$1,800 LG V35 Signature Edition Phone Coming In August: Report

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A new luxury edition of the LG V35 ThinQ is in the works, with the Seoul-based smartphone maker planning to unveil it next month, Asia Business Daily reports, citing sources close to the company. The device may be advertised as the LG V35 Signature Edition, though it's presently unclear whether it will also include the ThinQ moniker. A handset with a more generic "LG Signature Edition" moniker was already launched by the firm last December and was effectively a luxury revamp of the LG V30, priced at the equivalent of $1,800. The upcoming handset is expected to cost the same, though it's presently unclear how limited its availability ends up being. Only 300 units of the 2017 LG Signature Edition were produced, with none of them making their way to any stores as they were quickly reserved through pre-orders.

The last luxurious Android handset from the company was launched exclusively in its home country of South Korea and its successor is likely to follow suit, though some units may end up being resold internationally. The device is said to be made of scratch-resistant materials which weren't named but possibly include ceramics seeing how the LG Signature Edition had a zirconium ceramic rear plate. 6GB of RAM will also be part of the package, together with 256GB of flash memory expandable by up to 256GB of extra storage via a microSD card tray, as per the same report. The handset itself may also avoid using the ThinQ moniker as LG's other Signature products such as home appliances and TVs are traditionally advertised separately from any other offerings produced by the South Korean firm, having been envisioned as the OEM's ultra-premium brand of consumer electronics.

The LG V35 Signature Edition will also be sold alongside a promise of an exclusive after-sales service, as well as other benefits meant to ensure a high-end customer experience, insiders claim. In terms of performance, the device should be similar to the regular V35 which the phone maker introduced earlier this summer. LG's next flagship targeting global availability is expected to be announced in September, coming in the form of the V40 ThinQ. Recent rumors suggested the handset will feature five cameras in total and be released worldwide in October.

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