LG’s next flagship smartphone arrives on October 3, and the company is teasing it slowly to build up hype, despite the fact that the phone has already been extensively leaked. It’s called the LG V40 ThinQ, a direct successor to the V30 and the V35. The V40 boasts five cameras — three on the back and two on the front — and one of its highlight features is the ability to create cinemagraphs.
Here’s everything you need to know about the new LG V40 ThinQ.
Cine Shot is a new mode in the LG V40’s camera app that lets you take photographs with some motion in them, otherwise known as cinemagraphs. This type of medium has been around for quite some time, and LG is hardly the first manufacturer to add it to a phone. Motorola most recently included it in the Moto Z3.
You can take Cine Shots with all three cameras on the back. It’s best to find an area with a lot of movement, with one subject in the foreground. When you tap the shutter button, the camera takes about three seconds of video, stabilizes it, and then you need to paint over the area you want to keep in motion. You can pinch and zoom to make sure it’s precise, and an eraser is present if you mess up — that’s important because once you save, you can’t edit the area of motion again. When you hit save, you will get a final result where whatever you painted over is in motion, and the rest is frozen like a photograph. It’s a short MP4 file, so you can share it on any social media platform.
To get a better idea of what these Cine Shots look like, here are a few examples we’ve captured:
It’s a little gimmicky, but it’s fun to play around with this mode. The video resolution is 1920 x 1080, but videos sometimes aren’t as detailed as we’d like.
Design and display
The LG V40 ThinQ comes in three colors — new platinum gray, carmine red, and Moroccan blue, though it’s unclear which colors will come to the U.S. On the back, you’ll find three rear-facing cameras, along with a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. The design is almost a replica of the LG V30 except for the extra camera.
Unfortunately, LG’s teaser doesn’t really show the front of the phone, though we expect the device to come with a notched edge-to-edge display like the LG G7. The teaser does note that the phone will have a 6.4-inch display, however. We have seen leaked renders of the device, like the one below from Evan Blass, and it does look like the leaks line up with the teaser video posted by LG.
LG V40 ThinQ for AT&T pic.twitter.com/uMsxdsnXf0
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) September 26, 2018
Thanks to LG’s teaser video, we know for certain that the LG V40 ThinQ comes with five cameras, including three on the back and two on the front.
Apart from the number of camera sensors on the phone, it’s currently unknown what kind of specs the cameras will offer. That said, Android Police claims the front-facing cameras may feature a “stereo configuration” that will allow record a 3D map of the face. ET News is also reporting the phone will have a 20-megapixel primary lens, 16-megapixel wide-angle lens, and a 13-megapixel telephoto lens. More recently, Evan Blass has leaked an image that shows exactly what each camera does on the back and front of the phone. There are standard, wide-angle, and telephoto lenses on the back, and on the front is a standard lens paired with a wide angle.
With this phone’s release coming up, we’ve still heard very little about any possible specs, and you can expect some details to change as the phone’s release date nears.
However, it’s a fair bet that the LG V40 ThinQ will release with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor. A leaked list of phones from December 2017 included the LG V40 as one of the phones expected to include Qualcomm’s newest and most powerful chipset, and we can’t see that changing between now and later this year.
LG’s V-range has traditionally been one of the later models to launch in a calendar year, and that tradition seems to be intact. We have received an invitation from LG inviting us to an event in New York City, on October 3. We expect that’s when we’ll hear official details about the specs and availability of the new phone.
That is all we know about the LG V40 ThinQ, but you can expect to see a lot more from this phone as we move through the year. The LG V30 was our sleeper hit of 2017, and we’re expecting LG to pull out even more stops in 2018.
Updated on October 1, 2018: We’ve added details about Cine Shot, a new feature on the upcoming V40.