LG V40 ThinQ review

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The LG V40 ThinQ currently has an Informr score of 8 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 29 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

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Verdict

The LG V40 ThinQ offers a solid smartphone experience with a creative -- albeit imperfect -- five-camera experience.

What's good

  • Fast, smooth performance
  • Sharp, colorful screen
  • Unique camera
  • Good battery life

What's bad

  • Telephoto and wide-angle lenses produce soft images
  • Low screen brightness

LG has yet to find a foothold in the high-end smartphone market. However, their latest release hopes to change that. Their unique selling point of the V40 ThinQ -- five camera lenses -- tries to push the phone toward photography enthusiasts.

While the LG V40 doesn’t reinvent the wheel in terms of design, it isn’t a bad thing. The rounded edges make it comfortable to hold. It’s also light enough to hold for extended periods or slip into your bag unnoticed at 169 grams. 

For some critics, the weight almost makes it feel cheap. They worried how well it will handle a drop. The all-glass front and rear panel exacerbated this fear. Even without drops, it is still prone to scratches and smudges. 

Still, if you want a phone that won’t weigh down your pockets or bags, the V40 is a great option.

The V40 ThinQ has a 6.4-inch OLED display -- an increase in screen size from the V30. Despite its large size, reviewers found the phone easy to use and comfortable in the hand. This is due to the phone’s thin bezels. With that said, some reviewers had trouble reaching the top of the phone without changing how they were holding it.

Despite the phone’s 3120-by-1440 resolution, critics found the iPhone XS and Galaxy Note9 offer better displays. The display’s mediocre sunlight legibility and limited screen space disappointed some reviewers. And there’s the much-debated notch at the top of the display like other 2018 high-end phones.

As an OLED display, it offers inky blacks and punchy colors -- though, as usual for OLED panels, some found the colors too saturated.

On the performance front, the V40 ThinQ runs on a Snapdragon 845 processor paired with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage -- standard specs for high-end smartphones in 2018. As expected, experts had no major issues with overall performance though they ran into the occasional hiccups.

Reviewers were not concerned about the phone keeping up with everyday tasks or running graphics-intensive games or apps.

The phone is also IP68 dust and water resistant. This means it will survive a quick dip in a puddle or a splash of water.

Equipped with a 3,300mAh battery, most tests found a full day of average usage is no problem on a single charge. The phone lasted around 9 hours during heavy use. While not horrible, many were hoping LG would include a larger battery that allowed a second day of use without charging.

Luckily, charging is fast thanks to its Quick Charge technology.

And finally, the main event -- the camera. 

The V40 ThinQ has five different lenses. There are three lenses on the phone’s rear. The other two are on the front. The rear lenses are as follows: 

  • A 12MP lens with f/1.5 aperture and optical image stabilization (OIS)
  • A wide-angle 16MP lens with f/1.9 aperture
  • A telephoto 12MP lens with 2x optical zoom and f/2.4 aperture

It might sound like overkill, but reviewers found the system useful. 

Most reviewers captured the best images from the standard 12MP lens. They were happy with color accuracy and the sharpness of images. And, thanks to the wider aperture and OIS, they captured low-light images with little noise and motion blur. 

For those who want to take wide-angle shots, the 16MP lens provides a 107-degree field of view. This makes it great for architectural or group shots. While it works, many noticed that the images were often soft around the edges. And, without OIS, many of their pictures ended up blurry from camera shake.

Finally, the telephoto lens disappointed experts the most. Images were often very soft and blurry. They also found the focusing system hit-or-miss -- especially in low-light situations.

The two front-facing cameras on the phone generally provided crisp selfies with accurate colors.

While it’s not perfect, the critics describe the LG V40 ThinQ as an excellent option. The Verge states, “... It has great performance, an excellent screen, and reliable battery life… And the V40’s camera is fun… even if it isn’t perfect.” Digital Trends adds, “The LG V40 ThinQ isn’t inspiring, but it has a creatively fun camera, and it nails many of the fundamentals.”


Operating system
Android
Processor
2.8 GHz
Screen Size
6.4"
Camera
12+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Android Guys

Despite its faults, it does many things right and has enough features to keep you busy, if that’s what you want. It’s a fantastic intersection of excellent hardware with okay software. It truly is a compromise.

