LG L40 Smartphone Review

Michael Moser (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 06/10/2014

Design dwarf. LG expands its L-product line downward, and adds the tiny L40 with a 3.5-inch IPS screen and dual-core SoC from Qualcomm. A long-lasting, removable battery and Android 4.4.2 are just as available as a MicroSD slot - and all that for below 100 Euros (~$135). A strong overall bundle with minor restrictions.

For the original German review, see here.

LG primarily wants to cater to smartphone-market newcomers with the L-product line that is now in its third generation. However, LG's L40 is not only interesting for this group with a price of 89 Euros (~$120; RRP) and the latest Android 4.2.2 KitKat operating system. LG furnishes the L40 with a 3.5-inch IPS screen, and it is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 200 MSM8210 dual-core SoC that clocks with 1.2 GHz beside a tight 512 MB RAM and small 4 GB flash memory. The latter can be expanded by up to 64 GB via a MicroSD card. UMTS is just as available as Wi-Fi b/g/n. Although LTE is not part of the package, the battery can be removed.

LG has many rivals in this price range with its L40. Among them we find slightly more expensive contenders, such as Motorola's Moto EHuawei's Ascend Y530Acer's Liquid Z3, and Nokia's X.

Case

LG's L40 sparkles with good build.
LG's L40 sparkles with good build.

Although LG's L40 will not win any design awards, it is attractive. The textured back and rigid display cover have a nice feel. The small size and the enveloping rounded edges are also a delight for the hands. The stiffness test was surprising - the casing barely yielded even under stronger pressure. The gaps are exemplary equally spaced for this price range. LG's L40 is very compact with a weight of only 113 grams (~4 oz), and smaller dimensions than Apple's iPhone 4s with the same screen size. A nice detail: the removable back cover reveals a removable battery - not to be taken for granted in this category.

Connectivity

The L40 does not show any surprises here: a micro-USB 2.0, 3.5 mm jack, and slots for standard-sized SIM and MicroSD cards is all that is found. The volume rocker and power button have been placed in an ergonomically logical position, and feature a clear pressure point.

Android 4.4.2 KitKat
Android 4.4.2 KitKat

Software

LG's L40 uses the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat operating system - a rare yet very welcome surprise in this price range. LG overlays it with its proprietary Easy UI with a focus on smartphone newcomers. Its larger fonts and icons facilitate use, among other things.

GPS Test
GPS Test

Communication & GPS 

LG furnishes its L40 with the Wi-Fi standard 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0 for short-range data transfer. Wi-Fi reception was satisfactory, but it could be a bit higher. The signal remained in the lower third in the test with a distance of approximately 10 meters (~33 feet) to the router and through several walls. The review sample features GSM quad-band (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) and UMTS dual-band (900/2100 MHz) for on the move. The latter's possible bandwidth is 14.4 Mbps in download and 5.76 Mbps in upload. The reception is acceptable here.

The A-GPS module's reception strength is good, tested with the GPS Test app. Our navigation test exhibited shortcomings in difficult surroundings, such as driving through the woods, or in tight curves, but localization is overall quite satisfactory.

LG L40: Total
LG L40: Total
LG L40: Bridge
LG L40: Bridge
LG L40: Woods
LG L40: Woods
Garmin Edge 500: Total
Garmin Edge 500: Total
Garmin Edge 500: Bridge
Garmin Edge 500: Bridge
Garmin Edge 500: Woods
Garmin Edge 500: Woods
Phone app
Phone app

Telephony & Speech Quality

The phone app's functionality corresponds with the good Android standard, but its appearance has also been modified with the Easy UI.

The review sample's speech and audio quality are a bit disappointing. Voices sounded muffled and tinny. Furthermore, the volume of the LG L40 fluctuates even if the person on the other end is silent. Unfortunately, there is no status LED to indicate missed calls either.

Cameras & Multimedia

LG installs only one camera module on the device's back. It has a sufficiently high resolution of 3 megapixels (2048x1535 pixels). Videos can be recorded with a maximum of 800x480 pixels. The lens' shortcomings become obvious when compared with the contenders. Pictures are usually overexposed, and lack natural colors as well as sharpness. Nevertheless, the given quality is sufficient for the odd snapshot.

