Our Opinion

The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus 128GB is a slightly better phone, but the LG V40 ThinQ is significantly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much your want to spend!

LG V40 ThinQ  Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus 128GB 
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Excellence Score
49.1
51.7
Value for Money Score
49.9
38.0
Price ₹ 39,999 onwards ₹ 61,900 onwards
Launch Date (India) Jan, 2019 Mar, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.1 Oreo, Upgradeable to 9.0 PieExpected update to next Android version Android 8.0 Oreo, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.4 inches 6.2 inches
Screen Resolution 1440x3120 pixels (~ 537 pixels per inch) 1440x2960 pixels (~ 531 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 P-OLED AMOLED
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features P-OLED, Dolby Vision, HDR10 compliant, Always-on display Super AMOLED, 3D Touch (home button only), Always-on display, Infinity Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.8 GHz 2.8 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 845Ranked #14 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Exynos 9810Ranked #13 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 630 Mali-G72 MP18
RAM 6 GB 6 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 16MP + 12MP + 12MP 12MP + 12MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 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 12MP: F/1.5-2.4 Aperture; 26mm Focal Length; 1/2.55" Sensor Size; 1.4µm Pixel Size; Dual Pixel PDAF, 12MP: F/2.4 Aperture; 52mm Focal Length; 1/3.6" Sensor Size; 1µm Pixel Size; Autofocus; 2x Optical Zoom, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS), Geo-tagging, Simultaneous 4K video and 9MP image recording, Touch focus, Face/Smile Detection, Auto HDR, Panorama, HDR, Dual-Video rec., Slow-motion Video
Secondary Camera 8MP + 5MP 8.0MP
Secondary Camera Features 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 F/1.6 Aperture, Autofocus, Full HD+ Video Recording, Dual Video call, Auto HDR
Internal Memory 128 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 2 TB Yes, up to 400 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes (Wireless)
Dual SIM GSM + GSM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 7.5 mmSlim 8.5 mmMedium
Weight 169 gmMedium 189 gmMedium
Width 75.7 mmOk for one-handed use 73.8 mmOk for one-handed use
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 3300 mAh 3500 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 (50% in 36 min) Yes
Included Fast Charger Yes Yes
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features 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 Scratch Resistant Back (Corning Gorilla Glass 5); Samsung DeX (desktop experience support); Qi Wireless charging; Bixby; NFC; ANT+ support; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration; Samsung Pay
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • 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
  • Absolutely luscious design, continuing the design language that was introduced with the Galaxy S8 series (which is not a bad thing at all) - and it has some really sizzling color options in purple and blue, which really helps those supple curves stand out - the body colors look deep, rich and ever-changing thanks to the way the glossy glass catches the light - you will be hard pressed to find anything remotely as elegant, and beautiful in the Android market
  • The biggest design change is on the back, where the fingerprint reader moves below the camera module - this corrects the worst design mistake of both Galaxy S8 phones and the Note 8
  • Water resistant body
  • The tall, 18:9, minimal bezel, 6.2-inch AMOLED screen is absolutely gorgeous and even brighter than last year's (15 percent brighter, in fact) - and the sexy dual-curved design adds to the charm
  • Samsung software on top of Android adds some useful extras, extending the core functionality of Android - it is one of the better, more refined UIs in the Android world
  • Whiplash-fast performance backed by the super powerful Samsung's Exynos 9810 (similar to the Snapdragon 845 in terms of performance) - performance is top-notch as expected under all use cases
  • Terrific camera - the first to bring a mechanical dual-aperture lens from DSLRs to the much tinier mobile phone, a feature that's designed to let in more light, reduce image noise and generally make your photos a lot better
  • The image quality in well lit situations is top-notch
  • Low light performance often borders on astounding - with the amount of brightness & lack of noise you will find in the shots (thanks to the dual aperture lens) - although its not very consistent (some low light photos are oddly washed out)
  • The Galaxy S9 Plus also one-ups the excellent Galaxy S9 with a second rear camera for taking portrait photos - they come out well with a good bokeh effect
  • The super-slow motion video mode is pretty cool too, and when you frame the shot well, can give some incredible result
  • The selfie camera is good too, and has a new Selfie Focus mode, which uses software (and not a second lens) to create a depth effect with the front-facing camera, similar to the Pixel 2, or the iPhone X
  • On the whole the cameras on the Galaxy S9+/S9 compare well with the those on the other top camera phones - the Google Pixel 2, and the iPhone X - it's a toss up between these 3 - the Galaxy S9+ can produce some truly exceptional shots especially in the dark, but perhaps the iPhone X and the Pixel 2 are just a bit more consistent all round, everything considered
