LG V40 ThinQ 

price₹ 49,990 onwards

launchJan, 2019

77.0

excellence score

59.3

value for money score

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Design

  • 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
  • Like all glass designs, it is prone to smudges
  • The metal sides tend to heat up a bit under stress

Display

  • 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

Software

  • 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

Performance

  • 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

Camera

  • 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)
  • 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

Audio

  • 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

Battery

  • Decent overall battery life with a 3300mAh battery - will give you a day of use with moderate to heavy usage
  • 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

Verdict

  • 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

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  1. A bit flawed in some areas, and awesome in others
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  2. Savvy Note 9 rival with 5 versatile cameras
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  3. An excellent phone, and probably the best one LG has ever made...differentiates itself with a unique camera system
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  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
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  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
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LG V40 ThinQ Specifications

Operating System
Smartphone OSAndroid 8.1 OreoExpected update to 9.0 Pie
Display
TouchscreenYes (Capacitive)
Screen Size6.4 inches
Screen Resolution1440x3120 pixels (~ 537 pixels per inch)
Display TypeP-OLED
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal BezelsYes
NotchYes
Display Features
  • P-OLED
  • Dolby Vision
  • HDR10 compliant
  • Always-on display
Scratch Resistant DisplayYes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient Light Sensor
  • Gyroscope
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Barometer
  • Color Spectrum
Fingerprint sensorYes
Face UnlockYes
Processor/RAM
Processor2.8 GHz, Octa Core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 845Ranked #7 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPUAdreno 630
RAM6 GB
Memory
Internal Memory128 GB
Expandable Memory Slotup to 2 TB
Battery
Battery Capacity3300 mAh
Fast ChargingYes, Quick Charge 3.0 (50% in 36 min)
Dimensions
Weight169 gm
Thickness7.5 mm
Camera
Primary Camera16MP + 12MP + 12MP
Camera Auto-FocusYes
Camera FlashYes
HD Video RecordingYes (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
Secondary Camera8MP + 5MP
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
Connectivity
BluetoothYes
Connecting PortUSB-C
WiFiYes
WiFi DirectYes
4GYes
VoLTEYes
3GYes
2G Internet (GPRS/EDGE)Yes
GPSYes + GLONASS + GALILEO
CompassYes
DLNAYes
NFCYes
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Dual SIMGSM + GSM
Water ResistantYes, IP68 Rated (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
Dust ResistantYes
Noise FiltrationYes
FM RadioYes (Wireless)
FM RecordingYes
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  • MIL-STD-810G Compliant
  • Scratch Resistant (Gorilla Glass 5) Back Panel
  • Fast Wireless Charging
  • B&O Play certified
  • DTS: X Surround Sound
  • Hi-Fi Quad DAC
  • BoomBox Speakers

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