LG V40 Review

One of the most highly anticipated flagship smartphones to come this year is the LG V40. The device, which runs on the Android operating system, is part of the ThinQ series and was announced on Thursday, September 13, 2018. The smartphone is slated to launch in October and has some exciting features in store for the brand’s fans, particularly photography enthusiasts.

Release Date

The South Korean tech company is planning a release event for the V40 ThinQ on October 3, 2018. In previous years, LG held release events for its flagship phones earlier, but it deliberately pushed back the date on the V40 due to competitors Apple and Google announcing their respective new lineups. Speculations place the V40’s release to the market sometime in the middle of October. This release will coincide with that of one of Apple’s new phones, the iPhone XR.

Specifications

Storage, Processing, and Display

As an Android flagship smartphone, the V40 should stand up relatively well to its competitors. The device packs in a whopping 6GB of RAM, a 3,300-mAh battery, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, and internal storage choices of 64GB or 128GB. The screen is an impressive 6.4-inch Quad HD+ pOLED display (2880 x 1440 resolution at 538 pixels per inch density) and a notch that will apparently mimic that of the iPhone X. The screen size makes the V40 competitive with its fellow large-screen flagships like the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and the newly-announced iPhone XS Max.

Camera

However, the camera is probably the most notable feature of this phone. Both the rear- and front-facing cameras boast professional specs, as the rear shooter will include a triple lens camera measuring in at 12 megapixels with impressive wide-angle and zoom functions. The front camera, meanwhile, includes a dual lens that should more than satisfy everyone who enjoys snapping selfies.

The main, rear-facing camera has exceptional low-light abilities and lots of creative features, such as bokeh effects and, most likely, AI abilities as well.

Durability

Much like other flagship smartphones being released this fall, the V40 is IP68-rated, meaning it is both water- and dust-resistant to an even greater degree than previous releases.

Signal and Reception

Another notable feature for the V40 is that it will sport Band 71, the new 600 MHz spectrum that T-Mobile recently acquired. This will ensure that the phone gets even better signal and coverage than previous generations. It will also be available for the other three major wireless carriers in the United States (Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint).

Design

The smartphone includes the type of build that users would expect from a flagship Android device. It has an edge-to-edge display with minute bezels and a sleek design. It also sports a USB Type-C port for quick charging and a 3.5 mm headphone jack.

Price

Although it is yet to be revealed, the price of the V40 is believed to start anywhere from $700 to $900 in the US. Additionally, aside from black, colors have not yet been confirmed. It is possible that LG will want to price this phone competitively against its Samsung and iPhone counterparts; this means it would potentially start off at roughly $900 for the 64GB option and roughly $1,000 for the 128GB option.

Conclusion

Overall, the LG V40 ThinQ should be a great phone to please Android fans who want a flagship device. The camera alone might even be enough of a selling point to attract customers from rival brands.

Disclaimer: This article is neither reviewed nor endorsed by LG nor Android.

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