“The LG V40 ThinQ is the first smartphone with five cameras, making it a notable upgrade over the V30”
Earlier this year, LG Electronics‘ Vice Chairman Cho Sung-jin announced that the South Korean brand will only launch a smartphone when it is satisfied with it and not to be in some race. The brand seems to have stuck to the promise as is evident from the launch of the LG G7+ ThinQ, which puts competitors and flagship killers to shame, as per our review. Now, the handset maker has knocked it out of the park with the latest V series smartphone – the V40 ThinQ, which happens to be the world’s first smartphone to feature triple rear camera module and dual selfie shooters. We pit the latest launch against its predecessor – the V30, which was launched as V30 Plus (review) in India to see whether the new launch is just about cameras or the whole package has been upgraded. Stay with us to find out.
LG V40 ThinQ vs LG V30: what’s changed
The first thing that you will notice, of course, is the triple-camera setup on the back and twin sensors on the front of LG V40 ThinQ. The smartphone flaunts a 12-megapixel camera accompanied by a 16-megapixel super wide-angle sensor and 12-megapixel telephoto lens. For selfies, you get an 8MP shooter backed by a 5MP wide-angle lens. In comparison, the LG V30 Plus offers a 16MP + 13MP wide-angle setup on the rear panel. The smartphone features rather low-res 5-megapixel snapper on the front.
Speaking of the front, the LG V40 ThinQ offers better screen-to-body ratio as it comes with a display notch, which is missing from the V30 Plus. The latest launch comes with a 6.4-inch Quad HD+ P-OLED FullVision display featuring an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. In comparison, the predecessor comes with the same QHD+ P-OLED FullVision display but a slightly smaller panel at 6-inch and a more conventional 18:9 aspect ratio.
Moving on to the performance, the V40 ThinQ has been equipped with the latest-and-greatest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset. The V30 Plus on the other hand, features the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC. In terms of RAM and storage, the V40 ThinQ offers 6GB RAM and either 64GB or 128GB storage, whereas the V30 Plus comes in a single 4GB + 128GB option.
The LG V40 ThinQ also gets a new Carmine Red colourway in addition to black, silver, and blue.
LG V40 ThinQ vs LG V30: what’s same
While the core of the smartphone has definitely been upgraded in the latest handset, it does share several similarities with its previous iteration. Both the LG V40 ThinQ and LG V30 Plus come with a premium glass-sandwich make with an IP68 rating for water- and dust resistance as well as MIL-STD 810G certification.
On the software front, the smartphones run LG’s proprietary LG UX 6.0 with Android Oreo at the base. For power requirements, both the V40 ThinQ and V30 both get 3,300mAh batteries under the rear panel. Other similarities include wireless charging, 3.5mm audio socket, Hi-Fi Quad DAC, Qualcomm Quick Charge support and USB Type-C port.
It’s crystal clear now that the LG V40 ThinQ is a major upgrade over its predecessor, offering powerful internals as well as one of the most versatile camera setups to come in recent times. It’s a no-brainer if you were considering an LG V series smartphone and like shooting pictures and videos with smartphones, the V40 ThinQ should be the obvious choice. Although it remains to be seen if and when the device makes its way to the Indian market.