We'll credit LG on one super-important factor: The fast charger is included out of the box. Take notes, Apple.
Okay, we make it sound like LG screwed this one up, and that's entirely not the point. It doesn't bring the same air of revolution that, say, HTC's blockchain phone does — which, by the way, can only be pre-ordered with cryptocurrency — but it does what most sane smartphone users want from their pocket PC. The V40 ThinQ is what you expect: pricey, flagship-level and fiercely competitive with Samsung's throne-bearing lineups. Fast Charging 3.0 is supported, IP68 protects the innards, Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 graces the silicon side of things, and the outer design is respectable if nothing so new in 2018. With P-OLED to bring those much-loved deep hues and infinite-contrast inky blacks across a whole 6.4 inches of a nearly bezel-less front side, it's surely impressive to notice at first and specs-wise brings a modest upgrade over its predecessor.
The main attraction is the three-camera setup on the rear: one for super wide-angle shots at 16 MP, another 12 MP telephoto lens with two-times zoom, and a third camera with 12 MP over an F1.5 aperture and 1.4-micron pixels for general snapping. This isn't really surprising seeing as multi-camera setups are growing in popularity thanks to Huawei's P20 Pro, which launched back in March this year with a stunning philosophy known as pixel-binning: combining the sensor data of multiple cameras into a single one to improve quality, accuracy and low-light shooting. However, that tech doesn't seem to be at play here since each camera is reportedly included as its own separate snapper for various shooting modes.
Stepping back from the highlights, we need to discuss the controversies and drawbacks. Do you support the notch? Many folks feel that it's an unnecessary addition on many handsets, serving more as an aesthetic icon that seems to ride on the precedent that was set by the iPhone X. We admit that notches are pretty annoying in their own right and don't consider them to be beneficial, and they're one of the reasons why the Pixel 3 and it's XL counterpart are receiving flak for it. It's hard to look at the Note 9 and then accept anything less than a similar design on the V40 ThinQ, but LG has let us down in this regard.
The other questionable feature is the dedicated Google Assistant key on the left side of the phone, opposite the power key. This is new to the V40 ThinQ and seems to be aimed at addressing Samsung's similarly placed Bixby key. Owners of the latest Samsung flagships have voiced complaints about this function, and we'd even like to say that this key would be more useful as a quick-launcher for other apps. Other oddball traits to take note of include the LCD-like bluish hue of displayed whites, suggesting that P-OLED still needs some tweaking, and the fingerprint scanner evidently has had the power-on and -off functionality stripped from it, which could be aggravating for some.
LG has taken the AI and multi-camera trends to heart with their newest and bluest, and they don't disappoint with their fantastic photography array or solid high-end hardware provisions. However, be advised that this phone could be a little annoying to use as a daily driver if you're not used to the notch, tweaked fingerprint scanner or tinted display.