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LG V40 ThinQ Smartphone Review

Daniel Schmidt, 👁 Daniel Schmidt, T. Hinum (translated by Alex Alderson), 02/22/2019

Robust and with five cameras - The LG V40 ThinQ has finally arrived in Germany after being announced over three months ago. The V40 is an evolution of its predecessor, with LG promising to have particularly improved the display and the cameras. Read on to find out what distinguishes the LG V40 ThinQ from other flagships and how it performs in our tests.

LG first announced the V40 ThinQ in October last year, but it has taken over three months for the South Korean manufacturer’s latest flagship to arrive in Germany. Three months may not sound like a long time, but it is in the world of smartphones. Mobile World Congress 2019 is only a few days away, at which LG will announce the G8 ThinQ, which we expect to be equipped with a more powerful SoC and a newer version of Android than the V40. Hence, the latest smartphone in LG’s V series is almost already outdated just as it has arrived in Europe.

The V40 is a flagship smartphone typical of those released last year. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 powers the device, which is complemented by 6 GB of RAM. Moreover, the V40 has 128 GB of UFS 2.1 internal storage that can be expanded with up to 2 TB microSD cards. However, the V-series continues to stand out from its peers with a 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC, the first incarnation of which we saw with the LG V10. The V40 also has a headphone jack, which has become something of a rarity among modern flagship smartphones.

The star of the show for the V40 is its five cameras. The device has two front-facing cameras and three on the back, which should provide most people with enough flexibility to take almost any shot. The smartphone is dustproof and waterproof too, while it has an OLED display like its predecessor. The 3,300 mAh battery remains unchanged though, which is rather small by today’s standards.

The V40 succeeds the LG V30, which scored highly in our review for its bright display, its decent battery life and its impressive main camera. However, we were disappointed to see a USB 2.0 Type-C port, pulse-width modulation (PWM) display flicker and poor viewing angles. Please keep in mind that LG also released the V30s ThinQ and V35 ThinQ, but we did not review these as they were only minor revisions on the V30.

We have chosen to compare the V40 against other flagship smartphones released in the last year. Our comparison device will include the Apple iPhone XS Max, the Honor View 20, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, Samsung Galaxy S9+, Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 and the ZTE Axon 9 Pro. The V40 currently retails for €899 (~$1,019) in Germany, which makes it more expensive than our comparison devices, which are all cheaper or have reduced in price since their release. We expect that the V40 will soon become cheaper too, but this may take a few months.

LG V40 ThinQ (V Series)
Graphics adapter
Memory
6144 MB 
, LPDDR4x
Display
6.4 inch 19.5:9, 3120 x 1440 pixel 537 PPI, Capacitive touchscreen, 10-point multitouch, OLED, Corning Gorilla Glass 5, glossy: yes
Storage
128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash, 128 GB 
, 107.2 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm, Card Reader: Up to 2 TB microSD cards - FAT, FAT32, exFAT supported file systems, 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: Accelerometer, Barometer, Digital compass, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor, Fingerprint sensor, USB 2.0 Type-C, USB-OTG, Miracast, WiFi Direct, Wi-Fi Concurrency
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 5.0, GSM/GPRS/Edge: 850, 900, 1,800, 1,900 MHz. UMTS/HSPA +: Band 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8. LTE Cat. 18: Band 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 20, 28, 32, 38, 39, 40, 41, Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 7.7 x 158.7 x 75.8 ( = 0.3 x 6.25 x 2.98 in)
Battery
3300 mAh Lithium-Polymer, Qi wireless charging, fast charging
Operating System
Android 8.1 Oreo
Camera
Primary Camera: 16 MPix , Super wide angle, 16 mm, f/1.9, 1.0 μm. 12MPix, standard, 27 mm, f/1.5, 1.4 μm. 12 MPix, telephoto, 52 mm, f/2.4, 1.0 μm, 2 x optical zoom. Camera2 API Level: Full
Secondary Camera: 8 MPix , standard, 26 mm, f/1.9, 1.4 μm. 5 MPix, wide angle, 21 mm, f/2.2, 1.4 μm.
Additional features
Speakers: Boombox speaker, DTS:X support, 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC, Keyboard: Virtual, Headphones, Charger, USB Type-C cable, SIM tool, Quick start guide, Microfibre cloth, 24 Months Warranty, IP68 and MIL-STD-810G1 certified. SAR values: Head - 0.33 W/kg, Body - 1.353 W/kg, fanless
Weight
169 g ( = 5.96 oz / 0.37 pounds), Power Supply: 73 g ( = 2.58 oz / 0.16 pounds)
Price
899 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case

The V40 looks boringly unremarkable in photos. However, do not let these put you off as the device looks far better in person. LG currently sells the V40 in New Moroccan Blue and Silver, both of which look stylish. The device is covered in Corning Gorilla Glass 5, which we like to see in more smartphones as it has a matte finish that hardly picks up any fingerprints.

The V40 also feels good in the hand and is comparatively light. The case is thin too, but our review unit is 0.3 mm (~0.01 in) thicker at its thickest point than LG’s official specifications. The V40 is also a hair thicker than the LG V30, although it is thinner than most of our comparison devices. It is worth keeping in mind that the rear-camera housing protrudes by 0.5 mm (~0.02 in) from the back glass, but we had no issues with this in daily use.

Our review unit is well made too, while LG’s extensive use of aluminium and glass helps to make the device feel current. The gaps between materials are mostly even and tight. However, there is a slightly bigger gap along one of the long sides of our review unit between the back glass and the frame than on the rest of the device. Our attempts to twist the V40 were in vain though, as it did not creak or flex regardless of how hard we applied pressure to the case.

The battery is firmly installed as is the case with many modern smartphones, which allows the V40 to be IP68 certified against dust and water. The card slot sits flush with and matches the colour of the frame of our review unit too. The slot is made from plastic and has space for either two nano-SIM cards or a microSD card instead of the second nano-SIM.

The V40 is also MIL-STD-810G1 certified, which means that it successfully passed 14 environmental and climatic tests. These include falls from up to 1.2 metres (~4 ft) along with being subjected to -33 °C (~-27 °F) for four hours and to -21 °C (~-6 °F) for 24 hours. There are also salt spray, high humidity, high temperature, high pressure, sunlight and vibration tests. Please keep in mind that no independent organisation or agency certifies MIL-STD-810 compliance, so take the certification with a pinch of salt.

Size Comparison

157.8 mm / 6.21 inch 74.6 mm / 2.94 inch 8.8 mm / 0.3465 inch 218 g0.4806 lbs158.1 mm / 6.22 inch 73.8 mm / 2.91 inch 8.5 mm / 0.3346 inch 189 g0.4167 lbs158.7 mm / 6.25 inch 75.8 mm / 2.98 inch 7.7 mm / 0.3031 inch 169 g0.3726 lbs156.9 mm / 6.18 inch 72.4 mm / 2.85 inch 8.6 mm / 0.3386 inch 189 g0.4167 lbs157.5 mm / 6.2 inch 77.4 mm / 3.05 inch 7.7 mm / 0.3031 inch 208 g0.4586 lbs156.9 mm / 6.18 inch 75.4 mm / 2.97 inch 8.1 mm / 0.3189 inch 180 g0.3968 lbs156.5 mm / 6.16 inch 74.5 mm / 2.93 inch 7.9 mm / 0.311 inch 179 g0.3946 lbs151.7 mm / 5.97 inch 75.4 mm / 2.97 inch 7.3 mm / 0.2874 inch 158 g0.3483 lbs

Connectivity

The V40 supports expandable storage, which is by no means a given for flagship smartphones. The device supports up to 2 TB microSD cards and all modern file systems including exFAT. We could store apps and data on our reference microSD card, but we could not format it as an internal storage. This should have no practical implications though.

Unfortunately, LG has persisted with equipping its V series devices with a USB 2.0 Type-C port rather than using a faster USB 3.1 equivalent. The port still supports USB On-The-Go (OTG) for if you would like to connect peripherals such as a mouse and keyboard, but we could not get our review unit to output video via a wired connection

The V40 lacks a notification LED like many of its competitors, but it does have an always-on-display like its predecessor and edge lighting like Samsung used in the Galaxy S9.

The device also has an NFC chip, and support for Bluetooth 5.0 along with ac Wi-Fi. LG has included Qi wireless charging too, but there no IR blaster or FM radio support like some Huawei flagships have. In short, the V40 has the same connectivity as the LG V30 and adds nothing new.

Left-hand side: Google Assistant Button, Volume buttons
Left-hand side: Google Assistant Button, Volume buttons
Topside: Microphone
Topside: Microphone
Underside: Speaker, USB Type-A, Microphone, Headphone jack
Underside: Speaker, USB Type-A, Microphone, Headphone jack
Right-hand side: Power button, Card slot
Right-hand side: Power button, Card slot

Software

LG has a poor reputation of delivering OS updates, particularly with its V series. The company only updated the V20 to Android 8.0 Oreo late last year, and initially announced that it would not roll-out an Android 9 Pie update before seemingly backtracking on this. The company has opened a Software Update Center at its R&D facility in South Korea, but the LG V40 ships with Android 8.1 Oreo at the time of writing, which Google originally released in December 2017. LG has promised to update the V40 to Android 9.0 Pie at the beginning of Q2, but it remains to be seen whether the company will keep to this deadline.

