We have just started October and we already have the first of many presentations of devices on the table: The LG V40 has already seen the light. The new LG top line is here and comes to burst the high-end market positioning itself as the next device after the Huawei P20 to have triple rear camera.
It is not far behind, and we also have not only 2 other front cameras, but a hardware category. As usual, we face the squad of high-end phones that make it a direct competition: we have chosen the Sony Xperia XZ3, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and the Huawei P20 Pro.
Comparison of titans: triple chamber is imposed
As usual, we have made a table in which we compare directly to the terminals they face. We will see many things in common, especially when it comes to design and power. But one thing is clear: the triple camera has come to stay.
|screen||QHD + OLED 6.4 "with notch||OLED HDR 6.0 "(18: 9) QHD +||6.4 inches Super AMOLED Quad HD (2960 x 1440)||6.1 inches AMOLED (19: 9) Full HD +|
|Processor (SoC)||Snapdragon 845 Octa-core up to 2.75 GHz||Snapdragon 845 Octa-core up to 2.75 GHz||Samsung Exynos 9810 with 4 cores at 2.8 GHz and 4 cores at 1.7 GHz. 10nm.||Kirin 970 Octa-core up to 2.4 GHz|
|GPU||Adreno 630||Adreno 630||Mali-G72.||Mali-G72 with Turbo GPU.|
|RAM||6 GB||4GB||6/8 GB||6 GB|
|Internal memory||64/128 GB||64 GB + micro SD||128/512 GB + microSD up to 512 GB||128 GB|
|Rear camera||Triple camera 12 + 16 + 12 Mpx (f / 1.5 / f / 1.9 / f / 2.4)||19 Mpx with 4K HDR recording and Slow Motion 960 fps||Dual sensor 12 Mpx f / 1.5 / 12 Mpx f / 2.4||40 Mpx + 20 Mpx + 8 Mpx 3x zoom|
|Front camera||Dual camera 8 + 9 Mpx (f / 1.9 / f / 2.2)||13 (f / 1.9)||8 Mpx (f / 1.7)||24 Mpx (f / 2.0)|
|Battery||3300 mAh with fast and wireless charging||3330 mAh with fast charge and fast wireless charge||4000 mAh with fast and wireless charging||4000 mAh with fast charge|
|Connectivity||WiFi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac, Bluetooth 5.0, A-GPS, NFC, FM radio USB-C||WiFi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac, Bluetooth 5.0, A-GPS, NFC, USB-C||WiFi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac, Bluetooth 5.0, A-GPS, NFC, USB-C||WiFi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac, Bluetooth 5.0, A-GPS, NFC, USB-C|
|Size||158.7 x 75.8 x 7.7 mm.||183 x 73 x 9.9 mm||161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8 mm||155 x 73.9 x 7.8 mm|
|Weight||169 g||193 grams||201 grams||180 grams|
|Android version||Android 8.1 Oreo with the LG UI layer||Android P with the Sony Xperia layer||Android 8 Oreo with Samsung Experience||Android 8.1 Oreo with EMUI 8.1|
|Others||Rear fingerprint reader, IP68, facial recognition, 3.5 jack …||Rear fingerprint reader, IP68, facial recognition …||Rear fingerprint reader, S-Pen, IP68||Front fingerprint reader, facial recognition, IP67 …|
|Price||799 euros||1050 euros||899 euros|
The first thing we are going to compare between these terminals is the design, and here are things to comment on. The LG V40, as a good high-end device, It is made of glass and metal Exactly like his brothers. Both the Galaxy Note 9, the Sony Xperia XZ3 and the Huawei P20 Pro have their own range finishes, with a construction that oozes premium on all sides.
The most striking thing about the LG V40 against these rivals is its use of the notch on its 6.4 inch screen. In this matter it strongly resembles the Huawei P20 Pro that also maintains it. But we believe that the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and the Sony Xperia XZ3 differ much more by dispensing with this by smaller frames and above all by curved edges.
This point is critical because it places the V40 in a position that is not too encouraging, since it is not differentiating or groundbreaking. Yes, its 5 cameras stand out and give it a touch that makes it recognizable. But we believe that in terms of aesthetics something is left behind.
Not so in terms of materials, since except for the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and its AMOLED screen all share almost the same technology: the V40 debuts a 6.4 inch OLED panel in front of the panels also OLED of Huawei and Sony. The undisputed king is Samsung in this regard, although LG must demonstrate that this panel is up to par. Until we can prove it, we will be cautious.
