Review: LG V40ThinQ, the perfect photography companion

February 15, 2019 • Features, Gadgets and Gaming, Top Stories

Design: 75%

Performance : 70%

Camera: 80%

Functionality : 70%

Perfect photography companion


LG Electronic released the V40Thinq on the 7th of February this year. For this release, LG partnered with South African telecom operator, Vodacom to bring the phone to consumers. Among a number of fascinating features, the device sports a noticeable 5 camera setup, but is it really worth the hype? The V40 ThinQ also features an OLED screen, which makes white look intensely bright and black inky and dark.

It comes with an improved 6.4-inch QHD+ (3120 x 1440) OLED FullVision display. The new plastic OLED display is designed to deliver more accurate colours and better luminance consistency. The 4.5 million pixels delivered by the OLED display is the most of any QHD+ smartphone on the market today.

The new plastic OLED display is designed to deliver accurate colours

In South Africa, LG brings the smartphone in New Moroccan blue only.

The almost bezel-less phone is perfect for streaming videos, playing games and, of course, taking the perfect pictures. The bottom bezel is 1.6mm thinner than its predecessor and the side bezels are some of the smallest on a flagship phone available today.

The V40 has a Google Assistant button on the right side of the phone and a separate power key from the fingerprint reader, which is placed below the three rear cameras. For a phone this size, the device is surprisingly comfortable in the hand and fits effortlessly into a small handbag. It is light and narrow and easy to carry.

The LGV40 is water resistant with an IP68 rating for water resistance. It has both a 3.5mm headphone jack and a USB C charging port.

Being the first LG phone to carry the Audio Tuned by Meridian label, the V40 prioritised high fidelity audio and offers impeccable sound.

The V40 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform paired with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The device has a MicroSD slot for extra storage.

Standout features of the phone are the five cameras. The phone has three cameras placed at the back, two placed in the notch, and provides users with an option for normal selfies or a wide-angle option. Its rear camera setup includes a standard lens with optical image stabilization, a wide-angle lens and a telephoto lens with 2x zoom that takes dramatic, bokeh-style portraits. LG also loaded the camera with a bunch of lighting tools for portrait photos, such as Cine Shot, 3D Light Effect, Makeup Pro, Custom Backdrop, My Avatar and AR Emoji.

Photo quality on the V40 is excellent — pictures taken in brightly lit settings were sharp and vibrant.

For low-light scenes, the V40 brightened up a dark bar easily.

The V40’s battery life is middling for a big-screen phone. For a person who consumes a lot of multimedia content, the device can be a pretty good match. With a 3300mAh, the phone will last a good 6 to 8 hours on an average day.

The V40 runs on Android 8.1, it is speedy and quick and matches some of the top Android phones available currently.

The V40 is good value for money. The phone will cost you R12,499 postpaid and R599 per month on a Vodacom contract. It is a light powerhouse that offers all the unique features that one might be looking for. The V40 is a solid with an onboard Hi-Fi Quad DAC for wired headphones and DTS:X for Bluetooth buds. It is a preferred phone for listening to music and watching videos. This device really is worth the hype.

By Fundisiwe Maseko
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