The flagship LG V40 ThinQ is finally here with a 6.4-inch OLED
screen, five cameras, Qualcomm 845 processor and a sound pedigree that may be
hard to beat.
LG puts everything it can into the V-series – these are aspirational
devices. This then flows down to the G-series
and so on. LG smartphones always end up on GadgetGuy’s ‘best of’ lists as they
are just that.
We rate the superseded LG V30+ 4/128GB as a ‘best buy’. It has a 4.8-out-of-five rating and GadgetGuy said, “It ticks all the flagship boxes, and then some making it a solid contender for the best flagship of the year.”
It started life at $1,199, dropped to $799 when the G7 ThinQ
came out but is clearing now for $479 – amazing value for a phone that rates in the top
five flagships in the world.
Back to the V40 ThinQ
We hate typing ThinQ every time we write about an LG product
so let’s get it over with. ThinQ is LG’s
take on Artificial Intelligence and its part of many consumer electronics products
it makes. Voice Assistants use it to get things done with LG products – it has a deeper understanding of how the device works.
So, if you as OK Google, turn the TV on – it relays that to ThinQ to do so.
That is smart.
We will be reviewing the LG V40 ThinQ soon but here is what we know.
Well three on the back and two on the front. The rear has a 12MP standard (f/.15, 1.40 μm, PDAF, OIS/EIS), 16MP wide angle and 12MP Telephoto 2/5 optical/digital Zoom. The front has an 8MP standard and 5MP wide angle.
Looking at the specifications shows it has the potential to
take great photos in good and low light. We have always liked the wide-angle
lens – it is great for wide-vista tourist
shots. It supports 4K video and HDR10.
Selfies also get AI, 3D lighting effects, Avatars, beauty
mode and more. There are also lots of AI functions on both front and rear to
help get the best shot.
Audio Boombox tuned by Meridian
The V-series has the best Sabre ES9218P, 32-bit Hi-Fi DAC
making it a pleasure to use with Hi-Res music and headphones. The Boombox
speaker refers to inner resonance chambers
top and bottom that help boost bass. It also has DTX:X virtual sound
LG is a pioneer in OLED and its 6.4-inch, 19.5:9, 3120 x 1440 screen should be superb. At 84.3% S-T-B-R
it’s almost all screen (apart from the
An eight-core, Qualcomm 845 flagship processor with 6GB RAM
and 6544GB storage. The microSD card allows inexpensive
storage to 2TB.
Fingerprint reader, 3,300mAH Quick Charge battery, full local
and international 4G LTE coverage, IP68/MIL-STD-810G, dedicated Google
Assistant key and everything you expect from a flagship device.
Price: LG V40 ThinQ
TBA for the Australian certified model. You can get grey
market/parallel imports from $1299, but
these don’t support all Australian carrier features. Colours include Moroccan
Blue and Platinum Grey. It ships with Android Oreo but Pie is coming.