LG L40 Fruit
LG L40 Fruit
LG L40: Scene
LG L40: Scene
LG L40: Surroundings
LG L40: Surroundings
Apple iPhone 5: Fruit
Apple iPhone 5: Fruit
Apple iPhone 5: Scene
Apple iPhone 5: Scene
Apple iPhone 5: Surroundings
Apple iPhone 5: Surroundings
Nokia Lumia 1020: Fruit
Nokia Lumia 1020: Fruit
Nokia Lumia 1020: Scene
Nokia Lumia 1020: Scene
Nokia Lumia 1020: Surroundings
Nokia Lumia 1020: Surroundings
Sony A57: Fruit
Sony A57: Fruit
Sony A57: Scene
Sony A57: Scene
Sony A57: Surroundings
Sony A57: Surroundings

Accessories

LG offers the familiar, limited standard and adds the battery, a quick start guide, and a charging adapter with data cable for the smartphone.

Warranty

LG includes a warranty period of 24 months on the L40; the battery is only covered for 6 months.

Input Devices & Controls

The multi-touch screen is quite accurate up to its edges and implements inputs almost immediately. The gliding capabilities are good. Like LG's G2, the L40 also has the feature dubbed Knock-On that activates the device easily from standby. The alternative security code Knock-Code from the L90 has also found its way into the review sample. The small screen benefits from the navigation bar with a physical home button incorporated in the bezel.

Although the keyboard only has small keys due to the small screen, they can be used quite accurately. In addition to buttons for .com/.net/.ort (there is unfortunately no .de), a smiley button is available. Numbers can always be entered by pressing the uppermost row for a longer time. The layout can be switched to various languages with the press of a button.

Display

The L40's screen operates with the IPS technology, and has a rather low resolution of 480x320 pixels. Nevertheless, text can usually be read well, although it is not extremely sharp. We measured an average screen brightness of approximately 380 cd/m². Thus, it is in the midfield in the category comparison, and surpasses both Huawei's Ascend Y530 and Acer's Liquid Z3 Duo. However, it does not achieve the brightness of devices like Nokia's X or even Motorola's Moto E. Although the illumination of 91% is good, the contenders are at minimum on par if not better.

387
cd/m²
398
cd/m²
366
cd/m²
380
cd/m²
396
cd/m²
362
cd/m²
374
cd/m²
392
cd/m²
362
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Information
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 398 cd/m²
Average: 379.7 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 91 %
Center on Battery: 396 cd/m²
Black: 0.51 cd/m²
Contrast: 776:1

With a black level of 0.51 cd/m² and contrast of 776:1, LG's L40 scores very well in the category comparison, and is only defeated by Acer's Liquid Z3 Duo. The reproduction of dark content is subjectively appealing.

The analysis using the X-Rite i1Pro 2 colorimeter in conjunction with the CalMAN software reveals that the displayed red hues are a bit too dark. In return, blue hues are too strong. Mixed colors achieve an average DeltaE of 6.01, which is within an acceptable limit. A slight green-yellowish cast is visible here.

The screen's color temperature rate of 6954 K comes close to the ideal value, and the grayscale's DeltaE is a satisfactory 5.45. Nevertheless, a green-bluish discoloration is evident in the grayscale reproduction. This color cast already starts in quite dark gray hues. These deficiencies are subjectively not as obvious as thought.

Color reproduction
Color reproduction
ColorChecker
ColorChecker
Saturation Sweeps
Saturation Sweeps
Grayscale reproduction
Grayscale reproduction

Owing to the good maximum brightness of 396 cd/m², outdoor use is principally possible, but suffers under the missing automatic brightness sensor. Besides that, the intensely reflective screen clearly complicates the outdoor readability.

LG's L40 has very stable viewing angles owing to the underlying IPS technology. Content first dims slightly in extreme viewing angles, but colors remain stable. Just as typical for the In-Plane-Switching technology is the glowing of dark images, but that is not distracting in routine use.

