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LG V35 ThinQ vs. LG V30: An in-house competition

01 June 2018 5

Traditionally LG announces two flagships every year. In the first half of the year, LG updates their G-lineup whereas the V-lineup flagship is usually scheduled in the second half of the year. The V-lineup flagships from LG are usually media-centric smartphones with superb audio and video capabilities. However, since last year, LG is trying to reduce the gap between G and V-lineup devices to make the V series a strong alternative to phablets from Samsung, Apple, Huawei and other companies.

LG announced the flagship V30 in last quarter of 2017. Later on at MWC 2018, LG announced an iterative variant of V30 as V30S ThinQ with a number of AI features. These features were rolled out to V30 via a software update. Now the South Korean giant is back once again with a new variant of V30 as V35 ThinQ. The new V35 ThinQ brings a lot more than just software update instead it brings certain hardware upgrades to make a worthy phablet of 2018.

For sure who already own the V30 would like to know whether they should upgrade to the latest V35 ThinQ or not. We are hopeful our comparison will certainly help you better understand the new additions LG V35 ThinQ is bringing over the predecessor and also whether the latest V35 ThinQ is indeed a worthy upgrade or not. Without any further delay, let's start with the design of both the devices.

75.4 x 151.7 x 7.3 mm
6 inches - 2880x1440 px
75.4 x 151.7 x 7.39 mm
6 inches - 2880x1440 px
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Design

You can't differentiate the devices on the basis of looks and feel unless you read the V35 ThinQ branding on the rear side. In terms of looks, both the devices are identical. Both the devices have metal and glass sandwich design. Up front, there is a fairly large display of 6.0-inches with minimal bezels around the edges. The rear side has dual cameras setup placed horizontally in the center with fingerprint scanner below it. For connectivity both the devices has USB-C port on the bottom and the 3.5mm headphone jack is on the top edge.

Both the devices are IP68 certified which means you can take risk dunking them under 1.5 meters deep water for 30 minutes without any damage. The V30 rear glass was protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 whereas the V35 ThinQ comes with slightly older Corning Gorilla Glass 4. Although the Gorilla Glass 5 provides more strength against the drops at the same time it was more prone to scratches as opposed to Gorilla Glass 4. This surely one of the reason behind opting Gorilla Glass 4 for the V35 ThinQ.

The V30 dimensions are 151.7 x 75.4 x 7.3mm and it weighs 158g whereas the V35 ThinQ measurements are 151.7 x 75.4 x 7.3mm and it is 1g lighter. The only visual difference between the two devices is color options, the V30 was available in rose, blue, violet, silver and black whereas you can grab V35 ThinQ only in gray and black.

Display

In the display department, there isn't a single change. Both the devices have a 6.0-inches OLED display panel with Quad HD+ screen resolution of 1440 x 2880 pixels. The display aspect ratio is 2:1 and the pixels density is 538 pixels-per-inch. It is quite understandable considering V30 features one of the best display that's why the company didn't bring any upgrade in the display section. We can easily claim the V30 and V35 ThinQ are featuring one of the best display in the market with HDR support. In this race both the devices are on the same level.

Hardware

With each passing year, one of the key upgrades to the latest smartphones is indeed related to the latest most powerful chipset under the hood. Like always LG once again opted the latest Qualcomm's chipset for their flagship device. Under the hood, the V35 ThinQ is powered up by the Qualcomm's Octa-core Snapdragon 845 chipset which is 25% more efficient on paper than the last year's Snapdragon 835 which is powering the LG V30.

As both the chipsets are from the premium category that's why we didn't found any lag of performance even on the V30. Having the latest best hardware is always a plus point. It is important to mention that users may not find any key difference between the two devices on normal usage. You will get the real difference when you put both the devices in tough scenarios with hefty multi-tasking workload. As a daily driver, the difference between the two devices is quite subtle.

The V35 ThinQ comes with 6GB of RAM whereas the V30 has 4GB RAM on board. Once again whether you require 6GB RAM or not it totally depends on your usage. if you do continuous multi-tasking with a number of apps open at a time, the more RAM will certainly help you perform tasks slightly quicker. The base variant of both the devices has 64GB native storage which is further expandable via MicroSD card. There is a top-tier variant with 128GB native storage but it will be available in few regions only.