Our review unit arrived with outdated security patches too, but we should point out that it is running different firmware to that which retail units have, so they should have newer security patches installed and should receive updates more quickly than our unit. We hope that LG updates the V40 to Android Q at some point, but we would not bank on that happening any time soon.

LG overlays its UI over 8.1 Oreo, but it makes only minor changes from stock Android. The company includes a different icon pack and re-arranges the Settings menu to accommodate its custom features, but most people should quickly acclimatise if they have used Android before.

The V40 supports multiple user accounts like most modern Android smartphones. Our review unit has numerous Google and LG apps pre-installed too, of which only a few are uninstallable. There is no desktop mode either like we have seen Huawei and Samsung implement with their recent flagship smartphones, but this is only a minor gripe.

Default home screen
Default home screen
Pre-installed LG apps
Pre-installed LG apps
Quick Settings
Quick Settings
Software Information
Software Information
Sidelight settings
Sidelight settings

Communication & GPS

The V40 supports fast Cat. 18 LTE, while the European variant supports all important LTE bands for China, Europe, Russia and the United States. Our review unit maintained a solid mobile network connection throughout our tests too.

There are also no problems with Wi-Fi connectivity. The V40 supports up to IEEE 802.11 ac Wi-Fi and connect to 2.4 or 5.0 GHz networks. LG has equipped the device with a MIMO antenna that allowed it to achieve decent transfer speeds in our iperf3 Client Wi-Fi tests. It is worth noting that the LG V30 averaged better transfer speeds in our tests than its successor, but most people will not notice the difference in daily use. The V40 also experienced some minor slowdowns in our Wi-Fi transmission test, but these should go unnoticed in daily use too.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3
Adreno 630, 845, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
685 (min: 657, max: 705) MBit/s ∼100% +1%
LG V40 ThinQ
Adreno 630, 845, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
677 (min: 655, max: 698) MBit/s ∼99%
ZTE Axon 9 Pro
Adreno 630, 845, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
674 (min: 646, max: 691) MBit/s ∼98% 0%
LG V30
Adreno 540, 835, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
657 MBit/s ∼96% -3%
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
Mali-G72 MP18, 9810, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
652 MBit/s ∼95% -4%
Apple iPhone Xs Max
A12 Bionic GPU, A12 Bionic, 64 GB eMMC Flash
624 MBit/s ∼91% -8%
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
Mali-G76 MP10, Kirin 980, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
615 (min: 532, max: 642) MBit/s ∼90% -9%
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
Mali-G76 MP10, Kirin 980, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
491 (min: 100, max: 534) MBit/s ∼72% -27%
Honor View 20
Mali-G76 MP10, Kirin 980, 256 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
339 (min: 325, max: 351) MBit/s ∼49% -50%
Average of class Smartphone
  (5.9 - 939, n=396)
220 MBit/s ∼32% -68%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
LG V30
Adreno 540, 835, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
703 MBit/s ∼100% +27%
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
Mali-G76 MP10, Kirin 980, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
696 (min: 647, max: 714) MBit/s ∼99% +26%
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
Mali-G76 MP10, Kirin 980, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
663 (min: 289, max: 805) MBit/s ∼94% +20%
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3
Adreno 630, 845, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
663 (min: 507, max: 704) MBit/s ∼94% +20%
ZTE Axon 9 Pro
Adreno 630, 845, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
661 (min: 613, max: 699) MBit/s ∼94% +19%
Apple iPhone Xs Max
A12 Bionic GPU, A12 Bionic, 64 GB eMMC Flash
602 MBit/s ∼86% +9%
LG V40 ThinQ
Adreno 630, 845, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
554 (min: 492, max: 579) MBit/s ∼79%
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
Mali-G72 MP18, 9810, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
519 MBit/s ∼74% -6%
Honor View 20
Mali-G76 MP10, Kirin 980, 256 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
298 (min: 278, max: 319) MBit/s ∼42% -46%
Average of class Smartphone
  (9.4 - 703, n=396)
210 MBit/s ∼30% -62%
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; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø677 (655-698)
; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø554 (492-579)
GPS test: Outdoors
GPS test: Outdoors
GPS test: Indoors
GPS test: Indoors
GPS test: GNSS
GPS test: GNSS

The V40 uses BeiDou, GALILEO, GPS, GLONASS and QZSS for location services, which helps it achieve fast satellite fixes outdoors. Our review unit maintained a sat fix with up to 3 metres (~10 ft) accuracy when tested outdoors, which dropped to 6 metres (~20 ft) indoors. Overall, the V40 should have no issues with locating you wherever you are.

We also took our test device on a short bike ride to compare its location accuracy against a professional navigation system. We used our trusty Garmin Edge 500 for this test, which surprisingly did a worse job than the V40 did at plotting our route, as demonstrated by the screenshots below. Our review unit recorded a more natural looking route than the Garmin did, so the V40 should not let you down during general navigation tasks.

GPS test: Garmin Edge 500 - Overview
GPS test: Garmin Edge 500 - Overview
GPS test: Garmin Edge 500 - Lake
GPS test: Garmin Edge 500 - Lake
GPS test: Garmin Edge 500 - Loop
GPS test: Garmin Edge 500 - Loop
GPS test: LG V40 ThinQ - Overview
GPS test: LG V40 ThinQ - Overview
GPS test: LG V40 ThinQ - Lake
GPS test: LG V40 ThinQ - Lake
GPS test: LG V40 ThinQ - Loop
GPS test: LG V40 ThinQ - Loop

Telephone Features & Call Quality

LG has pre-installed its phone app on the V40, which is well laid out and is largely unchanged from the one that the company used on the V30. Our review unit has excellent call quality when using the earpiece, but voices sound too tiny on speakerphone for our liking.

The V40 supports VoLTE and VoWiFi too, but your carrier must provision the device before either technology works. VoLTE and VoWiFi will not necessarily work out of the box.

Cameras

Taking a selfie with the LG V40 ThinQ
Taking a selfie with the LG V40 ThinQ

The V40 treads a similar path to the Pixel 3 XL with its dual front-facing camera, but thankfully the former has a much smaller and less obtrusive notch. The main camera is an 8 MP sensor that takes comparable shots to the front-facing camera in the LG G7 ThinQ. There is also a 5 MP wide-angle camera, but we only noticed the added width when we outstretched our arm, so its utility is rather limited.

LG markets the V40 heavily on the strengths of its cameras and has equipped the device with three rear-facing cameras to distinguish it from other flagships. We have already seen Huawei do this with the P20 Pro and Mate 20 Pro though, while Samsung has just announced the Galaxy S10 and S10+, both of which have 3 rear-facing cameras.

The V40 has a 12 MP regular sensor that has an f/1.5 aperture and a 1.4 µm pixel size. LG complements this with a 16 MP ultra-wide-angle sensor and a 12 MP telephoto lens that supports up to 2x optical zoom. There is also a triple-shot function that triggers all cameras simultaneously and allows you to choose from the best picture. Our review unit took a while to capture all three images, but it worked well during our tests. The V40 can combine all three pictures into a short video too that is saved as a 6 second, 1080p, MP4 video.

Ultra-wide lens
Ultra-wide lens
Standard lens
Standard lens
Telephoto lens
Telephoto lens

Triple shot at night

Telephoto lens
Telephoto lens
Standard lens
Standard lens
Ultra-wide lens
Ultra-wide lens

Triple shot by day

Photos shot during the day look good in isolation, but the V40 struggles in some areas compared to the Apple iPhone XS and the ASUS ROG Phone. Taking scene 1 as an example, the photo taken with the V40 looks detailed and colour accurate. However, the colours are noticeably duller than in the shots taken with our comparison devices, while details are muddier too. The V40 does a much better job in scene 2, which is a macro shot. Again though, our review unit cannot capture all the fine details that our comparison devices manage to do. The V40 produces natural looking photos at night too, which are more detailed and better exposed than the equivalent photo that the iPhone XS takes. The ROG Phone also just wins here though in our opinion.

Standard lens
Standard lens
Telephoto lens
Telephoto lens
Ultra-wide lens
Ultra-wide lens

The V40 can record videos in up to Ultra HD at 60 FPS, but only 6 minutes and without image stabilisation. Navigating the default camera app is too convoluted for our liking, but the manual video mode is excellent once you find it and allows you to set the frame rate at 1, 2, 24, 30 or 60 FPS. Moreover, you can enable Hi-Fi sound and HDR10 video, which should provide improved audio and image quality compared to stock settings. Enabling HDR10 disables the zoom functionality with the ultra-wide-angle lens though. Overall, the V40 produces excellent looking and sounding videos, but we would recommend using HDR sparingly as it only works well in good ambient light. In short, the V40 has one of the most versatile video cameras of any smartphone, and its additional lens gives it an advantage over the V30.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Scene 1Scene 2Scene 3
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ColorChecker Passport: The lower half of each area of colour displays the reference colour
ColorChecker Passport: The lower half of each area of colour displays the reference colour

We also subjected the triple camera array to further tests under controlled light conditions. All sensors are pleasingly colour accurate, although skin and grey tones are too bright and warm for our liking. Other colours are also highly saturated, but not offputtingly so.

