Our Opinion

The LG V40 ThinQ is a significantly better phone than the LG V30 Plus, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the LG V40 ThinQ!

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Excellence Score
48.4
60.8
Value for Money Score
58.6
64.6
Price ₹ 27,999 onwards ₹ 29,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Dec, 2017 Jan, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 7.1 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.0 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated 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 inches 6.4 inches
Screen Resolution 1440x2880 pixels (~ 537 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 P-OLED P-OLED
Display Features P-OLED, Dolby Vision, HDR10 Compliant, Always-on Display, FullVision Display P-OLED, Dolby Vision, HDR10 compliant, Always-on display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.45 GHz 2.8 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 835Ranked #24 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 845Ranked #13 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 540 Adreno 630
RAM 4 GB 6 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 16MP + 13MP 16MP + 12MP + 12MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 16 MP: F/1.6 Aperture; 71-degree Wide-angle Lens, 13 MP: F/1.9 Aperture; 120-degree Wide-angle Lens, Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS), Laser Autofocus, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), HDR, Panorama, Stereo Sound Rec., HDR 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 5.0MP 8MP + 5MP
Secondary Camera Features N/A 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 (Wireless)
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM + GSM
Thickness 7.4 mmSlim 7.5 mmSlim
Weight 158 gmMedium 169 gmMedium
Width 75.4 mmOk for one-handed use 75.7 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 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, 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 Fast Battery Charging (Quick Charge 3.0); Wireless Charging; Military Certified; DLNA; NFC; Noise Filtration; Hi-Fi Quad DAC powered by B&O Play 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]
  • Beautiful, streamlined, flagship-grade aluminium and glass design
  • Full IPX8 waterproofing
  • Impressively light for what it has inside
  • Beautiful large, edge-to-edge OLED screen - with vibrant colors and deep blacks - pretty close in quality to Samsung's top-notch Super AMOLEDs
  • LG's Android UI looks decent and works well, although it's not really the best - that position is taken by the likes of OnePlus, and Samsung
  • Speedy, top-end processor - delivers top-drawer performance similar to other Snapdragon 835 phones
  • Very good dual rear cameras - capable of taking some excellent photos - they're crisp, full of life, and comparable to the excellent Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
  • In the daytime, the LG's second wide-angle camera is a special treat, letting you capture more of your surroundings in every frame - you just can't get these types of wide-angle photos with any other phone camera
  • LG also offers a dizzying array of additional camera modes which you will found genuinely useful - this includes an excellent manual mode
  • Video recording is excellent too, with powerful video features - 4K and 1080p/30fps videos out of the primary camera are top-notch
  • Decent front-facing camera too, particularly its wide-angle mode
  • The best headphone jack on a phone period - LG V30's "quad-DAC" (digital-to-analog converter) isn't just a marketing gimmick - it actually works - when you plug in good quality headphones into this phone's 3.5mm jack, your music lights up, growing richer, fuller and warmer - a treat for audiophiles - this is the best smartphone for audio today
  • The loudspeaker is pretty good too
  • Excellent battery life - will comfortably last the day even with heavy use - similar in overall life to the excellent Galaxy S8 Plus
  • Supports wireless charging
  • Supports quick charging - promises 50 percent charge in 30 minutes
  • On the whole, the phone is a content creator's dream, with particular focus on videographers (who can shoot pro-style Log format video) and audiophiles
  • On the whole, the LG V30 is a fantastic phone that nearly does it all - and a rock-solid alternative to Samsung’s Galaxy S8 Plus and the Google Pixel 2 XL - it is one of LG’s best in recent memory and as a result, it’s also one of 2017’s best smartphones
  • 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]
  • The front facing camera, and overall low-light photography (of both front and rear cameras), while decent, aren’t industry-leading
  • Wireless charging works fine - but it's not particularly fast. The V30 only supports standard 5-watt Qi charging and a newer 8-watt standard - not the 15-watt Fast Charge variant supported by Samsung and some competitors
  • 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. The V30 has turned out so remarkably well... it's got the most important boxes checked and we can see people running to the stores
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The LG V30 is a rock-solid alternative to Samsung’s Galaxy S8 Plus and the Google Pixel 2 XL....If it fits your hands and your photographic needs, you won't be disappointed.
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. LG has cooked up one of its most impressive smartphones ever
    engadget.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. You won’t regret buying it
    wired.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  10. bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  11. mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. digitaltrends.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. trustedreviews.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. hindustantimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. alphr.com in-depth Read Review »
  19. news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  20. expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  21. tomsguide.com in-depth Read Review »
  22. androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  23. livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  24. stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  25. zdnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  26. themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  27. pcworld.com in-depth Read Review »
  28. pocket-lint.com in-depth Read Review »
  29. androidpolice.com in-depth Read Review »
  30. businessinsider.in in-depth Read Review »
  31. in.pcmag.com in-depth Read Review »
  32. thequint.com hands-on 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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