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LG V40 ThinQ vs LG G7 ThinQ: In-house flagships tussle

09 October 2018 5

This year South Korean giant LG announced three flagships apart from iterative models of last year V30. LG kicked off the year with an iterative mode of V30 instead of new flagship at the MWC 2018. It was pretty much understandable LG delayed the release of G7 ThinQ due to lack of latest Snapdragon 845 availability. That's why LG announced the G7 ThinQ with Snapdragon 845 SoC in May this year.

In a surprising move, LG announced V35 ThinQ after few weeks on May 30th. The V35 ThinQ was unveiled when no one was expecting a new flagship from LG in just four weeks. At that time rumors start swirling that LG may not release another V-lineup flagship later this year but that turns out false pretty quickly when the rumors of V40 ThinQ start appearing online. After a gap of four months, the company is back once again with a new flagship V40 ThinQ.

Being the latest premium phone the V40 ThinQ will not only have to face stiff competition from other top-tier flagships but also LG's flagships of this year including V35 ThinQ and G7 ThinQ. We already compared the V40 ThinQ against its predecessors, today we will put it in a head-to-head battle against the G7 ThinQ.

The V-lineup flagships from LG are like Note from Samsung whereas the G-lineup phone is like Samsung's S-series. Usually, the V series comes with a larger display, better cameras, and a few other goodies whereas the G-series phone is the first with the latest hardware. So if you are amongst those who were waiting for the larger model for quite some time, the wait is finally over. We are hopeful the comparison will help you better decide which smartphone is better in what aspects so that you can decide which flagship caters your requirement.

75.8 x 158.7 x 7.7 mm
6.4 inches - 3120x1440 px
71.9 x 153.2 x 7.9 mm
6.1 inches - 3120x1440 px
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Design

Last year LG was the first to introduce bezel-less flagship phone. Considering the latest trend this year LG opted the notch design for their first flagship G7 ThinQ. It seems like the company is so impressed with the notch they brought it for the V40 ThinQ as well. The chassis on both the devices is made up of aluminum with glass covering the rear side.

Being the phablet model the V40 ThinQ is not only larger but also heavier than the other. The best thing is both the devices have MIL-STD-810G drop protection against accidental drops. On the rear side, the G7 ThinQ has dual sensors aligned vertically in the center with LED flashlight on the left side. The V40 ThinQ's has a triple rear sensor placed horizontally in the center with LED flashlight on the right side. The fingerprint scanner on both the devices is below the camera modules.

Like most of the latest premium phones both the devices are IP68 certified which means both can resist underwater up to 30 minutes without any damage. The rear glass on both the device is protected with the Corning Gorilla Glass 5. In terms of dimensions, the V40 ThinQ is at 158.7 x 75.7 x 7.7mm and weighs 169g whereas the G7 ThinQ is slightly smaller at 153.2 x 71.9 x 7.9 mm and weighs 162g.

Display

The different between the two devices in the display department is quite evident. Undoubtedly the V40's OLED display is much better than the G7's LCD display. Both the devices share a similar front-facing look. The screen resolution of both the devices is 1440 x 3120 pixels.

The aspect ratio remains at 19.5:9 thanks to notch display. The V40 ThinQ features a 6.4-inches display panel with pixels density of 538 pixels-per-inch whereas the G7 ThinQ comes with slightly smaller 6.1-inches display panel and a higher pixel density of 564 pixels-per-inch. Both the devices support Dolby Vision and HDR10.

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Hardware

Under the hood, both the devices are packed with the latest best hardware straight out of the box. So far this year almost all Android running flagships are on the Snapdragon 845, same is the case with these two latest LG flagships. The G7 ThinQ comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage whereas the V40 ThinQ has 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. The native storage on both the devices is further expandable via MicroSD.

In terms of performance, no matter which smartphone you opt the devices are fast enough to handle HIFI games and hefty multi-tasking tasks efficiently. The Snapdragon 845 SoC successor is due in the first quarter of next year, till then the Snapdragon 845 will remain the latest and greatest SoC from Qualcomm. Both the devices are on par with the latest flagships in terms of performance, So if you are looking for premium level performance both the devices are the latest best offering from LG. The V40 ThinQ has an advantage of more storage and RAM on board.

