LG V40 ThinQ Review: How Many Cameras Can You Fit On A Smartphone?
The LG V40 ThinQ is a device that we’ve waited a while to get our hands on and so were understandably thrilled when a handset landed at Clove last week.
LG’s latest flagship device, the V40 ThinQ will be available from Clove early in January so head on over to our website to check that out.
The early impressions have been very positive, but what exactly does the device offer? Let’s have a closer look.
Design and Display
Following recent trends, the LG V40 ThinQ comes fitted with a large 6.4-inch Quad HD OLED display that produces very rich and vibrant colours. The device has a 1440 x 3120-pixel resolution at 536ppi and supports HDR10, meaning that images look very sharp and colourful as you might be able to see.
There is a small notch cut out at the top of the device, but otherwise the front is virtually all screen. We realise this is a big put off for some people, but the notch can be hidden by blackening the sides in the phone’s settings. For us, this hasn’t been too much of a distraction at all.
Now there are black bezels around the edges of the display that are definitely noticeable but don’t take away from the vivacity of the screen that much at all. The glass of the display curves into the edges of the device, making it very comfortable to hold one handed and the aluminium frame matches the Blue finish of the V40 ThinQ, which we think gives a much more attractive look.
The first thing we noticed when handling the device, is the weight of it. Now the V40 ThinQ is noticeably light and weighs in at only 5.96 ounces. Now when we’ve reviewed other light devices, the weight has made the phone feel more low-end, but with the V40 you don’t get this at all.
There is a fingerprint sensor on the back that has worked pretty quickly for us and the device comes in two finishes; Aurora Black and Moroccan Blue as you can see here.
- 6.4-inch Quad HD OLED display
- 1440 x 3120-pixel resolution
- HDR10 Support
- 5.96 ounces
- Aurora Black and Moroccan Blue
It’s without a shadow of a doubt that the most impressive element of the LG V40 ThinQ is its camera setup. How many cameras can you fit on a smartphone? Well in LG’s case; five.
Now these 5 cameras are split across the device, with 3 fitted on the rear and a double-lens shooter on the front of the device.
The triple lens setup on the back consists of a 12MP main sensor that comes with optical image stabilisation, a 78-degree field of view and a fast f/1.5 aperture that pulls in an impressive amount of light. The second lens is a 16MP super-wide-angle lens that has a 107-degree field of view and a f/1.9 aperture, and lastly the telephoto lens measures in at 12MP and has 2x optical zoom.
But what really makes the LG V40 ThinQ stand out from the crowd is it’s unique array of effects.
Let’s start with Triple Shot. Triple Shot works by taking three photos simultaneously, one through each lens and you can then choose which you prefer – the standard shot, zoomed shot, or the wide angle shot. We’ve really enjoyed this as it saved us loads of time choosing which lens would be best for the pictures we want to take.
Cineshot is also pretty cool but we’ve yet to truly master this like some others have. Essentially this allows you to select and animate certain parts of your photo that have movement, bringing still images to life for six seconds. T can be tricky to get to grips with, but if you manage to get the hang of it, then the results are really really cool.
3D Light Effect allows you to choose between 5 different effects – Natural, Softbox, Contour, Stage and Stage Black and White – to brighten, contour or add drama to portrait images and HDR helps to capture bright points and dark shadows in the same image, giving extra vivacity to images.
Alongside this, as with many other flagships, the V40 ThinQ comes equipped with some impressive AI Tech that can identify more than 100 objects and scenes and group these into 18 different categories. This has worked really well on previous devices and so far we’ve been impressed with this on the LG. Similarly, Google Lens works really well in identifying objects, artwork and landmarks and providing instant information.
If selfies are more your thing, then you’ll be pleased to hear that the V40 ThinQ comes with a dual-lens setup on the front of the device. The primary lens is 8MP with an f/1.9 aperture and is really effective in taking those portrait photos. Backing this up a 5MP wide angle lens with an f/2.2 aperture that helps to get everybody into those big group pictures. The wide-angle lens comes with a 90-degree field of view that we haven’t had any problems with but many other devices are significantly wider.
- Triple lens rear camera
- 12MP main sensor; optical image stablisation, f/1.5 aperture
- 16MP super-wide-angle lens; f/1.9 aperture
- 12MP telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom
- AI Technology recognises over 100 scenes
- Dual lens front camera
- Primary 8MP lens with f/1.9 aperture
- 5MP wide-angle lens with an f/2.2 aperture
If an impressive camera setup wasn’t enough, then the V40 ThinQ comes with DTS:X Surround Sound that brings spatial sound to the device, so that audio seems to come from all directions.
The Boombox speaker found on the G7 ThinQ is also included and has been built for bass, producing sound that we have been very very impressed with. So much so, we were a little surprised that sound only comes from one speaker. Impressively, the whole phone acts as a resonance chamber which really does produce some excellent audio. Place the device on a flat wooden or metal surface for optimal sound.
- DTS:X Surround Sound
- Boombox Speaker
With a flagship device comes top of the class performance and the LG V40 ThinQ is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 chipset and 6GB of RAM. Again, we’ve been very impressed by the speed in which LG’s flagship works, as we’ve experienced no frame rate issues whilst gaming or lags when opening and using multiple apps.
The device runs Android 8.1 Oreo which is a little surprising considering most devices have now upgraded to Android 9 and the 3,300mAh battery will get you through a day with ease but again is smaller than many other flagships.
Similarly, the V40 ThinQ comes with 64GB internal memory which is less than we had anticipated, however there is microSD card slot which means that storage can easily be expanded.
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
- 6GB RAM
- Android 8.1 Oreo
- 3,300mAh battery
- 64GB internal memory
- microSD card slot
So, as you can see LG have produced a camera phone that has what it takes to compete with some of the top flagships currently on the market. It has some really unique features that we really love here at Clove, and you’ll have endless fun playing with the plethora of settings that come fitted.