South Korean giant, LG has unveiled its latest flagship smartphone, the LG V40 ThinQ, which takes on the new iPhones and Samsung Galaxy Note 9. The V40 ThinQ is LG's first triple rear camera phone and the phone even has dual front-facing cameras, so a total of five cameras are present on the phone. It's a high-end phone and shares most of the specifications with the LG G7 ThinQ that was launched earlier this year. Underneath, the V40 ThinQ has the Snapdragon 845 SoC, 6GB of RAM, 64GB of onboard storage, 3300mAh battery and comes in two colour options- Aurora Black, Moroccan Blue. Right now, the smartphone has been launched in the United States, but it will reach shores later this month or early next month.
LG V40 ThinQ: Specifications and Features
The V40 ThinQ is a flagship smartphone and flagship phones this year featured a glass back and the metal frame; It continues with the V40 ThinQ as well. The phone features a glass back which allowed LG to embed wireless charging technology to the phone. The front of the phone is dominated by a 6.4-inch OLED display with a resolution of 3120x1440 pixels and 19.5:9 aspect ratio. It measures 158.8 x 75.7 x 7.6 mm and has a weight of 169 grams to it.
Powering the entire smartphone is the flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset, clubbed with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. It also has a microSD card slot which allows users to expand the storage up to 2TB. The device runs Android 8.1 Oreo-based LG UX. As for the connectivity options, the phone has Dual 4G, VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS and USB Type-C port. It's backed by a 3300mAh battery and also has fast charging support.
Cameras on the LG V40 ThinQ include three on the rear and two on the front. To the rear side, LG has added a 12MP primary sensor with Optical Image Stabilisation, 1.4-micron, f/1.5 aperture and PDAF. There's a 16MP super-wide sensor with 107-degree field-of-view, and lastly, LG has added a 12MP telephoto lens with f/2.4 aperture and 2X optical zoom capability.
Frontal, LG has added two cameras- an 8MP one and a 5MP one. The phone now offers a hardware-based Bokeh effect. Other features on the LG V40 ThinQ include BoomBox speaker, 3.5mm headphone jack (yes, worth a mention these days) and 32-bit Quad DAC. The fingerprint scanner is placed on the rear side.
LG V40 ThinQ: Pricing and Availability
As always, LG has priced the device on the steeper side. The V40 ThinQ will retail for $900 (approx. Rs 66,370) for the base model. Notably, it will be available in only a single version in the US, but LG has confirmed that a variant with 128GB of internal storage will be available in Asian markets including India. At the moment, there's no info on how much the V40 ThinQ is going to cost in India, but given the track record of LG in recent times, it could be priced below Rs 50,000. And at that price, it will give the upcoming OnePlus 6T a run for its money.
LG V40 ThinQ: Competitors
The primary competitor to the LG V40 ThinQ is the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 which also flaunts a 6.4-inch Quad HD+ OLED display, has the same Snapdragon 845 SoC inside, comes in a plethora of memory & storage options, dual rear cameras and a beefy 4000mAh battery. But where the V40 ThinQ betters the Galaxy Note 9 on paper is in the camera department as it offers more versatility with five cameras.