LG V40 ThinQ is a beautiful smartphone, built masterfully and with a technical data sheet, brings with it many good reasons to be preferred to the competition, but (and this but with LG we often find ourselves, despite ourselves, to have to enter), arrives with a nightmare “time to market”, just before MWC 19, where new tops will arrive in packs, and almost all of them will have few but significant innovations to be put on the field, in the face of a price that inevitably will not be very different from the 999.99 Euro needed to take home the jewel of LG.
Excluding the bizarre choices of the Koreans, this product is very valid and worth discovering in more detail.
All you need to know is in our review of the LG V40 ThinQ.
Unboxing of LG V40 ThinQ
It is significant the packaging of LG V40 ThinQ, from the first impact with the product promises a care and completeness that, fortunately, the smartphone will keep.
You will find a rapid 9V-1.8A power supply (charging takes about 1 hour and a half) a pair of very good corded cord and a USB-Type-C cable for charging and data exchange.
Hardware & Connectivity
LG V40 ThinQ is the classic top of the range that we would have expected in 2018, it does not have the latest Qualcomm processor available, but the Snapdragon 845, which has been seen on high-end smartphones (including LG G7) since the spring of last year and that we will not find more in the new top of the range coming in a few weeks.
The Snapdragon 845 is a great “engine”, on this there is no rain, our criticism is not therefore on the merits of the quality of the hardware platform, but once again in the form.
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In fact, we believe that being part of being “premium” (and costing 1000 euros) also have a technical card without the slightest deburring, with the last available processor and the best of the best, period.
On the other hand, at the time of the presentation LG V40 did not sin at all in this sense, unfortunately, however, only now arrives in Italy, when now you breathe the air of novelty and especially the air of Snapdragon 855.
TECHNICAL SHEET LG V40 ThinQ
Forgive us the excursus on why and how much of the processor, the rest of the data sheet is top, RAM in abundance, expandable memory, dual sim with LTE on both slots of Cat. 18, wireless charging, IP68 certification for water resistance and dust and all possible imaginable sensors.
There is no lack of NFC, GPS (but with single frequency), Bluetooth 5.0, FM radio and a Type-C 3.1 connector with video output.
There are also other goodies but we’ll talk about it in the paragraph dedicated to multimedia.
We spend a few words for the fingerprint reader placed on the back, very fast, comfortable to reach and feel under the fingertips, but it is not as modern as a fingerprint reader under the display or an unlock with 3D face recognition.
It is worth mentioning that LG has brought the ThinQ V40 exclusively with TIM brand, although this will also be available in the second slot for nanoSIM.
It is a product that takes quite well and at the same time has really low SAR levels.
Ergonomics, Design & Materials
The elegance of LG V40 ThinQ is remarkable, as soon as you handle it for a few minutes you immediately notice the satin glass finish of the back cover, in red it is original without being tacky, does not hold the fingerprints and slips a little.
We also liked the contrast with the polished aluminum edge, colored in accordance with the back cover, which in Italy can be red or blue, there is no black color, but not bad.
Frontally the look is more anonymous, with the usual notch and thin but not extreme frames, even if they have the advantage of having the same thickness on 3 sides,
It’s a large smartphone (158.8 x 75.7 x 7.6 mm), albeit not huge, and the light weight at 169 grams certainly plays in its favor.
The keys are well reachable, nice also the button dedicated to Google Assistant, although initially we happened to inadvertently press it.
In all this, however, the thing we liked the most is the haptic feedback, the same already encountered on LG V30 and G7, excellent, consistent and accurate like no other smartphone (except for iPhone XS and XS Max).
Display, Audio & Multimedia
LG V40 ThinQ is equipped with a home-made OLED display from LG, a beautiful 6.4-inch diagonal QHD panel, interrupted at the top by a not particularly disturbing notch.
Compared to last year’s model, the first with a screen by LG, there was a remarkable step forward and now there is nothing to envy compared to a Samsung flagship or the BOE screen of Huawei Mate 20 Pro.
Excellent color reproduction, with natural tones and an accurate point of white, very high even the maximum brightness with the only criticism of a management a bit ‘too conservative on automatic adjustment.
It lacks a bit ‘consistency in solid colors, you will notice in the white screens that will have a slight paper effect, so they will not be as bright as you would expect.
Overall, however, we can not complain and there is no doubt in positioning V40 among the best Android ever in the display area.
The V series has always been distinguished by an excellent photographic sector, and even the latest born is no exception.
LG V40 ThinQ can count on a 12 MP main sensor combined with a stabilized F / 1.5 lens, to which is added a second 12 MP sensor but combined with a stabilized 2X telephoto lens with F / 2.4 aperture, finally there is a third 16 MP rear sensor with F / 1.9 wide-angle lens.
What’s more, even frontally there are two cameras, the main standard focal length, 8 MP F / 1.9 and the slightly wider 5MP secondary, which is also exploited for the bokeh effect.
The quality of the shots is high, the phone has proved a reliable companion in all our photographic adventures, does not fear the darkness and offers extraordinary flexibility thanks to the 5 objectives.
Combining quality and versatility we get one of the best packages ever on the Android world, consistent and effectively helped by the many configuration options and special modes added by the software.
When there is a lot of light the level of detail is considerable, the same can be said for night photos even if in these situations a little ‘cleaning is sacrificed just to not lose the small details.
The consistency in performance convinced us that we always get good photos in all conditions and with all cameras, a capacity certainly not obvious and not very common even among the top of the range.
Portraits and videos are also very good, up to 4K at 60 fps, these are enhanced by the possibility of manually managing the various parameters and capturing the sound in HD when an external microphone is connected.
Selfies are also good, better with lots of light, but in general we are in line with the medium-high end of the market.
In short, really LG V40 is an ideal tool for creative work or photo and video reportage, in our case it is easy to think of its usefulness in the classic working conditions of a journalist.
Battery & Autonomy
The battery of LG V40 is 3300 mAh, not many, not very few, say enough to get to the evening with low average use, but insufficient if you use a lot of the smartphone during the day, you always move under the data network and maybe even a some outdoor time with a very bright display.
With the review of LG V40 ThinQ we come to talk about software, especially the LG UX, here based (yet) on Android 8.0 Oreo (with Pie coming soon).
The LG UX is a cross between the highly customized software like that of Samsung or Huawei, and those more like Android stock such as Sony, Motorola or OnePlus, a compromise that may or may not like.
There are various customization options, some advanced features, while features dedicated to privacy or multitasking are missing, even full-screen gestures are missing.
In short, without infamy and without praise, but we expect at least a graphic update during 2019, we would need it.