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LG V40 ThinQ vs Galaxy Note 9: Battle of the beasts

07 October 2018 5

Recently the South Korean giant LG took the stage in New York to announce their latest flagship V40 ThinQ. As expected the new flagship from LG is a media-centric device. LG emphasis mostly on the triple rear cameras and dual selfie snappers as the key-selling aspect of the new flagship. This year LG already announced V35 ThinQ with the latest hardware, So in terms of performance, the V40 ThinQ isn't different from the V35 ThinQ.

The Penta cameras setup is indeed a big jump from LG. The V40 ThinQ becomes the first LG phone with triple rear cameras. One of the reasons behind bringing triple rear cameras is Huawei P20 Pro achieves much success due to its stunning triple Leica certified cameras. Being a premium flagship the V40 ThinQ will face stiff competition from other top-tier phones in the market. We already compared the V40 ThinQ against the predecessors as well as the latest iPhone XS Max. Today we will compare it against the Samsung's latest Galaxy Note 9.

Undoubtedly Samsung's grip on the premium segment is quite firm that's why every premium phone has to do well against it to attract buyers. In order to be successful in the market, the V40 ThinQ will have to prove its worth in front of Galaxy Note 9 in terms of display, design, hardware, and cameras. Today we will find out how LG's V40 ThinQ stacks up against the Samsung latest best offering Galaxy Note 9. It will be an interesting battle because LG is asking a steep price for the V40 ThinQ which isn't quite far away from Note 9. Without any further delay, let's start with the design.

75.8 x 158.7 x 7.7 mm
6.4 inches - 3120x1440 px
76.4 x 161.9 x 8.8 mm
6.4 inches - 2960x1440 px
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Design

In terms of design both the devices have glass and metal sandwich design, however, the finish is different. Both the devices have aluminum chassis with glass covering the rear side. The fingerprint scanner is on the rear side below the cameras. However, like its predecessor, the V40's fingerprint scanner is circular whereas the Note 9 has rectangular shape scanner. Apart from rear fingerprint scanners, both have facial recognition support as well.

The LG V40 dimensions are 158.7 x 75.8 x 7.7mm and it weighs 169 grams. On the other hand, the Galaxy Note 9 is taller, wider, thicker and heavier at 161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8mm and 201g. Both the devices are IP68 certified which means both can resist underwater up to 1.5 meters for 30 minutes without any damage. Due to MIL-STD-810 certification, the V40 ThinQ is sturdier. The glass rear on both is protected with the Corning Gorilla Glass 5.

Both the devices retain the 3.5mm headphone jack as well as USB-C port for connectivity. The V40's connectivity USB port is 2.0 which makes it superior to the Note 9. Both the device's rear is gently curved from the edges to ensure the device easily fits in your hand.

Up front, you will get full front-facing display on both the devices with trimmed bezels. The Galaxy Note 9 has thin bezels on top and bottom of the display whereas the V40 ThinQ has a notch on the top instead of the complete bezel.

Samsung utilizes stereo speakers for the audio output whereas LG relies on the mono bottom firing speaker. Thanks to Boombox speaker the audio output on the V40 ThinQ is pretty great. The V40 ThinQ comes with 32-bit HIFI Quad DAC which puts it ahead in the headphone audio than other phones in the niche. Apart from regular volume and power control buttons, both the devices have a dedicated button for AI Assistants. The V40 ThinQ button calls the Google Assistant whereas the Note 9 button access Bixby.

Display

Despite being slightly smaller the V40 ThinQ also comes with a 6.4-inches display panel like the Note 9. The V40 ThinQ display aspect ratio is 19.5:9 whereas the Note 9's display aspect ratio is 18.5:9. Another important aspect is Note 9's display is curved from the edges whereas V40 has a flat display.

The Note 9 has Super AMOLED display with Quad HD+ screen resolution of 1440 x 2960 pixels. The pixels density is 516 pixels-per-inch and it also supports HDR. Like its predecessor, the V40 ThinQ has an OLED display with Quad HD+ screen resolution of 1440 x 3120 pixels. Its pixels density is 538 pixels-per-inch. On paper, the V40 ThinQ's display has better pixels density but it can't be judged with the naked eye.

As far as max brightness is a concern the Note 9 achieves more than 600 nits whereas the V40's display max brightness is below 600 nits. Now it's up to you whether you prefer dual curved complete bezel display or flat notch display.

Hardware

Both the devices are true flagship phones that's why you will get the latest best in terms of hardware. The Qualcomm's Octa-core Snapdragon 845 SoC is powering the V40 ThinQ with 6GB RAM and built-in storage is 64GB. It supports memory expansion via MicroSD.

On the other hand, the Galaxy Note 9 comes in two configurations. The US variant has the Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 chipset whereas the global variant has the Exynos 9810 SoC. The Galaxy Note 9 also has 6GB RAM. In terms of storage, you will either get 128GB for the base model or 8GB RAM with 512GB for the top of the line variant. It also supports memory expansion.