- Matt Adams, Android Guys
TrustedReviews

Right now, the LG V40 ThinQ is a little too pricey to compete with phones such as the Huawei Mate 20 Pro or Samsung Galaxy Note 9. Since the Huawei performs the multi-camera “trick” better than LG, the close pricing of both makes an unconditional recommendation of the LG device difficult at the orig...

- Max Parker, TrustedReviews
Neowin

If you ask me, it's one of the most pleasant experiences on a smartphone today. It has a beautiful OLED display, one of the best audio experiences available in a smartphone, and that's all in a thin and light body that's comfortable to carry in your pocket.

- Rich Woods, Neowin
AndroidPIT

The LG V40 ThinQ is a real device suitable for everyday use, but particular features (though important) such as the Quad DAC and the Boombox driver, which stand out from the competition are few to succeed in prevailing.

- Simone Scanu, AndroidPIT
GSMArena

The Penta camera moniker on the LG V40 ThinQ's sleeve may be a bit of an overstatement - technically it does pack a total of 5, but it's not like it has five cameras on its back, plus the two front ones are far from spectacular. The truly important rear ones, however, are pretty great, in both still...

- GSMArena


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Common Questions


LG released the V40 ThinQ on October 18, 2018.


The V40 ThinQ price will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. You can compare LG V40 ThinQ prices from around the web here on The Informr.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the LG V40 ThinQ user manual here.


LG backs up the V40 ThinQ with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your V40 ThinQ has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact LG support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find LG's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.



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Screen Size
6.4"

The LG V40 ThinQ's screen size is 6.4 inches with 1440 x 3120 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.8 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SDM845 Octa core 2.8 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 8.1 Oreo operating system (OS).

Camera
12+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 12+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 8+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
64 GB

Internal memory is 64 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 2000 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
3300mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3300 mAh battery. LG's performance ratings are 1320 minutes.

V40 ThinQ Specs

Overview
Release date October 18, 2018
Regions available USA, UK, India
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
LTE
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 8.1 Oreo

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SDM845 Octa core 2.8 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 64 GB
RAM 6 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.45 W/kg
Body: 0.91 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Data Cable
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 3300 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging Yes
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Up to: 588 minutes
Talk Time Up to: 1320 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 17 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Glass
Colors New Aurora Black, New Platinum Gray, New Moroccan Blue, Carmine Red
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.9 x 7.6 x 0.8 cm (6.3 x 3 x 0.3 in)
Weight 169 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design No
IP Rating IP 68
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology OLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1440 x 3120 pixels
Pixel density 537 pixels
Size 6.4 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, aptX, aptX HD
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 2000 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 1.5
Resolution
12+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
2x optical
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Brightness control, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, ISO, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer, Second camera (16 MP, 107-degree viewing angle, f/1.9), Third camera (12 MP, 45-degree viewing angle, f/2.4 ), HDR, Voice activation
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 60 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Second camera (5 MP, f/2.2)
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, MP4, M4A, WMA, WAV
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, FLV, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types XLS, PPT, PPTX, DOC, DOCX, PDF
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
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Critic Reviews


Android Guys

A fantastic phone with a few flaws

from Android Guys

Despite its faults, it does many things right and has enough features to keep you busy, if that’s what you want. It’s a fantastic intersection of excellent hardware with okay software. It truly is a compromise.

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Despite its faults, it does many things right and has enough features to keep you busy, if that’s what you want. It’s a fantastic intersection of excellent hardware with okay software. It truly is a compromise.

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TrustedReviews

A great phone, but the price puts it in direct competition with some very strong alternatives

from TrustedReviews

Right now, the LG V40 ThinQ is a little too pricey to compete with phones such as the Huawei Mate 20 Pro or Samsung Galaxy Note 9. Since the Huawei performs the multi-camera “trick” better than LG, the close pricing of both makes an unconditional recommendation of the LG device difficult at t...More

Right now, the LG V40 ThinQ is a little too pricey to compete with phones such as the Huawei Mate 20 Pro or Samsung Galaxy Note 9. Since the Huawei performs the multi-camera “trick” better than LG, the close pricing of both makes an unconditional recommendation of the LG device difficult at the original retail price. LG prices tend to drop more swiftly than those of Samsung, and even some Huawei models. When, or if, the cost dips, the LG V40 ThinQ will be a great buy. But neither is it a bad one right now, if you care as much about wired audio quality as any other feature of a phone.