In terms of RAW power, the V35 ThinQ certainly has an upper hand due to latest SoC and more RAM on board. So if you are looking for a powerhouse the V35 ThinQ is a better choice as opposed to V30.

Specs LG V35 ThinQ LG V30
Display 6.0-inches 6.0-inches
Screen resolution 1440 x 2880 pixels 1440 x 2880 pixels
Chipset Snapdragon 845 Snapdragon 835
RAM 6GB 4GB
Storage 64GB Expandable via MicroSD 64GB Expandable via MicroSD
Rear cameras 16+16MP 16+13MP
Front camera 8MP 5M
USB Type-C Type-C
3.5mm headphone jack Yes Ye
IP68 Yes Yes
OS Android Oreo Android Nougat 7.1.1(Oreo rolled out)
Battery 3,300mAh 3,300mAh
Battery

Once again like the display, both the devices battery cell and charging tech are exactly same. Both the device's lights are kept on by a 3,300mAH battery cell and both support Qualcomm's Quick charge 3.0 fast charging tech. The devices charges from 0 to 50% in just 30 minutes. Thanks to glass rear panels both the devices support Qi Wireless charging.

Camera

In the camera section LG brought minor upgrades with the V35 ThinQ, So you will find it better than the predecessor. The primary rear snapper is 16MP with f/1.6 aperture whereas the secondary sensor is a wide-angle 16MP module with f/1.9 aperture. The V30's primary sensor remains same but it comes with 13MP wide-angle sensor. Up front, the selfie camera on the V35 ThinQ is an 8MP sensor with f/1.9 aperture whereas the V30's selfie camera is 5MP with f/2.2 aperture. The V35 ThinQ selfie camera will capture more light during low-light conditions.

As mentioned above both the devices are media-centric devices, sometimes people claim the V in the branding is meant for video capabilities. Both the devices support 4K recording at 30fps. In slow-motion video capturing capability the V30 can record HD video at 120fps whereas the V35 ThinQ can record HD videos at 240fps. Both the devices have Cine Mode feature which brings a number of options to capture videos.

The V35 ThinQ is pre-loaded with a number of AI features including QScan, AI Cam, and new bright mode to enhance the device capturing capabilities. The AI cam automatically detects 19 different scenes to provide the best shot with optimized camera setting. Once the camera detects the scene it automatically changes settings accordingly. The V35 ThinQ also features Google Lens support which allows the device to identify landmarks, scan texts and much more. However, all these aforementioned AI features are already rolled out to V30 owners with a software update.

Software

As OS the V30 is pre-installed with Android Nougat 7.1.2, later on, the device is updated Android Oreo 8.0. On the other hand, the V35 ThinQ is running on Android Oreo straight out of the box and we can expect it to receive Android P in next few months. Both the devices have LG's custom UI layer over the stock OS with a number of customization options. Being the latest the V35 ThinQ not only will receive updates earlier but also for a longer period of time.

Price

As far as pricing is a concern the V35 ThinQ will be up for pre-orders from June 1st at a price tag of $900 with a release from June 8. In the US the device will be available from Google Project Fi and AT&T only. On the other hand, the V30 is currently available at $800 and all major US carriers including Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, and AT&T are offering the device.

So if you spend $100 more you will get the latest chipset, more RAM, improved camera and latest OS straight out of the box. However, you can grab the V30 at the lower price tag on special deals.

Conclusion

Both the devices shares a lot of aspects including aesthetics, design, display, software, battery and much more. Both the devices support Google Daydream which means both are eligible to support virtual reality content. The V35 ThinQ features a new “Super Far-Field Voice Recognition” which LG introduced with the G7 ThinQ. It allows the device to listen to the user's voice command from a distance up to 17 feet away.

Overall both the devices are quite similar in many aspects and in few areas the V35 ThinQ takes the minor lead over it. In our view, if you already own the V30 the new upgrades to the V35 ThinQ are certainly not worthy enough to upgrade. In the end, we would like to hear our readers thoughts regarding the V35 ThinQ vs V30 in the comments section below. Stay tuned.

(last update 13 August 2018 @ 13:48)

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