The LG V40 ThinQ was unveiled in New York today, on October 04 and the handset comes with a triple rear camera as well as a dual front camera. Not just that, it is also powered by a flagship Snapdragon chipset, and gets a tall and notched Optic OLED display. But is the phone, starting at a high price of $920, a truly tough challenger to existing and popular flagship handsets, especially, those with tall 6.4-inch displays? Read on for our detailed comparison of the LG V40 ThinQ with the irresistibly attractive Oppo Find X and the wholesome Samsung Galaxy Note 9.
LG V40 ThinQ vs Oppo Find X vs Samsung Galaxy Note 9: Design, Display
The first thing you would notice in comparing the design and display of these three handsets is that the Oppo Find X is the only phone here that provides a completely bezel-free experience. The LG V40 ThinQ has a 6.4-inch notched Optic OLED display, the Oppo Find X has a 6.42-inch bezel-less AMOLED display, and the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 sports a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display with thin bezels on the top and bottom but none on the sides.
All three handsets, as you can see, have a tall display measuring almost the same. They all get Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection and glass backs, with the LG handset weighing the least at 169 grams, while the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is the heaviest at 201 grams. However, the Oppo Find X is thicker than the other two, measuring 9.4 mm, perhaps because it houses a pop-up slider that fits the front and rear cameras.
LG V40 ThinQ vs Oppo Find X vs Samsung Galaxy Note 9: Hardware, Performance
The handsets here are all premium, so it is no surprise that all of them are powered by the same Qualcomm flagship chipset, the octa-core Snapdragon 845. The LG phone gets only a 6GB RAM, while the Oppo Find X comes only in 8GB RAM. The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 gives you both options, 6GB of RAM and 8GB of RAM, with the latter variant getting a massive 512GB of internal storage. Only the Oppo Find X skips on the microSD card slot, instead providing two internal storage options: 128GB and 256GB. If you want a dedicated microSD card slot, you would have to go for the LG phone, as the Galaxy Note here has a Hybrid dual SIM setup.
LG V40 ThinQ vs Oppo Find X vs Samsung Galaxy Note 9: Software
All three of these handsets get a software skin based on Android 8.1 Oreo. The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 has a Samsung Experience 9.5 software that comes with the Bixby voice assistant, the LG V40 ThinQ gets LG UX 7.0+ and the Oppo Find X gets ColorOS 5.1. You can read our detailed expert review of the Oppo Find X here and that of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 here.
LG V40 ThinQ vs Oppo Find X vs Samsung Galaxy Note 9: Camera
The LG V40 ThinQ gets a triple rear camera and a dual front camera, so it has a neat lead over the other two in this comparison. The LG handset has a 12MP primary lens, a 16MP ultra-wide lens, and a 12MP telephoto lens in its rear camera setup. The front camera gets an 8MP primary sensor and a 5MP wide-angle lens, with each of these five camera sensors using large pixels. The Oppo Find X has a pop-up 25MP selfie camera and a dual rear camera in the same pop-up slider, with a 16MP primary lens and a 20MP second sensor.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 has a 12MP+12MP dual rear camera, with one of them being a wide-angle lens and the other a telephoto type. The front camera is 8MP with a wide-angle (25mm) lens and large pixels. All three handsets get Optical Image Stabilisation in their rear cameras, as well as slow motion and super slow motion HD video recording.
LG V40 ThinQ vs Oppo Find X vs Samsung Galaxy Note 9: Battery, Connectivity
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is the only phone here that gets a 4000mAh battery and wireless charging, although for wired charging it gets only QuickCharge 2.0 support. The LG V40 ThinQ has QuickCharge 3.0 support for its 3300mAh battery and the Oppo Find X has VOOC flash charging for its 3730mAh battery, so all three handsets really do a good job in the battery department. Connectivity wise, they all get the Type-C reversible USB connector, Bluetooth 5.0 Low Energy, and dual-band WiFi. The Oppo Find X misses out on NFC and 3.5mm audio jack, while the other two provide both.
LG V40 ThinQ vs Oppo Find X vs Samsung Galaxy Note 9: Conclusion
In conclusion, it is rather tough to discard any of these handsets as lagging behind. Each of them does well in more than one department, and they all share the same Snapdragon 845 processor that is known to be speedy and efficient at its job. Looks wise, we must give the salute to the Oppo Find X, as it is irrefutably handsome. But the Galaxy Note 9 gets a new Bluetooth S Pen and that has its own pull. All said and done, who can deny that the LG V40 ThinQ has a clear advantage for mobile photography buffs, with a set of five camera sensors?