8/10
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The LG V40 ThinQ currently has an Informr score of 8 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 49 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

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Verdict

The LG V40 ThinQ offers a solid smartphone experience with a creative -- albeit imperfect -- five-camera experience.

What's good

  • Fast, smooth performance
  • Sharp, colorful screen
  • Unique camera
  • Good battery life

What's bad

  • Telephoto and wide-angle lenses produce soft images
  • Low screen brightness

LG has yet to find a foothold in the high-end smartphone market. However, their latest release hopes to change that. Their unique selling point of the V40 ThinQ -- five camera lenses -- tries to push the phone toward photography enthusiasts.

While the LG V40 doesn’t reinvent the wheel in terms of design, it isn’t a bad thing. The rounded edges make it comfortable to hold. It’s also light enough to hold for extended periods or slip into your bag unnoticed at 169 grams. 

For some critics, the weight almost makes it feel cheap. They worried how well it will handle a drop. The all-glass front and rear panel exacerbated this fear. Even without drops, it is still prone to scratches and smudges. 

Still, if you want a phone that won’t weigh down your pockets or bags, the V40 is a great option.

The V40 ThinQ has a 6.4-inch OLED display -- an increase in screen size from the V30. Despite its large size, reviewers found the phone easy to use and comfortable in the hand. This is due to the phone’s thin bezels. With that said, some reviewers had trouble reaching the top of the phone without changing how they were holding it.

Despite the phone’s 3120-by-1440 resolution, critics found the iPhone XS and Galaxy Note9 offer better displays. The display’s mediocre sunlight legibility and limited screen space disappointed some reviewers. And there’s the much-debated notch at the top of the display like other 2018 high-end phones.

As an OLED display, it offers inky blacks and punchy colors -- though, as usual for OLED panels, some found the colors too saturated.

On the performance front, the V40 ThinQ runs on a Snapdragon 845 processor paired with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage -- standard specs for high-end smartphones in 2018. As expected, experts had no major issues with overall performance though they ran into the occasional hiccups.

Reviewers were not concerned about the phone keeping up with everyday tasks or running graphics-intensive games or apps.

The phone is also IP68 dust and water resistant. This means it will survive a quick dip in a puddle or a splash of water.

Equipped with a 3,300mAh battery, most tests found a full day of average usage is no problem on a single charge. The phone lasted around 9 hours during heavy use. While not horrible, many were hoping LG would include a larger battery that allowed a second day of use without charging.

Luckily, charging is fast thanks to its Quick Charge technology.

And finally, the main event -- the camera. 

The V40 ThinQ has five different lenses. There are three lenses on the phone’s rear. The other two are on the front. The rear lenses are as follows: 

  • A 12MP lens with f/1.5 aperture and optical image stabilization (OIS)
  • A wide-angle 16MP lens with f/1.9 aperture
  • A telephoto 12MP lens with 2x optical zoom and f/2.4 aperture

It might sound like overkill, but reviewers found the system useful. 

Most reviewers captured the best images from the standard 12MP lens. They were happy with color accuracy and the sharpness of images. And, thanks to the wider aperture and OIS, they captured low-light images with little noise and motion blur. 

For those who want to take wide-angle shots, the 16MP lens provides a 107-degree field of view. This makes it great for architectural or group shots. While it works, many noticed that the images were often soft around the edges. And, without OIS, many of their pictures ended up blurry from camera shake.

Finally, the telephoto lens disappointed experts the most. Images were often very soft and blurry. They also found the focusing system hit-or-miss -- especially in low-light situations.

The two front-facing cameras on the phone generally provided crisp selfies with accurate colors.

While it’s not perfect, the critics describe the LG V40 ThinQ as an excellent option. The Verge states, “... It has great performance, an excellent screen, and reliable battery life… And the V40’s camera is fun… even if it isn’t perfect.” Digital Trends adds, “The LG V40 ThinQ isn’t inspiring, but it has a creatively fun camera, and it nails many of the fundamentals.”


Operating system
Android
Processor
2.8 GHz
Screen Size
6.4"
Camera
12+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Android Authority

Compared to other flagships of around the same age, the LG V40 is not quite as powerful as the OnePlus 6T, nor does it have as good a screen as the Galaxy Note 9, and it won’t get updates for as long as the iPhone Xs. What it does have is a fantastic feature list in a package that represents great v...

- Ryan-Thomas Shaw, Android Authority
DxOMark

With scores on par with the Galaxy Note 8, which came out in 2017, the LG V40 ThinQ marks a significant improvement over the G7 in most areas. Although it cannot yet compete with recent high-end models, the addition of its first-ever zoom shows that it’s clearly on an upward track.

- Lynn Anderson, DxOMark
Gadgets Now

If you do end up buying the LG V40 ThinQ then you won’t be disappointed at all as you’ll be getting a flagship that delivers on almost every count. The LG V40 ThinQ is a good phone that falls short of being a great phone because of two reasons: it’s priced slightly more than what it has to offer. An...

- Aabhas Sharma, Gadgets Now
Fortress of Solitude

There’s a lot to love about the LG V40 ThinQ. It improves on the V-series range where the V30 (or V35) left off. It may not be able to compete at the very top but does enough to satisfy content creators on a slightly smaller budget.

- Evan Saunders, Fortress of Solitude
Fone Arena

Tagged as the most underrated smartphone of 2019 already, LG V40 ThinQ incorporates power-packed specification on papers one could ask for. If you are not aware, the LG V40 ThinQ sports one of the best displays, latest SoC available in the market right now, Penta-camera setup, solid design and of co...

- Vigneshwar SR, Fone Arena


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Screen Size
6.4"

The LG V40 ThinQ's screen size is 6.4 inches with 1440 x 3120 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.8 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SDM845 Octa core 2.8 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 8.1 Oreo (Update Available: 10) operating system (OS).

Camera
12+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 12+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 8+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
64 GB

Internal memory is 64 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 2000 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
3300mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3300 mAh battery. LG's performance ratings are 1320 minutes.

V40 ThinQ Specs

Overview
Release date October 18, 2018
Regions available USA, United Kingdom
Mobile / Cellular Data
4G/LTE
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
LTE
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card size
Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 8.1 Oreo (Update Available: 10)

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SDM845 Octa core 2.8 GHz
Internal Storage 64 GB
RAM 6 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.45 W/kg
Body: 0.91 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Data Cable
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 3300 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging Yes
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Up to: 588 minutes
Talk Time Up to: 1320 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 17 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Glass
Colors New Aurora Black, New Platinum Gray, New Moroccan Blue, Carmine Red
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.9 x 7.6 x 0.8 cm (6.3 x 3 x 0.3 in)
Weight 169 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design No
IP Rating IP 68
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology OLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1440 x 3120 pixels
Pixel density 537 pixels
Size 6.4 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, aptX, aptX HD
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 2000 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 1.5
Resolution
12+ megapixels
Multi-camera
No
Zoom
2x optical
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Brightness control, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, ISO, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer, Second camera (16 MP, 107-degree viewing angle, f/1.9), Third camera (12 MP, 45-degree viewing angle, f/2.4 ), HDR, Voice activation
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 60 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Second camera (5 MP, f/2.2)
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, MP4, M4A, WMA, WAV
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, FLV, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types XLS, PPT, PPTX, DOC, DOCX, PDF
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
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