LG’s Galaxy Note-series rival will be unveiled in a matter of a couple of months from now, and at the time when Samsung is going all out to impress its loyal customers and pro users alike, we will have to see what its South Korean counterpart will end up offering consumers ahead of the holiday season. LG has always focussed on offering pro-quality audio setup and competing cameras on its V-series smartphones.
We had revealed the most credible images of the LG V40 ThinQ earlier than anyone else. It was reportedly codenamed ‘Storm’. The most interesting aspect of the phone could its penta-camera imaging setup, with two cameras at the front and three camera sensors at the rear. While it was earlier rumoured to be unveiled sometime in October 2018, going by the information we have at the moment, the successor to the LG V35 ThinQ could be unveiled sometime in November 2018, just during the holiday season, but we have already had a first possible look at what could be the design of the LG V40 ThinQ. Let’s have a look at everything we know so far about the upcoming smartphone.
The latest LG V40 news
LG V40 ThinQ Receives FCC Certification - 11 September, 2018
The LG V40 ThinQ has received the mandatory FCC certification in the US, bringing it closer to its launch. The certification documents don't reveal any additional information other than the phone's FCC ID and model number....View more
LG V40 ThinQ Receives GCF Certification - 10 September, 2018
The LG V40 ThinQ has also received the Global Certification Forum (GCF) certification ahead of its launch. The certification documents mention the phone's model number (LM-V405UA) and codename Storm Plus....View more
LG V40 Specifications Leak, Allegedly Features Five Cameras, Snapdragon 845, Stereo BoomBox Speakers - 02 September, 2018
A new report from tech publication AndroidPit claims that the upcoming flagship smartphone from LG is filled up to the brim with expensive features. It reportedly features a 6.4-inch QHD+ P-OLED screen, Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, 6GB RAM, 128GB internal storage, 12MP+16MP+12MP triple-camera setup at the rear, 8MP+5MP dual-camera setup at the front, Quad-DAC, stereo BoomBox speakers, IP68 certification, and 3300mAh battery....View more
LG V4 ThinQ CAD-Based Renders & Video Leak - 27 August, 2018
CAD-based renders and 360-degree video of the LG V40 ThinQ has been released by SlashLeaks, in collaboration with OnLeaks. According to these renders, the phone will feature a 6.3-inch screen. The design also shows three rear-facing camera sensors, two front-facing camera sensors, a fingerprint reader at the back of the phone, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a USB Type-C port....View more
LG V40 ThinQ: 3D Render Video
LG V40 ThinQ: Specifications We Know So Far
The LG V40 ThinQ will most probably feature a 6.0-inch P-OLED screen with QHD+ screen and 19.5:9 aspect ratio. However, there’s a visible downgrade, at least as far as what we think, no thanks to the notched screen. There’s a chance of the screen being protected by the newly announced Gorilla Glass 6 from Corning. Expect the phone to be compatible with HDR10 and Dolby Vision standards for enhanced video viewing experience.
Inside, the LG V40 ThinQ will most probably come equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor with an octa-core CPU (4x 2.8GHz Kryo 385 Gold CPU + 4x 1.7GHz Kryo 385 Silver CPU) and Adreno 540 GPU. According to early reports, the phone will feature 6GB of LP-DDR4X RAM and at least 64GB of internal storage space and a microSD card slot. There could be a 128GB storage variant as well. The phone should come with Android 9.0 Pie pre-installed with a newer version of LG UX interface.
There should be a triple-camera at the rear and a dual-camera at the front. The LG V40 ThinQ will keep the Hi-Fi Quad-DAC, something that has always been a part of LG’s high-end phones since the LG G5. It will feature a 3.5mm headphone jack and stereo boombox speakers, an upgrade from G7 ThinQ’s single boombox speaker, as per a report from AndroidPit. There is a USB Type-C port at the bottom and a hybrid dual-SIM card slot on the left side of the phone. Most LG V series phones in the past have come packed with 3300mAh batteries, which is a lower capacity than most high-end phones these days. It would be great if LG can upgrade to a closer-to-4000mAh battery with the V40 ThinQ, especially since recent LG phones have showcased average or below-par battery life.
LG V40 ThinQ: Design
As we exclusively revealed in our report, the design of the LG V40 ThinQ is largely similar to that of the LG G7 and the previous LG V series smartphones, except the presence of the triple-camera setup at the rear and the screen notch at the front. The build remains the same: glass-and-metal sandwich design. From the looks of it, at the front, the LG V40 ThinQ will have a screen which covers most of the front fascia of the phone, with curved edges on the right and left side. At the top, there’s very thin bezel, with the only sizeable part left in the form of a screen notch where the earpiece and the dual-front-facing camera setup. There’s a small chin below the screen. The phone will measure 158.7 x 75.8 x 7.79mm and weigh 169g. From the front, if you let go of the notch, it almost looks like the Samsung Galaxy S9.
