LG V40 ThinQ Review

The V40 ThinQ is LG's fourth lead cell phone of the year, and LG has obviously refined on its ancestors to make it the best of the part. Why? It imparts a great deal of likenesses to the V30S ThinQ, the V35 ThinQ, and the LG G7 ThinQ, however it's the camera on the V40 that separates it. There are two additional focal points, conveying the whole framework to an aggregate of five cameras for a sort of adaptability you don't regularly observe on a cell phone. The downsides? The V40 costs $900, and at that value you ought to expect the dimension of clean you get from an iPhone XS.


The V40 ThinQ is an amalgamation of a year ago's LG V30 and the LG G7. From the back, it nearly looks precisely like the V30 yet with the expansion of a third camera on the level module. The indented unique finger impression sensor underneath is quick to respond, and it's in an ideal position, yet it never again serves as a power catch which LG first changed in the G7. The back is spotless and basic, however the glass effectively grabs unique mark smears, and we do think LG could have played around additional with shading, as the New Aurora Black alternative is somewhat dull (Moroccan Blue is accessible in different locales).

The glass bends into the edges, making the V40 especially agreeable to hold — you never feel anything harsh. LG likewise prides itself on its capacity to make the V40 inconceivably light at simply 5.96 ounces. As a source of perspective, the littler iPhone XS weighs 6.24 ounces. To us, that just makes the V40 feel somewhat shabby. It's so light to the point that we're worried about the telephone's capacity to withstand a solitary drop. All things considered, we do like how limit the telephone feels because of its 19.5:9 angle proportion.

The telephones control catch is presently on the correct side, with a volume rocker on the left and the A.I. Key from the G7 makes an arrival underneath. The A.I. Key gives you a chance to call upon Google Assistant, and it works unfathomably well. We have inadvertently squeezed it, yet we've really delighted in utilizing to the point that we'll hold back before considering it an issue (not at all like the Bixby Key). On the off chance that you would prefer not to utilize Google Assistant, there's an approach to turn it off, however tragically that implies it will remain a pointless key on your telephone as you can't remap it. The earphone jack is at the base, by a USB Type-C charging port and base terminating speaker.

The V40 feels great close by and limits looks — it doesn't endeavor to create an impression with a garish plan or eye-getting hues.

The V40's OLED screen is greater than any time in recent memory at 6.4 inches, with a 3,120 x 1,440 goals (536.92 pixels per inch). The bigger size isn't excessively inconvenient, however it tends to be difficult to achieve the highest point of the telephone without rearranging it down in your grasp. To build the screen to body proportion, the V40 has a score, which is certain to part assessment. We'd have enjoyed for the substance in the score to look more symmetrical (the speaker is headed toward the privilege and the two front cameras to one side), yet this is a minor second thought.

Having utilized telephones with indents for a superior piece of the year, we're not irritated by its essence here, but rather there's likewise an instrument in the settings that gives you a chance to cover it through programming on the off chance that you can't stand it. There's a little bezel on the base, otherwise called a button, however it's not very detectable.

The screen bolsters HDR10, and it looks sharp and beautiful. It's not exactly on the dimension of the screens from the iPhone XS or the Galaxy Note 9 — it doesn't get as splendid, which implies you truly need to wrench the brilliance to the maximum to see anything in direct daylight, and LG additionally doesn't give recordings a chance to cut past the indent, so it doesn't feel as far reaching or vivid when viewing a motion picture (you may this way on the off chance that you detest the score). What we adore is the OLED's inky blacks. Toss a dull backdrop on and it's hard to tell where the bezel closes and the screen begins. It looks incredible.


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The V40 feels great in the hand and it looks insignificant. It doesn't endeavor to create an impression with a garish structure or eye-getting hues. It's maybe excessively unpretentious — we haven't wound up longing for it.