Our review unit captures our test chart sharply too, although the sharpness and contrast visibly decrease towards the edges of the photo. Although the telephoto lens produces more vibrant looking photos, the drop in contrast is more pronounced than the regular camera. The ultra-wide-angle sensor produces the most consistent looking photo of the three in our opinion with the contrast dropping off only in the bottom right-hand corner. All three cameras reproduce colour gradients cleanly, with dark fonts on a dark background only being a problem for the ultra-wide-angle sensor.

A photo of our test chart
A photo of our test chart
Our test chart in detail
Test chart (Telephoto)
Test chart (Wide-angle)

Accessories & Warranty

The V40 comes with a 9 W charger (5 V/1.8 A), a USB Type-A to Type-C cable and a pair of headphones. There is also a SIM tool, a microfibre cloth and a quick start guide.

The device comes with 24 months warranty, but the warranty period can be extended to up to four years with LG Premium Care, which costs €100 (~$113) or €2.69 (~$3.05) per month. The latter offers greater flexibility in our opinion as LG allows you to cancel the service whenever you like.

The company offers an optional premium protection plan too, which covers against breakages, drops and liquid damage, but you must purchase it within 14 days of receiving your device. The premium protection costs €135 (~$153) for one-years coverage or €270 (~$306) for two years. You can also pay for this coverage monthly, which currently costs €11.99 (~ US$13.60).

Please see our Guarantees, Return policies and Warranties article for more country-specific information.

Input Devices & Operation

The V40 has a capacitive touchscreen, which is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5 that feels smooth to the touch. Our review unit reliably recognised inputs throughout our tests. LG has made no major changes to the keyboard layout from previous smartphones. You can replace it with another from the Google Play Store should you not like the stock one.

The Google Assistant button is new to the V series, which sits on the left-hand side of the frame and opens the service when the device is unlocked. We could not disable the button during our tests, but it is possible to link it to other digital assistants within Settings. These must be installed before you can enable them though

LG has kept the fingerprint sensor on the back of the device, which worked perfectly during our time with the device. The V40 unlocks quickly using the fingerprint sensor, but you could use the less secure 2D face recognition should you wish, which also unlocks the device promptly. It is worth noting that LG has equipped the V40 with a dedicated power button, rather than integrating it within the fingerprint reader as they did with the V20 and the V30.

Using the default keyboard in portrait mode
Using the default keyboard in portrait mode
Using the default keyboard in landscape mode
Using the default keyboard in landscape mode
Using the default keyboard in landscape mode
Using the default keyboard in landscape mode

Display

Sub-pixel array
Sub-pixel array

The V40 has a 6.4-inch OLED display that operates natively at 1440p and is 0.4-inches larger than the one in the V30. LG promises to have improved the display technology, which corresponds with our results. The screen in the V40 is brighter than its predecessor and achieves an average maximum brightness of 559 cd/m² with the ambient light sensor activated according to X-Rite i1Pro 2, which is 23% brighter than the V30. This value rose to just under 780 cd/m² when we tested the V40 with the more realistic APL50 test. The black level is also theoretically perfect because it can individually switch off pixels, which also results in a theoretically infinite contrast ratio.

LG integrates a blue light filter and an always-on display just as it did with the V30. Unfortunately, the display uses pulse-width modulation (PWM) to regulate its brightness, but that is a problem for all OLED panels as they do not have a dedicated backlight. Please note that we measured a 250 Hz PWM frequency across the whole brightness spectrum, which could cause eye strain and headaches for some people. Thankfully, our review has a pleasantly low minimum brightness, which should make the V40 easy to read at night.

580
cd/m²
572
cd/m²
543
cd/m²
575
cd/m²
567
cd/m²
531
cd/m²
577
cd/m²
571
cd/m²
514
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 580 cd/m² Average: 558.9 cd/m² Minimum: 2.3 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 89 %
Center on Battery: 567 cd/m²
Contrast: ∞:1 (Black: 0 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 3.3 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6.1
ΔE Greyscale 1.1 | 0.64-98 Ø6.3
96.5% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.46
LG V40 ThinQ
OLED, 3120x1440, 6.4
LG V30
OLED, 2880x1440, 6
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
Super AMOLED, 2960x1440, 6.2
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
OLED, 3120x1440, 6.3
Apple iPhone Xs Max
OLED, 2688x1242, 6.5
ZTE Axon 9 Pro
AMOLED, 2248x1080, 6.21
Screen
-83%
-2%
11%
13%
-22%
Brightness middle
567
432
-24%
565
0%
576
2%
656
16%
521
-8%
Brightness
559
428
-23%
571
2%
582
4%
659
18%
517
-8%
Brightness Distribution
89
87
-2%
96
8%
90
1%
88
-1%
96
8%
Black Level *
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
3.3
4.18
-27%
2.3
30%
1.3
61%
1.7
48%
2.9
12%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
6.1
8.53
-40%
4.8
21%
3.5
43%
2.8
54%
5.5
10%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
1.1
5.3
-382%
1.9
-73%
1.6
-45%
1.7
-55%
2.7
-145%
Gamma
2.46 89%
2.33 94%
2.16 102%
2.18 101%
1.998 110%
2.01 109%
CCT
6495 100%
7487 87%
6332 103%
6561 99%
6487 100%
6288 103%

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 250 Hz ≤ 99 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 250 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 99 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 250 Hz is relatively low, so sensitive users will likely notice flickering and experience eyestrain at the stated brightness setting and below.

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9524 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

LG has drastically improved the colour accuracy of the V40’s display compared to the one that it used in the V30. We examined the colour accuracy with a photo spectrometer and CalMAN analysis software, which determined that the V40 reproduces grey tones more accurately than our comparison devices. You must select the cinema colour mode for the best colour reproduction though. By contrast, the automatic mode has a slight blue to it. The V40 also has lower mixed colour deviations than the V30, but it is beaten by most of our comparison devices in this regard.

CalMAN: Greyscale – Automatic (DCI-P3 target colour space)
CalMAN: Greyscale – Automatic (DCI-P3 target colour space)
CalMAN: Mixed Colours – Automatic (DCI-P3 target colour space)
CalMAN: Mixed Colours – Automatic (DCI-P3 target colour space)
CalMAN: Colour space - Automatic (DCI-P3 target colour space)
CalMAN: Colour space - Automatic (DCI-P3 target colour space)
CalMAN: Saturation – Automatic (DCI-P3 target colour space)
CalMAN: Saturation – Automatic (DCI-P3 target colour space)
CalMAN: Greyscale – Photos (AdobeRGB target colour space)
CalMAN: Greyscale – Photos (AdobeRGB target colour space)
CalMAN: Mixed Colours – Photos (AdobeRGB target colour space)
CalMAN: Mixed Colours – Photos (AdobeRGB target colour space)
CalMAN: Colour space - Photos (AdobeRGB target colour space)
CalMAN: Colour space - Photos (AdobeRGB target colour space)
CalMAN: Saturation – Photos (AdobeRGB target colour space)
CalMAN: Saturation – Photos (AdobeRGB target colour space)
CalMAN: Greyscale – Cinema (DCI-P3 target colour space)
CalMAN: Greyscale – Cinema (DCI-P3 target colour space)
CalMAN: Mixed Colours – Cinema (DCI-P3 target colour space)
CalMAN: Mixed Colours – Cinema (DCI-P3 target colour space)
CalMAN: Colour space - Cinema (DCI-P3 target colour space)
CalMAN: Colour space - Cinema (DCI-P3 target colour space)
CalMAN: Saturation – Cinema (DCI-P3 target colour space)
CalMAN: Saturation – Cinema (DCI-P3 target colour space)

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
4 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 2 ms rise
↘ 2 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 1 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (25.3 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
4.4 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 2.4 ms rise
↘ 2 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 1 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (40.3 ms).

The V40 remains readable outdoors even under direct sunlight, but only with the ambient light sensor activated. Otherwise, the average maximum brightness drops to 363 cd/m², which is not bright enough to combat reflections on a sunny day. The glass has a highly reflective finish as most smartphones do, but the display remains readable, as demonstrated by our photos below.

Using the LG V40 ThinQ in the shade
Using the LG V40 ThinQ in the shade
Using the LG V40 ThinQ in the sun
Using the LG V40 ThinQ in the sun

LG has improved viewing angle stability too compared to the panel that it used in the V30. We noticed no colour distortions, while the loss of brightness at acute viewing angles is limited, as is the typical green shimmer of OLED panels.

Viewing Angles
Viewing Angles

Performance

The V40 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC and 6 GB of RAM, which is on par with most flagship devices released in 2018. The Snapdragon 845 has now been succeeded by the Snapdragon 855, but the V40 will still perform well for at least the next few years.

Our review unit performed strongly in synthetic benchmarks, but it is beaten by some of our comparison devices in off-screen GPU benchmarks because of its higher resolution display. You can adjust the display to 1080p should you need to, but in most cases, the V40 will power through anything that you throw at it.

The V40 performed smoothly during our tests, but we did notice the occasional system jitter even when just browsing through apps. We suspect that this could be because of the non-retail firmware that our review unit is running, but we wanted to point it out in case it is a wider issue.