At the rear, it all starts getting interesting. With the V40 ThinQ, LG is moving to a Huawei P20 Pro-like triple-camera setup. However, it’s laid out horizontally, unlike the P20 Pro and the recently unveiled OPPO R17 Pro. There’s an LED flash but the laser autofocus unit which has been present in the company’s high-end smartphone series for the past three years seems to be missing. Below the triple-camera setup, there is a circular-shaped fingerprint reader. There’s the V40 ThinQ branding and the LG branding. On the right side of the phone, there’s the power button. On the left side of the phone, there are three buttons: two volume controllers and one other button of which we’re not sure of. We think that it could be a multi-function button that summons Google Assistant, similar to what LG has done with the G7 ThinQ.
Good thing, LG will not ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack (just yet), unless the company has a change of heart before the release. However, that’s unlikely to happen so late in the development cycle. Moreover, the phone could also be IP68-certified for dust and water resistance. Whether or not it would be MIL-STD810G compatible (something we absolutely love about LG’s premium phones) remains to be seen.
LG V40 ThinQ: Will It Be A Good Upgrade From LG V35 ThinQ?
The LG V40 ThinQ will come with a screen that’s similar to that of the V30, V30s ThinQ and the LG V35s ThinQ, but it will have a notch. There are two ways to think (pun intended) about it. It will bring a higher screen to body ratio but also a notch that gets in the way. However, LG’s way of handling a screen notch is much better than what Apple offers. I am okay with a notch as long as it doesn’t come between me and the game I am playing or the video I am watching. If you’re someone who hates a screen notch, no matter what, then the V40 ThinQ doesn’t look like a good upgrade from previous-generation LG V series phones.
The processor will remain the same, and so will RAM and storage. The two things that will most probably be upgraded are the camera setup and loudspeakers. The V40 ThinQ will come with a triple-camera setup at the rear and stereo BoomBox loudspeakers. The battery life should remain the same unless LG gets aggressive in winning back customers from Samsung and OnePlus. So, coming from the V35 ThinQ, the camera is one thing that could force you to upgrade to the V40 ThinQ. If you can resist, you should most probably be able to stick to the good-old V35 ThinQ, for a few months more.
LG V40 ThinQ: Move Towards A Triple Camera Setup
In the rear-facing imaging setup, the camera sensor in the middle appears to have a wider opening, and that could be due to a wider aperture or a larger sensor size or both at once. As per a new report, the LG V40 ThinQ will come bearing a 12MP primary sensor with ƒ/1.5 aperture and 1.4μm pixels. The secondary camera sensor will reportedly feature 16MP resolution with ƒ/1.9 aperture, 1.0μm pixels, and a possible ultra-wide-angle lens. The third camera sensor on the phone’s rear will reportedly have 12MP resolution, ƒ/2.4 aperture, 1.0μm pixels and 2x optical zoom equivalent field of view. At the front, the phone will reportedly come with an 8MP+5MP dual-camera setup.
Finally, the phone should be able to record 4K videos at 60fps, just like the G7 ThinQ, Galaxy S9 duo, Galaxy Note 9, HTC U12+, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, Mi 8, Mi 8 Explorer’s Edition, OnePlus 6, and the ROG Phone. The V40 ThinQ should also be capable of recording 1080p videos at 30fps and 60fps, and 720p videos at 240fps (slow-motion).
LG V40 ThinQ: How Could It Be Compared To Galaxy Note 9?
The Galaxy Note 9 features a larger screen (at 6.4-inch) than that of the LG V40 ThinQ. It’s also known to be brighter and more colour accurate, with no blotching issues to be seen. The processing power should be similar, and performance, too, thanks to the Snapdragon 845 chipset and 6GB of RAM. Storage freaks will be impressed with the Galaxy Note 9’s 512GB storage variant offering. However, most people should be satisfied with the V40 ThinQ’s 64GB and 128GB storage variants and there will be a microSD card slot as well.
Coming to the design, both phones feature a glass-and-metal build, with curved edge screens. Both phones are IP68 certified for dust and water resistance. The S Pen could become a deciding factor while making a purchase decision between the two. Even if you’re not a fan of jotting down notes or scribbling on your phone’s screen, the new S Pen should be helpful in a lot of scenarios such as clicking an image (group pictures or self-portraits) from far away, skipping music, scrolling a webpage, or controlling presentations. Both phones will feature stereo speakers and 3.5mm headphone jack. LG’s Hi-Fi Quad-DAC can win you over if you’re an audiophile.
In the imaging department, the LG V40 ThinQ appears to be a more flexible solution, thanks to an additional ultra-wide-angle camera. Both phones can record 4K videos at 60fps. While the Note 9 can record 720p slow-motion videos at an impressive 960fps, I don’t like the overall quality and the execution of this mode. Connectivity should be similar on both phones. The battery capacity on the Note 9 appears to be much higher, at 4000mAh, but as I noted in my review, it’s average in practice, lasting me just one day of usage with 4-5 hours of screen-on time. However, extras like the S Pen and Samsung Pay can attract some consumers towards them. In LG’s defence, the V40 ThinQ will feature a triple-camera setup at the rear, a well-placed fingerprint reader, Android 9.0 Pie out of the box, and a much cheaper price to boot
LG V40 ThinQ: What Colours Could It Be Offered In?
Similar to the LG G7 ThinQ and the LG V30, the LG V40 ThinQ could most probably be offered in four colours — black, blue, grey, and red — just like the LG G7 ThinQ, but we will know for sure only after the phone’s unveiling.