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October 4, 2018

Here’s everything you need to know about the LG V40

by John_A

Read all about LG’s most impressive phone of the year.

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2018’s proven to be one heck of a year for premium, flagship smartphones. The Galaxy S9 series is a force to be reckoned with, the Note 9 is the ultimate phone for power users, the upcoming OnePlus 6T is shaping up to be mighty exciting, and even the iPhone XS has us yearning for what’s going on at Camp Apple.

To go out of 2018 with a bang, LG’s releasing the V40 — another no-nonsense flagship that aims to take the best bits of the G7 from earlier in the year and improve upon them in every way possible.

The V40 has a tough road ahead if it wants to stand out, but if you give the phone a chance, you just might be impressed with what you see.

Here’s everything you need to know about the LG V40 ThinQ!

Check out our written and video reviews

Before you do anything else, make sure to check out our written and video reviews of the V40. Spoiler alert — it’s a really, really good phone.

LG does a lot of things right here, offering a truly beautiful display, fast internals, great cameras, and an exquisite design. The small(ish) battery and high price tag are definitely downsides to keep in mind, but even so, this is a phone that should absolutely be on your shortlist this holiday shopping season.

LG V40 ThinQ review: Five cameras aimed straight at Samsung

Here are the specs

What sort of specs can you look forward to with the V40? How’s a Snapdragon 845, three rear cameras, and 6GB of RAM sound?

Almost all of the V40’s specs are what we’ve come to expect from flagship phones this year, but some aspects (such as battery life) do give us pause.

Check out the full list below 👇

LG V40 specifications: 6.4-inch OLED display, 3300mAh battery, five cameras

The display is a lot better than the V30’s

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The V40 uses an LG-made OLED display, and while past LG panels on the V30 and Pixel 2 XL have left us yearning for more, that’s not the case with the V40.

Here’s what Andrew had to say about the screen in his review:

It’s crisp and colorful, with only mild color shifting at tight viewing angles. And it now has a proper auto-high-brightness mode that can enable by default in sunlight and doesn’t need to be triggered manually. The max brightness is good enough to easily see the screen in bright sunlight, and it also gets really dim at night.

Here’s how the five cameras work

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Perhaps the biggest feature of the V40 is its five-camera setup — three sensors on the back and two on the front.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen an Android phone with this many cameras, but that doesn’t take away from LG’s implementation whatsoever. Here’s what all of those lenses do:

  • Rear camera 1 — 12MP main sensor with OIS and f/1.5 aperture
  • Rear camera 2 — 16MP wide-angle lens with f/1.7
  • Rear camera 3 — 12MP telephoto 2x zoom lens with f/2.4
  • Front camera 1 — 8MP main sensor with f/1.9
  • Front camera 2 — 5MP wide-angle shooter with f/2.2

The back has a soft finish that feels incredible

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The back of the LG V40 is made out of glass, and while just about every Android flagship has this same construction, LG’s done something unique to make the V40 stand out.

Except for the Aurora black color, every other finish of the V40 features a soft, grippy finish that’s “amazing to hold.” Here’s what Andrew had to say in his review:

The frosted glass finish is easier to grip, collects fewer fingerprints and offers a neat color-shifting look that makes the black version even more boring by comparison.

When and where can I pre-order it?

Pre-orders for the LG V40 are open now with full retail availability coming on October 18. The phone ranges from $900 to $980 depending on where you buy it, making it one of the most expensive flagships of the year.

To help soften the blow, LG’s including a free DJI Osmo Mobile 2 and 256GB microSD card with all pre-orders — a normal retail value of $260.

Here’s where you can pre-order the LG V40, and how much it’ll cost

LG V40

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  • Join our LG V40 forums

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