LG has included one of the G7's mark highlights into the V40: The Boombox speaker. This is no little accomplishment, since it requires totally changing the way the telephone's internals are composed. It's solitary a solitary, base terminating speaker, however the entire telephone goes about as a reverberation chamber, which helps push out staggeringly noisy sound with better than average bass that likewise sounds great.

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That implies you can feel the telephone's vibrations when you play music or watch a video, yet it's not very diverting. The sound quality is as yet noteworthy. We played music outside at the recreation center, and we were only ready to make it out amidst all the different commotions. It's a not too bad option in contrast to conveying a Bluetooth speaker, however you will probably still need one in the event that you need to ensure you can hear the V40 in boisterous situations like gatherings. In the event that you regularly play music through your telephone's speakers, you'll cherish the Boombox on the V40 — simply ensure it's put on a level wooden or metal surface for ideal sound.


Like most Android lead cell phones this year, the V40 ThinQ is controlled by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 processor with 6GB of RAM. There's 64GB of inner stockpiling, and a MicroSD card space gives you a chance to include increasingly in the event that you require it.

We still can't seem to keep running into any execution issues: Apps open rapidly, moving all through the Android working framework feels liquid, performing various tasks represented no issues, and diversions like Alto's Odyssey kept running easily.

Here are a couple of benchmark results:

AnTuTu 3DBench: 223,287

Geekbench CPU: 2,310 single-center; 8,653 multi-center

3DMark Sling Shot Extreme: 2,370 (Vulkan)

These scores are in accordance with a few different cell phones with a similar processor, however the V40 seems to score on the lower end. The Galaxy Note 9's AnTuTu score of 273,992 trounces the V40, thus does the less expensive OnePlus 6, which scored 269,191. Benchmark results aren't a decent proportion of certifiable execution, and you'll have the capacity to toss most undertakings at the V40 without running into issues.

One of our greatest frustrations is the way the V40 ThinQ runs Android 8.1 Oreo rather than Android 9 Pie, which Google discharged early August. LG used to be the principal producer to dispatch a telephone with another variant of Android before any other person (the V20), so it's pitiful to see its lead telephone propelling without the most recent form of Android. LG hasn't given any points of interest concerning when you can expect it either.

Something else, the product encounter on the V40 is fair. It's not our most loved Android skin layered over, but rather there are a decent arrangement of customization choices to change the interface to your enjoying. Try not to like LG's Smart Bulletin to one side of the home screen? We haven't discovered it to offer any important data, and fortunately you're ready to turn it off.

Our V40 is a Verizon model and it incorporated a huge amount of bloatware, the majority of which are un-installable, with the exception of transporter applications and a couple of others.

Adaptable CAMERA

LG's new five-camera framework on the V40 makes it the most adaptable camera LG has ever delivered. The principle three cameras are on the back: A standard 12-megapixel focal point with f/1.5 opening and optical picture adjustment; a wide-edge 16-megapixel focal point with f/1.9 gap; and a fax 12-megapixel offering 2x optical zoom with f/2.4 gap. The capacity to go for a closer shot, swap to a more extensive one, or stay with the standard focal point instantly makes this camera enjoyable to play around with imaginatively.

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Photographs are very much itemized, brilliant, and regularly have astounding white parity. We have seen that photographs can once in a while look excessively prepared, with a considerable measure of honing or just oversaturation. The skies in a portion of these photographs look unnaturally blue, for instance. Additionally, just the standard focal point's pixel measure is 40 percent bigger over the V30 (with a 15 percent bigger picture sensor) — that implies the standard focal point conveys the best picture quality and low-light photos. We wish LG had improved the other two cameras also so that photographs could look more predictable.

For instance: In low light, the standard focal point is very competent, conveying photographs that can coordinate against the iPhone XS or even the Galaxy Note 9. Swap to the fax or wide-edge focal point, in any case, and the picture quality decreases. Photographs are grainier, white equalization is a wreck, and it just makes us not have any desire to utilize those two cameras in these lighting conditions.