Geekbench 4.3
Compute RenderScript Score (sort by value)
LG V40 ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
13519 Points ∼100%
LG V30
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998), Adreno 540, 4096
8016 Points ∼59% -41%
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
Samsung Exynos 9810, Mali-G72 MP18, 6144
6202 Points ∼46% -54%
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
8938 Points ∼66% -34%
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 8192
13374 Points ∼98% -1%
Honor View 20
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 8192
9028 Points ∼66% -33%
ZTE Axon 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
13505 Points ∼99% 0%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  (10876 - 14489, n=25)
13578 Points ∼100% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (663 - 21070, n=298)
4511 Points ∼33% -67%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
LG V40 ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
8687 Points ∼77%
LG V30
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998), Adreno 540, 4096
6078 Points ∼54% -30%
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
Samsung Exynos 9810, Mali-G72 MP18, 6144
8963 Points ∼80% +3%
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
10024 Points ∼89% +15%
Apple iPhone Xs Max
Apple A12 Bionic, A12 Bionic GPU, 4096
11244 Points ∼100% +29%
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 8192
8634 Points ∼77% -1%
Honor View 20
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 8192
9868 Points ∼88% +14%
ZTE Axon 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
8988 Points ∼80% +3%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  (7754 - 9231, n=27)
8705 Points ∼77% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1174 - 11598, n=352)
4477 Points ∼40% -48%
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
LG V40 ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
2397 Points ∼50%
LG V30
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998), Adreno 540, 4096
1900 Points ∼40% -21%
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
Samsung Exynos 9810, Mali-G72 MP18, 6144
3776 Points ∼79% +58%
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
3378 Points ∼71% +41%
Apple iPhone Xs Max
Apple A12 Bionic, A12 Bionic GPU, 4096
4774 Points ∼100% +99%
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 8192
2333 Points ∼49% -3%
Honor View 20
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 8192
3314 Points ∼69% +38%
ZTE Axon 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
2418 Points ∼51% +1%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  (2272 - 2500, n=27)
2416 Points ∼51% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (758 - 4824, n=354)
1325 Points ∼28% -45%
PCMark for Android
Work 2.0 performance score (sort by value)
LG V40 ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
8141 Points ∼88%
LG V30
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998), Adreno 540, 4096
5603 Points ∼61% -31%
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
Samsung Exynos 9810, Mali-G72 MP18, 6144
5319 Points ∼58% -35%
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
9225 Points ∼100% +13%
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 8192
8326 Points ∼90% +2%
Honor View 20
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 8192
9243 Points ∼100% +14%
ZTE Axon 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
8099 Points ∼88% -1%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  (7983 - 9868, n=28)
8069 Points ∼87% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (3227 - 11440, n=347)
4930 Points ∼53% -39%
Work performance score (sort by value)
LG V40 ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
10361 Points ∼81%
LG V30
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998), Adreno 540, 4096
6854 Points ∼54% -34%
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
Samsung Exynos 9810, Mali-G72 MP18, 6144
5822 Points ∼46% -44%
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
12535 Points ∼98% +21%
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 8192
10052 Points ∼79% -3%
Honor View 20
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 8192
12778 Points ∼100% +23%
ZTE Axon 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
9795 Points ∼77% -5%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  (7998 - 13211, n=26)
10123 Points ∼79% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4096 - 14439, n=515)
5389 Points ∼42% -48%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
LG V40 ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
2809 Points ∼64%
LG V30
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998), Adreno 540, 4096
2893 Points ∼66% +3%
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
Samsung Exynos 9810, Mali-G72 MP18, 6144
2546 Points ∼58% -9%
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
4364 Points ∼100% +55%
Apple iPhone Xs Max
Apple A12 Bionic, A12 Bionic GPU, 4096
2723 Points ∼62% -3%
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 8192
2802 Points ∼64% 0%
Honor View 20
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 8192
4381 Points ∼100% +56%
ZTE Axon 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
3639 Points ∼83% +30%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  (2185 - 3764, n=28)
3088 Points ∼70% +10%
Average of class Smartphone
  (573 - 4535, n=362)
1811 Points ∼41% -36%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
LG V40 ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
4133 Points ∼72%
LG V30
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998), Adreno 540, 4096
3809 Points ∼66% -8%
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
Samsung Exynos 9810, Mali-G72 MP18, 6144
3792 Points ∼66% -8%
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
4250 Points ∼74% +3%
Apple iPhone Xs Max
Apple A12 Bionic, A12 Bionic GPU, 4096
4828 Points ∼84% +17%
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 8192
4480 Points ∼78% +8%
Honor View 20
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 8192
3718 Points ∼65% -10%
ZTE Axon 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
5741 Points ∼100% +39%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  (4133 - 8206, n=28)
5439 Points ∼95% +32%
Average of class Smartphone
  (76 - 8206, n=362)
1549 Points ∼27% -63%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited (sort by value)
LG V40 ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
3741 Points ∼74%
LG V30
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998), Adreno 540, 4096
3559 Points ∼70% -5%
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
Samsung Exynos 9810, Mali-G72 MP18, 6144
3420 Points ∼67% -9%
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
4275 Points ∼84% +14%
Apple iPhone Xs Max
Apple A12 Bionic, A12 Bionic GPU, 4096
4121 Points ∼81% +10%
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 8192
3846 Points ∼76% +3%
Honor View 20
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 8192
3847 Points ∼76% +3%
ZTE Axon 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
5088 Points ∼100% +36%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  (3512 - 5200, n=28)
4607 Points ∼91% +23%
Average of class Smartphone
  (94 - 6312, n=365)
1446 Points ∼28% -61%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
LG V40 ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
2871 Points ∼65%
LG V30
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998), Adreno 540, 4096
2855 Points ∼65% -1%
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
Samsung Exynos 9810, Mali-G72 MP18, 6144
2561 Points ∼58% -11%
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
4407 Points ∼100% +54%
Apple iPhone Xs Max
Apple A12 Bionic, A12 Bionic GPU, 4096
2961 Points ∼67% +3%
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 8192
3060 Points ∼69% +7%
Honor View 20
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 8192
4393 Points ∼100% +53%
ZTE Axon 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
3649 Points ∼83% +27%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  (2110 - 3763, n=27)
3094 Points ∼70% +8%
Average of class Smartphone
  (375 - 4493, n=375)
1781 Points ∼40% -38%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
LG V40 ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
6024 Points ∼58%
LG V30
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998), Adreno 540, 4096
5819 Points ∼56% -3%
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
Samsung Exynos 9810, Mali-G72 MP18, 6144
4797 Points ∼46% -20%
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
5854 Points ∼56% -3%
Apple iPhone Xs Max
Apple A12 Bionic, A12 Bionic GPU, 4096
10374 Points ∼100% +72%
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 8192
8245 Points ∼79% +37%
Honor View 20
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 8192
5327 Points ∼51% -12%
ZTE Axon 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
8341 Points ∼80% +38%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  (5228 - 8451, n=27)
7671 Points ∼74% +27%
Average of class Smartphone
  (131 - 14951, n=375)
2124 Points ∼20% -65%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited (sort by value)
LG V40 ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
4842 Points ∼73%
LG V30
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998), Adreno 540, 4096
4728 Points ∼71% -2%
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
Samsung Exynos 9810, Mali-G72 MP18, 6144
4018 Points ∼60% -17%
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
5456 Points ∼82% +13%
Apple iPhone Xs Max
Apple A12 Bionic, A12 Bionic GPU, 4096
6667 Points ∼100% +38%
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 8192
6054 Points ∼91% +25%
Honor View 20
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 8192
5087 Points ∼76% +5%
ZTE Axon 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
6487 Points ∼97% +34%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  (4034 - 6568, n=27)
5761 Points ∼86% +19%
Average of class Smartphone
  (159 - 7980, n=376)
1809 Points ∼27% -63%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics (sort by value)
LG V40 ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
2740 Points ∼66%
LG V30
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998), Adreno 540, 4096
2931 Points ∼70% +7%
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
Samsung Exynos 9810, Mali-G72 MP18, 6144
2469 Points ∼59% -10%
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
4183 Points ∼100% +53%
Apple iPhone Xs Max
Apple A12 Bionic, A12 Bionic GPU, 4096
3027 Points ∼72% +10%
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 8192
2653 Points ∼63% -3%
Honor View 20
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 8192
4175 Points ∼100% +52%
ZTE Axon 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
3623 Points ∼87% +32%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  (2118 - 3703, n=27)
3217 Points ∼77% +17%
Average of class Smartphone
  (486 - 4262, n=438)
1738 Points ∼42% -37%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics (sort by value)
LG V40 ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
4275 Points ∼83%
LG V30
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998), Adreno 540, 4096
3903 Points ∼75% -9%
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
Samsung Exynos 9810, Mali-G72 MP18, 6144
3582 Points ∼69% -16%
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
4206 Points ∼81% -2%
Apple iPhone Xs Max
Apple A12 Bionic, A12 Bionic GPU, 4096
3726 Points ∼72% -13%
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 8192
4223 Points ∼82% -1%
Honor View 20
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 8192
4256 Points ∼82% 0%
ZTE Axon 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
5181 Points ∼100% +21%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  (3488 - 5246, n=27)
4919 Points ∼95% +15%
Average of class Smartphone
  (65 - 6362, n=440)
1280 Points ∼25% -70%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) (sort by value)
LG V40 ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
3802 Points ∼80%
LG V30
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998), Adreno 540, 4096
3635 Points ∼77% -4%
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
Samsung Exynos 9810, Mali-G72 MP18, 6144
3256 Points ∼69% -14%
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
4201 Points ∼89% +10%
Apple iPhone Xs Max
Apple A12 Bionic, A12 Bionic GPU, 4096
3544 Points ∼75% -7%
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 8192
3677 Points ∼78% -3%
Honor View 20
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 8192
4238 Points ∼90% +11%
ZTE Axon 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
4729 Points ∼100% +24%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  (3197 - 4734, n=27)
4388 Points ∼93% +15%
Average of class Smartphone
  (80 - 5734, n=448)
1225 Points ∼26% -68%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics (sort by value)
LG V40 ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
2731 Points ∼65%
LG V30
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998), Adreno 540, 4096
2808 Points ∼67% +3%
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
Samsung Exynos 9810, Mali-G72 MP18, 6144
2496 Points ∼59% -9%
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
4150 Points ∼98% +52%
Apple iPhone Xs Max
Apple A12 Bionic, A12 Bionic GPU, 4096
2713 Points ∼64% -1%
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 8192
3221 Points ∼76% +18%
Honor View 20
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 8192
4214 Points ∼100% +54%
ZTE Axon 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
3543 Points ∼84% +30%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  (2124 - 3668, n=27)
3115 Points ∼74% +14%
Average of class Smartphone
  (512 - 4240, n=469)
1644 Points ∼39% -40%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics (sort by value)
LG V40 ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
6439 Points ∼78%
LG V30
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998), Adreno 540, 4096
5895 Points ∼72% -8%
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
Samsung Exynos 9810, Mali-G72 MP18, 6144
4637 Points ∼56% -28%
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
5305 Points ∼64% -18%
Apple iPhone Xs Max
Apple A12 Bionic, A12 Bionic GPU, 4096
7055 Points ∼86% +10%
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 8192
8236 Points ∼100% +28%
Honor View 20
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 8192
5252 Points ∼64% -18%
ZTE Axon 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
8219 Points ∼100% +28%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  (5637 - 8312, n=27)
7763 Points ∼94% +21%
Average of class Smartphone
  (43 - 10008, n=469)
1739 Points ∼21% -73%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 (sort by value)
LG V40 ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
4947 Points ∼78%
LG V30
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998), Adreno 540, 4096
4738 Points ∼75% -4%
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
Samsung Exynos 9810, Mali-G72 MP18, 6144
3895 Points ∼61% -21%
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
4996 Points ∼79% +1%
Apple iPhone Xs Max
Apple A12 Bionic, A12 Bionic GPU, 4096
5205 Points ∼82% +5%
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 8192
6118 Points ∼96% +24%
Honor View 20
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 8192
4979 Points ∼78% +1%
ZTE Axon 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
6355 Points ∼100% +28%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  (4363 - 6454, n=27)
5811 Points ∼91% +17%
Average of class Smartphone
  (55 - 7673, n=477)
1493 Points ∼23% -70%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
LG V40 ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
30418 Points ∼82%
LG V30
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998), Adreno 540, 4096
14601 Points ∼39% -52%
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
Samsung Exynos 9810, Mali-G72 MP18, 6144
26226 Points ∼71% -14%
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
36755 Points ∼99% +21%
Apple iPhone Xs Max
Apple A12 Bionic, A12 Bionic GPU, 4096
27717 Points ∼75% -9%
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 8192
35987 Points ∼97% +18%
Honor View 20
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 8192
37164 Points ∼100% +22%
ZTE Axon 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
35430 Points ∼95% +16%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  (15614 - 37475, n=27)
33322 Points ∼90% +10%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4811 - 45072, n=629)
13516 Points ∼36% -56%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
LG V40 ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
79818 Points ∼50%
LG V30
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998), Adreno 540, 4096
55271 Points ∼35% -31%
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
Samsung Exynos 9810, Mali-G72 MP18, 6144
46610 Points ∼29% -42%
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
67730 Points ∼42% -15%
Apple iPhone Xs Max
Apple A12 Bionic, A12 Bionic GPU, 4096
159735 Points ∼100% +100%
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 8192
83976 Points ∼53% +5%
Honor View 20
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 8192
67388 Points ∼42% -16%
ZTE Axon 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
81640 Points ∼51% +2%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  (53794 - 85487, n=27)
80548 Points ∼50% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (3585 - 162695, n=629)
19557 Points ∼12% -75%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
LG V40 ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
58651 Points ∼76%
LG V30
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998), Adreno 540, 4096
34139 Points ∼44% -42%
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
Samsung Exynos 9810, Mali-G72 MP18, 6144
39745 Points ∼51% -32%
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
57047 Points ∼74% -3%
Apple iPhone Xs Max
Apple A12 Bionic, A12 Bionic GPU, 4096
77599 Points ∼100% +32%
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 8192
