LG becomes really strong in 2018 on the smartphone flagship market. They have already released three new flagship smartphones of the caliber this year: the V30S ThinQ, the V35 ThinQ and the G7 ThinQ. But LG is not yet finished with flagship phones – they have plans for another V-series device later this year, the V40 ThinQ.
The only V series we expected for 2018 was a continuation of the well-received V30. With two additional releases, including a mid-cycle upgrade, the V40 ThinQ has a lot of pressure this year. LG needs to significantly improve not only the V30, but also the V35 ThinQ, which is likely to share some of its hardware components. As a result, LG will have to get creative with this upgrade, and it seems to be exactly what they're going to do.
While at the time rumors about the V40 specifications based on the V35 are limited to ThinQ's specifications and some well-founded guesses, we have a good idea of what to expect.
- Operating System: Android 9.0 Pie
- Skin: LG UX 7.0
- CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
- GPU: Adreno 630
- RAM: 6 GB
- Display: 6.4 inch 31
- Storage: 64 or 128 GB (expandable via microSD)
- Rear Cameras: 12 MP (1: 1.5), 16 MP (1: 1.9) and 12 MP (1: 2.4)
- Front Cameras: 8 MP and 5 MP
- Audio: 3 , 5mm headphone jack with quad DAC, stereo speaker Boombox
- Water resistance: IP68 and MIL-STD 810G
- Battery: 3,300 mAh
LG has positioned the V-Series as a multimedia powerhouse, and they continue this trend by going a bit crazy with the cameras in the V40 ThinQ. According to AndroidPolice, the phone will not have three, not four, but five cameras in total. This was also confirmed in a press leaked by MySmartPrice.
In the footsteps of the Huawei P20 Pro LG uses three reversing cameras. While we were unable to enjoy Huawei's P20 Pro here in the US due to US government issues, we'll get our first impression of the Triple V40 (or the Huawei Mate 20, whatever). Get Rear Camera Array (19659002) LG's triple-lens setup is different from Huawei's implementation. Thanks to the leaks provided by AndroidPIT, a camera is a f / 1.5-aperture, 1.4 μm pixel 12-MP sensor. The second lens will be 16 MP, an aperture of f / 1.9 with 1.0 μm. m pixels. And the third lens becomes 12 MP, f / 2.4 aperture with 1.0 μm. m pixels. It uses a combination of telephoto and wide-angle, though the leaks do not specify which (we speculate that the 16-MP lens is the same wide-angle lens from the V30, and the f / 2.4 is the telephoto lens). ThinQ enhancements will also be available, similar to other recently released LG flagships.
This leaves two front cameras , a feedback from the LG V10. While we hoped that early rumors about an infrared sensor would be true, it turns out that LG is still in selfies. The V40 ThinQ will have an 8 MP sensor and a 5 MP sensor
6 "POLED Display with Notch Display
Despite a poorly received Reddit post from LG asking for community feedback on this feature, LG will be making an ad Notch in the V40 ThinQ. This will be the first time a V series device will use the controversial feature, something that will surely upset many fans.
With the notch, LG plans to display the V40 in the upper easel According to ETNews, the V40 ThinQ will have a screen-to-body ratio of more than 90%, an improvement of at least 8.8% over last year's V30 (and this year's V35 ThinQ).
Anyway , LG intends to implement the function of the G7 ThinQ to hide the hack through software, and if you want to be pedantic, the second display of the LG V10 was technically one of the first notches in a mainstream phone Notch (and d Two front cameras) thanks to MySmartPrice (see picture b ellow), which also shows how the software can hide the score.
If it's a comfort, LG plans to bring OLED back. According to AndroidHeadlines, LG is reserving its POLED for the V-Series and Super Bright Display LCD panels for the G-Series. According to AndroidPIT, the display will be 6.4 inches, an increase of 0.4 inches from last year's V30. It will have an aspect ratio of 19.5: 9 and a QHD + resolution.
Like any other top-tier smartphone from LG, the V40 will incorporate ThinQ branding. In addition to a clumsy name, ThinQ includes a number of machine learning enhancements such as an improved camera and a better assistant. Some examples of improvements can be found at the following link.
Android 9.0 Pie
With Android 9.0 Pie and LG, who promise to improve their devices better, there is no reason to believe that the V40 ThinQ does not work with Android 9.0 Pie. Based on the track record of LG, could opt for 8.0 Oreo, but frankly, they can not afford to mess up this phone. LG needs a grand slam with a difficult mobile phone segment and the best bet is the V40 ThinQ.
However, if you choose Android 8.0 Oreo, we already know what the software will look like. Take a look at the visual guide we created when comparing LG UX to the Android device. This also gives us some pointers to the look of an updated LG UX based on 9.0 Pie.
It's a safe bet that the ESS Saber Quad DAC will also return to staple food for LG flagships for years. This component should again help to control powerful wired headphones for better sound and hi-fi audio. Speaking of wired headphones, the leaks of MySmartPrice also showed a headphone jack. LG has differentiated itself from the competition by including this port, and there was little reason for it to stop.
When combined with the audio department, the LG V40 ThinQ will have a much better speaker. From the G7 ThinQ, the V40 will use the new Boombox technology to create a resonant chamber for a much louder sound. However, unlike the G7 ThinQ (and most of LG's flagship products), it will have stereo speakers. This means it will be much louder, with the left and right channels being output separately for audio playback, closer to what the creator intended.
Water Resistance and Other Specifications
Like any other LG V Series phone (and most G- Series devices), the V40 IP68 should be waterproof. In addition, it should also be MIL-STD 810G compliant, a military-grade certification awarded to devices that survive the harshest environments.
The MySmartPrice leak also resulted in the return of a special Google Assistant button. The key we saw for the first time in the G7 ThinQ was probably already there as LG continued to drive the AI improvements. Also, expect a return to Super Far Field Speech Recognition, a new feature that uses two microphones to detect your voice up to 16 feet away when talking to your Google Assistant.
Thanks to AndroidPIT we also know The dimensions of the phone will have some positive and negative aspects. Starting with the positive, it is not as long as its predecessor and reduces its length by 0.28 inches. It is also a little narrower and less thick. The negative is that his weight has increased and increased by 0.39 ounces.
Price & Availability
There are no rumors about the pricing of the V40 ThinQ, but we can guess based on its predecessor. With the V35 ThinQ retailing for $ 899 you expect a V40 ThinQ of at least $ 949. However, my money is at $ 999, which brings it in line with Apple's iPhone X 2017.
LG has just announced that the LG V40 ThinQ will be introduced on October 4. That's five days ahead of Pixel 3 and twelve days before the Huawei Mate 20, so it can steal some of its glitz and hype. In the video (below), they also pointed to the three rear cameras with different optical zoom. The event will be held in South Korea at the LG Science Park.
2018 was a strange year for LG, at least for its flagship ranks. It seems that LG is prioritizing the quantity, a strategy HTC did not use successfully in 2017. What do you think about the V40 ThinQ? Interested in five cameras or is that a gimmick? Let us know in the comments below.