- Class leading video-recording options, excellent end results too.
- Overall good still image quality, triple camera adds versatility.
- Exemplary audio quality and great sounding speaker setup.
- Very light for its size without sacrificing premium looks and feel.
- The selfie side of the self-proclaimed Penta camera is a letdown.
- No truly accurate display in any color mode.
- Unimpressive battery life, towards the bottom of the charts for the class.
We’ve heard of dual cameras on smartphones before, the LG’s new flagship may be the first to call it setup a Penta camera, well that’s three on the back and two on the front, so it is more mean better, and what else does it bring to the table .
We are nasphones.com and this is our LG V40 ThinQ Review
if you know LG phones the V40 ThinQ use glass back design will look pretty familiar, the edges of the glass are curved, tapering slightly into the rounded aluminum frame, the phone doesn’t feel small in the hand, but as previous LG phones is actually pretty light at 169 grams whether or not you like this is personal preference .
the back is rather shiny but not too over-the-top in our Aurora black and carmine red models, there are some metallic looking highlights when they catch the light, also on the back is the V forties triple camera setup arranged in a horizontal bar .
the flash is actually floating outside of the arrangement but it doesn’t look too bad, the horizontal setup is actually quite stable and this phone won’t rock on the table or desk .
there’s also the rear mounted fingerprint reader which is accurate and reliable to wake up the phone, but it’s no longer a power button, this power button has been moved from the back to the side this time around .
I’m not a big fan it’s hard to reach with your thumb and has a bit of a mushy feel, flipping over to the front we have a tall six point four inch OLED display with a QHD resolution, actually the largest so far on the V Series phone .
and yes this one does have a notch cut out the notch holds a front-facing dual camera setup as well as an earpiece it is a bit off-center, LG insists on calling the notch a second screen, and you can opt to either hide it completely with a black bar or even tweak its color or shape .
this screen is sharp at 537 PPI and content looks great, there’s HDR 10 video support too, one thing we noted was that though you get those deep blacks of an AMOLED they’re not quite as deep as on one of Samsung’s AMOLED panels .
but you can’t really notice it with a naked eye, brightness can be quite good, up to six hundred thirty eight minutes and in great conditions, but without a motive it only goes up to about half that sunlight legibility is good though .
however color accuracy of this panel is sunlight legibility is good though however color accuracy of this panel quite unimpressive, regardless of the many sliders and options available .
there is an always-on display which will give you the time and let you know when you need to check your phone however we didn’t see an option to use a notification LED instead, for audio the v40 has an interesting setup called a boombox, this sound not only comes out of the speaker but it’s also as if it’s coming through the back panel to, overall the v40 earned a very good score in our loudness tests .
there’s also a good old 3.5 millimeter headphone jack at the bottom, and audio is powered by a 32-bit quad DAC, it sounds awesome, everything is loud and clear and there’s an FM radio too .
the phone comes with either 64 or 128 gigs of internal storage, and it is expandable through microSD, if you get the dual SIM version you can put your second SIM, into the SD card tray .
one interesting specification the v40 has is a military standard compliance for resistance to drops, though we didn’t exactly test this out ourselves .
and there’s ip68 water and dust resistance so you don’t have to worry about getting this phone wet either, the LG V40 ThinQ runs Android 8.1 Oreo, with LG’s own UI on top, it is expected to update to Android Pi in the near future .
the user interface is basically identical to the LG G sevens with his colorful icons and white menus swiping to the left opens up a customizable newsfeed, called discover, as well as an organized space for the Google assistant .
you can also get to this space through a dedicated Hardware button on the side sort of like the one you see on Samsung’s flagships, you can also double press, the button to open google lens the button doesn’t seem to be customizable though .
when you’re in a game a button for game tools appears on the navigation bar from here you can disable notifications hi the navigation bar and go fullscreen, and you also have the option for face unlock if you don’t want to use the fingerprint reader to unlock the phone it works really well .
the LG V40 ThinQ is powered by Qualcomm’s high-end snapdragon 845 chipset, along with 6 gigs of ram, there were hardly any surprises with the benchmark scores we expected great performance from the LG flagship .
and we got it just keep in mind that if you’re after the latest and greatest the next generation of chipsets will be coming out in just a few months .
the LG V40 ThinQ comes with a 3300 milliamp hour battery, we were surprised by his performance, but not exactly in a good way it got an endurance rating of only 64 hours in our proprietary tests, really one of the lowest scores we’ve seen this year .
with the bundled quick charger we were able to get from zero to 40% in half an hour, not too bad but nothing mind-blowing, there is wireless charging too, as fast as it gets at 15 watts .
let’s move on to the v4 DS cameras, there are three proper ones on the back, the leftmost is a stabilized 12 megapixel F 2.4 telephoto cam which offers 2 times optical zoom .
the next is a 16 megapixel ultra wide-angle cam with an F 1.9 lens which doesn’t have autofocus, and the third is a 12 megapixel F 1 point 5 primary cam which comes with all the bells and whistles like face detection autofocus in optical stabilization .
one neat feature called triple preview makes it easier to handle so many cameras on the fly, long pressing on one of the tree icons creates three live viewfinder thumbnails, one for each camera .
that way you can see which view looks the best without having to rotate through them all, triple shot takes us further by grabbing a shot from all three cameras and making a sort of zoom in transition video .