The brightness is sufficient for outdoor use,...
The brightness is sufficient for outdoor use,...
...but intense reflections in direct light are annoying.
...but intense reflections in direct light are annoying.
Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Performance

LG's L40 sports Qualcomm's Snapdragon 200 MSM8210 dual-core SoC that clocks at 1.2 GHz, and incorporates an Adreno 302 GPU alongside low 512 MB of RAM. This SoC is a member of the lower entry level, and thus we do not expect a magnificent application performance.

Our benchmark course shows where this hardware is located in the category comparison. The surprise: All contenders perform below par, and are usually clearly inferior to our review sample in virtually all benchmarks. Particularly Nokia's X and Acer's Liquid Z3 Duo lag far behind with their weaker hardware, as can be seen impressively in the 3DMark Ice Storm benchmark. In return, Huawei's Ascend Y530 and Motorola's Moto E are almost on par with LG's L40. This is especially obvious in Geekbench 3. The AndroBench 3 storage test certifies that the review sample's internal storage performance is good in a direct comparison.

3DMark (2013)
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score
LG L40
4371 Points ∼3%
Nokia X
2385 Points ∼2% -45%
Motorola Moto E
4091 Points ∼3% -6%
Huawei Ascend Y530
4125 Points ∼3% -6%
Acer Liquid Z3 Duo
1655 Points ∼1% -62%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Graphics
LG L40
4482 Points ∼1%
Nokia X
2269 Points ∼0% -49%
Motorola Moto E
4111 Points ∼1% -8%
Huawei Ascend Y530
4139 Points ∼1% -8%
Acer Liquid Z3 Duo
1471 Points ∼0% -67%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Physics
LG L40
4023 Points ∼7%
Nokia X
2907 Points ∼5% -28%
Motorola Moto E
4023 Points ∼7% 0%
Huawei Ascend Y530
4075 Points ∼8% +1%
Acer Liquid Z3 Duo
2946 Points ∼5% -27%
1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Score
LG L40
2285 Points ∼2%
Nokia X
1308 Points ∼1% -43%
Motorola Moto E
2238 Points ∼2% -2%
Huawei Ascend Y530
2203 Points ∼2% -4%
Acer Liquid Z3 Duo
805 Points ∼1% -65%
1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Graphics
LG L40
2033 Points ∼1%
Nokia X
1131 Points ∼0% -44%
Motorola Moto E
1986 Points ∼1% -2%
Huawei Ascend Y530
1951 Points ∼1% -4%
Acer Liquid Z3 Duo
667 Points ∼0% -67%
1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Physics
LG L40
4031 Points ∼8%
Nokia X
2902 Points ∼6% -28%
Motorola Moto E
4028 Points ∼8% 0%
Huawei Ascend Y530
4026 Points ∼8% 0%
Acer Liquid Z3 Duo
2937 Points ∼6% -27%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score
LG L40
3804 Points ∼3%
Nokia X
2226 Points ∼2% -41%
Motorola Moto E
3750 Points ∼3% -1%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score
LG L40
3678 Points ∼1%
Nokia X
2073 Points ∼1% -44%
Motorola Moto E
3626 Points ∼1% -1%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics
LG L40
4322 Points ∼8%
Nokia X
3003 Points ∼6% -31%
Motorola Moto E
4262 Points ∼8% -1%
AnTuTu Benchmark v4 - Total Score
LG L40
13137 Points ∼31%
Nokia X
7655 Points ∼18% -42%
Motorola Moto E
12811 Points ∼30% -2%
Huawei Ascend Y530
12124 Points ∼28% -8%
Acer Liquid Z3 Duo
9434 Points ∼22% -28%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Single-Core Score
LG L40
325 Points ∼9%
Motorola Moto E
321 Points ∼9% -1%
Huawei Ascend Y530
324 Points ∼9% 0%
Acer Liquid Z3 Duo
254 Points ∼7% -22%
