LG 21 May
The G7 ThinQ is still one of the latest flagship smartphones but the South Korean giant took the stage once again to announce another powerful flagship V35 ThinQ. This time instead of unveiling a brand new smartphone the company announced another iterative variant of last year's V30. The new smartphone is announced as V35 ThinQ. Despite having a new name it still retains a lot of aspects of its predecessor.
Surprisingly this year LG launched three flagships in just five months. At the MWC 2018, the company announced V30 ThinQ as an iterative variant of V30 with the same hardware and AI support under ThinQ branding. Later on, in April the company launched their second flagship smartphone G7 ThinQ. After the G7 ThinQ announcement the company took just a few weeks to launch V35 ThinQ. The new iteration of V30 not only brings AI prowess but also the company brought upgraded hardware.
For sure if you an LG fan and looking forward to grabbing a new flagship smartphone, you will consider both the G7 ThinQ and V35 ThinQ. Both the devices have a lot of aspects common and yet there are many aspects which differentiates both from each other. We are hopeful our comparison will certainly help out our readers to better understand the real differences and similarities of both the devices. Without any further delay, let's start with the design of both the devices.
The G7 ThinQ wasn't a refreshing change from LG in terms of design. The company retained somewhat similar design like the predecessor but brought few refinements. For instance, the G7 Thing features a notch at the top of the display, unlike the complete bezel. The chassis is made up of aluminum with glass covering the rear side. The first prominent change on the rear side is dual cameras setup is aligned vertically in the center with fingerprint scanner below it.
The overall feel of G7 ThinQ isn't much changed from the predecessor. The inclusion of notch and dual vertical cameras certainly gives the G7 ThinQ a new look to remain latest in the 2018 flagships. However, these two changes are certainly not enough to make it the best-looking smartphone. The G7 ThinQ comes with two extra dedicated buttons, for the first time LG introduced a separate power button as well as a dedicated button for the Google Assistant.
On the other hand, the V35 ThinQ is also featuring a glass and metal sandwich design. However the design language isn't brand new at all, we are seeing the same design since the V30 and V30S. For sure despite being one of the best designs of 2017, it lacks lust for 2018. It comes with complete bezels and dual horizontally placed rear cameras set up.
The V35 ThinQ fingerprint scanner is on the rear side below the camera modules. The G7 ThinQ glass rear is more resistant to drops as opposed to V35 ThinQ but also it attracts more scratches. The G7 ThinQ has Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection whereas the V35 ThinQ comes with Gorilla Glass 4. Being the latest flagships both the devices have an IP68 certification which provides resistance up to 1.5 meters deep water for 30 minutes without any damage.
Both the devices have the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack and USB-C port for connectivity and charging. The G7 ThinQ design is relatively new thanks to notch at the front that's why it is more interesting as opposed to V35 ThinQ.
If you like large display smartphones only then both LG V35 ThinQ and G7 ThinQ will attract you. Both the devices are packed with family large display panels thanks to sleek bezels around the edges. The slim bezels and extended aspect ratio certainly help the company to fit in a large display in compact bodies.
The G7 ThinQ comes with a 6.1-inches display with Quad HD+ screen resolution of 1440 x 3120 pixels. Its a Super LCD display panel with an aspect ratio of 18.7:9 and the pixels density is 564 pixels-per-inch. On the other hand, the V35 ThinQ retains the 6.0-inches display panel with Quad HD+ screen resolution of 1440 x 2880 pixels. The display aspect ratio is 2:1 and the pixels density is 537 pixels-per-inch. The difference in terms of pixels density isn't noticeable with the naked eye.
However, the difference lies in the display panel tech. The G7 ThinQ comes with Super LCD panel whereas the display panel on the V35 ThinQ is an OLED screen. Despite being one of the best LCD panels, the G7 ThinQ doesn't bring the awesomeness of OLED screen. One area where G7 ThinQ takes lead is the maximum brightness. LG introduced Super Bright Mode under which the device brightness level reaches up to 1,000 nits which means the display is bright enough to be easily used even under direct sunlight.
The notch is something which isn't liked by everyone that's why the company allows the user to turn it off via settings with a black bar. Either you will get the goodies of OLED display or Super Bright display which works great even in direct sunlight.
Once again as both the devices are announced within three months that's why you won't find any key difference between the hardware of the two devices. In terms of performance and hardware, both the devices are almost similar. The Qualcomm's latest Octa-core Snapdragon 845 chipset is powering the device. This SoC is powering almost all flagships announced so far this year. It is ultra fast in handling HIFI multi-tasking and games.
