The LG V30S ThinQ and V35 ThinQ are essentially minor updates to the V30 from last year. They’re unexciting from a sequel standpoint, and LG seems to be aware of this as well, based on information that has come to light involving the V30’s true and legitimate successor, which has been named the LG V40 for now. But it could be called the LG V40 ThinQ, who knows.
Word on the street is that the LG V40 will have five cameras, the most ever on a smartphone. Citing a source “familiar with the company’s plans,” tech site Android Police reported that the LG V30 successor will be a penta-camera phone with a triple-lens setup around the back — similar to that on the Huawei P20 Pro and the Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS — and two cameras on the front.
But unlike the Chinese manufacturer’s devices, the LG V40 might use a super-wide lens for one of its cameras, as the company has done many times before. A zoom lens could be used for another camera, which would allow for portrait shots with a sharp subject and a softly blurred background.
The dual cameras above the screen will reportedly enable 3D facial recognition as a means of unlocking the device (in addition to fingerprint authentication using the rear-mounted sensor).
The LG V40 will supposedly get a notched display, too, with the option to hide the top notch by tinting the status bar black in all applications and menus. It’s also expected to have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor and LG’s signature quad DAC to support high-end headphones.
A YouTube channel that’s known for making renders of upcoming devices has given us an idea of what the LG V40 could look like.
The screenshots below show that the cutout at the top of the smartphone’s front panel houses an earpiece sandwiched between two camera sensors. The screen-to-body ratio now seems to be higher than the V40’s predecessors, most likely because of the notch. You’ll also see that the rear’s triple-camera system is arranged horizontally.
LG V40 concept renders (via Waqar Khan)
This time, the LG V40 will still be unveiled at the Germany-held technology fair, according to the rumor mill. This year, IFA will kick off on August 31 and end on September 5. Press conferences at trade shows like that are usually held before the event or during the first few days. However, the release is not expected until October. There’s no word yet on its price, too.
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