32 Bit Multi-Core Score
LG L40
603 Points ∼5%
Motorola Moto E
601 Points ∼5% 0%
Huawei Ascend Y530
605 Points ∼5% 0%
Acer Liquid Z3 Duo
473 Points ∼4% -22%
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1
System
LG L40
1759 Points ∼28%
Nokia X
1296 Points ∼21% -26%
Motorola Moto E
1645 Points ∼26% -6%
Huawei Ascend Y530
1262 Points ∼20% -28%
Acer Liquid Z3 Duo
1506 Points ∼24% -14%
CPU Tests
LG L40
3479 Points ∼9%
Nokia X
2697 Points ∼7% -22%
Motorola Moto E
3388 Points ∼9% -3%
Huawei Ascend Y530
1295 Points ∼3% -63%
Acer Liquid Z3 Duo
2924 Points ∼8% -16%
Disk Tests
LG L40
5026 Points ∼13%
Nokia X
2673 Points ∼7% -47%
Motorola Moto E
2538 Points ∼7% -50%
Huawei Ascend Y530
2317 Points ∼6% -54%
Acer Liquid Z3 Duo
2663 Points ∼7% -47%
Memory Tests
LG L40
1629 Points ∼29%
Nokia X
1107 Points ∼20% -32%
Motorola Moto E
1557 Points ∼28% -4%
Huawei Ascend Y530
1535 Points ∼28% -6%
Acer Liquid Z3 Duo
1466 Points ∼26% -10%
2D Graphics Tests
LG L40
2780 Points ∼56%
Nokia X
1516 Points ∼31% -45%
Motorola Moto E
2172 Points ∼44% -22%
Huawei Ascend Y530
2334 Points ∼47% -16%
Acer Liquid Z3 Duo
1901 Points ∼38% -32%
3D Graphics Tests
LG L40
540 Points ∼25%
Nokia X
451 Points ∼20% -16%
Motorola Moto E
565 Points ∼26% +5%
Huawei Ascend Y530
584 Points ∼27% +8%
Acer Liquid Z3 Duo
518 Points ∼24% -4%
AndEBench
Native
LG L40
3184 Iter./s ∼15%
Nokia X
2387 Iter./s ∼11% -25%
Motorola Moto E
3178 Iter./s ∼15% 0%
Acer Liquid Z3 Duo
2600 Iter./s ∼12% -18%
Java
LG L40
153 Iter./s ∼15%
Nokia X
93 Iter./s ∼9% -39%
Motorola Moto E
180 Iter./s ∼18% +18%
Acer Liquid Z3 Duo
144 Iter./s ∼14% -6%
AndroBench 3
Sequential Read 256KB
LG L40
57.91 MB/s ∼35%
Motorola Moto E
52.07 MB/s ∼31% -10%
Huawei Ascend Y530
37.2 MB/s ∼22% -36%
Acer Liquid Z3 Duo
50 MB/s ∼30% -14%
Sequential Write 256KB
LG L40
9.91 MB/s ∼17%
Motorola Moto E
6.51 MB/s ∼11% -34%
Huawei Ascend Y530
9.24 MB/s ∼16% -7%
Acer Liquid Z3 Duo
6.57 MB/s ∼11% -34%
Random Read 4KB
LG L40
9.87 MB/s ∼47%
Motorola Moto E
8.72 MB/s ∼42% -12%
Huawei Ascend Y530
8.02 MB/s ∼38% -19%
Acer Liquid Z3 Duo
11.87 MB/s ∼57% +20%
Random Write 4KB
LG L40
0.77 MB/s ∼26%
Motorola Moto E
0.73 MB/s ∼25% -5%
Huawei Ascend Y530
0.51 MB/s ∼17% -34%
Acer Liquid Z3 Duo
0.53 MB/s ∼18% -31%
Legend
      LG L40 Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 8210, Qualcomm Adreno 302, 4 GB Flash
      Nokia X Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Play MSM8625Q, Qualcomm Adreno 203, 4 GB Flash
      Motorola Moto E Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 8210, Qualcomm Adreno 302, 4 GB Flash
      Huawei Ascend Y530 Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 8210, Qualcomm Adreno 302, 4 GB Flash
      Acer Liquid Z3 Duo MediaTek MT6572, ARM Mali-400 MP, 4 GB Flash

This positive trend continues in the browser-based benchmarks, but with restrictions. Although the performance - likely owing to Android 4.4.2 - is clearly higher than that of the contenders, not all benchmarks could be performed smoothly. For example, both Peacekeeper and Octane v2 repeatedly crashed, and did not provide any scores - in both the Android browser as well as Google Chrome. Sunspider 1.0 behaved in the same manner in the Android browser, but finished in Google Chrome. Only Kraken 1.1 and WebXPRT 2013 completed the run without crashing. We did not experience any problems with browsing in routine use.