64627 Points ∼83% +10%
Honor View 20
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 8192
57073 Points ∼74% -3%
ZTE Axon 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
63295 Points ∼82% +8%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  (34855 - 65330, n=27)
61139 Points ∼79% +4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4164 - 83518, n=630)
16333 Points ∼21% -72%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
LG V40 ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
105 fps ∼46%
LG V30
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998), Adreno 540, 4096
113 fps ∼50% +8%
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
Samsung Exynos 9810, Mali-G72 MP18, 6144
147 fps ∼65% +40%
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
120 fps ∼53% +14%
Apple iPhone Xs Max
Apple A12 Bionic, A12 Bionic GPU, 4096
226 fps ∼100% +115%
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 8192
152 fps ∼67% +45%
Honor View 20
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 8192
118 fps ∼52% +12%
ZTE Axon 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
150 fps ∼66% +43%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  (98 - 152, n=28)
142 fps ∼63% +35%
Average of class Smartphone
  (6 - 251, n=658)
34.1 fps ∼15% -68%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
LG V40 ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
60 fps ∼97%
LG V30
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998), Adreno 540, 4096
60 fps ∼97% 0%
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
Samsung Exynos 9810, Mali-G72 MP18, 6144
60 fps ∼97% 0%
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
61 fps ∼98% +2%
Apple iPhone Xs Max
Apple A12 Bionic, A12 Bionic GPU, 4096
60 fps ∼97% 0%
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 8192
60 fps ∼97% 0%
Honor View 20
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 8192
60 fps ∼97% 0%
ZTE Axon 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
60 fps ∼97% 0%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  (58 - 89, n=27)
62.1 fps ∼100% +4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (9.8 - 120, n=661)
26.5 fps ∼43% -56%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL (sort by value)
LG V40 ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
59 fps ∼55%
LG V30
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998), Adreno 540, 4096
59 fps ∼55% 0%
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
Samsung Exynos 9810, Mali-G72 MP18, 6144
74 fps ∼69% +25%
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
73 fps ∼68% +24%
Apple iPhone Xs Max
Apple A12 Bionic, A12 Bionic GPU, 4096
107 fps ∼100% +81%
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 8192
81 fps ∼76% +37%
Honor View 20
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 8192
67 fps ∼63% +14%
ZTE Axon 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
82 fps ∼77% +39%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  (54 - 83, n=27)
73.1 fps ∼68% +24%
Average of class Smartphone
  (2.7 - 132, n=577)
18.7 fps ∼17% -68%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL (sort by value)
LG V40 ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
33 fps ∼56%
LG V30
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998), Adreno 540, 4096
35 fps ∼59% +6%
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
Samsung Exynos 9810, Mali-G72 MP18, 6144
45 fps ∼76% +36%
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
42 fps ∼71% +27%
Apple iPhone Xs Max
Apple A12 Bionic, A12 Bionic GPU, 4096
59 fps ∼100% +79%
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 8192
56 fps ∼95% +70%
Honor View 20
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 8192
59 fps ∼100% +79%
ZTE Axon 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
59 fps ∼100% +79%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  (33 - 75, n=27)
54.4 fps ∼92% +65%
Average of class Smartphone
  (5.4 - 115, n=582)
17.4 fps ∼29% -47%
GFXBench 3.1
off screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen (sort by value)
LG V40 ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
41 fps ∼59%
LG V30
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998), Adreno 540, 4096
40 fps ∼58% -2%
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
Samsung Exynos 9810, Mali-G72 MP18, 6144
47 fps ∼68% +15%
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
29 fps ∼42% -29%
Apple iPhone Xs Max
Apple A12 Bionic, A12 Bionic GPU, 4096
69.3 fps ∼100% +69%
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 8192
59 fps ∼85% +44%
Honor View 20
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 8192
50 fps ∼72% +22%
ZTE Axon 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
60 fps ∼87% +46%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  (32 - 61, n=28)
53.9 fps ∼78% +31%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.6 - 88, n=439)
15.5 fps ∼22% -62%
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen (sort by value)
LG V40 ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
21 fps ∼36%
LG V30
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998), Adreno 540, 4096
19 fps ∼32% -10%
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
Samsung Exynos 9810, Mali-G72 MP18, 6144
24 fps ∼41% +14%
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
26 fps ∼44% +24%
Apple iPhone Xs Max
Apple A12 Bionic, A12 Bionic GPU, 4096
58.9 fps ∼100% +180%
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 8192
50 fps ∼85% +138%
Honor View 20
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 8192
48 fps ∼81% +129%
ZTE Axon 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
55 fps ∼93% +162%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  (21 - 59, n=27)
45.3 fps ∼77% +116%
Average of class Smartphone
  (3.4 - 110, n=442)
14.8 fps ∼25% -30%
GFXBench
High Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
LG V40 ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
12 fps ∼37%
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
19 fps ∼59% +58%
Apple iPhone Xs Max
Apple A12 Bionic, A12 Bionic GPU, 4096
32.1 fps ∼100% +168%
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 8192
20 fps ∼62% +67%
Honor View 20
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 8192
20 fps ∼62% +67%
ZTE Axon 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
14 fps ∼44% +17%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  (12 - 25, n=17)
18.6 fps ∼58% +55%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.86 - 59, n=142)
8.79 fps ∼27% -27%
2560x1440 High Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
LG V40 ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
12 fps ∼39%
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
13 fps ∼42% +8%
Apple iPhone Xs Max
Apple A12 Bionic, A12 Bionic GPU, 4096
16.3 fps ∼53% +36%
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 8192
31 fps ∼100% +158%
Honor View 20
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 8192
14 fps ∼45% +17%
ZTE Axon 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
22 fps ∼71% +83%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  (11 - 31, n=17)
15.6 fps ∼50% +30%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.26 - 31, n=142)
6.01 fps ∼19% -50%
Normal Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
LG V40 ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
16 fps ∼34%
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
18 fps ∼38% +13%
Apple iPhone Xs Max
Apple A12 Bionic, A12 Bionic GPU, 4096
47 fps ∼100% +194%
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 8192
20 fps ∼43% +25%
Honor View 20
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 8192
31 fps ∼66% +94%
ZTE Axon 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
35 fps ∼74% +119%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  (16 - 40, n=17)
29.1 fps ∼62% +82%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.8 - 59, n=144)
13.1 fps ∼28% -18%
1920x1080 Normal Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
LG V40 ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
30 fps ∼81%
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
33 fps ∼89% +10%
Apple iPhone Xs Max
Apple A12 Bionic, A12 Bionic GPU, 4096
36.8 fps ∼99% +23%
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 8192
30 fps ∼81% 0%
Honor View 20
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 8192
34 fps ∼92% +13%
ZTE Axon 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
37 fps ∼100% +23%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  (29 - 38, n=16)
35.2 fps ∼95% +17%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.94 - 63, n=143)
14.4 fps ∼39% -52%
off screen Car Chase Offscreen (sort by value)
LG V40 ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
26 fps ∼65%
LG V30
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998), Adreno 540, 4096
24 fps ∼60% -8%
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
Samsung Exynos 9810, Mali-G72 MP18, 6144
28 fps ∼70% +8%
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
31 fps ∼78% +19%
Apple iPhone Xs Max
Apple A12 Bionic, A12 Bionic GPU, 4096
40 fps ∼100% +54%
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 8192
35 fps ∼88% +35%
Honor View 20
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 8192
32 fps ∼80% +23%
ZTE Axon 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
35 fps ∼88% +35%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  (25 - 35, n=27)
33.4 fps ∼84% +28%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.89 - 54, n=368)
10.4 fps ∼26% -60%
on screen Car Chase Onscreen (sort by value)
LG V40 ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
13 fps ∼39%
LG V30
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998), Adreno 540, 4096
13 fps ∼39% 0%
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
Samsung Exynos 9810, Mali-G72 MP18, 6144
14 fps ∼42% +8%
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
16 fps ∼48% +23%
Apple iPhone Xs Max
Apple A12 Bionic, A12 Bionic GPU, 4096
31 fps ∼94% +138%
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 8192
30 fps ∼91% +131%
Honor View 20
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 8192
28 fps ∼85% +115%
ZTE Axon 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
33 fps ∼100% +154%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  (13 - 37, n=27)
27.7 fps ∼84% +113%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.6 - 58, n=372)
9.41 fps ∼29% -28%
Basemark GPU
1920x1080 OpenGL Medium Offscreen (sort by value)
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
29.12 (min: 9.74, max: 74.17) fps ∼94%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  (24.5 - 35.3, n=5)
30.9 fps ∼100%
Average of class Smartphone
  (3.09 - 651, n=59)
26.2 fps ∼85%
Vulkan Medium Native (sort by value)
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
16.92 (min: 6.06, max: 28.78) fps ∼73%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  (15.8 - 29.7, n=5)
22.8 fps ∼98%
Average of class Smartphone
  (6.62 - 606, n=54)
23.3 fps ∼100%
1920x1080 Vulkan Medium Offscreen (sort by value)
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
25.57 (min: 7.38, max: 46.96) fps ∼91%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  (21.3 - 32.9, n=5)
27.5 fps ∼98%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4.16 - 739, n=54)
28.1 fps ∼100%
AnTuTu v7 - Total Score (sort by value)
LG V40 ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
270884 Points ∼88%
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
Samsung Exynos 9810, Mali-G72 MP18, 6144
250577 Points ∼82% -7%
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
300617 Points ∼98% +11%
Apple iPhone Xs Max
Apple A12 Bionic, A12 Bionic GPU, 4096
302955 Points ∼99% +12%
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 8192
292798 Points ∼96% +8%
Honor View 20
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 8192
306296 Points ∼100% +13%
ZTE Axon 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
287049 Points ∼94% +6%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  (246366 - 299878, n=27)
277434 Points ∼91% +2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (52607 - 380913, n=259)
127011 Points ∼41% -53%
AnTuTu v6 - Total Score (sort by value)
LG V40 ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
229374 Points ∼91%
LG V30
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998), Adreno 540, 4096
173749 Points ∼69% -24%
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
Samsung Exynos 9810, Mali-G72 MP18, 6144
222290 Points ∼88% -3%
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
250848 Points ∼99% +9%
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 8192
228173 Points ∼90% -1%
Honor View 20
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 8192
252800 Points ∼100% +10%
ZTE Axon 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
231092 Points ∼91% +1%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  (162183 - 242953, n=23)
225534 Points ∼89% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (23275 - 274007, n=464)
83941 Points ∼33% -63%
VRMark - Amber Room (sort by value)
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
5025 Score ∼100%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  (4598 - 4731, n=4)
4689 Score ∼93%
Average of class Smartphone
  (552 - 5025, n=56)
1920 Score ∼38%
BaseMark OS II
Web (sort by value)
LG V40 ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
1228 Points ∼71%
LG V30
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998), Adreno 540, 4096
1009 Points ∼58% -18%
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
Samsung Exynos 9810, Mali-G72 MP18, 6144
1109 Points ∼64% -10%
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
1424 Points ∼82% +16%
Apple iPhone Xs Max
Apple A12 Bionic, A12 Bionic GPU, 4096
1731 Points ∼100% +41%
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 8192
1386 Points ∼80% +13%
Honor View 20
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 8192
1404 Points ∼81% +14%
ZTE Axon 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
1345 Points ∼78% +10%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  (1009 - 1613, n=26)
1344 Points ∼78% +9%
Average of class Smartphone
  (7 - 1731, n=589)
734 Points ∼42% -40%
Graphics (sort by value)
LG V40 ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
6726 Points ∼43%
LG V30
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998), Adreno 540, 4096
5949 Points ∼38% -12%
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
Samsung Exynos 9810, Mali-G72 MP18, 6144
6370 Points ∼41% -5%
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
6273 Points ∼40% -7%
Apple iPhone Xs Max
Apple A12 Bionic, A12 Bionic GPU, 4096
15659 Points ∼100% +133%
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 8192
7891 Points ∼50% +17%
Honor View 20
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 8192
7484 Points ∼48% +11%
ZTE Axon 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
7930 Points ∼51% +18%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  (5846 - 8001, n=26)
7797 Points ∼50% +16%
Average of class Smartphone
  (18 - 15969, n=589)
1890 Points ∼12% -72%
Memory (sort by value)
LG V40 ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
2910 Points ∼46%
LG V30
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998), Adreno 540, 4096
2091 Points ∼33% -28%
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
Samsung Exynos 9810, Mali-G72 MP18, 6144
2625 Points ∼42% -10%
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
6283 Points ∼100% +116%
Apple iPhone Xs Max
Apple A12 Bionic, A12 Bionic GPU, 4096
1815 Points ∼29% -38%
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 8192
3791 Points ∼60% +30%
Honor View 20
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 8192
5616 Points ∼89% +93%
ZTE Axon 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
4492 Points ∼71% +54%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  (2193 - 5296, n=26)
3649 Points ∼58% +25%
Average of class Smartphone
  (21 - 6661, n=589)
1412 Points ∼22% -51%
System (sort by value)
LG V40 ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
6717 Points ∼58%
LG V30
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998), Adreno 540, 4096
4238 Points ∼36% -37%
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
Samsung Exynos 9810, Mali-G72 MP18, 6144
6413 Points ∼55% -5%
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
8604 Points ∼74% +28%
Apple iPhone Xs Max
Apple A12 Bionic, A12 Bionic GPU, 4096
11675 Points ∼100% +74%
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 8192
8146 Points ∼70% +21%
Honor View 20
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 8192
8594 Points ∼74% +28%
ZTE Axon 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
8212 Points ∼70% +22%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  (4417 - 8613, n=26)
7644 Points ∼65% +14%
Average of class Smartphone
  (369 - 12202, n=589)
2798 Points ∼24% -58%
Overall (sort by value)
LG V40 ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
3565 Points ∼73%
LG V30
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998), Adreno 540, 4096
2702 Points ∼55% -24%
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
Samsung Exynos 9810, Mali-G72 MP18, 6144
3302 Points ∼67% -7%
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
4687 Points ∼96% +31%
Apple iPhone Xs Max
Apple A12 Bionic, A12 Bionic GPU, 4096
4895 Points ∼100% +37%
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 8192
4287 Points ∼88% +20%
Honor View 20
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 8192
4746 Points ∼97% +33%
ZTE Axon 9 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 6144
4454 Points ∼91% +25%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  (3291 - 4693, n=26)
4111 Points ∼84% +15%
Average of class Smartphone
  (150 - 6097, n=593)
1388 Points ∼28% -61%
Basemark ES 3.1 / Metal - offscreen Overall Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
Samsung Exynos 9810, Mali-G72 MP18, 6144
1481 Points ∼62%
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
1571 Points ∼65%
Apple iPhone Xs Max
Apple A12 Bionic, A12 Bionic GPU, 4096
2407 Points ∼100%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  (1169 - 1201, n=5)
1179 Points ∼49%
Average of class Smartphone
  (35 - 2754, n=97)
704 Points ∼29%

