While we loved the LG G6 and the LG V30, it’s no secret that LG’s mobile division has found itself in dire straits recently. Still, LG has a few tricks up its sleeve, and it’s probably hoping that 2018 will see a revival of its fortunes. Chief among LG’s great hopes is likely to be one of its flagship heavy-hitters — the LG V40 ThinQ. Here’s everything we know about LG’s upcoming blockbuster.
LG’s V-range has traditionally been one of the later models to launch in a calendar year, and that tradition seems to be intact. We have received an invitation from LG inviting us to an event in New York City, on October 3.
The invite tells us to “come and see what’s next,” and mentions “take 5.” While take 5 could refer to some form of video production, it’s more likely that it’s referring to the number of camera lenses on the LG V40 ThinQ. Rumors say that the LG V40 ThinQ will come with five camera lenses — three on the back and two on the front. This invite seems to confirm that rumor, and also confirms the name of the device.
This invite invalidates older rumors that the V40 would launch in November. This stemmed from a render that showed a date of November 14, suggesting an announcement date. However, this was up for debate even before the invite, as the South Korean tech site ETNews reported that Myung-bak Lee, a senior LG official, announced LG will launch the LG V40 in early October.
In September, LG filed paperwork with the Federal Communications Commission for a handset that appears to be the V40. Handset manufacturers tend to send paperwork to the FCC shortly before their devices launch since confidentiality requests are limited to 180 days.
Design and display
The LG V40 will apparently retain the same aesthetic as the V30 and V35. According to a source, it will include a notched display, LG’s Quad DA, and a button for Google Assistant that will be found along the volume rocker. On the back, there will also be a fingerprint sensor.
You may also see a whole lot more display on the upcoming LG V40. According to Tech Radar, the upcoming handset will have an improved screen-to-body ratio, covering more than 90 percent of the front of the phone. However, renders from Mysmartprice seem to debunk this, showing a display that is nearly identical to the LG V30.
If renders from Mysmartprice are to be believed, the LG V40 will have a triple camera sensor on its rear, and dual front-facing lenses. This seems to corroborate an earlier rumor from Android Police, stating the LG V40 could include five cameras — three on the rear and two on the front of the handset. The report claims the front-facing cameras may feature a “stereo configuration” that will allow record a 3D map of the face. As for the three rear cameras, ET News is reporting the phone will have a 20-megapixel primary lens, 16-megapixel wide-angle lens, and a 13-megapixel telephoto lens.
With this phone’s release looking to be a few months away, we’ve heard very little about any possible specs, and you can expect some details to change as the phone’s release date nears.
However, it’s a fair bet that the LG V40 ThinQ will release with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor. A leaked list of phones from December 2017 included the LG V40 as one of the phones expected to include Qualcomm’s newest and most powerful chipset, and we can’t see that changing between now and later this year.
That is all we know about the LG V40 ThinQ, but you can expect to see a lot more from this phone as we move through the year. The LG V30 was our sleeper hit of 2017, and we’re expecting LG to pull out even more stops in 2018.
While we don’t know very much about the latest addition to LG’s V-range, the name seems to be fairly set in stone. The first confirmation of the name has come from renowned and usually correct serial leaker Evan Blass, who tweeted that an upcoming LG handset going by the code name “Storm” was, in fact, the LG V40 — a later tweet also confirmed that the full name of the handset would be the LG V40 ThinQ, to match the LG G7 ThinQ.
LG V40 is codenamed Storm. pic.twitter.com/fNqLUdNzsP
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) April 20, 2018
Updated on September 13: We’ve been invited to the LG V40 ThinQ’s launch event.