LG’s latest flagship the LG V40 ThinQ is finally out. Like the Note line is to Samsung, LG created the V line to showcase how better and more powerful they could improve their normal flagship. The LG V40 ThinQ comes after their recent LG G7 and it sure packs more. As most leaks claimed, the phone has 5 cameras, 2 on the front and 3 on the back and this is what singles it out of the rest of other current flagship phones.
The V40 ThinQ is covered in a metal body with Corning Gorrila Glass 5 on the front with slightly curved edges. It has a large 6.4 inch screen with 3120 by 1440 resolution. Very sharp indeed, and unlike the G7 that has an LCD IPS display, the V40 ThinQ spots an OLED display that definitely offers sharper colors with high contrasts. The screen has a notch up top as well, something we’ve seen quite a lot on many phones released this year.
The phone has two selfie cameras on the front, one a regular selfie camera with 8 mega-pixels and another with a wide angle 5 mega-pixel sensor capable of taking wide angle shots. On the sides it has regular buttons with an additional unremapable Google Assistant button to launch Google’s Virtual AI Assistant from any screen.
On the back the V40 ThinQ has three cameras, one of the few phones with this set-up. One of the three cameras is a regular medium 12 mega-pixel camera with f/1.5 aperture and a roughly 78 degrees field of view, the second a super wide angle 14 mega-pixel camera with with f/1.9 aperture with 107 degrees field of view and the third a telephoto camera with 12 mega-pixels and f/2.4 aperture with 45 degrees field of view.
The telephoto lens enables the phone take clear photos of distance objects by using mechanical zoom rather than digital zoom which tends to distort image quality. All of the three cameras on this phone appear to have a unique quality and useful in their own ways. LG also maintained great software features in the cameras and AI as well including scene recognition. In the three camera set-up on the back, LG added a feature they call Triple-Shot that allows the camera take three different photos of the same object at once using the three cameras and also include a short video clip of the three shots. It spots a fingerprint scanner on the back as well.
The V40 ThinQ is undoubtedly a high-end phone and just like the G7, it runs on latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor with 64GB storage and 6GB of RAM. It comes with expandable storage as well via micro-SD. The phone runs on Android 8.1 Oreo with LG’s own UI that packs quite a lot of features under the hood including the ability to high the notch if the user so wishes.
It packs a 3300mAh battery and supports wireless charging. The V40 ThinQ is also IP68 certified for water and dust resistance.
It goes without saying that the LG V40 ThinQ is one of the few flagship phones that still comes with a 3.5mm headphone jack while other manufactures have chosen to go with wireless audio. The headphone jack comes in handy on the V40 ThinQ as the phone, like it’s predecessors the V10, V20 and V30, comes with a built-in 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC that delivers the best audio output in smartphones using wired headsets. This is one other outstanding feature of the LG V40 ThinQ and previous V models.
Despite the fact that we have a large pool of phones around to choose from, from other brands and LG phones tend to fall under the radar of most smartphone users, the LG V40 ThinQ is worth considering. At least it’s $900 price bracket is not as high as other smartphones we’ve seen from major brands that go above $1000 (US Dollars).