Subjectively, web browsing on the V40 feels fluid and snappy. However, it often finished in the bottom third of our browser benchmark comparison tables and only performed well in WebXPRT 2015.

JetStream 1.1 - Total Score
Apple iPhone Xs Max (Safari 12)
273.01 Points ∼100% +230%
Huawei Mate 20 Pro (Chrome 69)
109.18 Points ∼40% +32%
Honor View 20 (Chrome 71)
108.07 Points ∼40% +31%
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 (Chrome 70)
85.976 Points ∼31% +4%
LG V40 ThinQ (Chrome 71)
82.61 Points ∼30%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (0 - 90.9, n=27)
74.3 Points ∼27% -10%
ZTE Axon 9 Pro (Chrome 71)
70.062 Points ∼26% -15%
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus (Samsung Browser 7.0)
69.59 Points ∼25% -16%
LG V30 (Chrome 62)
52.9 Points ∼19% -36%
Average of class Smartphone (12 - 273, n=494)
38.1 Points ∼14% -54%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Apple iPhone Xs Max (Safari 12)
43114 Points ∼100% +171%
Huawei Mate 20 Pro (Chrome 69)
23285 Points ∼54% +46%
Honor View 20 (Chrome 71)
22500 Points ∼52% +41%
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 (Chrome 70)
16489 Points ∼38% +4%
LG V40 ThinQ (Chrome 71)
15906 Points ∼37%
ZTE Axon 9 Pro (Chrome 71)
15819 Points ∼37% -1%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (3991 - 18275, n=28)
15153 Points ∼35% -5%
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus (Samsung Browser 7.0)
14760 Points ∼34% -7%
LG V30 (Chrome 62)
10506 Points ∼24% -34%
Average of class Smartphone (1994 - 43280, n=650)
6112 Points ∼14% -62%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Average of class Smartphone (603 - 59466, n=670)
10908 ms * ∼100% -362%
LG V30 (Chrome 62)
3630 ms * ∼33% -54%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (2154 - 11204, n=28)
2905 ms * ∼27% -23%
LG V40 ThinQ (Chrome 71)
2361 ms * ∼22%
ZTE Axon 9 Pro (Chrome 71)
2357.6 ms * ∼22% -0%
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 (Chrome 70)
2299.9 ms * ∼21% +3%
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus (Samsung Browser 7.0)
2059.7 ms * ∼19% +13%
Honor View 20 (Chrome 71)
2048.1 ms * ∼19% +13%
Huawei Mate 20 Pro (Chrome 69)
1951.9 ms * ∼18% +17%
Apple iPhone Xs Max (Safari 12)
603.1 ms * ∼6% +74%
WebXPRT 3 - ---
Apple iPhone Xs Max (Safari 12)
155 Points ∼100% +65%
Huawei Mate 20 Pro (Chrome 69)
124 Points ∼80% +32%
Honor View 20 (Chrome 71)
99 Points ∼64% +5%
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 (Chrome 70)
95 Points ∼61% +1%
LG V40 ThinQ (Chrome 71)
94 Points ∼61%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (19 - 103, n=18)
85.2 Points ∼55% -9%
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
64 Points ∼41% -32%
Average of class Smartphone (19 - 161, n=123)
62.7 Points ∼40% -33%
WebXPRT 2015 - Overall Score
Apple iPhone Xs Max (Safari 12)
347 Points ∼100% +30%
Huawei Mate 20 Pro (Chrome 69)
334 Points ∼96% +25%
LG V40 ThinQ (Chrome 71)
267 Points ∼77%
Honor View 20 (Chrome 71)
263 Points ∼76% -1%
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 (Chrome 70)
260 Points ∼75% -3%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (245 - 291, n=24)
236 Points ∼68% -12%
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus (Samsung Browser 7.0)
164 Points ∼47% -39%
LG V30 (Chrome 62)
138 Points ∼40% -48%
Average of class Smartphone (66 - 362, n=326)
119 Points ∼34% -55%