LG V40 ThinQ test photographs (left) versus iPhone XS Max test photographs (right) Julian Chokkattu/Digital Trends

We've likewise seen the zooming focal point isn't generally used in low light, as the opening in the picture record proposes it's the standard focal point taking the necessary steps zooming in carefully. In any case, we're happy to see there are generous upgrades to low-light execution here as it was one of our essential grievances with the LG G7.

What's slick is in the event that you press and hang on one of the three catches to swap between the focal points, you can get a review of what your photograph will look like from every one of the three cameras continuously. There's likewise another element called Triple Shot. It takes three sequential photographs with every one of the three focal points — that is really convenient, in light of the fact that you can without much of a stretch get three alternate points of view at the push of a solitary catch. This doesn't occur instantly, however; it takes around three seconds for Triple Shot to finish.

Test clasp of the V40's Triple Shot mode

The video impact the V40 uses to line together each of the three photographs is somewhat gimmicky. It's an odd impact, and nothing we ever would need to share.

A.I. Cam is back once more, despite everything we believe it's as yet something you won't generally need to utilize for the most part since you have to turn it on to utilize it. It perceives scenes and alters the photographs to what it supposes is ideal, which by and large just means it wrenches up the immersion, yet it can change presentation too. It works in a few situations, similar to nourishment photography and a portion of alternate precedents beneath, yet as a general rule it can make photographs look unnatural. You're in an ideal situation overlooking it.

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A.I. Cam test photographs. The best line includes the first shots and the base column highlights A.I. balanced photographs. Julian Chokkattu/Digital Trends

The V in V40 represents video, and keeping in mind that there's no observable upgrades to video catch, LG's most recent included element is called Cine Shot, which gives you a chance to take cinemagraphs. Cinemagraphs are a half breed among photographs and recordings — a piece of the photograph is still, yet there's some movement tossed in. It's an element we've seen before on telephones — most as of late the Moto Z3. You have to outline your photograph extremely well to get something worth sharing (and remain staggeringly still while catching). At that point you'll have to check the region of the video you need to keep in movement. You can squeeze and zoom to be exact. It's a slick element that is amusing to utilize, however the picture quality at times endures (the goals is 1,920 x 1,080).

We'd have jump at the chance to see greater upgrades to video catch here, for example, a super moderate movement choice like on the Galaxy S9 Plus, or the capacity to catch 4K HDR content like the Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium.

While the camera framework is noteworthy all in all, we do have couple of hesitations to share. It very well may be very surrey and some of the time moderate. When we needed to rapidly snap an image at the time, the application just demonstrated a dark screen and wouldn't dispatch the camera. We needed to drive close the application and relaunch the camera, yet we had botched the photograph chance — this occurred on something like two events. There's likewise sometimes a little shade slack, which doesn't really deliver foggy photographs, however there's a detectable deferral from when the photograph has been caught. Our gadget is a pre-generation unit, so these bugs might be worked out for the last form.

Representation Mode is likewise to a great degree disappointing. It takes ages to enroll a face, and on the off chance that it does, it loses it in a split second. It's a trial of tolerance for you as well as the subject too who needs to remain still as you move the camera around their face attempting to get the element to work. When it works, the outcomes look great. The camera completes a strong activity of precisely distinguishing the regions it needs to obscure out, and the bokeh impact is solid. We simply wish it worked dependably.

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LG's cameras still aren't adequate with the opposition as far as managing high-differentiate situations. There's a HDR alternative, yet it's not exactly great as what you'll discover on a year ago's Google Pixel 2, the iPhone XS, or the Note 9. This applies even in Portrait Mode, as should be obvious how extinguished the sky looks in a portion of the photographs above.

There are additionally two more cameras on the front of the telephone — a 8-megapixel standard focal point with f/1.9 gap; and a 5-megapixel wide edge focal point with f/2.2 opening. The last focal point is better utilized for gathering shots, or when you simply need more foundation in your selfie, anyway it's solitary a 10-degree distinction which is a bit of baffling.

