After a ton of leaks surfaced over the past few months, LG has finally unveiled its new V40 ThinQ flagship smartphone. A successor to the V30, V30S, and V35, this new entry follows in the G7’s footsteps with an all-glass design and notched display.
Yes folks, despite the feature being one of the most disliked additions in the Android world, the V40 comes with a notch at the top of its display. Admittedly, it isn’t all that big and shouldn’t be a major issue for most users. LG’s even including the same blackout feature it had with the G7 so you don’t have to look at it. Still, though, if you aren’t a fan of the notch, you probably want to look away from this phone.
Other than this potential issue, the rest of the V40’s design looks pretty good. LG is including a 6.4-inch 19.5:9 display which uses an OLED panel over LCD and features a Quad HD+ resolution. Inside, the phone features a Snapdragon 845 processor, 6GB of RAM, Android 8.1 Oreo, and up to 256GB of storage. There’s also a 3,300mAh battery, Qi wireless charging, Bluetooth 5.0, IP68 certification and USB-C connectivity.
Of course, the biggest feature of the V40 is its array of cameras. The device is the first known phone to make to the market with as many as five different cameras. There are two on the front for improved selfies and three on the back for more shooting options.
Here are the specifics: the V40 has a main 12MP shooter on the back which takes normal, everyday photos; a second 12MP telephoto sensor for lossless zoom and improved portrait mode photography; and a 16MP wide-angle sensor for fitting more of a scene into a single shot. With all three cameras, LG will let you take a single photo and capture each and every perspective by the hardware. In addition, each camera takes advantage of LG’s AI Cam which automatically adjusts camera settings based on what it’s looking at.
As for the two front-facing cameras, LG includes an 8MP main shooter for normal selfies and a 5MP lens for wide-angle shots.
Much like other LG phones that have come out in the past, the V40 takes advantage of the company’s multiple audiophile-friendly features such as the Boombox speaker that debuted with the G7 earlier this year. With the Boombox speaker, your phone is used as a resonance chamber to provide clearer and louder sound out of the single bottom-firing grille.
In addition, the V40 also comes with LG’s 32-bit quad DAC for hi-fi audio support along with DTS:X 3D Surround Sound. Oh, and there’s a headphone jack on the bottom.
All in all, the V40 seems pretty promising. It’ll go on sale October 18th in black or blue and start at around $900, depending on who you buy it from. You can see a full breakdown of what carriers will be charging below.
US Cellular: $900
As of yet, we don’t have pricing for an unlocked model but stay tuned.