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The power war is divided between Qualcomm, Exynos and Kirin. The V40 premieres the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 which also gives life to the Sony Xperia XZ3 and while Samsung opts for its Exynos 9810 at the same time as Huawei, which remains true to its Kirin 970 series.
While each and every one of these processors will give more than good performance to any user who buys them, if you are looking for the maximum power possible, perhaps the best alternatives are those of Sony, LG and Samsung. The HiSilicon Kirin riding the P20 Pro is far from bad, it's a beast. But perhaps he lacks a power point against his rivals.
What does the V40 have to offer us inside?
Let's see what the V40 has to offer users, having a competition as tough as it has. We will start with the memories, in which LG is usually conservative. In this case we do not have too much variety, since we have 6 GB of RAM and 64 or 128 GB of internal memory. Yes, expandable with microSD cards of Up to 2 terabytes
The truth is that it is a more than decent configuration, which far exceeds the worst that takes it from the list: the Sony XZ3. While this has only 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal memory, both Huawei and Samsung chest up to 128 and even the 512 GB of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9.
In the section that "loses" bellows this LG V40 is in the battery. With this we do not say that it will have a bad autonomy, since the 845 is a very efficient processor and its software is not especially consumerist, but in pure and hard figure, it lags somewhat behind with its 3300 mAh. However, we have fast and wireless charging, added that we always like to see.
Sony follows the same steps with exactly the same amperage, but with the addition of having fast wireless charging. But Samsung and Huawei take even more chest with 4000 mAh each, Note 9 excelling in battery. We will see how LG manages energy and how it behaves on a daily basis.
Fortunately, being all these high-end, we miss nothing and we have Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS and USB-C in each and every device. This LG V40 has as its main advantage the integration with the button that triggers Google Assistant, and Samsung boasts its functions with the Stylus S-Pen that it incorporates. Sony for its part has to his credit the recording in Slow Motion to 960 frames in Full HD and the ability to record 4K HDR, something that everyone else can not do.
But surprisingly, this V40 keeps the 3.5 mm jack. We know how LG pampers the sound and in addition to the Galaxy Note 9 it maintains this connection that is increasingly seen relegated to the background. Yes, Huawei and Sony do without it, although we already make it clear that it is not a drama.
All phones in the list except the XZ3 depart with Android Oreo, but with completely different Android interpretations. While Sony is the least "load" the system with its cape, we have a war between Huawei EMUI, Samsung Experience of the Korean firm and LG UI for the V40. It is up to the user to discern if this does not matter to him or if some layer interests him more than another.
Sony is the first device on the market to leave the factory with Android 9 Pie. Point at which it stands above all its rivals and negative point towards LG, although this will not prevent the performance of the V40 is more than excellent.
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The LG V40 keeps the tailgate «ThinQ» It started with the V30. This means that you will have artificial intelligence, similar to the one that Huawei has in its P20 Pro. As we have said many times, it is still in early stages so it is still early to assess whether this has weight on a phone.
New record: 5 cameras on a mobile
When Huawei launched its P20 Pro, everyone put their hands to their heads: 3 cameras! We had gone from the war of the megapixels to that of the sensors. And although the Google Pixel 2 XL has shown that the number of sensors does not matter in excess, LG has wanted to position itself as the first high-end to incorporate nothing more or nothing less than 3 rear cameras and 2 front.
On paper, we have these characteristics in terms of camera:
- Rear camera.
- Resolution: 16 Mpx wide angle; 12 Mpx standard; 12 Mpx telephoto.
- Opening: f / 1.9, f / 1.5 and f / 2.4 respectively.
- Others: LED Flash, optical stabilization, 2X zoom …
- Front camera.
- Resolution: 8 standard + 8 Mpx wide angle.
- Opening: f / 1.9 and f / 2.2.
Obviously, we cannot assess the quality of these 3 rear and 2 front cameras. While Sony still holds a sensor and Samsung has signed up to dual, the P20 Pro has offered great photographic results, especially in night photography. In addition, it has incredible features like the x10 zoom, or night mode. LG for its part offers artificial intelligence and a wide angle characteristic of the first LG V.
The point is that 3 cameras do not imply that they are the best, this does not go more number of sensors. If LG has made this move it is because it has intended May this triple camera yield great results. Do not expect less, especially with the Google Pixel 2 XL, the iPhone XS Max or the same P20 Pro being in the front.
The key will be in the details, and LG doesn't have it easy. Sony boasts of its recording in 4K HDR and Slow Motion 960 fps 1080p, Huawei in an incredible night mode and Samsung of a processing quality such that it places it on the campus of the best smartphones for photographers. Will you get it?