you get to keep all of the stills as well, let’s talk about the image quality, in daylight the primary cam takes pleasing shots with great colors in contrast, we weren’t too excited about the dynamic range however especially in shadows which often end up with some clipped blacks .
and though detail is good it isn’t stunning, shooting with the ultra wide cam we were impressed by its low level of barrel distortion compared to the competitors, and the level of detail is more than good enough .
there’s an AI camera mode here too, like what you see pretty much everywhere these days, it provides higher color saturation but there’s a noticeable drop in sharpness .
in portrait mode instead of taking shots with the telephoto cam the v40 actually uses as primary one, this means that you have to stand uncomfortably close to your subject for decent framing .
but it also means that portraits are higher quality, especially in lower light, separation is excellent, and blur is quite convincing moving on to low-light .
the v40 actually does a great job, it captures sharp and detailed night shots without much desaturation, colors aren’t exactly true to life and highlights where the HDR algorithms struggle a bit with a recovery, but the overall photos look nice .
the ultra wide cam works reasonably well in low-light too, if you can look past the noise, if you try to zoom at night you won’t be able to use the telephoto cam the phone just crops an image from the main camera LG even has a night mode called super bright camera .
you can’t use it wherever you want them only when it detects very low light conditions it does help to brighten up the darkest of shadows but it’s nowhere near the wow effect you get from Huawei or Google’s night modes .
the LG V40 ThinQ has a dual camera setup on the front for selfies the main cam is 8 megapixels with an F 1.9 lens plus there’s a 5 megapixel F 2.2 wide-angle cam which has a 90 degree field of view for those group shots both have fixed focus .
selfies have never been one of LG’s strengths and sadly this is still true on the v40 photos from either camera turn out pretty noisy and grainy .
colors are nice though, we do appreciate the increased coverage from the wide-angle cam too, there’s also a selfie portrait option, one thing LG is great at is video recording you can record in 4k or 1080p at 60, 30 or 24 frames per second .
manual mode also lets you tweak white balance and exposure, and change the bitrate, you also have advanced audio recording options gain low-cut filter limiter and wind noise .
filter 4k footage from the main cam is superb with a lot of fine detail and low noise, there’s great contrast and color rendition is spot-on it’s interesting, in 4k 60fps clips appear crisper than the 30fps ones .
you can also shoot through the ultra wide camera which looks equally as great zoomed videos through the telephoto lens look good too, though 4k s 60fps isn’t available here .
and electronic video stabilization is available for all 3 cameras, and in all modes except for 4k at 60fps it’s excellent everything is quite smooth .
so that’s the LG V40 ThinQ as a flagship phone it offers quite a lot, a light yet durable build, awesome audio playback, a versatile triple camera and class-leading video recording .
however it does have its flaws and the biggest is the battery life, LG V40 ThinQ is posting numbers that just don’t hit the mark as a 20-18 flagship, maybe back in 2015 or 2016 but this is supposed to be a cutting-edge device .
and on top of that LG is marketing this as the first Penta camera, but two of those cameras are on the front for selfies, and honestly they’re nothing special definitely not spicy enough to attract selfie enthusiasts like me .
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Specification: LG V40 ThinQ
GSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE
CDMA 800 / 1900 – V405QA7, GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2 (dual-SIM only)
CDMA2000 1xEV-DO – V405QA7, HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100 – V405QA7
LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900)
HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (4CA) Cat16 1024/150 Mbps
Available. Released 2018, October
158.8 x 75.7 x 7.6 mm (6.25 x 2.98 x 0.30 in)
169 g (5.96 oz)
Front/back glass (Gorilla Glass 5), aluminum frame
Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
IP68 dust/water proof (up to 1.5m for 30 mins), MIL-STD-810G compliant
P-OLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
6.4 inches, 100.5 cm2 (~83.6% screen-to-body ratio)
1440 x 3120 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~537 ppi density)
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
|Other screen features||
Always-on display, Dolby Vision, HDR10
Android 8.1 (Oreo); LG UX 7.1
Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 (10 nm)
Octa-core (4×2.7 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4×1.7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver)
|Memory Card Slot||
microSD, up to 512 GB (dedicated slot)
64/128 GB, 6 GB RAM
12 MP, 27mm (standard), f/1.5, 1/2.6", 1.4µm, 3-axis OIS, dual pixel PDAF, 12 MP, 52mm (telephoto), f/2.4, 1.0µm, 2x optical zoom, OIS, PDAF, 16 MP, 16mm (ultrawide), f/1.9, 1/3.1", 1.0µm, no AF, Triple
Dual-LED flash, HDR, panorama
2160p@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/240fps, 24-bit/192kHz stereo sound rec., HDR video, gyro-EIS
5 MP, 21mm (wide), f/2.2, 1.4µm, 8 MP, 26mm (standard), f/1.9, 1.4µm, Dual
|Selfie Camera Features||
|Selfie Camera Video||
24-bit/48kHz audio recording, 32-bit/192kHz audio, Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic, DTS: X Surround Sound, Tuned with Meridian Audio
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot
5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX HD
Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO
Stereo FM radio with RDS
2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
Fast battery charging 18W: 50% in 36 min (Quick Charge 3.0), Non-removable Li-Po 3300 mAh battery, Qi fast wireless charging 10W, USB Power Delivery 2.0
New Platinum Gray, Carmine Red, New Aurora Black, New Moroccan Blue
About 800 EUR