LG’s V40 ThinQ spreads its camera performance a bit too thin

If you want a solid phone and as versatile of a camera system as possible, look no further.

LG shed more light on the V40 ThinQ it teased last week and it has a price that fits its camera count. The G7 ThinQ has been an underrated phone since its release. This may be partly due to LG’s lacking history of flagship smartphones, maybe its unusual name, or maybe LG’s skin on android. Either way, the G7’s hardware was a real competitor, even if you never considered buying one. The V40 thinQ tries to build on the G7’s design, but it doesn’t manage to shake the hindrances of the G7.

The headlining feature of V40 is it’s cameras. There are five of them in total though LG isn’t trying any fancy tricks with these cameras. Each of the three rear cameras has a different focal length. There’s one telephoto, one standard, and one wide-angle. The front two cameras have a similar policy with one being standard and the other being wide-angle to allow more people to squeeze into a selfie. Unlike other manufacturers, LG doesn’t seem to have used the same sensor in each camera. Many sources are reporting photos from one camera having a completely different white balance and overall quality than the others. There’s also an interesting feature that allows you to take a photo will all 3 rear cameras, then stitching them together into a zooming video clip. This seems silly and, from what I’ve seen, the results leave a lot to be desired (If you do desire, that is). If you’re able to look past all this, the versatility of the camera system can be valuable to any photography nerd.

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The other main feature of the V40 is it’s headphone jack(No, not that it actually has a one, although that’s also a good selling point). The headphone jack has a built in Quad DAC, allowing the phone to push better audio quality and more power to your headphones than most phones. This makes the V40 the best phone to use with your overly expensive audiophile headphones. Features like this directly contradict the trend for everything to go wireless and they are refreshing to see.The V40 carries over the haptic feedback motors from its predecessor. LG’s haptics are the best you can get in an android phone and are surpassed only by Apple’s. This adds a level of physicality to the UI that makes any phone just a little more enjoyable to use. Both of those features only add to the V40’s power draw. It’s a good thing LG bumped up the battery to 3,300mAh. This allows the V40 to easily last you all day and then some, even if you’re a heavy phone user.

Behind the V40’s 6.4-inch OLED display, which should be better than last year’s, is a Snapdragon 845 and 6GB of RAM. This make it plenty capable of keeping up with it’s competition, assuming LG’s skin doesn’t hinder the phone too much. The phone comes with a 64GB or storage out of the box. There is also a micro SD slot in case that’s not enough space for you. Although, I don’t know many people who would need more than 64GB. LG’s software remains largely untouched with the exception of some performance enhancements. This can be a good or bad thing depending on your taste. Personally, I prefer as close to a stock Android experience as possible. LG’s skin is certainly not that.

The V40 shares much of it’s design with the G7 with some minor changes to accommodate the camera systems. The glass back I’m sure is pretty but will be as slippery as ever. It comes in a few colors including white, black, red, and a slick blue. It has a fingerprint sensor on the back below it’s triple-camera setup. It also has a dedicated button for Google Assistant. While it’s not remappable, I’d probably map it to Google Assistant anyway.

Overall, The LG V40 ThinQ is a more refined version of the G7. It’s main features are it’s five cameras, Quad DAC, and better performance over its predecessor. Starting at $899, it’s certainly not a cheap option. Considering the iPhone Xs and Galaxy Note 9 aren’t much more expensive, the V40 is hard to recommend. That being said, if you want a solid phone and as versatile of a camera system as possible, look no further.

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