The G7 ThinQ Octa-core SoC is accompanied with 4GB RAM whereas the V35 ThinQ has 6GB RAM. Both the device's base variant have 64GB storage whereas the top of the line variant has 128GB memory but it is exclusive for few regions only. Both the devices support memory expansion via MicroSD card. Both the devices are powerhouses so no matter which smartphone you opt you won't disappoint with the performance of a smartphone.
|Specs||LG G7 ThinQ||LG V35 ThinQ|
|Screen resolution||1440 x 3120 pixels||1440 x 2880 pixels|
|Chipset||Snapdragon 845||Snapdragon 845|
|Rear cameras||Dual 16MP||Dual 16MP|
|3.5mm headphone jack||Yes||Yes|
|OS||Android Oreo 8.1||Android Oreo 8.1|
One of the most criticized aspects of G7 ThinQ was its battery cell because LG reduced the battery cell to 3,000mAh. However, the battery cell was optimized pretty well as it lasts more than one day on single charge. On the other hand, the V30 ThinQ lights are kept on by a 3,300mAH battery cell. A 10% larger battery cell with the OLED display will certainly help the V35 ThinQ to last slightly longer.
Both the devices support Qualcomm's QuickCharge 3.0 for fast charging. Thanks to glass rear both support Qi Wireless charging. The larger battery cell and OLED display screen make the V35 ThinQ a better option than G7 ThinQ.
The camera setup is also one of those few aspects in which LG brought upgrades for the V35 ThinQ. LG V35 ThinQ features the same camera setup we already saw on the G7 ThinQ. The rear side has dual cameras setup of 16MP. The primary sensor is a normal 16MP sensor with f/1.6 aperture whereas the secondary 16MP sensor is a wide-angle module with f/1.9 aperture. Both the sensors are quite great in capturing during daylight conditions. However, in the low-light conditions, the results are not quite great.
LG tried to resolve the low-light capturing issue by introducing a Super Bright Mode which enhances the lightening conditions in low-light scenarios but still the results are not amongst the best. Both the cameras feature AI support to enhance the capturing capabilities. Both the devices are pre-loaded with three new modes including Bright Mode, QScan, and AI Cam. The QScan allows the user to scan QR codes.
In the AI Cam mode, the cameras detect 19 different scenes to optimize the camera according to the situation. For instance, if you capturing food the cameras will automatically adjust exposure, contrast, and lightening to make sure the device captures great shots every time. Both the devices have Google Lens support which also helps the camera to identify landmarks to better optimize the camera results. In the video section both the devices are capable to shot 4K videos at 30 frames per second. The devices also support slow-motion HD video recording at 120 frames per second.
The selfie camera on both the devices is 8MP with f/1.9 aperture. In the camera department, both the devices are pretty much on par with each other.
As expected both the devices are pre-installed with the same version of Android Oreo 8.0 with same custom UI layer over it. Both have few bloatware apps from LG to enhance the user experience. There is a number of customization options as well. Being the flagship smartphone you can expect both the devices will receive new software updates for next couple of years. Most likely both will be amongst the first LG smartphones to receive the Android P.
LG introduces BoomBox speaker with the G7 ThinQ, it uses the device internal portion as a resonance chamber to provide next level Bass experience. It is certainly one of the best smartphones in the market for those who like to have audio experience with top-level Bass. The V35 ThinQ lacks this feature but it features Quad DAC and virtual surround system to provide top quality audio experience.
The G7 ThinQ was up for pre-orders for weeks and hit the stores on June 1st. The device was announced at a price tag of $750. All the US carriers except AT&T are offering the device. On the other hand, the V35 ThinQ pre-orders kicked off from June 1st with a release from June 8. The device is available at a price tag of $900 and in the US only AT&T is offering carrier bound variant. The V35 ThinQ is also available on Project Fi network as well.
Despite the fact the V35 ThinQ is the LG's latest best and most expensive flagship still on paper the G7 ThinQ is a better choice in many aspects. The G7 ThinQ takes lead in strikingly beautiful design, Super Bright display, amazing cameras, latest OS and superb audio setup. On the other hand, the V35 ThinQ features OLED display, a larger battery cell and more RAM on board. However, all these features cost users $150.
In the end, we would like to hear our readers thoughts regarding the G7 ThinQ vs V35 ThinQ in the comments section below. Stay tuned for more comparisons and previews.
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