Now that edge-to-edge displays are the norm, what will be the new trend? Probably the number of photo sensors that are built into the front and back of smartphones. If the days of the simple lens are counted, it is not the new LG V40 ThinQ with its five devices that will change the situation.
The V range generally allows LG to offer new functionalities for content creators. This is particularly the case of the V40 which has three photo lenses at the rear and two at the front, and new tools to make the most of it.
However, our tests have shown that five cameras are not necessarily better than three, or even two.
|6.4 inch OLED (3120 x 1440)
|Android Oreo 8.1
|Yes, up to 2 TB
|triple sensor: 12 Mpx standard (f / 1.5), 16 Mpx wide-angle (f / 1.9), 12 Mpx telephoto (f / 2.4)
|dual sensor: 8 Mpx (f / 1.9) and 5 Mpx wide-angle (f / 2.2)
|158.8 x 75.7 x 7.6 mm
No, for the three objectives on the back
The V40’s camera allows you to switch from one lens to another using the icons at the top of the screen. If you use Triple Shot mode (which is at the bottom of the screen near the shortcut to switch to Portrait, AI and Google Lens mode), the camera will take a photo with each of the three lenses on the back, but also record a video that you can edit and add music to.
It is not possible to visualize the framework of each of the objectives using Triple Shot, and it is therefore necessary to frame blindly. We have tried this feature several times and have never been able to get a good result. Not to mention the videos that don’t even deserve to be shared. To make matters worse, each goal taken separately also left us hungry.
By using the telephoto lens to get closer to a green iguana, the V40 overexposed its orange scales. Conversely, the Note 9’s optical zoom captures more detail with more faithful colors.
The V40 can also combine images from two lenses to create a portrait with a blurred background, both with the main camera and the one on the front. In both cases, the results are disappointing.
In the photo below, the butterfly is particularly dark, especially when we compare it on the snapshot of Note 9. We have also changed the angle and focusing on the background rather than on the butterfly . However, if it is possible to modify the intensity of the blurring of the V40, it is not possible to change the focusing area.
In addition, the smartphone requires to be relatively close to the subject to blur the background, which is not really artistic. After several tries taking pictures of flowers, we ended up switching to AI mode to get a much better result with the standard lens.
Selfie portraits are much better, even if the lenses at the front of the V40 overexpose the background (in the photo below, you can barely make out the buildings behind the subject). The portrait mode of Note 9 is more efficient with more faithful colors, but also a slightly strange skin smoothing.
Overall, we would have preferred LG to focus on the quality of the V40 photos rather than offering a ton of features. In fact, the phone is much less efficient than others that carry fewer lenses, such as the Note 9. A word of advice if you use the V40: switch to AI mode, choose the lens that suits you and meet fingers.
Yes, for Cine Shot mode
Cine Shot is probably the camera feature we prefer on the V40. Much more than Portrait mode and Triple Shot.
The tool allows you to create a kind of cinemagraph, but without equipment, expensive software or technical expertise.
Choose Mode from the menu at the top of the screen and then select Cine Shot. You will be able to record a three-second video. DU finger you can then choose the area of the photo that will be animated.
You can fine-tune the effect for as long as you like, but once you’ve saved the Cine Shot, unfortunately you won’t be able to edit it.
Our Cine Shots are not on the level of what a professional can do (perhaps because we did not spend more than a minute on each). In our example, you can note that we have put too much emphasis on the background instead of focusing on the wings of the butterfly. But it’s still more successful than a simple photo without animation. By spending more time there, it is very likely that you will be able to create masterpieces.
Yes, for the OLED screen
Like the G7 ThinQ, it is possible to camouflage the notch of the V40 with a false edge. This contains the two front cameras and a speaker. Nothing special here.
If the G7 does not have an OLED screen, this is not the case for the V30 and V40. The latter has a 6.4 inch quad HD + (3120 x 1440 pixels) panel to compete with that of the Note 9. And the result is impressive.
We measured a brightness of 571 nits with the V40, barely less than the Note 9 (604 nits) and the iPhone XS (611 nits). The G7 ThinQ goes up to 900 nits, but its LCD panel did not impress us outside the lab.
The screen of the V40 covers 160.4% of the sRGB color spectrum with a Delta-E of 0.45 (the closer this figure is to zero, the more the colors are faithful). These results are impressive, but the Note 9 screen does even better with 224% and 0.34 respectively. The colors of Samsung screens are richer overall, even exceeding the iPhone XS Max which covers 123% of the color gamut.
No, for battery life
Like other LG smartphones in recent times, the battery life of the V40 is disappointing.
The average autonomy of smartphones revolves around 9:48 am by surfing continuously on the Internet via the 4G connection and until the battery is completely empty. The best current high-end smartphones do much better with more than 11 hours for the Note 9 and 10:38 for the iPhone XS Max. With its 3300 mAh battery, the LG V40 looks pale by displaying an autonomy of 8:48 in our house test. It is thus in line with the G7 ThinQ (8:35 am), the V35 ThinQ (9:11 am) and the V30 (6:35 am). For those who will spend more than 800 euros on a smartphone, the battery must last.
Yes, for performance
On paper, the LG V40 is as well equipped as the best current Android smartphones with its Snapdragon 845 processor and 6 GB of RAM.
Performance is at the rendezvous, but the device is not impressive unlike the OnePlus 6 and its 8 GB of RAM. Either way there is nothing wrong with the way it behaves as well with apps as videos and games. The V40 obtained a score of 8302 in Geekbench 4 which assesses the overall performance of the system. A result in line with that of the Samsung Galaxy S9 + which displays the same technical characteristics and which obtained 8295 points. The Note 9 which is equipped with an 845 processor and 6 GB of RAM obtained a score of 8876.
On a daily basis, the V40 is comfortable in all tasks. We do not deplore any slowdown in graphically demanding applications like PUBG Mobile.
The V40 comes with Android Oreo 8.1 and LG has not communicated any date on a possible update to Android Pie. This is also a point to take into account if you want to acquire a high-end Android smartphone.
Credits: Tom’s Guide