The LG V40 ThinQ is the first phone went official that lets you take an ultra wide-angle shot or zoom in, as a whole, having three cameras on its back, and two on its front. The device announced today packs a lot of updates from last year’s V30, and there are probably a few details you’ve missed. Let’s take a look at it pretty closely.
First and foremost, speaking about how LG is cutting down on bloatware, which is the most annoying things about buying an LG handset. But the LG V40 ThinQ makes a concerted effort to improve things a bit. Although its based on Oreo and having more or less the same interface, LG is clearing things up the bit. That’s mainly by removing duplicate applications and defaulting back to Google’s as reports point out.
Android 9.0 Pie coming soon
LG has opted to launch the V40 with Android 8.1 Oreo, and the fact that Pie has been out for quite some time now. Regardless, an update to Pie is apparently coming soon according to another report.
Battery life on the LG V40 ThinQ seems to be as good as reviewed. There’s a 3,300 mAh unit inside the phone which is small on paper, especially compared to the Note 9, and apparently, the results reflect that, as one example, notes the following for battery life.
Google Feed has also been added to the launcher. Along with the lessened bloatware, LG has integrated Google into its launcher. That’s something like on Pixel devices, a swipe to the left-most home screen brings up the Google Feed as several outlets have pointed out. On a related note, Assistant and Lens are both accessible from the dedicated side button just as they were on the LG G7 ThinQ.
Another thing you should make a note is that there are no plans for LG to ditch the headphone jack. The V40 ThinQ has the headphone jack which isn’t going anywhere.
Specs and Features
The main camera features a 12MP sensor with 1.4µm pixels, significantly larger than the 1.0µm pixels of the LG G7 and V35. It comes paired with a brighter f/1.4 lens and Optical Image Stabilization, so low-light performance should be much improved. This is the first LG camera to offer Dual Pixel autofocus.
From the 107° ultra wide lens, through the 78° main lens to the 45° telephoto lens, the new flagship covers 3x worth of optical zoom. The two cameras on the front of the LG V40 ThinQ allow you to take an all-encompassing shot or zoom in closer. The latter is handled by the 12MP telephoto camera with f/2.4 lens. The 16MP ultra wide-angle module has been borrowed from the G7.
All three cameras feature digital stabilization for video with HDR recording. The top video capture mode is 4K at 60fps and there’s still a 1080p at 240fps mode for cool slow-motion shots.
You can also take a photo with all three cameras, of course simultaneously with the Triple Shot feature, which will create a video or a GIF out of the three images. There’s a unique AI engine that helps you compose your shot. It recognizes people in the frame and will guide to a perfect “rule of thirds” composition.
The extremely alluded feature you will find in V40 ThinQ is its camera. With the 6.4-inch FullVision display, the V-series has regained its size advantage over the G-series. It’s a QHD+OLED panel with HDR10 support and 1 19.5:9 aspect ratio. Yes, it does have a notch on top.
Inside the hardware, is a dual selfie camera – 8MP (f/1.9, 80°) plus 5MP (f/2.4, 90°). These two come calibrated out of the factory and offer studio lighting portraits among other cool stuff.
The LG V40 ThinQ lives up with the full complement of IP68 rating and MIL-STD-810G certification. It’s lighter than the Galaxy Note 9 and iPhone XS Max, at 169g. It’s only a few grams more than the smaller G7 and it’s actually a tenth of a millimeter thinner than it.
LG still requires the wired headphones, because of the 32-bit QuadDAC provides a sonic boost that not all Bluetooth headphones can match. The phone also boasts a BoomBox speaker. Runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset with 6GB of RAM. Has a storage internally of 64GB, and LG is keeping the microSD card slot alive.
The battery capacity is smaller, although the V40 ThinQ supports fast wireless charging, a first for LG. The wired option is QuickCharge 3.0. The color options you can choose from are Aurora Black (polished finish) and Moroccan Blue (sandblasted).
The LG V40 ThinQ will be available to purchase starting from October 18 and the price is $900. You can find more about the plans and cost right here.