LG V40 THINQ REVIEW | 5 cameras and a multimedia powerhouse device

 

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The LG V40ThinQ , is a very good phone. The LG V40ThinQ incorporates a total of five cameras, 3 at the back and 2 in front.

The LG V40ThinQ retains the V series design philosophy with an improved 6.4-inch FullVision OLED display and even slimmer bezels than before. Powered by the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 845 Mobile Platform paired with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, the LG V40ThinQ delivers powerful features that have made the LG V series a favorite among smartphone users.

Five Cameras in One Smartphone 

It features a rear camera module with three different lenses: 16MP super wide-angle, 12MP standard angle and 12MP telephoto. The 107-degree super wide-angle lens captures more view in a frame, such as a vast mountain range or stunning lake, without having to physically step back to get more in a shot. The telephoto with 2x optical zoom (or 3.2x the zoom of the wide-angle lens) allows users to take clear shots of distant subjects, such as wildlife animals or birds, without much loss in image quality.

There is a special feature called the “The Triple Shot”. This feature stitches together the images captured with each of the three lenses into a short video file for easy sharing.

The front camera features a 5MP wide-angle and 8MP standard angle lens that work in tandem to create the perfect bokeh effect, with an on-screen slider to adjust the amount of background blur. Other features allow selfie lovers to personalize their photos even more with unique lighting and special effects.

The pixel size of the main rear camera sensor has been improved by about 40 percent compared to the LG V30+, increasing from 1μm to 1.4μm, and the image sensor is more than 18 percent larger than its predecessor.

In addition to delivering the sharpest and brightest images of any LG smartphone camera, the F1.5 aperture of the main camera delivers greater depth of field, half the shutter lag and significantly faster burst mode compared with the LG V30+.

 

Effect of three different lenses: 16MP super wide-angle, 12MP standard angle and 12MP telephoto

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The Perfect Shot, Made Easy

What is more, the smartphone boasts Dual PDAF (Phase Detection Auto Focus), which delivers automatic focusing that is 50 percent faster — about twice as fast as the industry average. The advanced HDR feature analyzes and determines the right exposure settings to create perfectly lit shots, eliminating overexposed backgrounds or underexposed subjects. Hence, subjects are always in perfect focus because the camera checks sharpness continuously until the shutter button is pressed.

 

LG has also upgraded the camera in the LG V40ThinQ to be even more powerful and intuitive than ever, capable of delivering the most ideal color, composition, white balance and shutter speed. The AI CAM’s new AI Composition feature taps into the phone’s intelligence to frame, capture and recommend an alternative shot to the one taken by the user. AI Auto White Balance automatically adjusts the color temperature across different lighting situations while AI Shutter selects the right shutter speed, a feature especially useful when capturing fast-moving subjects.

 

Other new features such as Cine Shot, 3D Light Effect, Makeup Pro, Custom Backdrop and Story Shot take the photography experience on the LG V40ThinQ to new heights. Cine Shot makes creating cinemagraphs – images with animation – incredibly easy and fun. Simply shoot a short video with any of the phone’s three rear cameras and “paint” the area to be animated with a finger. 3D Light Effect changes the tone of a photo with professional-looking lighting. Touch up any selfie with different looks using Makeup Pro or entirely change the background of a selfie with Custom Backdrop. Story Shot allows users to create fun photo composites. Simply choose a background image from existing photos in the photo gallery, or take a new backdrop with the smartphone. Then users can take a selfie which will superimpose them onto the background photo.

 

A Sonorous Sound Experience

LG has been featuring high-fidelity audio in its smartphones and the V40ThinQ is no exception, being the first LG phone to carry the Audio Tuned by Meridian label. The 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC produces a balanced sound signature that comes extremely close to the quality of an original recording. And Boombox Speaker, originally introduced on the LG G7+ThinQ, doubles the bass of conventional smartphone speakers by utilizing the internal space of the device as a resonance chamber. When placed on a solid surface or hollow box, the LG V40ThinQ acts like a woofer to amplify the bass even more.

 

Minimalist Design  

The clean lines and sophisticated colors emphasize the main design elements of the LG V40ThinQ: smooth touch, unique color and seamless form. Its proprietary Silky BlastTM process etches the tempered glass back with microscopic pits to create a smoother matte finish which feels extremely comfortable in the hand. The matte glass also offers a high resistance to fingerprints and stains.

 

The LG V40ThinQ retains the slim and light design heritage of the V series, weighing only 169g and measuring a svelte 7.7mm in thickness. Like its predecessor, the
LG V40ThinQ is IP68 rated.

Available from Jan 2019, starting from S$ 1098.

 

VERDICT:

The LG V40 is a feature-packed, high-performance, 5 cameras phone at a very good price. It is powerful yet lightweight and has an OLED screen. Maybe having a bigger battery and higher OS would make it perfect.

 

 

 

 

 

For more information about LG V40ThinQ:

https://www.lg.com/sg/mobile-phones/lg-LMV405EBW

 

LG V40ThinQ Key Specifications:

 

  • Chipset: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 845 Mobile Platform
  • Display: 6.4-inch 19.5:9 QHD+ OLED FullVision Display (3120 x 1440 / 538ppi)
  • Memory: 6GB LPDDR4x RAM / 128GB UFS 2.1 ROM / microSD (up to 2TB)
  • Camera:

–  Rear: 16MP Super Wide (F1.9 / 1.0μm / 107°)

12MP Standard (F1.5 / 1.4μm / 78°)

12MP Telephoto (F2.4 / 1.0μm / 45°)

–  Front: 8MP Standard (F1.9 / 1.12μm / 80°)

5MP Wide (F2.2 / 1.12μm / 90°)

  • Battery: 3300mAh
  • Operating System: Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Size: 158.7 x 75.8 x 7.7mm
  • Weight: 169g
  • Network: LTE/3G/2G
  • Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac / Bluetooth 5.0 BLE / NFC / USB Type-C 2.0 (3.1 compatible)
  • Colors: Platinum Gray / Moroccan Blue / Carmine Red
  • Other: Cine Shot / Triple Preview / Triple Shot / AI CAM / AI Composition / Boombox Speaker / Google Assistant / Google Lens / AI Haptic / 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC / DTS:X 3D Surround Sound / Super Far Field Voice Recognition / IP68 Water and Dust Resistance / HDR10 / Face Recognition / Fingerprint Sensor / Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ 3.0 Technology (Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ 4 Compatible) / Wireless Charging / FM Radio

* Specifications, features and accessories may vary depending on the particular market

 

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