* ... smaller is better

LG has equipped the V40 with 128 GB of UFS 2.1 flash storage that performs on par with our comparison devices. AndroBench 3-5 shows that it is comparatively slow at writing small blocks of data, but this should not be an issue in daily use. By contrast, its Chinese competitors are leading the field in this regard.

We benchmarked the V40’s microSD card reader using our reference card, the Toshiba Exceria Pro M501. The transfer speeds are faster than those of the V30 and are on par with those of our other comparison devices. No device gets close to reaching the maximum potential of the card though.

LG V40 ThinQLG V30Samsung Galaxy S9 PlusHuawei Mate 20 ProXiaomi Mi Mix 3Honor View 20ZTE Axon 9 ProAverage 128 GB UFS 2.1 FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
-26%
3%
105%
-4%
143%
1%
42%
-41%
Sequential Write 256KB SDCard
63.13 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
47.2
-25%
67.18 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
6%
72.38 (Huawei NanoSD 128 GB)
15%
61.64 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-2%
64.7 (51.3 - 72.4, n=13)
2%
48.3 (9.5 - 87.1, n=393)
-23%
Sequential Read 256KB SDCard
84.88 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
62.8
-26%
79.22 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-7%
83.18 (Huawei NanoSD 128 GB)
-2%
85.4 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
1%
79.6 (73.2 - 85.4, n=13)
-6%
66.4 (8.1 - 96.5, n=393)
-22%
Random Write 4KB
23.36
10.21
-56%
22.74
-3%
157.84
576%
19.54
-16%
138.85
494%
22.52
-4%
81.1 (18.2 - 250, n=33)
247%
19.3 (0.14 - 250, n=700)
-17%
Random Read 4KB
130.13
78.17
-40%
129.68
0%
157.42
21%
133.24
2%
168.91
30%
141.34
9%
137 (98.9 - 158, n=33)
5%
43.8 (1.59 - 175, n=700)
-66%
Sequential Write 256KB
203.92
193.22
-5%
204.94
1%
196.39
-4%
206.76
1%
250.06
23%
196.43
-4%
198 (183 - 212, n=33)
-3%
90.2 (2.99 - 392, n=700)
-56%
Sequential Read 256KB
689.59
669.48
-3%
818.69
19%
853.28
24%
674.98
-2%
847.48
23%
719.1
4%
742 (427 - 912, n=33)
8%
255 (12.1 - 1468, n=700)
-63%

Games

The Snapdragon 845 integrates a Qualcomm Adreno 630, which remains one of the fastest GPUs currently on the market. The V40 handles complex games such as "Battle Bay" and "PUBG Mobile" with ease at maximum graphics. We should point out that the drop in framerates in the "PUBG Mobile" GameBench graph was just when the game returned to the menu after our match. We experienced no framerate issues in any of our gaming tests with our review unit.

The V40 has slightly thicker bezels than many modern flagships such as the Galaxy S9+, but this is advantageous while playing games as it keeps accidental inputs to a minimum. The accelerometer and touchscreen worked perfectly during our gaming tests too, but we often accidentally covered the speaker on the underside of the device, which muffled any audio being played, for which the earpiece, that also doubles as a speaker, could not compensate.

PUBG Mobile
PUBG Mobile
Battle Bay
Battle Bay
PUBG Mobile
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; 0.10.0: Ø39.3 (7-41)
Battle Bay
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; 4.2.22023: Ø60.3 (57-61)

Emissions

Temperature

The V40 remains relatively cool under load with surface temperatures only reaching a maximum of 33.4 °C (~92 °F) during our tests. In short, the device should feel pleasantly cool regardless of how hard you push it.

We also tried a looped GFXBench battery test to determine how our review unit managed its performance under sustained load. Unfortunately, we cannot currently provide this information as the app would not load on our review unit.