Sunspider
LG L40
612.9 ms * ∼15%
Nokia X
2429.7 ms * ∼60% -296%
Huawei Ascend Y530
1538.8 ms * ∼38% -151%
Acer Liquid Z3 Duo
1741.7 ms * ∼43% -184%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
LG L40
16366.4 ms * ∼28%
Motorola Moto E
17651.2 ms * ∼30% -8%
Huawei Ascend Y530
19673.3 ms * ∼33% -20%
Acer Liquid Z3 Duo
24669.6 ms * ∼41% -51%
WebXPRT 2013
Overall Score
LG L40
143 Points ∼10%
Acer Liquid Z3 Duo
111 Points ∼8% -22%
Photo Effects
LG L40
2333.1 ms * ∼26%
Acer Liquid Z3 Duo
2617.1 ms * ∼29% -12%
Face Detection
LG L40
5365 ms * ∼44%
Acer Liquid Z3 Duo
9350.6 ms * ∼77% -74%
Stocks Dashboard
LG L40
2391.6 ms * ∼64%
Acer Liquid Z3 Duo
3066 ms * ∼82% -28%
Offline Notes
LG L40
2420.3 ms * ∼50%
Acer Liquid Z3 Duo
2694.2 ms * ∼56% -11%

* ... smaller is better

Finally, the Epic Citadel graphics benchmark shows appealing performance compared with the contenders. LG's L40 particularly outshines its rivals Motorola Moto E and Huawei Ascend Y530 in the Ultra-High Quality setting.

Epic Citadel
High Performance
LG L40
57 fps ∼94%
Motorola Moto E
52.5 fps ∼87% -8%
Huawei Ascend Y530
54.5 fps ∼90% -4%
High Quality
LG L40
54.1 fps ∼90%
Motorola Moto E
50.9 fps ∼85% -6%
Huawei Ascend Y530
53.4 fps ∼89% -1%
Ultra High Quality
LG L40
47.3 fps ∼79%
Motorola Moto E
34.2 fps ∼57% -28%
Huawei Ascend Y530
37.3 fps ∼62% -21%

Games

LG's L40 features the SoC-integrated Qualcomm Adreno 302 graphics card that uses the rather tight RAM of 512 MB alongside the Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 MSM8210. This array is not graphically strong, but should, nevertheless, be suitable for the odd gaming session.

We tested this using a few 3D games to exemplify this. While Angry Birds Go! is too demanding, games like Angry Birds Star Wars 2 or Sonic Dash run smoothly. Even the Zombie shoot-up Dead Trigger 2 can be played without problems - though only in low details.

The touchscreen, position sensor and accelerometer work reliably. However, gaming fun is limited due to the small screen.

Angry Birds Go! is too demanding for LG's L40.
Angry Birds Go! is too demanding for LG's L40.
In return, Angry Birds Star Wars 2 or...
In return, Angry Birds Star Wars 2 or...
...Sonic Dash run smoothly.
...Sonic Dash run smoothly.
Even the Zombie chase Dead Trigger 2...
Even the Zombie chase Dead Trigger 2...
...runs smoothly, though in low details.
...runs smoothly, though in low details.
Epic Citadel
Epic Citadel

Emissions

Temperature

The measured surface temperatures on LG's L40 are virtually exemplary. The phone barely heats up while idling, and a maximum average of 31.7 °C (89 °F) is reached. The temperatures also only reach an average of 30.5 to 32.2 °C (86.9 to 90 °F) during full load.

