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The LG V40 ThinQ is a significantly better phone than the LG G8s ThinQ, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the LG V40 ThinQ!

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Excellence Score
56.4
66.5
Value for Money Score
54.5
68.5
Price ₹ 35,990 onwards ₹ 29,990 onwards
Launch Date (India) Sep, 2019 Jan, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 PieExpected update to next Android version Android 8.1 Oreo, Upgradeable to 9.0 PieExpected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.21 inches 6.4 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2248 pixels (~ 402 pixels per inch) 1440x3120 pixels (~ 537 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display Type AMOLED P-OLED
Display Features DCI-P3 100%, HDR10, Dolby Vision, Always-on display, Palm Rejection P-OLED, Dolby Vision, HDR10 compliant, Always-on display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.84 GHz 2.8 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 855Ranked #5 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 845Ranked #11 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 640 Adreno 630
RAM 6 GB 6 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 13MP + 12MP +12MP 16MP + 12MP + 12MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 12MP: F/1.8 Aperture; 27mm Focal Length; 1.4um Pixel Size; PDAF; OIS, 12MP: F/2.6 Aperture; 49mm Focal Length (Telephoto); 1.0um Pixel Size; PDAF; 2x Optical Zoom, 13MP: F/2.4 Aperture; 14mm Focal Length (Ultrawide); 1.0um Pixel Size, HDR, Panorama, Video: 2160p@30/60fps; 1080p@30/60fps; 1080p@240fps, Video HDR, 24-bit/192kHz Stereo sound rec., EIS, Graphy 2.0, Night View, Spotlight, Studio, Portrait mode, Cine Shot, Live Photo, Video Portrait, HDR10 Video Recording, Cine Effect, Time-Lapse Video 12MP: 27mm Focal Length (Standard); F/1.5 Aperture; 1.4µm Pixel Size; 3-axis OIS; PDAF & Laser Autofocus, 16MP: 16mm Focal Length (Ultrawide); F/1.9 Aperture; 1.0µm Pixel Size; no Autofocus, 12MP: 52mm Focal Length (Telephoto); F/2.4 Aperture; 1.0µm Pixel Size; 2X Optical Zoom; OIS; PDAF, Portrait Mode, HDR, Panorama, Cine Shot, Stereo Sound rec., HDR Video, Gyro-EIS
Secondary Camera 8MP + 3D TOF Camera 8MP + 5MP
Secondary Camera Features 8MP: F/1.9 Aperture; 26mm Focal Length; 1.12um Pixel Size; AF, TOF 3D camera: F/1.4 Aperture, Display Flash, HDR, Story Shot, Gesture Shot, Auto Shot, Beauty Shot 8MP: 26mm Focal Length (Standard); F/1.9 Aperture; 1.4µm Pixel Size, 5MP: 21mm Focal Length (Wide); F/2.2 Aperture; 1.4µm Pixel Size, Portrait Selfie
Internal Memory 128 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 2 TB up to 2 TB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes (Wireless)
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM + GSM
Thickness 7.99 mm 7.5 mm
Weight 181 gm 169 gm
Width 76.6 mm 75.7 mm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, IP68 Rated (up to 1.5m for 30 mins) Yes, IP68 Rated (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
Battery Capacity 3550 mAh 3300 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes, 18W Quick Charge 3.0 Yes, Quick Charge 3.0 (50% in 36 min)
Included Fast Charger Yes Yes
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Hand ID (Hand Recognition Unlock); Military Grade Compliant (MIL-STD-810G); Wireless charging; Air Motion (Hands-free Gestures); Google Assistant Key; Knock Code; DLNA; NFC; Miracast, MIDI; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration; DAC; DTS: X Surround Sound MIL-STD-810G Compliant; Scratch Resistant (Gorilla Glass 5) Back Panel; Fast Wireless Charging; DLNA; NFC; FM Recording; Noise Filtration; B&O Play certified; DTS: X Surround Sound; Hi-Fi Quad DAC; BoomBox Speakers
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Looks trendy (albeit some might find it too shiny and gaudy)
  • Dedicated Google Assistant button
  • Water & dust resistant (IP68 rated)
  • Very good OLED display, overall
  • LG's custom launcher is simple and packs relatively less bloat
  • Flagship grade performance with the speed beast Snapdragon 855 at the core - everything from daily use to complex games, is a breeze
  • Triple rear camera (12MP f/1.8 standard lens, 12MP f/2.6 telephoto lens and 13MP f/2.4 136 degree ultrawide lens) offers plenty of flexibility for shot framing
  • Apart from the selfie camera in the front, you have an additional ToF camera - the kind of controls the LG G8S ThinQ offers with the front camera are insane - there is a full studio mode along with the regular portrait mode - where the studio mode goes one step beyond others is in its ability to move the light source in the photo around to suit your mood - overall the G8S ThinQ selfie experience is one of the best on any smartphone
  • Excellent stereo speakers - you get solid sound with more stereo separation than you'd think possible on a device this size - it's really very good
  • Decent battery life with a 3500mAh battery - you will get a full day of use
  • Support for fast charging, wireless charging
  • Sleek, matte glass, premium finish
  • Light, yet reassuringly solid design
  • For a phone with a large 6.4-inch screen, it is pretty comfortable to hold (it's noticeably lighter and narrower than the Note 9 and XS Max)
  • Water resistant (IP68 rating)
  • Handy physical button for Google Assistant
  • Excellent OLED screen - the blacks are especially inky and dark
  • Minimal bezels with small (ish) notch
  • The notch is hide-able, if you don't like the V40's screen cutout
  • LG's software interface continues to get better and more optimized - while it’s not as simple/clean as stock Android, it’s miles ahead of where LG was just a few years ago
  • Some add-ons likes the optional "floating bar" tab for quick access to your contacts, music player, etc are handy
  • Equipped with the power beast Snapdragon 845 chipset, the V40 is as fast and responsive with day-to-day tasks as other top-tier, flagship phones
  • The LG V40's five cameras (3 rear + 2 front) give you a variety of photography options
  • Its rear camera setup includes a standard lens with optical image stabilization, a wide-angle lens and a telephoto lens with 2x zoom that takes dramatic, bokeh-style portraits