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Neowin

A great device that isn't loaded with gimmicks

from Neowin

If you ask me, it's one of the most pleasant experiences on a smartphone today. It has a beautiful OLED display, one of the best audio experiences available in a smartphone, and that's all in a thin and light body that's comfortable to carry in your pocket.

Read full review

If you ask me, it's one of the most pleasant experiences on a smartphone today. It has a beautiful OLED display, one of the best audio experiences available in a smartphone, and that's all in a thin and light body that's comfortable to carry in your pocket.

Read full review

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AndroidPIT

A solid smartphone

from AndroidPIT

The LG V40 ThinQ is a real device suitable for everyday use, but particular features (though important) such as the Quad DAC and the Boombox driver, which stand out from the competition are few to succeed in prevailing.

Read full review

The LG V40 ThinQ is a real device suitable for everyday use, but particular features (though important) such as the Quad DAC and the Boombox driver, which stand out from the competition are few to succeed in prevailing.

Read full review

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GSMArena

Overall good still image quality, class leading video-recording options

The Penta camera moniker on the LG V40 ThinQ's sleeve may be a bit of an overstatement - technically it does pack a total of 5, but it's not like it has five cameras on its back, plus the two front ones are far from spectacular. The truly important rear ones, however, are pretty great, in both st...More

The Penta camera moniker on the LG V40 ThinQ's sleeve may be a bit of an overstatement - technically it does pack a total of 5, but it's not like it has five cameras on its back, plus the two front ones are far from spectacular. The truly important rear ones, however, are pretty great, in both stills and video, and the versatility of the combo is undeniable.

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Tech Advisor

Jack of all trades

from Tech Advisor

Price and availability aside this is the best LG phone ever. The cameras are accomplished and versatile, the headphone DAC means wired audio is the best in a smartphone bar none and the display is much better than the V30’s. But it’s not available in the UK or Europe and in the US it’s over $900 SIM free, which is galling.

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Price and availability aside this is the best LG phone ever. The cameras are accomplished and versatile, the headphone DAC means wired audio is the best in a smartphone bar none and the display is much better than the V30’s. But it’s not available in the UK or Europe and in the US it’s over $900 SIM free, which is galling.

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G Style Magazine

Solid choice if photography is your #1 concern

from G Style Magazine

If you take away the 5 cameras on the LG V40 ThinQ, it’s really not that much different from the LG V30. They both kind of look alike and despite the bump in specs, function almost identically. However, the cameras do make a difference here if that’s the main reason you’re buying it.

Read full review

If you take away the 5 cameras on the LG V40 ThinQ, it’s really not that much different from the LG V30. They both kind of look alike and despite the bump in specs, function almost identically. However, the cameras do make a difference here if that’s the main reason you’re buying it.

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G Style Magazine

Impressive “five camera phone”

from G Style Magazine

LG also has various other features baked in there like CineShot that will freeze one part of the picture while the rest moves. If done right it actually looks nice. It essentially takes a photo and a picture and allows you to make only parts of it video. If you ever used a LG V phone than you kno...More

LG also has various other features baked in there like CineShot that will freeze one part of the picture while the rest moves. If done right it actually looks nice. It essentially takes a photo and a picture and allows you to make only parts of it video. If you ever used a LG V phone than you know one of it’s biggest Mainstays is it having a Quad DAC feat. 32-B. Putting in some Hi-Fi headphones via the included headphone jack and you are getting some of the best audio in a smartphone.

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Wired

LG's latest flagship phone has a camera for every finger on your hand

from Wired

Overall, V40 is speedy and quick. It matches some of the top Android phones in many benchmark tests, thanks to a top-of-the-line Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, 6GB of RAM, and 64GB of memory for storing all those apps and photos. LG is also up on all the hip secondary features. The V40 is IP6...More

Overall, V40 is speedy and quick. It matches some of the top Android phones in many benchmark tests, thanks to a top-of-the-line Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, 6GB of RAM, and 64GB of memory for storing all those apps and photos. LG is also up on all the hip secondary features. The V40 is IP68 waterproof, has a MicroSD slot for extra storage, works with wireless/USB-C chargers, and has a headphone jack.

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ZDNet

Five cameras and advanced software that appeals to media creators

from ZDNet

The LG V40 is clearly designed for photographers/videographers who want to take control of the experience. It is also an audiophiles phone with advanced audio support.

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The LG V40 is clearly designed for photographers/videographers who want to take control of the experience. It is also an audiophiles phone with advanced audio support.

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