Max. Load
 32.8 °C32.8 °C29.5 °C 
 34.7 °C34.4 °C30.4 °C 
 32.8 °C33.0 °C29.8 °C 
Maximum: 34.7 °C
Average: 32.2 °C
30.0 °C31.6 °C29.7 °C
30.4 °C31.8 °C30.0 °C
30.1 °C31.3 °C30.0 °C
Maximum: 31.8 °C
Average: 30.5 °C
Room Temperature 21 °C | Voltcraft IR-350

Speakers

LG's L40 uses the receiver on the front as the mono speaker. Although this is beneficial for the sound quality, the little speaker struggles with treble-heavy playback. Both the mid range and bass step into the background. The hands-free feature works impeccably and is quite low in noise.

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The power consumption of LG's L40 is very moderate. The review sample's idle consumption of 0.3 to 1.0 Watts is lower than all rivals. The L40's power hunger climbed to 1.2 Watts during load, which is considerably less than that of its contenders. Agreeable: We ascertained a typical standby consumption of 0.1 Watts. Acer's Liquid Z3 DuoHuawei's Ascend Y530Motorola's Moto E, and Nokia's X are again on par with that. The low consumption rates give hope for good battery runtimes.

Power Consumption

Off / Standby 0.0 / 0.1 Watt
Idle 0.3 / 0.9 / 1.0 Watt
Load 1.2 / 1.2 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Runtime

The removable battery provides the L40 with 5.85 Wh or 1540 mAh. Though that is less than Huawei's Ascend Y530 (1750 mAh, 6.5 Wh) or Motorola's Moto E (1980 mAh), our review sample surpasses all contenders in the Wi-Fi test, performed using a brightness of 150 cd/m². LG's L40 lasts considerably longer than its rivals with a runtime of over 14 hours. Only the Motorola's Moto E comes close to that. Our review sample shut down after 3:41 hours in the full load test, using the Stability Test app and maximum brightness. This is a bit less than Motorola's Moto E and Acer's Liquid Z3 Duo. Overall, a very good performance.

Battery Runtime
WiFi Surfing
14h 20min
Load (maximum brightness)
3h 41min

Verdict

In review: LG L40
In review: LG L40

LG presents a compact smartphone with an entry-level SoC for a low price of only 89 Euros (~$120; RRP) dubbed L40. The buyer gets a bright, high-contrast, and viewing angle stable IPS screen that, however, struggles with a low resolution and an intensely reflective screen surface.

Owing to the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat operating system, the L40 is up-to-date. Furthermore, newcomers on the smartphone market will find an intuitive and usually smooth usage owing to the Easy UI. The application performance is clearly enough for routine tasks, such as Internet browsing, messaging or sending mails, and even allows an occasional game although the small screen will likely be a limiting factor. The extremely small internal storage of 4 GB is annoying in routine use. Only about 1.5 GB net is available for apps. At least the storage can be expanded via a MicroSD card.

The camera units and speaker are not compelling. Unfortunately, the speech quality is also poor. That is twice as unfortunate because the battery is very long lasting, and even removable. Besides that, LG's L40 supplies software features from the upper range, such as Knock-Code or Knock-On, and the optional guest access allows parents, for example, to control their children's smartphone use.

Newcomers looking for an uncomplicated smartphone, or buyers simply wanting an affordable second device might find it in LG's L40. Users who put value on a larger, sharper screen, and a somewhat better configuration for a similarly low price should take a closer look at LG's L70. An in-depth review will be available in a few days time.

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In Review: LG L40. Test model courtesy of LG.
In Review: LG L40. Test model courtesy of LG.