  • LG also loaded the camera with a bunch of lighting tools for portrait photos, nearly identical to the ones on the latest iPhones, which adds a studio-like quality to your pictures
  • Overall image quality is very good, and in the same league as other top camera phones of the world - the iPhone XR/XS, the Google Pixel 3/XL, and the Galaxy Note 9
  • Class leading video-recording options, excellent end results too
  • Good set of front cameras too - with especially good portrait selfies - Skin tones are also true to life and faces look sharp
  • Lots of software extras are enabled by the versatile camera setup, like Triple shot (allows you to take three photos on each of the rear cameras with one tap of the shutter - the phone will save three images and stitch together the pictures in an animated, zooming GIF), Cine shot (makes cinemagraphs, wherein a portion of a "still image" is repeatedly in motion while the rest of the picture remains static, resulting in hypnotizing and surreal images), Animated emoji (a la iPhones), AI scene detection, and Google Lens (calls up information on objects right from the V40's camera lens using Google's vast search database)
  • If you're into photography, having this Swiss-army-knife style set of options at your disposal is useful (and fun)
  • Has a headphone jack - something that's becoming more and more rare in the flagship segment today
  • Exemplary overall audio quality and great sounding speaker setup (it's not stereo though)
  • There's some fancy audio tech: the phone has a built-in DAC, which improves audio for your headphones -- especially with high-end lossless audio - the V40 also supports 7.1-surround audio via DTS X support - this gives you the option to tweak how songs sound from multiple directions, as if the source was coming from in front of you or side-to-side, on your wired headphones
  • Decent overall battery life with a 3300mAh battery - will give you a day of use with moderate to heavy usage
  • Overall, the V40 is an excellent phone, and probably the best one LG has ever made - it won’t appeal to everyone — you have to be a fan of big phones, for starters, and software purists will still be happier with a Pixel — but in a world where smartphones are becoming increasingly similar, the V40 differentiates itself with its unique camera system and pulls it off in style
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • Super-wide notch is almost a bezel in itself
  • The display tends to be a bit dull in strong sunlight though - so sunlight legibility is not particularly good
  • Having said that, the custom UI hasn't substantially changed in quite some time - it makes for an ok, 'nothing-special' software experience
  • The key USPs of the LG G8s Thinq - HandID (unlocking the phone by waving your palm in front of the front camera), and Air Gestures (shortcuts that work again on the same principle) don't work too well - they look like they need a lot more work before they are ready for prime time
  • Overall rear camera quality is average however, for the price bracket - low-light performance especially is disappointing
  • Overall, the G8s ThinQ is a decent phone, but not a very good one - it especially fails to deliver on it's key 'Air motion' USPs - in a market with many great 'budget flagships' (Redmi K20 Pro, Asus 6Z, OnePlus 7, OnePlus 7T), it will find it very tough to compete
  • Like all glass designs, it is prone to smudges
  • The metal sides tend to heat up a bit under stress
  • But if you're more of a casual photographer, all the camera features on the V40 can get overwhelming - it's not quite the just-pickup-the-phone-and-click-a-great-picture experience as say the Pixel 3 or the iPhone XR/XS are
  • Compared to other flagship peers though, the V40 is towards the bottom of the list here - given the large display it would have been better for LG to opt for a 4000mAH battery which would have allowed it to compete better
Expert Reviews
  1. A decent device for its price
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  2. A unique smartphone experience that ticks all the boxes and gives some features which others don’t have
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. LG's lower-cost flagship has impressive overall performance, but its insistence on extra gimmicks doesn't do it any favours in the competitive premium phone space
    finder.com.au in-depth Read Review »
  4. Overpriced ...there are better options at this price in the Indian market
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. An innovative smartphone that has joined the party late...still, decent value for money
    zeebiz.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. notebookcheck.net in-depth Read Review »
  1. A bit flawed in some areas, and awesome in others
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Savvy Note 9 rival with 5 versatile cameras
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. An excellent phone, and probably the best one LG has ever made...differentiates itself with a unique camera system
    theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. The best smartphone that LG has ever made
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. A solid package
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. A capable flagship that can’t keep up
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Tuned for the mobile cinematographer
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  8. Underrated flagship
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  9. If you want an Android device with a camera that can capture what other phones miss, the V40 ThinQ might be for you
    mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. If you want 95 percent of the features offered in the V40 for less money, look at the LG G7
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. A worthy consideration
    trustedreviews.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. An underrated flagship that seems late to the party
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. The best from the LG but its best is not enough
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  14. tomsguide.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. slashgear.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  19. stuff.tv hands-on Read Review »
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