Here’s absolutely everything we know about the LG V35 ThinQ

The upcoming LG V35 ThinQ will look nearly identical to the V30

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It’s not been long since LG released the LG V30S ThinQ, but it seems that we can already expect another update to LG’s V-range within the next month or so. The LG V35 ThinQ is coming, and here’s what you can expect from it.

Design

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If you’re one of the many people who finds the idea of a notch on an Android phone off-putting, then it should be welcome news that the LG V35 ThinQ is omitting this design feature. In late May, a purported image of the upcoming LG V35 ThinQ appeared on SlashLeaks. It shows a device that looks very similar to last year’s LG V30, right down to the horizontally mounted camera lenses on its back. Earlier in the month we got our first look at the phone via a render that looks nearly identical to the the newest image.

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According to this report, unlike the G7 ThinQ, the V35 ThinQ will have a FullVision, 18:9 aspect ratio on a 6-inch OLED display, without a notch. This is shown in the leaked picture above. It’s expected to provide an 80-percent screen-to-body ratio and a 2,880 x 1,440 resolution — something that was backed up by recent leaks.

It also sounds as if the general style is being made to ape last year’s edge-to-edge LG phones, which is no bad thing. Sources are particularly insistent that LG is pursuing a one-handed operation ethos, and may claim that the phone is ergonomically designed to offer lightweight, single-handed operation. That’s similar to the line it pursued with the LG G6, and it may be where LG envisions the V35 ThinQ to sit in this year’s product range.

LG is expected to offer two color choices at launch — black and gray. While that may seem a little boring, a “premium glossy finish” may give the phone a little more style than the colors initially suggest.

Specs

We expected that the LG V35 ThinQ would be likely to come with similar specs to other recent flagships, but according to the latest leaks we might not have realised how true that would be.

The revealed specs show that the LG V35 ThinQ’s internals may be nearly the same as the LG G7 ThinQ.  LG is likely saving a little bit of money by reusing components from the G7 on the V35 — but honestly, that’s not the worst thing in the world. It’s also worth noting that spec sheets are very easy to fake, so it might not be worth putting all your money on these specs — though we’ll admit they seem likely.

So what should you expect in terms of overall specs for the LG V35 ThinQ? According to leaked spec sheet on SlashLeaks, it looks like the phone will feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, 6GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage. An earlier leak said the V35 would feature a 128GB storage capacity, but we believe the 64GB configuration seems more realistic.

In addition to a pretty sweet processor and RAM configuration, the LG V35 ThinQ may also ship with a chunky 3,300mAh battery. While it doesn’t have quite the battery capacity of some other flagships on the market, it should be plenty to get you through the day.

Camera

It should be of no surprise that LG is expected to include two cameras on the back of the LG V35 ThinQ. That’s been the trend over the past few years, and we now expect our higher-end phones to have at least two camera lenses on the back (shout-out to the Huawei P20’s three lenses). The V35 ThinQ is expected to have two 16-megapixel lenses with f/1.6 and f/1.9 apertures. They will be slightly different though — the first is reputed to have 10-bit HDR compatibility for better color capture, while the second will have a similar wide-angle lens as the LG V30 — except with a slightly reduced wide-angle of 107-degrees.

And if a leaked spec sheet on SlashLeaks is to be believed, the LG V35 ThinQ will feature a front-facing camera with an 8-megapixel lens that has an f/1.9 aperture.

Most of the sources are agreeing on these cameras, so these specs seem pretty set in stone for the moment. It looks to be a pretty solid camera suite on paper, and we’ve been impressed with LG’s camera offerings before, so we’re reasonably confident that LG will hit all the right buttons this time around.

Release date

When will the LG V35 ThinQ arrive? It’s possible the phone will be an exclusive to AT&T in the U.S., and will be sold by the carrier instead of the LG G7 ThinQ. AT&T says it will launch a new LG device this summer, which will not be available elsewhere, but has not named the mystery phone. Before this, it was speculated the LG V35 ThinQ would be revealed in May — or about the same time as the updated LG G7 ThinQ.

This would be a break from tradition, as updates to the V range have previously happened at the opposite end of the year to the G-range, and with the LG V40 ThinQ also due to arrive later this year, the V35 ThinQ would seem to be in an odd place. However, LG has spoken about plans to release more phones, potentially with fewer major alterations, at shorter annual intervals.

Artificial intelligence

The “ThinQ” in the V35’s name also signifies we can expect the artificial intelligence from the V30S ThinQ to return, and that means some additional camera smarts. The A.I. Cam, which debuted on the V30S ThinQ, is capable of recognizing objects within the camera’s scope, and altering the shot settings to give the best possible result — including “Bright Mode,” which increases the brightness of an image, but reduces the megapixel count. This sort of A.I. assistance is similar to Huawei’s latest camera tech, and we’re hoping that LG has managed to speed the process up a little — it was a little slow on the V30S ThinQ.

However, your phone will apparently also be able to hear you from farther away. If rumors are correct about the voice recognition tech inside the V35 ThinQ, then the voice assistant should be able to hear you from a distance of up to seventeen feet away.

Updated on May 24, 2018: Added full specs and leaked image.