Not so long ago, LG stated that it would release devices only when necessary, but it has several phones in the works that are due this year. Next up, the LG V40 ThinQ, which will attempt to woo new fans with a five-camera setup. The latest leaked images confirm a triple-real camera, a notched display, and a late autumn release date!
LG V40 ThinQ: design revealed
The first LG V40 ThingQ renders have leaked and confirm a couple of things we already suspected. LG latest flagship will pack three cameras into the back of the device, plus a single LED flash. The triple sensor will take on the Huawei P20 Pro. The circular fingerprint sensor is also on the back, centered below the horizontal camera housing. it is difficult to tell from the images, but it also looks like the camera lenses will be slightly raised from the back of the phone.
On the front, it looks like yet another notched screen and the display appears to have curved edges. LG has been using OLED screens on its V series but there is still the possibility of a P-OLED screen coming to this V40. It also looks like you will be able to hide the notch, similar to how it is done on the LG G7 ThinQ. The two cameras in the notch (bringing us to a grand total of five cameras in the V40) could be used for 3D facial recognition.
The power button and SIM-card slot sit on the right-hand side of the phone, and there also appears to be a button dedicated to the digital assistant on the left, just below the volume buttons. Down the bottom, we have a speaker, a microphone, a USB Type-C port and A 3.5mm headphone jack.
The third lens question
It seems relatively certain that there will be the classic LG configuration with a standard and a wide-angle lens. But what is the third camera for? Clearly, a lens with telephoto function would be conceivable, but a sensor for better photos in the dark is also possible.
The notch will celebrate its V-series debut with the LG V40. Overall, the design will be based on the LG G7 ThinQ. If we consider LG's statements on the subject of displays, the LG V40 should be equipped with an OLED panel. LG named display technology as the most important distinguishing feature between the G and V series. A Snapdragon 845 should also be taken for granted at this point in the year.
If you are looking for a fast LG phone without the notch, the LG V35 is the best choice. Let's hope for the LG V40 that LG is planning something special with the camera. The past G and V smartphones had to give way to the competition.
November Release date?
If you're an avid follower of LG, you'll know we're talking about the V40's code name: Storm. A strong name, so LG should deliver a device to match. We know this thanks to reliable leaker Evan Blass, who also gave us some more gossip regarding the release of the brand's lineup this year:
LG V40 is codenamed Storm. pic.twitter.com/fNqLUdNzsP— Evan Blass (@evleaks) April 20, 2018
V35 ThinQ (Emma) is arriving around the same time as G7 ThinQ (Neo/Judy), while V40 ThinQ (Storm) is the late summer / early fall flagship. https://t.co/dDLeTYwKEf— Evan Blass (@evleaks) April 20, 2018
This information now has to be taken with a pinch of salt. As indicated on the date which can be seen on these renders, displayed on the phone's screen in the left image, it is possible that LG is gearing up for a November 16 release date. We're not sure of this right now, and release schedules can change at short notice, of course, so we'll have to wait and see. We would expect the phone to launch with Android 9 Pie, by the time it releases.
The presentation could be at IFA 2018 in Berlin, considering this is where LG held its event for the release of the V30. If you have your eye on the V35 ThinQ or the G7 ThinQ, they will arrive a little sooner, with the G7 landing May 2.
What else do we know about the V40? Not a lot at this stage, but we can expect improved AI functionality, a feature that was highlighted by LG at MWC this year, as well as the ThinQ name. We'll keep you updated with all the details as they roll in.
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