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LG V40 ThinQ

LG V40 ThinQ

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10.03.18

Living with the LG V40 ThinQ and its 5 cameras

So far this year, we've seen LG release three pricey smartphones: the LG V30S ThinQ, the V35 ThinQ and the G7 ThinQ. (It's pronounced "thing-cue," by the way, and saying it never gets more pleasant.) The fourth, and presumably final, big device of the year is arguably the company's most ambitious. Sure, the new LG V40 ThinQ packs many of the same components you'll find in the rest of the year's high-powered flagships. It also packs a whopping five cameras (three rear and two front-facing), raising the bar for smartphone-camera insanity that you can expect to see other major phone makers embrace in due time. But what is it actually like to live with?

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Average Critic Score
 
90
CNET
The LG V40 ThinQ is one of the best phones of 2018, but the Pixel 3 XL has the better grab-and-go camera and battery life.
 
70
Android Police
There simply isn't a good reason to pick up the V40, unless you can get an extremely big discount on it. Being an LG phone, I imagine the carrier deals will be flying fast and furious during the holiday season here in the US, but I doubt Samsung's Note9 will be far behind, and it's simply the much better phone this year. The V40 is a good phone, but the places where it isn't - or, more often, where it simply doesn't live up to the competition - make it extremely hard to recommend to anyone as a phone to actually buy.
 
80
Techno Buffalo
Next time you go into a store looking for a phone and stumble upon the LG V40, take a real hard look at it because it’ll surprise you and may just earn a spot as your next smartphone.
 
60
Tom's Guide
LG's V40 ThinQ is all about the cameras, but unfortunately, its photos are unimpressive. Skip this pricey device.
 
80
Android Central
LG managed to make a top-notch phone by following Samsung's lead. The V40 is a beautiful and solid phone that's filled with must-have and nice-to-have features, with top-end specs and a large high-quality display. The software is quick and relatively simple, choosing to lean toward Google's ecosystem more than ever. The triple camera combination is a treat to shoot with and provides both unique and good-looking photos. The only potential shortcoming is underwhelming battery life that isn't as good as you'd expect for the V40's size.
 
70
Wired UK
Only the headphone jack and high-quality DAC truly set the V40 ThinQ apart at the price. For some who might otherwise still buy a dedicated audio player, this is a valid reason to choose this phone. The rest should probably wait until the phone’s price drops. And top LG phones are often found at tempting prices a handful of months after release.
 
70
TechRadar
The LG V40 puts photography first with five cameras on a single Android phone, and that gives you varying shot perspectives, whether you’re taking a wide group selfie or rear-facing telephoto masterpiece. You’ll love seeing the camera modes and various tricks play out on the beautiful 6.4-inch OLED screen, though competing handsets take cleaner pictures, have longer battery life and, in many cases, are cheaper.
 
80
The Verge
Overall, the V40 is an excellent phone, and probably the best one LG has ever made. It won’t appeal to everyone — you have to be a fan of big phones, for starters, and software purists will still be happier with a Pixel — but in a world where smartphones are becoming increasingly similar, the V40 differentiates itself with its unique camera system.
 
80
PC Mag
The LG V40 ThinQ has a sharp 6.4-inch OLED screen, impressive audio capabilities, and a total of five cameras for a first-class multimedia experience.
 
70
Digital Trends
Five isn’t too much. The LG V40 ThinQ delivers a creatively fun camera system.

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