LG V40 ThinQ is one of the best releases of 2018. But the main reason why they lack sales is because of their lack of advertisement and providing options in the other markets available. To sum it up, LG stopped releasing phones in the Philippines after the LG V30. Since then, almost all the phones that we see in LG came from different countries, and more likely in South Korea.


LG V40 ThinQ is available in the second-hand market, you can find one in your local 2nd hand outlets like Greenhills and e-commerce platforms like Shopee and Lazada. It retails for as low as P8,000 to P12,000. I’ve also seen some refurbished or "brand new" (as they claim) ranging from 11,000 to 20,000. For the starting price, you can see how cheap this flagship goes by today’s standards.

For that money, you’re getting an amazing QHD+ OLED Display, Quad-DAC equipped headphone jack, 3 rear cameras, 2 front cameras, and a fast Snapdragon 845 chipset.

The phone launched last October 2018 at US$999 and was a great flagship phone at that time, launched in Android 8.1 Oreo. Shipped with Snapdragon 845 as its chipset, 6GB RAM, and 128GB of storage. It packs a measly 3,300mAh battery as compared to the Galaxy Note 9’s 4000mAh which is LG’s direct competitor both in South Korea and worldwide. LG V40 then became wildly available in the secondhand market last 2019 where I got one for only P17,000.

I actually had to change my battery this year just to keep up with how I managed my usage every day but luckily I’ve upgraded to LG V50 which I will cover in the next review. Besides the small battery that it holds, it is quite backed up by the 18W fast charging and the 10W wireless charging so overall it's kinda fine. My usage is usually at around 5-6hrs of onscreen time and it lasts me half a day with a full charge. Charging time is fast, it can be fully charged in an hour and a half, one hour of charging will translate to 85% of the battery percentage.


The rest of the spec sheet is great, the fingerprint scanner is fast. The display is sharp and vibrant though you may seem to compare it to the newer flagships right now which usually ship with a higher refresh rate. As a casual user, I don’t really mind that. Besides, you’re getting much more than what you are paying for. In terms of weight, the v40 feels so light and the frosted glass black is nice to see.

Headphone jack? Well even in their latest flagship phone, which is the v60, the 3.5mm headphone jack is there. I was able to enjoy music with my Taotronics headphones without any fuss. Though I moved on in using Bluetooth earphones most of the time. When I’m recording a song cover I always use a wired headphone which is the best for an audiophile.

Moving on to the favorite part of every Pinoy, the Gaming part. I ran Asphalt 9 in the highest setting available and it can still hold up as one of the best devices to use in gaming. The Snapdragon 845 is no slouch coupled with Adreno 630 which is not bad for an 8k phone. The device runs in Android 10 as well and I think this is their last update to receive but still, it is usable in the years to come.

The cameras are pretty decent for me. Having 3 rear cameras with different focal lengths is convenient and this is one of v40s best features. Though most of the time, the pictures tend to oversaturate as compared to others but they still produce a pretty decent amount of sharpness and clarity in the picture. The background blur is also nice to use, as well as the AI camera for specific shooting. The main, ultra-wide, and telephoto gets the job done in producing still photos and decent 4K video in 30fps.

The selfies look fine both in the ultra-wide and standard front-facing camera. Nothing spectacular, and something between average to low. In which, can be a problem when you love to take selfie pictures a lot.


So is the V40 good for you? Though it is not as powerful as its competitors in 2018, the price cannot be beaten by the likes of the OnePlus 6T and Galaxy Note 9. What it offers is something special for casual users and the great value for money is what defines its sulit status.


So that has been the LG V40 ThinQ. Let me know in the comments if this one is the right fit for you ☺ 

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