At the moment the Snapdragon 845 is currently the latest best chipset in the market, its successor is due in Q1 2019. Till then it will remain the best in the market. In terms of performance, both are ultra fast in handling daily tasks as well as HIFI games.

Specs LG V40 ThinQ Galaxy Note 9
Display 6.4-inches 6.4-inches
Screen resolution 1440 x 3120 pixels 1440 x 2960 pixels
Chipset Snapdragon 845 Exynos 9810/Snapdragon 845
RAM 6GB 6,8GB
Storage 64GB Expandable via MicroSD 128, 512GB Expandable via MicroSD
Rear camera 12+16+12MP Dual 12MP
Front camera 8+5MP 8MP
Battery 3,300mAh 4,000mAh
USB Type-C Type-C
3.5mm headphone jack Yes Yes
OS Android Oreo 8.1 Android Oreo 8.1
IP68 Yes Yes

Battery

A 4,000mAh battery is on board to keep the Galaxy Note 9 lights on. It's a huge improvement over the predecessor and also enough to keep its lights on for one day even on heavy usage. On moderate usage, you will get even better battery life. The V40 ThinQ has a 3,300mAH battery cell. Surprisingly despite increasing 0.4-inches display, LG didn't bring an upgrade in the battery section. Both the devices have fast charging support. The Note 9 has Quick Charge 2.0 support whereas the Note 9 has Quick Charge 3.0 support. Both the devices also support wireless charging as well.

Software

Both the devices are pre-installed with the Android Oreo 8.1 straight out of the box with different custom UI layer over it. It is understandable why Note 9 is an older version of Android but the chances were quite high the V40 will be shipped with the latest Pie flavor. In coming weeks both the devices will receive the Android Pie update. The Note 9 comes with a desktop experience when the device connected to a PC. It also has new S-Pen with Bluetooth connectivity. In terms of UI and features, the Note 9 certainly has an upper hand.

Cameras

In the camera section, LG sets a new standard by bringing five cameras on the flagship phone, however having more cameras doesn't mean it can outclass the best cameras in the segment. The Note 9 has dual sensors on the rear and a single selfie snapper. Despite having more camera flexibility options, the Note 9's dual cameras outperform LG's V40 in most of the scenarios.

The primary rear sensor is a 12MP module with f/1.5 aperture and optical image stabilization. Due to a large aperture and 1.4µm pixels you can expect good low-light photography. The secondary sensor is a wide-angle 16MP sensor with f/2.4 aperture. Its field of view is 107 degrees. The third sensor is a 12MP telephoto sensor with optical zoom up to 2x. Up front, the primary selfie snapper is 8MP with the 80-degrees field of view and the secondary wide-angle 5MP sensor field of view is 90 -degrees.

The Galaxy Note 9's primary sensor is a 12MP module with a variable aperture between the f/1.5 to f/2.4. Its pixels is 1.4µm and field of view is 77-degrees. The secondary sensor is a 12MP telephoto sensor with optical zoom up to 2x and f/2.4 aperture. The good thing is both sensors on the Note 9 has optical image stabilization. Up front, the selfie snapper is an 8MP module with f/1.7 aperture.

Due to more sensors on board the V40 ThinQ brings more options to capture, you can choose between the wide-angle camera or the telephoto lens. Both the devices can capture 4K video at 60 frames per second and Full HD video at 240 frames per second. To stabilize video both comes with digital image stabilization. The V40 ThinQ also brings HDR video recording which isn't available on the Galaxy Note 9.

Price

As far as pricing is a concern the V40 ThinQ is cheaper than the Galaxy Note 9 but the difference isn't quite huge. The V40 ThinQ can be purchased at $900 whereas the Note 9 base variant was available for $999. Considering the Note 9's base variant has 128GB storage, it is pretty much understood why it's expensive. Also, the Note 9 brings a lot of goodies on board which aren't available for the V40 ThinQ buyers. The Galaxy Note 9 can be purchased at the lower price tag on special deals.

Conclusion:

Both the V40 ThinQ and Galaxy Note 9 are the latest beasts from respective companies. No matter which smartphone you opt you will get a premium experience, design, display, and hardware. The V40 ThinQ is more focused towards media-centric features whereas the Galaxy Note 9 comes with a superb display, design, cameras, and battery and also few extra goodies like S-Pen support.

In terms of pricing, both the devices are amongst the most expensive Android flagships in the market. Now it's up to you which aspect of the phone you like most. For instance, there are many buyers who will prefer V40 ThinQ on the basis of its audio and videography features whereas many sticks to Galaxy Note 9 for its S-Pen and productivity-enhancing features.

Which smartphone amongst the two would you like to have as your next flagship companion? Feel free to share your thoughts with other fellow readers in the comments section below. Stay tuned for more comparisons.

(last update 10 December 2018 @ 02:48)

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