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Front camera test photographs Julian Chokkattu/Digital Trends

We'd have jumped at the chance to see a more extensive second camera. The photographs from these cameras are better than average. They look grainy with fluffy subtle elements in something besides great lighting. We do like the selfie picture mode, however.


In general, the V40 ThinQ has an adaptable camera framework that takes great photographs in an assortment of lighting conditions, yet it's not as cleaned as we'd like. Photographs can look conflicting between each of the three cameras on the back, and results when all is said in done can look a bit excessively handled. We cherish the capacity to swap from the fax to the wide point, and in that way, it positively is a camera that makes us need to be imaginative with the photographs we take.


The V40 ThinQ has a 3,300mAh battery inside, and we've discovered it to last pretty much an entire day of utilization and no more. On a light to medium day of utilization, including utilizing internet based life, snapping photographs, playing amusements, and watching recordings, we took the telephone off the charger at 7:30 a.m. furthermore, finished with 22 percent by 8 p.m. On a heavier day of use including running benchmark applications, we finished the day with 15 percent by 8:30 p.m. We found the middle value of around four hours of screen-on time.

It's tasteful battery life, however we'd extremely get a kick out of the chance to see LG drive the envelope here and have a go at including a greater battery so we can bring the telephone into a second day without agonizing over charging it.

Remote charging is accessible, as is bolster for Qualcomm's Quick Charge 3.0 quick charging innovation. We connected our gadget at 1:32 a.m. with 22 percent remaining, and it hit 100 percent by 3 a.m.


The LG V40 ThinQ is as of now accessible available to be purchased, and it'll set you back $900. It's accessible through different bearers including AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, and US Cellular (valuing shifts). We broadly expound on the entirety of your alternatives in our LG V40 ThinQ purchasing guide.

LG offers a standard 1-year guarantee for its cell phones that covers fabricating abandons from the date of procurement.


The LG V40 ThinQ isn't moving, however it has a great time camera, and it nails a significant number of the basics that make it a decent telephone. Considering we've seen three other lead telephones from LG this year, we'd have gotten a kick out of the chance to see more upgrades occurring at a quicker pace, for example, a bigger picture sensor for the wide-edge camera for better low light photographs, a greater battery, a more extensive forward looking camera, and that's just the beginning.

Is there a superior option?

Truly, yet before suggesting anything, we will state you should pause in case you're uncertain about the V40. There will be a plenty of gadgets being revealed for the current month, from the Google Pixel 3 to the Razer Phone 2. You'll be ruined for decision, and we believe it merits holding up to perceive what different producers have in store before spending $900 for LG.

In the event that you can hardly wait, investigate the Galaxy S9. It costs less, has a solid camera that is comparable to LG's V40, magnificent execution, somewhat better programming, and it's less expensive. The Google Pixel 2 or 2 XL will likewise likely turn into significantly less expensive inside the following two weeks after the Pixel 3 is disclosed, and it's an incredible telephone with a camera that outmatches the V40. If its all the same to you iOS, go for the iPhone XS. It has outstanding execution, an extraordinary camera, and liquid programming.

To what extent will it last?

The LG V40 ThinQ will probably last you around three years, possibly more on the off chance that you deal with it. You ought to grab a case to secure the Gorilla Glass 5 body, however the telephone is IP68 water safe, so it ought to have the capacity to endure submerged up to 1.5 meters for 30 minutes. LG is endeavoring to enhance its reputation with conveying programming refreshes in an auspicious manner, however the way that the V40 dispatches without Android Pie isn't promising. Hope to get refreshes for a long time, and no more.

Would it be a good idea for you to get it?

Indeed. It's somewhat expensive, yet you're getting a general decent telephone. Remember, LG normally slices the costs of its telephones a couple of months after dispatch date. On the off chance that you can pause, it's feasible you'll discover the V40 for a couple of hundred dollars off inside four to five months.

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