Max. Load
 32.9 °C
91 F
33.4 °C
92 F
30.5 °C
87 F
 
 30.6 °C
87 F
32 °C
90 F
29.8 °C
86 F
 
 29.6 °C
85 F
30.5 °C
87 F
28.9 °C
84 F
 
Maximum: 33.4 °C = 92 F
Average: 30.9 °C = 88 F
28.9 °C
84 F
31.1 °C
88 F
33.2 °C
92 F
28.4 °C
83 F
30.2 °C
86 F
31.6 °C
89 F
28.1 °C
83 F
29.5 °C
85 F
30.4 °C
87 F
Maximum: 33.2 °C = 92 F
Average: 30.2 °C = 86 F
Power Supply (max.)  25.7 °C = 78 F | Room Temperature 22 °C = 72 F | Voltcraft IR-260
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 30.9 °C / 88 F, compared to the average of 33.1 °C / 92 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 33.4 °C / 92 F, compared to the average of 35.6 °C / 96 F, ranging from 22.4 to 51.7 °C for the class Smartphone.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 33.2 °C / 92 F, compared to the average of 34.1 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 26.5 °C / 80 F, compared to the device average of 33.1 °C / 92 F.

Speakers

The LG V40 ThinQ comes with decent earbuds that have a braided cable and an angled jack
The LG V40 ThinQ comes with decent earbuds that have a braided cable and an angled jack
Pink Noise speaker test
Pink Noise speaker test

LG has equipped the V40 with a Boombox loudspeaker just as it did with the G7 ThinQ, which uses a flat surface such as a table to resonate more bass than a traditional speaker can. There is also a speaker on the underside of the device, while the earpiece doubles as a secondary speaker to provide stereo audio. Disappointingly, the three speakers produce an unbalanced soundstage that should get louder in our opinion. Audio sounds good when played quietly, but that is not much of an achievement.

The V40 has a 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad digital to analogue converter (DAC) too, just like its V series predecessors that delivers exceptional sound quality for a smartphone. You can also adjust the audio quality within Settings, but it should impress even ardent audiophiles at stock settings.

The included headphones do not have the B&O branding that the ones which LG included with the V30 did, but they still deliver clear sound that is impressive for bundled headphones. The headphones retain the braided cable and angled jack too, which is a nice touch.

LG also has you covered if you like to listen to music wirelessly, as the V40 supports LDAC, aptX and aptX HD. It should be noted that LG sets the connection over Bluetooth to AAC by default for a stable connection, but this can be changed in Settings should you want richer sounding audio.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2019.931.12520.230.33121.423.84022.928.75026.931.76318.222.18022.82310019.126.512515.828.616016.534.720014.23925013.344.531515.345.140014.64750014.750.263014.564.680013.769.5100014.472125013.973.6160013.974.2200013.874.4250013.873.5315014.271400014.369.1500014.676630014.676.1800014.372.3100001561.11250015621600014.753.9SPL26.384.7N0.857.6median 14.5median 64.6Delta0.713.928.628.224.928.424.621.226.419.330.829.123.624.620.223.319.927.217.638.919.150.619.149.917.454.316.961.516.860.915.163.616.567.915.6701570.615.572.115.371.715.773.515.573.215.576.715.476.115.873.71677.415.872.916.169.816.164.817.357.227.985.6164.4median 16median 69.80.68.9hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseLG V40 ThinQSamsung Galaxy S9 Plus
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
LG V40 ThinQ audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (84.7 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 28.2% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (7.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 9.1% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 7.7% higher than median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (7.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (26.8% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 66% of all tested devices in this class were better, 9% similar, 25% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 25%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 78% of all tested devices were better, 6% similar, 16% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (85.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 22.8% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (12.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 3.2% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (3.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.4% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (17.1% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 3% of all tested devices in this class were better, 4% similar, 93% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 25%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 24% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 69% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Power Management

Power Consumption

The V40 is a comparatively frugal device, but it consistently consumed more than the V30 in our tests, which is probably because of its larger display and its more powerful SoC. Our review unit has better power consumption than many of our comparison devices, but these also tend to have larger batteries, so do not expect miracles in our battery life tests.

The included charger can recharge the V40 fully in 110 minutes and up to 50% in just 38 minutes. The V40 supports QuickCharge 4.0 though, so it could recharge even faster if you use a higher wattage third-party charger. You could charge the device with a Qi wireless charger too, but it will take longer to recharge fully.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.01 / 0.16 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 0.87 / 1.39 / 1.41 Watt
Load midlight 3.96 / 8.6 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
LG V40 ThinQ
3300 mAh
LG V30
3300 mAh
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
3500 mAh
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
4200 mAh
Apple iPhone Xs Max
3174 mAh
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3
3200 mAh
Honor View 20
4000 mAh
ZTE Axon 9 Pro
4000 mAh
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
 
Average of class Smartphone
 
Power Consumption
8%
20%
-22%
-6%
27%
-44%
-3%
-20%
-8%
Idle Minimum *
0.87
0.72
17%
0.68
22%
0.95
-9%
1
-15%
0.49
44%
0.97
-11%
0.86
1%
0.862 (0.42 - 1.8, n=26)
1%
0.881 (0.2 - 3.4, n=727)
-1%
Idle Average *
1.39
1.37
1%
0.95
32%
2.17
-56%
1.4
-1%
0.67
52%
2.58
-86%
1.1
21%
1.728 (0.67 - 2.9, n=26)
-24%
1.736 (0.6 - 6.2, n=726)
-25%
Idle Maximum *
1.41
1.41
-0%
1.09
23%
2.25
-60%
1.7
-21%
0.87
38%
2.63
-87%
1.21
14%
2.07 (0.87 - 3.5, n=26)
-47%
2.02 (0.74 - 6.6, n=727)
-43%
Load Average *
3.96
3.46
13%
4.58
-16%
4.47
-13%
4.6
-16%
3.64
8%
5.24
-32%
5.02
-27%
4.87 (3.56 - 7.41, n=26)
-23%
4.07 (0.8 - 10.8, n=721)
-3%
Load Maximum *
8.6
7.83
9%
5.16
40%
6.15
28%
6.7
22%
9.04
-5%
8.73
-2%
10.82
-26%
9.27 (6.2 - 12.3, n=26)
-8%
5.87 (1.2 - 14.2, n=721)
32%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

As expected, the V40 has a disappointing battery life that is beaten by all but the Galaxy S9+ of our comparison devices. Our review unit finished bottom of our H.264 and Wi-Fi battery tests in which we set all displays at approximately 150 cd/m². All our comparison devices except for the Galaxy S9+ lasted for several hours longer than the V40; such is its underwhelming battery life.

The V40 also finished well behind the competition in our battery life when idling test, but oddly it lasted the longest under sustained load.

In short, the V40 should last a full day of moderate use, but you may need a charger on hand if you constantly stream music, take photos or play games for a few hours.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
19h 00min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (Chrome 71)
8h 30min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
10h 59min
Load (maximum brightness)
5h 20min
LG V40 ThinQ
3300 mAh
LG V30
3300 mAh
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
3500 mAh
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
4200 mAh
Apple iPhone Xs Max
3174 mAh
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3
3200 mAh
Honor View 20
4000 mAh
ZTE Axon 9 Pro
4000 mAh
Battery Runtime
32%
-1%
30%
13%
22%
42%
30%
Reader / Idle
1140
1914
68%
1343
18%
1747
53%
1305
14%
1810
59%
1928
69%
H.264
659
822
25%
674
2%
854
30%
801
22%
836
27%
932
41%
WiFi v1.3
510
774
52%
521
2%
767
50%
742
45%
719
41%
969
90%
661
30%
Load
320
267
-17%
237
-26%
282
-12%
223
-30%
194
-39%
222
-31%

Pros

+ bright and colour accurate OLED display
+ fast SoC
+ aptX HDH
+ expandable storage
+ headphone jack
+ Hi-Fi Quad DAC
+ wireless charging
+ good triple rear-facing cameras
+ accurate GPS module
+ IP68 and MIL-STG-810G1 certified
+ up to four years warranty

Cons

- mediocre battery life
- only USB 2.0
- PWM display flicker
- the delayed release now makes it overpriced

Verdict

The LG V40 ThinQ. Test device courtesy of LG Germany.
The LG V40 ThinQ. Test device courtesy of LG Germany.

The LG V40 ThinQ improves upon the V30 and integrates some of the G7 ThinQ’s good features while delivering better camera and system performance than them both.

However, the cameras, despite their volume, do not stack up to the best that are currently on the market. The battery is also just too small for the power that the high-resolution display, DAC and SoC consume. The three speakers are also not as good as they could be, which is disappointing.

The LG V40 ThinQ is likely to be forgotten about with the arrival of 2019 flagships, which is a shame as it is an excellent smartphone that falls short of greatness in vital areas.

These are the V40’s only real downsides though. It has one of the most versatile video cameras of any smartphone on the market, and its design is understated, yet premium. The Hi-Fi Quad DAC and high-resolution Bluetooth codecs make their welcome return too, and should ensure that the V40 delivers exceptional audio quality regardless of whether you listen wired or wirelessly.

A big stickler with the V40 is its price. The LG G8 ThinQ will launch in the next few days, which will outperform the V40 in many areas, so the timing of the latter’s launch and arrival in Europe seems odd. We expect it to drop in price within a few months though just as the V30 did, so the LG V40 ThinQ may be a sleeper hit in 2019.

LG V40 ThinQ - 02/21/2019 v6
Daniel Schmidt

Chassis
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