(Pocket-lint) - LG has officially announced the V35 ThinQ as successor to the V30S ThinQ and stopgap until the V40 ThinQ. The company has previously said it would release variant models of existing phones, rather than brand new models, and the V35 ThinQ is an example.
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There aren't many huge changes between this phone and the V30S ThinQ in terms of design, but instead some changes under the hood make it more powerful than the model it replaces. The biggest upgrade is to the latest Snapdragon 845 processor, which will make the V35 ThinQ faster than before and make it more power efficient.
The improved efficiency will be handy as the phone keeps the same 3,300mAh battery and 6-inch 18:9 QHD+ OLED display, so powering all those pixels should now result in a few extra hours of life. Elsewhere, things are pretty much the same: IP68 water- and dust-proofing, 6GB RAM with 64/128GB storage options and Gorilla Glass 5 protection.
LG has also made some changes to the dual camera system on the V35 ThinQ. You now get two 16-megapixel lenses as opposed to a 16- and a 13-megapixel on the V30S ThinQ. The camera on the V35 is the same as that on the G7 ThinQ, meaning you get standard and Super Wide Angle configurations.
The front-facing camera gets a bump up too, from 5-megapixel to 8. LG's AI Cam software is one of the main aspects of the ThinQ series, with ThinQ devices being heavily AI-driven. AI Cam features 19 shooting modes, so when you point the camera at a subject, it will intelligently work out what it is you want to take a photo of and adjust the shooting settings so you get the best possible shot.
The V35 ThinQ also gets LG's Super Bright Camera technology for improved low-light photos. Other AI smarts to come to the V35 ThinQ include Google Lens, which is able to provide information on objects such as landmarks and animals, simply by pointing the camera at them.
The press images we'd previously seen of the V35 ThinQ came from AT&T in the US, leading us to believe it would be an exclusive for the mobile operator. However, LG hasn't given any details of this, but has said it will launch in the Americas in June, with markets in Asia, Middle East and Africa to follow. Sorry UK.