Specifications

LG L40

:: Processor
:: Memory
512 MB, LP-DDR2
:: Graphics adapter
:: Display
3.5 inch 6:4, 480x320 pixel, capacitive, multi-touch, IPS, glossy: yes
:: Harddisk
4 GB Flash, 4 GB , 1.5 GB free
:: Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm jack, Card Reader: micro-SD (max. 64 GB), Sensors: A-GPS/GPS, acceleration sensor, proximity sensor, digital compass,
:: Networking
802.11 b/g/n (b g n ), 4.0 Bluetooth, GSM quad-band (850/900/1800/1900), UMTS dual-band (900/2100), network standards: GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA, bandwidth (download/upload): 14.4 Mbps/5.76 Mbps (UMTS)
:: Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 11.9 x 109.4 x 59
:: Weight
0.113 kg
:: Battery
5.85 Wh Lithium-Ion, 1540 mAh, 3.8 V
Talk time 2G (according to manufacturer): 300 h, Talk time 3G (according to manufacturer): 300 h, Standby 2G (according to manufacturer): 350 h, Standby 3G (according to manufacturer): 350 h
:: Price
89 Euro
:: Operating System
Android 4.4 KitKat
:: Additional features
Webcam: camera: 3 MP, 2048 x 1536 pixels, video: WVGA with 800 x 480 pixels, Speakers: mono speaker, Keyboard: virtual, Keyboard Light: yes, KnockCode, Easy UI+, guest mode, ThinkFree Viewer, Box, LG SmartWorld, QuickMemo, LG Smartworld, RemoteCall Service, 24 Months Warranty

 

In addition to white, LG's L40 is...
In addition to white, LG's L40 is...
...also available in black.
...also available in black.
The screen has a size of 3.5 inches and a resolution of 480 x 320 pixels.
The screen has a size of 3.5 inches and a resolution of 480 x 320 pixels.
It is viewing angle stable owing to the IPS technology.
It is viewing angle stable owing to the IPS technology.
Despite its low resolution, content is relatively sharp.
Despite its low resolution, content is relatively sharp.
LTE for below 100 Euros? Unfortunately, no.
LTE for below 100 Euros? Unfortunately, no.
Geekbench 3 system information
Geekbench 3 system information
There is not enough power for GFXBench 3.
There is not enough power for GFXBench 3.
LG pre-loads some helpful software apps.
LG pre-loads some helpful software apps.
There is even a radio.
There is even a radio.
The Knock-Code can be...
The Knock-Code can be...
...optionally enabled for unlocking.
...optionally enabled for unlocking.
The screen can also be turned on and off by "knocking".
The screen can also be turned on and off by "knocking".
The back is lightly textured and insensitive to fingerprints.
The back is lightly textured and insensitive to fingerprints.
An enveloping metal rim increases the stability, and also looks good.
An enveloping metal rim increases the stability, and also looks good.
The home button is a physical key, and all other Android buttons, back and menu, are touch icons.
The home button is a physical key, and all other Android buttons, back and menu, are touch icons.
The primary camera has a resolution of 3 MP. The L40 does not have a webcam.
The primary camera has a resolution of 3 MP. The L40 does not have a webcam.
The receiver on the front is also the speaker.
The receiver on the front is also the speaker.
LG impressively proves that a very good build does not exclude a low price with its L40.
LG impressively proves that a very good build does not exclude a low price with its L40.
The PassMark Performance benchmark reveals the phone's model number among other things.
The PassMark Performance benchmark reveals the phone's model number among other things.
The phone app includes all important features.
The phone app includes all important features.
Comfortable typing is possible in portrait and landscape mode...
Comfortable typing is possible in portrait and landscape mode...
..despite the screen's small size.
..despite the screen's small size.

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Pro

+Android 4.4.2 KitKat
+Software features
+Compact and light
+Decent build
+UKW radio reception
+micro-SD expansion
+Removable battery
+Good battery runtimes
+Bright IPS screen
 

Cons

-Low screen resolution
-Small internal stroage
-Camera module
-Speech quality

Shortcut

What we like

The low price and good equipment.

What we'd like to see

A larger, higher-resolution screen.

What surprises us

The awesome build quality.

The competition

Acer Liquid Z3 Duo

Huawei Ascend Y530

Motorola Moto E

Nokia X

Rating

LG L40
06/05/2014 v4
Michael Moser

Chassis
77%
Keyboard
58 / 75 → 77%
Pointing Device
81%
Connectivity
44 / 60 → 73%
Weight
95%
Battery
92%
Display
81%
Games Performance
52 / 75 → 69%
Application Performance
20 / 65 → 31%
Temperature
91%
Noise
100%
Audio
45 / 91 → 49%
Camera
40%
Average
67%
78%
Smartphone *
Weighted Average

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Author: Michael Moser, 2014-06-10 (Update: 2014-06-18)