This is LG's most powerful phone of 2018.
Last year saw a big shift for LG's V series. Unlike the V10 and V20 that experimented with metal designs, removable batteries, and secondary ticker displays, the V30 introduced a slick glass back, incredibly slim bezels, and a pOLED screen made by LG itself.
We're anticipating the V40 to share a lot of similarities to its predecessor and this year's recently announced LG V35, and as new information trickles in, we'll be regularly updating this guide to help keep you up-date on everything that's going on.
Without further delay, here's everything we know about the LG V40!
The latest LG V40 news
September 13, 2018 — LG announces October 3 event for V40 launch, hints at five cameras
Following a good helping of leaks and rumors, LG's now sent out press invites to an October 3 event in New York City where it'll announce the LG V40 ThinQ.
The phone's name and logo are both confirmed on the invite, and along with this, the "Take 5" tagline suggests that the phone will ship with a total of five cameras (something we've been expecting). Although the implementation of these cameras has yet to be confirmed, it's believed that two will be on the front while the other three will reside on the back of the phone.
August 27, 2018 — V40 leaks again in more high-res renders and 360° design video
Just a few short days after the below renders leaked for the LG V40, OnLeaks and SlashLeaks teamed up to dish out even more renders of the phone.
We once again see the V40's front and back, but these images also showcase the phone from a couple different angles. Along with the still images, there's also a design video that gives us an even clearer look at the device.
No new details are revealed with these renders, but even so, it's still fun to get another glimpse at LG's next big flagship for the year.
August 22, 2018 — First LG V40 render appears with triple rear cameras and a notched display
After months of waiting, we've finally got our first look at the LG V40 thanks to a leaked press render from MySmartPrice.
As you can see from the photos, the V40 retains a lot of the V30 and V35's design language while making a few big updates. The glass back and metal frame are staples from the past two V handsets, as is the rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. There's a large display on the front that likely uses an OLED panel, and similar to the G7 before it, the V40 also features a notch at the top. Inside that notch, you'll find two front-facing cameras and an earpiece for phone calls.
The V40 also appears to be the first LG phone to come equipped with three cameras on the back. We've seen other OEMs such as Huawei mess with triple camera setups before, so it'll be interesting to see LG's implementation of this.
The LG V40 has a 3.5mm headphone jack, USB-C port, and a third hardware button that'll likely be used for opening up the Google Assistant.
A date of November 16 on the V40's lock screen suggests that the phone's just a couple months away, but this doesn't line up with an earlier rumor claiming that the V40 would be released on October 5. As more details about this come out, we'll let you know.
July 19, 2018 — LG to launch the V40 on October 5, reported to have a 90% screen-to-body ratio
A new report from ETNews recently broke, and if you weren't already excited about the V40, this just may change your mind.
Following last month's rumor of the V40 having a total of five cameras, ETNews says that three of these will be on the back of the phone and consist of 20MP primary, 16MP wide-angle, and 13MP telephoto sensors. The remaining two cameras will be on the front and allow for a 3D facial recognition system.
Speaking of the V40's front, it's said that we'll be met with an impressive screen-to-body ratio of 90%. LG will apparently have a "different from the conventional" method for keeping bezels so small, suggesting that the company might have found an alternative solution to the notch.
Lastly, LG will reportedly announce the phone during IFA late next month and then begin sales on October 5.
June 26, 2018 — The V40 will reportedly have a total of five cameras, a notch in its display, and face unlock system
News dump alert! Our friends at Android Police recently spoke with a source that's apparently familiar with the V40's development, and as such, we've got some juicy new details about the phone.
First and foremost, it's reported that the LG V40 will ship with a total of five cameras. We can't say with 100% certainty how these will be positioned on the phone, but it's likely we'll get two on the front and three on the back. Speaking of cameras, LG's working on a new face unlock system that could feature 3D mapping technology, not unlike the iPhone X's Face ID.
Something else to take note of is the fact that the V40 is said to come with a notch in its display. LG will allow you to use software to hide the notch just like it does on the G7, but as expected, this is a trend you just can't escape for the time being.
Other reported features are the Snapdragon 845, rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, and a dedicated Google Assistant button next to the volume rocker.
May 2, 2018 —It'll probably use an OLED display
Shortly after the G7 ThinQ was announced, LG confirmed something rather interesting — it only uses OLED screens for phones in its V series.
In other words, that's about as close of a confirmation as we'll get that the V40 will come equipped with an OLED panel. We don't know what the resolution will be or if it'll have a notch, but OLED is pretty much a guarantee at this point.
April 19, 2018 — "Storm" is the codename for the V40
Evan Blass shared on Twitter that the V40's codename is "Storm." This doesn't provide much insight into specifics regarding the phone, but it is suggestive that LG's flagship will be big and powerful.
Since there's not much else to say about this, here are a few storm emojis 🌩🌪☔️
What specs can we expect?
Talk about the V40's specs is still relatively quiet, but even so, we can make a few guesses about what it'll come equipped with.
At the heart of the V40 will likely be Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 processor. This has been the chipset of choice for most 2018 flagships, and as we've seen before, the 845 is a beast when it comes to performance, camera processing, battery life, and more.
Something else the V40 will likely carry is an OLED display. In May, LG confirmed that it reserves its OLED panels for entries in the V series. Unless something has radically changed since then, this is a sure bet that the V40 will be graced with an OLED screen.
Lastly, the V40 will come with at least two cameras on the back. We don't know what kind of sensors will be used or what the aperture rating will be like, but similar to past LG flagships, we should get a primary lens with a regular focal length and a secondary, wide angle one.
When will the LG V40 be released?
On September 13, LG issued official press invites announcing that it'll hold an event to unveil the V40 on October 3 in New York City.
It's unclear how long it'll take for the V40 to go up for purchase following the event, but we're sure to learn more soon.
How much will it cost?
We have a pretty good idea as to when the V40 will be released, but what about its price?
Details on this are still few and far between, but to make an educated guess, let's first look at past retail pricing for other entries in the V series.
- LG V10 — $600
- LG V20 — $830
- LG V30 — $800
- LG V30S — $930
- LG V35 — $900
LG's been steadily increasing the price of its V phones with just about every release, and based on the most recent V30S and V35, I think it's safe to say that the V40 will cost around $900 and possibly cross that $1000 threshold.
The V series has never been cheap and the V40 won't be an exception to that rule.