In this post, which will be updated regularly, we take a closer look at the latest rumors surrounding LG’s upcoming V40 ThinQ smartphone.
At the beginning of the year, it was reported that LG’s CEO told the G7 ThinQ team to stop development and start from scratch. Because of this, not only was the LG G7 going to have a delayed release, it brought a lot of uncertainty to the future of the company’s V-series.
Well, if you’ve been keeping track, instead of playing it safe and only releasing as few phones as possible, LG has already released two V-series smartphones in 2018. Now, to end the year off with an even number, the company is reportedly planning to release a fourth flagship smartphone called the LG V40 ThinQ.
LG V40 ThinQ: Release date
- LG will likely skip IFA and host a private launch event sometime in September.
- The V40 ThinQ is rumored to launch in Korea on October 5 and internationally on October 18.
- While nothing has been confirmed, this launch period would strategically place the LG V40 ThinQ between the Galaxy Note 9 and new iPhones.
In past years when the LG would only release a single V-series flagship, the company would host a pre-IFA event to unveil the handset. This year though, according to ETNews, LG is pushing back the announcement and release of the V40 ThinQ to better compete with the upcoming iPhone.
A source for the Korean news publication believes LG is aiming to have the V40 ThinQ on the market by October 18. This move would strategically place the release of the flagship roughly one month after the Samsung Galaxy Note 9’s August 24 unveiling and one month before the next iPhones hit the market.
As LG typically doesn’t release its smartphones immediate after its announcements, the company will likely host its own unveiling sometime in September. LG has yet to release any details about the forthcoming release.
Additionally, in the past, LG has released some of its hardware in Korea weeks before launching things internationally. According to ETNews, South Korean customers should be able to pick up the V40 ThinQ as soon as October 5.
LG V40 ThinQ: Specs
- Expect pretty much the same specs in this phone that we’ve seen in every 2018 handset.
- One perk for audiophiles will be the built-in Hi-Fi Quad DAC and 3.5mm headphone jack.
- Rumored to be LG’s first phone with three rear-facing cameras.
As not much has leaked out about the LG V40 ThinQ at this time, we don’t have a clear image as to what the South Korean company has in store. Of course, the phone is expected to be powered by the Snapdragon 845 octa-core CPU and probably 4 or 6GB of RAM, but that’s all we can assume for internal specs.
But what has been strongly rumored is that the V40 ThinQ will sport five cameras in total and include an OLED display. Going back to the rumored cameras, it’s believed that two of them will point forward and allow the V40 ThinQ to use 3D facial mapping tech to let users unlock the device. The three on the back will likely all have different use cases. It’s believed that the first camera might have a standard wide-angle lens, the second will feature an ultra-wide lens, and the last camera will use a telephoto lens.
The same ETNews report mentioned earlier claims that the phone’s three sensors will be able to shoot at 20MP, 16MP, and 13MP. The publication wasn’t able to confirm which sensor would be associated with each lens.
Let’s talk about the V40 ThinQ’s display. Back in May, LG suggested that it would start only putting OLED displays in its V-series line and using LCDs for the G-line. As the company went through with this on the V35 ThinQ, it safe to assume it’ll also come to the V40 ThinQ. The inclusion of OLED means that the handset’s display should look pretty sharp and beautiful.
In addition to the fact that the screen size will likely be 6 inches or larger, it is pretty clear that LG will include a notch at the top of the phone similar to the G7 ThinQ. Not everyone is a fan of this design, but it will reportedly allow LG to have a 90 percent screen to body ratio. The notch seems like a worthy tradeoff.
|LG V40 ThinQ specs (rumored)|
90 percent screen-to-body ratio
|SoC||Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845|
Three rear-facing sensors with one wide-angle lens, one ultra-wide lens, one telephoto lens
Dual front-facing sensors with 3D face mapping technology
|Audio||3.5mm headphone jack
Hi-Fi Quad DAC
MIL-STD 810G certification
|Extras||Dedicated Google Assistant button|
|Software||Android 8.1 Oreo|
LG V40 ThinQ: Design
- The LG V40 ThinQ is rumored to sport two front-facing cameras and three rear-facing cameras.
- The handset’s display will most likely include a notch.
Surprisingly, the V40 ThinQ has yet to have any leaked renders which normally allow us to get an idea of what the device will look like. One key detail, though, that will help shape the flagship’s look and feel is the phone’s rumored three rear-facing cameras.
Having three cameras on the rear of the V40 ThinQ wouldn’t be too strange as we’ve seen a growing number of phones like the Huawei P20 Pro launch with a similar setup. If LG keeps with its current design language, there’s a possibility that all three cameras will just be lined up at the top of the handset over the fingerprint sensor.
Again, it’s widely believed that LG will be bringing a notched display to the V40 ThinQ. This would be the first V-series phone with a notch, and with the rumored 90 percent screen to body ratio, it should hopefully have a much smaller chin and bezels compared to the G7 ThinQ.
LG V40 ThinQ: Price
- The LG V40 ThinQ will likely cost the same if not more than its predecessors.
- The unlocked model will likely set you back more than $900.
Just this year, we’ve seen some price variation in LG’s V-series line. When released back in May, the LG V30S ThinQ with its slight spec bump was on sale for $930. Then, shortly after that, LG unveiled the V35 ThinQ for $900.
So while we haven’t heard any rumors about what the V40 ThinQ’s price tag might be, let’s assume that the more premium nature of the phone will likely increase its cost. This is a pretty substantial chunk of cash for a phone that will probably not differ that much from the V-line’s previous devices.
Even asking just $900 for the LG V40 ThinQ when you can spend that amount or less on a similarly-beefy device from other manufacturers and even LG might be too much. LG makes great phones, but just like many other companies, their sales are dropping fast as consumers switch to other devices like the Google Pixel 2 which offers timely updates and is overall a more reliable smartphone.
In the meantime, share your thoughts on LG’s upcoming smartphone with us. Is the inclusion of a 3.5mm headphone jack and built-in DAC enough to keep you from leaving LG behind? Let us know in the comments!