  • Dual-speaker system is excellent, and makes for loud, rich audio - and results in one of the best speaker experience of any smartphone, ever
  • Call quality is fantastic too, with the AKG tuning really paying off
  • Also has the good old-fashioned headphone jack! (that's missing in a lot of other flagships now)
  • Good (though not exceptional) battery life - will definitely last the work day on a single charge
  • Supports fast charging (although it's not the fastest around)
  • Supports wireless charging
  • DeX Pad support is another cool feature that enhances the Desktop Experience Samsung introduced on last year’s flagship Galaxy phones
  • On the whole, while outside of the display, the S9+ isn’t a class leader in any category, but it’s good enough in all of them that the whole package makes for a great flagship phone - it will compete with the Pixel 2/XL and the iPhone X for the title of the best smartphone - which one of these 3 you might choose will depend on what specific things you value
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • 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
  • Fragile glass front and back means you should buy a case day 1
  • The new face-unlock tool is not particularly secure (it might have been better for Samsung to build out a more refined version before rushing in to compete with the similar feature on the iPhone X)
  • The 3D avatar software is again not that well executed - the AR Emojis track your expressions poorly and need far more customization options
  • There’s also still no compelling use case for Bixby, Samsung's AI agent (though of course you have no compulsion to use it, and can instead keep using the Google Assistant)
  • While the camera is great generally, it can sometime make low-light photos look blurry and lack detail - even though brightness levels is excellent and noise is minimal - so its sometimes a double edged sword
  • Battery life is good, but not exceptional - some of the competition is ahead here
  • Among the two S9 variants themselves (standard, and plus), a lot of people might prefer the Galaxy S9, as it's a little easier to handle - the incremental improvements in the S9+ on the other hand (even bigger screen, more RAM, and a secondary rear camera) are arguably not that significant
  • Everything considered, S8 owners can skip the upgrade - the S9+ is excellent all-round, and incrementally better - but it's not a monumental change from the S8
  • Apart from the iPhone X and the Pixel 2/XL, the S9+ will also face tough competition now from lower priced flagships like the OnePlus 5T, which are almost as good on most of the important counts
  • The S9+ will also face direct competition from Samsung's Galaxy Note 8, which is pretty similar in many of the meaningful ways, but might come at a lower price
Expert Reviews
  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 »
  1. It's an awesome phone, the Samsung Galaxy S9+
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. You can hardly find anything remotely as elegant, as advanced, and as polished, all in a single product, on the Android market
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The Samsung phone you really want this year
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Thanks to blazing performance, solid cameras and long battery life, the Galaxy S9/S9+ continue to uphold the S series’ reputation for excellence
    engadget.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Samsung’s best phone with a big screen and superb camera
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. The best Samsung flagship ever
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Both Galaxy S9 and S9+ are solid, dependable workhorses with excellent displays, premium craftsmanship, and improved cameras
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. The best Android smartphone available right now
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  9. Impressive, to say the least
    bgr.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. Samsung gets it exactly right
    mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. The S9 and S9+ are probably the best Android phones for most users, and I’d have no problem recommending them to almost anyone
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. techcrunch.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. independent.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  15. telegraph.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  16. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  18. digitaltrends.com in-depth Read Review »
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  24. expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  25. tomsguide.com in-depth Read Review »
  26. androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  27. pocketnow.com in-depth Read Review »
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  29. zdnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  30. slashgear.com in-depth Read Review »
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  35. androidpolice.com in-depth Read Review »
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  37. techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  38. mirror.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
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