LG V40: 10 Things to Know Before You Buy.

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(ThyBlackMan.com) The LG V40 ThinQ is the world’s first phone that lets you do so much with its cameras. Thanks to its three rear cameras and the dual camera setup on the front. But we know that there are many other things that you consider before buying a smartphone, so here are 10 things you should check before you buy the LG V40.

  1. Camera

If you’ve been complaining about the LG V40 cameras, the good news is LG has released an update and it fixes most of the issues we had with the rear cameras. The company is giving three rear lenses which means you can capture scenes in three different ways. It’s pretty cool that you can use its standard, super wide-angle, and telephoto zoom lenses to shoot scenes in more meaningful ways.

  1. Headphone jack

Yes, it exists and it is really great because most of us still use wired headphones. The headphone jack has become a rare feature in the last three years, but LG is keeping this feature alive. The best thing about LG V40’s headphone jack is that it supports the same Quad DAC setup which is also available on LG V30.

  1. App launcher

The LG V40 runs Android 8.1 Oreo and the company has improved its custom launcher. It works pretty well especially when the app-drawer mode is enabled. You can access all the basic features with Google Discover feed. So this time, there is no need to download any third party launcher as the stock launcher is very good.

  1. SD Card support

These days, smartphone makers are pushing internal storage and ditching microSD card support. Fortunately, the LG V40 doesn’t force you to pay more for storage. You can add a microSD card of up to 256GB and bring your playlists, videos, and other media back to life without putting all of them on your phone’s internal storage.

  1. Display

The award-winning OLED display technology by LG is praiseworthy. The 6.4-inch infinity display offers 19.5:9 aspect ratio with 1440 x 3120 pixels resolution, and it is beautiful. LG has specifically mentioned that the phone’s display has “intense color and perfect blacks” which means you won’t see that horrible blue shift.

  1. Fingerprint sensor

This feature has become common even in the budget smartphone segment, it is common these days. The LG V40 features a fingerprint scanner on the back and the placement is very good. There are no complaints about its accuracy as it easily recognizes and unlocks the phone quickly. LG has also added a dedicated Google Assistant button which is thankfully not a problem because Google Assistant is more useful than Bixby.

  1. Sound

The LG V40 features Boombox speaker we saw on the G7. There are a headphone jack and a USB Type-C port on its bottom. LG’s famous 32-bit DAC brings high-fidelity audio and the phone sounds a lot better than many other smartphones available in the market. The audio is tuned by Meridian and DTS: X 3D Surround Sound technology is there for the spatial sound.

  1. Battery

The battery in the LG V40 is not so good. It is a 3,300mAh battery which is not a good fit for the phone with a 6.4-inch display. The screen-on time will certainly require more battery juice, so don’t expect more than six hours of screen-on time from this phone. This is one of the things that we don’t like in the LG V40 because a phone with this much capability should have at least a 4000mAh battery.

  1. Design

Needless to say that the phone looks beautiful and premium. If you are concerned about how it feels in hands, holding the LG V30 can give you an idea of what to expect from the V40. LG has not made any major changes to the phone’s design as the phone comes in rounded design. The only thing you may or may not find good about the design is the size. It’s a phone with a 6.4-inch display so you can easily figure out how it feels.

  1. Price

The LG V40 is available with different carrier options so basically, you can get one at a price around $900 to $1000. The problem with this pricing strategy is that the LG V40 doesn’t justify its price tag. Many things including the camera, display, software, and audio are great, but it doesn’t mean that buying the V40 is a value for money deal.

Staff Writer; Corey Shaw

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