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.
- OS: Android 8.0 Oreo
- Skin: LG UX 6.0+
- CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
- GPU: Adreno 630
- RAM: 6 GB
- Display: At least 6 "OLED 1
- Memory: 64 or 128 GB (expandable via microSD)
- Rear: Wide Angle, Ultra Wide Angle and Tele  Front Cameras: Dual Cameras
- Audio: 3.5mm Headphone Jack with Quad DAC
- Water Resistance: IP68 and MIL-STD 810G
LG has positioned the V-Series as a multimedia powerhouse and continues this trend a bit crazy about the cameras in the V40 ThinQ. According to AndroidPolice, the phone will not be three, not four, but five have cameras in total.
That would mean that LG is bringing back the dual-front camera system for the first time since the LG V10 He speculates that LG will borrow from Apple and implement a form of advanced facial scans with the two cameras to create a 3D map of your face. There are some obvious limitations when working with cameras (such as limited use in low light), but this feature may not work (or at least not as advanced as previous rumors indicate).
This leaves three cameras for the rear. The Huawei P20 Pro was the first phone to use three cameras, and although most Americans will not use this device thanks to the US government, we will finally try to test a triple-lens system with the V40.
However, LG's Triple Lens setup will use a different implementation than Huawei's. According to AndroidPolice, the V40 ThinQ will use an ultra-wide lens, a standard wide-angle lens and an undetermined third, which is likely to be a telephoto lens.
While nothing else was revealed about the camera, expect a return of LG's large 16 MP lens, which has been used three times this year so far
Like any other top-tier smartphone released by LG, the V40 will feature the ThinQ Branding included. In addition to a clumsy name, ThinQ includes a number of machine learning enhancements such as an improved camera and a better assistant. Some improvements can be found in the following link:
Despite a poorly received post from Reddit asking for feedback from the community on this feature, LG will include an ad notch in the V40 ThinQ. This will be the first time that a V-Series device uses the controversial feature, which will surely upset many fans.
However, LG plans to implement the G7 ThinQ feature to hide the hack through software, and if you want to be pedantic, the LG V10's second display was technically one of the first notches in a mainstream phone. We also do not know how big the score will be, so let's make a judgment until pictures expire.
If it is comforting, 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. Expected at least 6 inches tall and a 1440p resolution. The aspect ratio should change due to the insertion of the notch
Android 8.0 Oreo & LG UX
Android 9.0P will be released later this year. However, it is unlikely that the new version of Android will get onto the upcoming device. Based on past iterations, with its rumored announcement date prior to the official release of Android P, it is likely that LG will use its LG UX 6.0+ skin on Android 8.0 Oreo
We can safely say that the V40 ThinQ will use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845. If Qualcomm does not release another iteration (which Qualcomm has done in the past), more than likely, any major flagship 2018 will use this chipset, including the V40 ThinQ.
Just like any other LG V Series phone (and G Series devices), the V40 IP68 should be waterproof. In addition, it should be MIL-STD 810G compliant, a military-grade certification awarded to devices that survive the toughest environments.
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 once again help drive powerful wired headphones for better sound and hi-fi audio.
There are no rumors about the pricing of the V40 ThinQ, we can However, based on the predecessor guess. With the V35 ThinQ retailing for $ 899 you expect a V40 ThinQ of at least $ 949. My money, however, is $ 999, equivalent to Apple's 2017 iPhone X.
Regarding availability, we can thank Evan Blass for our only leadership. According to Blass the V40 will arrive in late summer / early autumn. At this dotted date, the V40 ThinQ would coincide with the announcement of V30 last August.
2018 was a strange year for LG, at least for their flagship lineups. 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.