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What to expect from LG V40 ThinQ on Oct 3?

02 October 2018 5

From the past three years, LG is struggling quite hard to remain amongst the best in the flagship market. A few years ago LG introduced modular design language with the G5. The approach didn't work well due to the lack of new modular parts. That's why LG ditched the modular design the very next year. Back in Q1 2017, LG was amongst the first OEMs to introduce bezel-less flagship phone.

Despite having a number of goodies the G6 failed miserably due to last year's hardware. LG didn't wait for the Snapdragon 835 instead opted Snapdragon 821 for the flagship. This year LG delayed the release of G7 to ensure it has the latest hardware. However, due to above average hardware and lackluster design the G7 ThinQ was also not among the best-in-class.

Following the Samsung's trend of announcing two premium phones in a year, LG also announces two new premium flagships every year. The first G-lineup flagship is announced in H1, whereas in the second half the company announces the V-lineup phone. LG's V-lineup smartphones are media-centric flagships that's why LG pay special attention to its audio and video capturing capabilities.

Being the next flagship phone from LG, the V40 ThinQ rumors are gaining momentum from the past few weeks. We have new leaks and rumors almost every next day. Like always, we compile all the details we know so far regarding the next big flagship. We are hopeful, this will help you a better understanding of what LG is cooking inside as far as V40 ThinQ is a concern.

Launch and Release

LG confirmed the arrival of V40 ThinQ on Oct 3. The company recently released a video teaser with a caption
"Save the Date". The V40 ThinQ naming was confirmed in the teaser. The global event is scheduled in New York at 5 pm EDT. The company will also hold a separate launch event in Seoul at LG Science Park on Oct 4.

At the moment it is still in the dark what will be the release date of V40 ThinQ. However, we have seen many leaked images of the device has Nov 16 date. There are fair chances the V40 ThinQ could hit shelves in major markets on the aforementioned date.

Design

Since the G6, LG is bringing glass and metal-clad design. The last year's V30 and even its iterative variant V35 ThinQ has metal chassis with glass covering the rear side. Being the flagships both the devices were IP68 certified. Like most of the latest devices both have ultra-thin bezels and 2:1 display. The dual rear snappers and fingerprint scanner isn't something new for LG.

Being the flagship phone, the V40 ThinQ will retain the premium glass and metal sandwich design. Considering the last two V-series phone have an almost similar design, the V40 ThinQ will bring few attractive changes. Almost all leaks and 3D renders showcase the V40 ThinQ has triple cameras setup on the rear.

The triple sensors are placed horizontally in the center. The circular fingerprint scanner is once again here below the camera modules. The rear glass is gently curved from the edges to make sure it easily fits in hand. The good thing is finish isn't dull at all, it gives premium glossy looks.

The G7 ThinQ was the LG's first flagship with notch display, the company is retaining the almost similar notch for the V40 ThinQ. Apart from triple cameras on the rear side, the V40 ThinQ has dual selfie snappers. So the V40 ThinQ will be one of its kind flagships with five cameras on board.

Recently the alleged 3D render showcases the V40 ThinQ dimensions are 158.8 x 75.8 x 7.8mm. Like its predecessor, the device will have military grade drop protection as well as IP68 ratings. LG yet to ditch 3.5mm headphone jack on any flagship smartphone, most likely the V40 ThinQ will retain the traditional headphone socket.

Display

As far as the display is a concern, the V30 features a 6-inches display. It's a 2:1 OLED display with Quad HD+ screen resolution of 1440 x 2880 pixels. The display supports HDR and its pixels density is 538 pixels-per-inch.

So far all rumors suggest the V40 ThinQ's display will be larger due to notch display. Considering the following trend, the device could have 6.3-inches display panel to be on par with the latest phablets. LG G-series smartphones have IPS LCD display whereas V-series traditional has OLED display. So it won't be surprising at all to see V40 ThinQ with OLED panel.

As per recent leak, the V40 ThinQ OLED display screen resolution will be Quad HD+ and the aspect ratio is 19.5:9. If you don't like the notch design, you can hide it with a black bar from settings.

Cameras

Being the media-centric flagship LG is bringing the best possible hardware for the V40 ThinQ as far as cameras are a concern. It will be the first of its kind flagship with five cameras on board. The triple cameras on the rear clearly indicate LG wants to challenge the P20 Pro's camera which is considered as the best in the market.

The 3D rendered video, official teaser and all leaks confirm the V40 ThinQ's triple cameras setup on the rear. The leaked specs sheet suggest the primary rear snapper with a 12MP module with f/1.5 aperture. The secondary sensor will be a wide-angle 16MP module with f/1.9 aperture and the third sensor will be a 12MP zoom lens with f/2.4 aperture. The cameras detail are based on a leaked specs sheet, So we will recommend to take it with a grain of salt.

The well-known tipster Evan Blass stated the primary sensor will be on the right side, the wide-angle lens is in center whereas the telephoto zoom sensor is the first from the left. The larger aperture of the primary sensor clearly indicates the V40 ThinQ will perform great even in low-light conditions. The device will have portrait mode support as well as LG will tune the cameras with AI to enhance the capturing capabilities.

Surprisingly the V40 ThinQ selfie cameras detail is still in dark. It is yet not confirmed what kind of sensors LG will be adopted on the front. According to Blass the secondary sensor on the front will be a wide-angle lens.

Hardware

Under the hood, the V35 ThinQ was recently announced with the Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 chipset. The Octa-core SoC was accompanied with 6GB RAM and built-in native storage is 64GB. It supports memory expansion via MicroSD. As per latest info, the V40 ThinQ will have the exactly similar hardware. The new Snapdragon 855 chipset won't be released before Q1 2019, So it won't be surprising why LG opted Snapdragon 845.

The audio is certainly the key aspect of LG V-lineup phones, So we can expect the V40 ThinQ will have better audio than the V35 ThinQ. The company could bring the Boombox feature which they introduced with the G7 ThinQ.

Software

As OS the V40 ThinQ will be pre-installed with the latest Android Pie straight out of the box. LG will try to further reduce the bloatware, the custom UI from LG will have a thin layer over the stock version of Android.

The good thing is LG fans don't have to wait long to confirm all the details regarding V40 ThinQ. The launch event is just around the corner. Feel free to share your thoughts regarding the V40 ThinQ and are you waiting eagerly for the launch or not?

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