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LG V40 ThinQ: Everything you need to know!

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In 2018, LG released two flagship phones — the G7 and V40. Where the first V10 and V20 were designed to be industrial, functional devices that provided a unique camera experience, the V30 shook things up with a much flashier (read fragile) design and a more mainstream appeal.

The V40 is essentially an evolution of what the V30 started, and even though it's no longer the newest V-series device in LG's lineup, it may still be worth a look if you can pick it up on sale.

Here's everything you need to know!

Check out our written and video reviews

Before you do anything else, make sure to check out our written and video reviews of the V40. Spoiler alert — it's a really, really good phone.

LG does a lot of things right here, offering a truly beautiful display, fast internals, great cameras, and an exquisite design. The small(ish) battery and high price tag are definitely downsides to keep in mind, but now that the phone's been out for a while, discounts and sales happen pretty often.

When you see one, that's the time to buy.

LG V40 ThinQ review: Five cameras aimed straight at Samsung

Here are the specs

What sort of specs can you look forward to with the V40? How's a Snapdragon 845, three rear cameras, and 6GB of RAM sound?

Almost all of the V40's specs are what we've come to expect from flagship phones released in 2018, but some aspects (such as battery life) do give us pause.

Check out the full list below 👇

LG V40 specifications: 6.4-inch OLED display, 3300mAh battery, five cameras

The LG V50 is launching later this year

At Mobile World Congress this past February, LG officially announced the V50.

To be perfectly honest, we aren't entirely sure what to think about the phone quite yet. It looks almost identical to the V40, save for the rear cameras being flush under the back glass and the 6.4-inch display having a rather large notch.

The big claim to fame for the LG V50 is that it supports 5G connectivity. That's apparent by the "5G" tramp stamp on the back of the phone, and internally, you'll find things like a 4,000 mAh battery and Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 CPU + X50 modem to accomodate the next-gen data speeds.

LG launched the V50 in South Korea on May 10 and is coming soon to Sprint in the U.S.

There's also a case you can buy for it that adds a second screen. Because reasons.

LG V50 hands-on: Five Gs, five cameras, two screens, and so many questions

You may also want to consider the LG G8

In addition to the V50 that's coming out this year, the LG G8 was released earlier in 2019 and is available for purchase right now.

The G8 has Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 855 processor, 6GB of RAM, dual rear cameras, and 128GB of storage that can be expanded. It's a really sleek phone that's built incredibly well, and if you're a bit open-minded, you can use LG's "Air Motion" features that allow you to control certain aspects of the phone by waving your hand in the air over the screen.

Other highlights here include an OLED display and a 3.5mm headphone jack with a 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC.

LG G8: Everything you need to know!

Comparing the V40 to other phones

If you're considering picking up the LG V40, it's worth seeing how it compares to other phones that were released around the same time.

Specifically, if you're considering buying a flagship phone from last year, chances are you're also looking at the LG G7 and Galaxy S9+.

Rather than comparing the phones for yourself and trying to figure out which would be a better fit, we've done all the hard work for you. You're welcome ❤.

The display is a lot better than the V30's

The V40 uses an LG-made OLED display, and while past LG panels on the V30 and Pixel 2 XL have left us yearning for more, that's not the case with the V40.

Here's what Andrew had to say about the screen in his review:

It's crisp and colorful, with only mild color shifting at tight viewing angles. And it now has a proper auto-high-brightness mode that can enable by default in sunlight and doesn't need to be triggered manually. The max brightness is good enough to easily see the screen in bright sunlight, and it also gets really dim at night.

Here's how the five cameras work

Perhaps the biggest feature of the V40 is its five-camera setup — three sensors on the back and two on the front.

This isn't the first time we've seen an Android phone with this many cameras, but that doesn't take away from LG's implementation whatsoever. Here's what all of those lenses do:

  • Rear camera 1 — 12MP main sensor with OIS and f/1.5 aperture
  • Rear camera 2 — 16MP wide-angle lens with f/1.7
  • Rear camera 3 — 12MP telephoto 2x zoom lens with f/2.4
  • Front camera 1 — 8MP main sensor with f/1.9
  • Front camera 2 — 5MP wide-angle shooter with f/2.2

The back has a soft finish that feels incredible

The back of the LG V40 is made out of glass, and while just about every Android flagship has this same construction, LG's done something unique to make the V40 stand out.

Except for the Aurora black color, every other finish of the V40 features a soft, grippy finish that's "amazing to hold." Here's what Andrew had to say in his review:

The frosted glass finish is easier to grip, collects fewer fingerprints and offers a neat color-shifting look that makes the black version even more boring by comparison.

Don't forget to get a case

As stunning as the LG V40's soft glass back is, it won't hold up for crap if you drop it on the sidewalk. To avoid a shattered mess, you'll want to pick up a case (or two) for the phone.

Best Cases for LG V40

You can buy the V40 right now

The LG V40 initially launched on October 18, 2018, meaning it's been out in the wild for a hot minute.

LG slapped the V40 with a retail price of around $900 to $980 depending on where you buy it, but these days, it's pretty common to find it being sold for far less money.

With a bit of shopping around and some knowhow, you're bound to find a great deal on the V40.

Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.

5 Comments
  • Still suffering shell shock after all the Nexus 5 issues I had... But even given that, this is more interesting to me than the Pixel 3(s), especially if they release an Android One model for Fi.
  • I've had mine almost 6 months, and still no regrets at all. No lag issues like I always had with every Samsung I ever owned. I went through a couple cases, settled on this one: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07H8W4SZD/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_...
    It fits perfect, adds almost no bulk to the phone and has juuuust the right grip to slip ratio that allows it to go into your pocket easy, but not out of your hand too easily. Still haven't found a screen protector. Bought one, but it had a black edge the whole way around it, that interfered with typing on the edges. It was this one: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07MLWB441/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_...
  • B and H photo had a sale when it came out--$200 off an unlocked model, which I picked up. No problems with it, smooth, fast, and good reception. Much better than my prior LG V30. And I also had a LG G7--nice phone, but the T-mobile variant had a weird bug with the digits service that drained the battery super fast. No issues like that with the V40. I'd love to try a s10 or the s10e, but...no need to do so.
  • Don't waste your money on LG. Their Software Update Center is a joke. You at least have to support your product with security patches. Anything less in unacceptable in this day and age.
  • The LG V40 is one of the best phones LG has produced since the phenomenal V20. It is feature filled, functional and fun. The processor is fast and lag-free, the Quad Dac audio is second to none and the 5 camera/video set up is loaded with so many features and special effects that it's a mobile photographer's dream. As for the complaint that the V40 was not released with Pie already installed, neither was my Samsung Galaxy Note 9. The V40 is a terrific device that has come down from the overpriced launch cost and good deals are to be had. I purchased my new in the box T-mobile branded phone from a seller on Offer Up for a great discount. So if you are in the market for a premium, quality, innovative device that will give you the most bang for your buck I encourage you to consider the LG V40.