Specs LG V40 ThinQ LG G7 ThinQ
Display 6.4-inches 6.1-inches
Screen resolution 1440 x 3120 pixels 1440 x 3120 pixels
Chipset Snapdragon 845 Snapdragon 845
RAM 6GB 4GB
Storage 128GB Expandable via MicroSD 64GB Expandable via MicroSD
Rear cameras 12MP+16MP+12MP Dual 16MP
Front camera 5+8MP 8MP
Battery 3,300mAH 3,000mAH
USB Type-C Type-C
3.5mm headphone jack Yes Yes
OS Android Oreo 8.1 Android Oreo 8.0
Camera

The key-selling aspect of the V40 ThinQ is Penta cameras setup. The V40 ThinQ has triple cameras on the rear side and dual selfie snappers. Like earlier V-lineup phones the V40 ThinQ brings a number of camera tricks to enhance the video capturing capabilities. The V40's primary sensor is a 12MP module with f/1.5 aperture. The sensor pixels size is 1.4µm and field of view is 78-degrees.

The secondary sensor is a 16MP lens with f/1.9 lens. Its pixels size is 1.0µm and field of view is 107-degrees. Last but not the least the third sensor is a 12MP module with f/1.9 aperture. Its pixels size is 1.12µm and field of view are 80-degrees. The V40 ThinQ is the LG's first phone with dual PDAF. LG claims the device autofocus speed is twice faster than the current gen phones. Other goodies are Cine Shots with a number of animations and filters to enhance video capturing the experience. It also supports HDR shots.

Up front, the V40 ThinQ has dual selfie snappers. The primary sensor is a wide-angle 8MP module whereas the secondary sensor is 5MP. The dual front and triple rear cameras bring support for bokeh shots. The device comes with an on-screen slider so that users can adjust the blur of the portrait shots.

The LG G7 comes with dual sensors on the rear side, the primary sensor is a 16MP module with f/1.6 aperture and field of view is 71-degrees. The secondary sensor is a 16MP wide-angle module with f/1.9 aperture and field of view is 107-degrees. The selfie snapper is a wide-angle 8MP module with f/1.9 aperture and field of view is 80-degrees.

Both the device's cameras are AI tuned and feature a number of goodies to capture the best possible shot everytime you open camera lens.

Software

As OS the G7 ThinQ is pre-installed with Android Oreo 8.0 straight out of the box whereas the V40 ThinQ is on the Android Oreo 8.1. Unfortunately, the V40 ThinQ is still on the older version of Android when OEMs are rolling the latest Android Pie update. Most of the latest phones are running on Android Pie. Both the devices will eventually receive the Android Pie update, however, the exact time span is still in dark. Both the devices have LG's custom UI layer over the stock version so the overall UI experience is the same on both the devices. Both the devices will receive updates for an almost same time in future as both are the latest flagships.

Conclusion:

Both the V40 ThinQ and G7 ThinQ are targetting two different niches of customers. The G7 ThinQ is the standard flagship whereas the V40 ThinQ is the phablet with a larger display, first LG phone with five cameras on board, more RAM than G7 ThinQ. However, still, it is running on the older version of Android Oreo and packs a smaller battery than most of the phones of this niche.

Last but not the least the pricing will play a vital role here as the G7 ThinQ will be significantly cheaper than the V40 ThinQ due to being four months older whereas the V40 ThinQ starts at $900. Both the devices have premium glass and metal sandwich design, IP68 certified latest SoC and solid cameras. The V40 ThinQ will be available for purchase in the US from 19th of this month.

In the end, we would like to hear our readers thoughts regarding the V40 ThinQ vs G7 ThinQ in the comments section below. Stay tuned for more comparisons.

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The three cameras in the new LG V40 ThinQ is a major difference. It not only outclasses the LG G7 ThinQ, but also a major competitor for the likes of the Huawei P20 Pro.

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