the product name implies, the cameras do get a little helping hand from artificial intelligence too. Battery is rated at 3,300 mAh which, though we have yet to use it, may leave a lot to be desired given what the device is touted to do (i.e. multimedia consumption). But that does not mean it is anything less the flagships it has to compete with.
This thing has quite a bit to offer and of that intrigued me personally is its incredible lightweight and thinnest, coming in just 157g and 7.3 mm thin. And then there’s the IP68 rating for dust and water resistance and a passing grade in 14 for the US military’s MIL-STD-810G tests. So, this little fellow may not be a ruggedized phone, but when mishaps do occur, you will know it will live to tell the tale. Interestingly, V35 ThinQ also boasts Super Far Field Voice Recognition (SFFVR) technology which will allow you to trigger Google Assistant from as far as five meters (16 feet) away.
Moreover, SFFVR will enable it to decipher that you are actually talking to it eve over background noises. Finally, this being a “multimedia-focused” device, it also has the audio reproduction department covered and in this instance, Hi-Fi Quad DAC is in place to ensure richer sound when used with high-end headphones. There is also DTS:X too, so you can immerse yourself in virtual 3D surround sound of up to 7.1 channel audio with any content while on the move.
In a related news, LG has decided to get into the stylus business with the introduction of LG Q Stylus, a smartphone with stylus. The announcement was made in South Korea on June 6. The device has several configurations, namely Q Stylus+, Q Stylus, and Q Stylus𝑎. Hey features include intelligent play rejection system, display off writing, LG G series-quality camera, QLens (think Google Lens) for info and shopping, DTS:X sound, USB Type-C fast charging, IP68 water and dust protection, MIL-STD-810G compliance, a fingerprint sensor that doubles as selfie camera shutter button, and a 6.2-inch FHD+ FullVision display with curved tempered glass.
LG V35 ThinQ is from Best Buy and AT&T in stateside for $30/month or from AT&T for $899.99. You can also get it from B&H for $849.99. If you recalled, LG V35 ThinQ is also a Project Fi certified device. Speaking of which, if you so choose to, you can grab the device from Project Fi for $899. As for the LG Q Stylus, the status of availability and pricing are unknown at this point.
LG V35 ThinQ and LG Q Stylus Key Specifications
LG V35 ThinQ
LG Q Stylus
|Chipset||Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform||1.5GHz Octacore or 1.8GHz Octacore|
|Display||6.0-inch 18:9 QuadHD+ OLED FullVision Display (2,880 x 1,440 / 538ppi)||6.2-inch 18:9 FHD+ FullVision Display (2,160 x 1,080 / 389ppi)|
|Memory||V35+ ThinQ: 6 GB RAM / 128 GB ROM / microSD (up to 2TB)|
V35 ThinQ: 6 GB RAM / 64 GB ROM / microSD (up to 2TB)
|Q Stylus+: 4 GB RAM / 64 GB ROM / microSD (up to 2TB)
Q Stylus: 3 GB RAM / 32 GB ROM / microSD (up to 2TB)
Q Stylusα: 3 GB RAM / 32 GB ROM / microSD (up to 2TB)
16MP Super Wide Angle (f1.9/107°) + 16MP Standard Angle (f1.6/71°)
8MP Wide Angle (f1.9/80°)
Rear: 16MP with PDAF;
Front: 8MP or 5MP with Super Wide Angle
Rear: 16MP with PDAF
Front: 8MP or 5MP with Super Wide Angle
Rear: 13MP with PDAF
Front: 5MP with Super Wide Angle
Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 Technology, Wireless Charging
Fast Charging support
|OS||Android 8.0 Oreo||Android 8.0 Oreo|
|Size||151.7 x 75.4 x 7.3 mm||160.15 x 77.75 x 8.4 mm|
|Network||LTE-A 4 Band CA||LTE / 3G / 2G|
|Connectivity||Wireless 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0 BLE, NFC, USB Type-C 2.0 (3.1 compatible)||Wireless 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, USB Type-C 2.0 (3.0 compatible)|
|Colors||New Aurora Black, New Platinum Gray||Q Stylus+: Aurora Black, Moroccan Blue, Lavender Violet
Q Stylus: Aurora Black, Moroccan Blue
Q Stylusα: Moroccan Blue
|Colors||AI CAM, AI Haptic, Super Bright Camera, Super Far Field Voice Recognition, Googles Lens, IP68 Water and Dust Resistant, MIL-STD 810G Compliant, 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC, DTS:X 3D Surround Sound, HDR10, Crystal Clear Lens, Google Daydream, Voice Recognition, Face Recognition, Fingerprint Sensor, FM Radio||Stylus Pen, QLens, DTS:X 3D Surround Sound, IP68 Water and Dust Resistance, Google Assistant, Fingerprint Scanner, Smart Rear Key, MIL-STD 810G Compliant, FM Radio|
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