The LG V40 release date is quickly approaching and that means potential buyers are likely weighing all of their options. With five cameras, the V40 is an exciting new phone, but is it worth waiting for over the Galaxy Note 9? Here we’ll go over all the details and compare the two for those interested.
If you’re hunting for your next big phone the Galaxy Note 9 is likely near the top of your list. However, it’s not your only option during the second half of the year.
Multiple leaks suggest the “LG Storm” will arrive as the LG V40 and have a lot to offer buyers. Features like an edge-to-edge display, five cameras and the latest version of Android. There’s plenty to get excited about.
The Galaxy Note 9 went on sale earlier this year, so most buyers know plenty about it. Not to mention it’s similar to the Galaxy Note 8 or even the Galaxy S9 from March. Basically, Samsung’s biggest best dual camera smartphone. That said, we are expecting some big changes with the LG V40 that will rival Samsung. Mainly the additional cameras on the front and the back. Something we’re hearing Samsung could do in 2019 with the Galaxy S10, but LG is doing in 2018.
Here we’ll go over the rumored specs, screen size, cameras, and a potential October release date. Then, compare that information with the Galaxy Note 9. That way you know if it’s the right phone for you, or even worth waiting for.
Both of these phones have huge screens, tons of power, plenty of storage, and multiple cameras on the back. However, the V40 might one-up Samsung and most others by delivering five cameras on its phone. There are pros and cons to each, and you’ll have to decide which ones are more important to you.
The first thing we want to talk about is the screen. It’s one of the most important aspects of any smartphone purchase, right?
We’re expecting the LG V40 to come with a big 6-inch “Full Vision Quad HD P-OLED Display”. The P in the name stands for plastic, as it’s not made out of glass. This makes it more durable and less prone to cracks or breaking if you drop it. Well, the LG V30 had this, so we believe the V40 will too. However, a few rumors believe it could be even bigger, possibly around 6.3-inches to take on Samsung’s Note 9.
So far we haven’t heard anything 100% concrete regarding the screen, or the size, but know that it’ll be a high-end AMOLED screen. We could get the traditional 6-inch screen, or we could get something huge. And yes, it’ll have a notch just like you can lightly see in the image above. You can hide the notch with software if you’d like.
The Galaxy Note 9 has a big 6.4-inch Quad-HD display with curved edges and no notch. There are bezels at the top and the bottom, but no notch. If that’s important to you, skip the V40.
|These phones will likely end up looking somewhat similar, but there are notably differences.
Basically, the LG V40 will look similar to the V30 last year, only with more cameras. That means a premium metal and glass design, water-resistance, rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, wireless charging and no removal battery. The same thing goes for the Galaxy Note 9.
We are hearing that LG will add a notch to the screen just like Apple, and similar to the LG G7. Early statements claimed they had an innovative way to extend the screen all the way to the bezels, but so far we’re not seeing anything new. You’ll be able to hide the notch with software, but don’t expect anything crazy like the OnePlus 6T. Basically, the design will look almost 100% the same as other LG phones.
However, you will have a third camera in the back, putting three lenses above the fingerprint scanner. Overall the design isn’t all that important. Both phones have a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, dual or triple rear cameras, big screens and small bezels. It’s a personal preference, really.
Spec & Features
|Another important factor for any buyer is the specs and features. That said, we’re expecting something in-line with everything else released this year. Basically, the V40 will be the same as the Galaxy S9, Note 9, Pixel 3 XL, OnePlus 6, etc. Here are the numbers though.
LG V40 Specs (Rumored)
As you can see, the LG V40 sounds like a great phone. Big screen, plenty of power, fast updated software, lots of cameras and excellent sound. Seriously, this could fly under the radar as one of the top 3 phones of 2018. Our only concern is battery life, as usual with LG.
Galaxy Note 9 Specs
These are two capable phones with similar screen sizes, the same processor, similar RAM, big batteries, and excellent cameras.
If there are a few areas Samsung clearly wins out here (aside from the screen) it’s the bigger 4,000 mAh battery and the cameras. Even though the V40 will have three cameras on the back, Samsung’s dual rear cameras will likely be better. Samsung’s still a leader in the camera department.
|Samsung makes some of the best smartphone cameras on the market. Well, aside from maybe Google and a tie with Apple.
Here’s where things really start to get interesting though. LG wants to get ahead of the Huawei and Samsung competition, and they’re doing that by releasing the LG V40 this year with five cameras. Not 3 or 4….. but 5 cameras.
Yes, you’ll get three cameras on the rear and two on the front. Here’s how we believe these will work and break down.
Like other LG phones, the V40 will have either two 16MP cameras and one 20MP camera, or 16MP main, 13MP+20MP telephoto and ultra-wide lenses. Basically, you’ll have one main 16MP camera that’s fast and capable. You’ll get a second wide-angle lens that’s also 16MP like older LG phones. Then, the 3rd depth and telephoto lens give you the best of both worlds. Now LG has the wide-angle that no other manufacturers offer while matching Samsung and Apple with the telephoto and portrait-mode stuff.
Furthermore, they’re adding a second front camera for improved selfies, portrait selfie mode, and possibly a new and improved Face unlock or Animoji competitor. We’ll have to wait and see. Either way, if the camera is important to you wait for the LG V40 and see the reviews. Well, that or wait for the Pixel 3 XL.
LG V40 Release Date & Price
Ok, so this phone will have a big screen and five cameras, but when can you get one and how much will it cost?
Well, we’re not 100% sure on any of that yet, but we do have a good idea. Last year the V40 launched for $849 and we believe something similar is coming for the V40.
When can you buy the LG V40 and it’s five cameras? That’s the real question. Well, we know the LG V40 will get announced in a few weeks on October 3rd. LG recently sent out invites for the event. However, we don’t have an actual release date. In previous years they’ve taken well over a month to release a phone after announcing it, but we’re hoping they move quicker this year.
A report from Korea said it’ll be available on October 18th, but recently leaked photos hint at a mid-November release date. Honestly, if they announce the phone on October 3rd and release it nearly two months later at the end of November, it’ll be too late. We’re hoping the LG V40 hits shelves before the end of October for around $849.
The Galaxy Note 9 is available as we speak with 128GB of RAM, but it costs $999. Yes, you’ll pay $1,000 for Samsung’s latest phone. There is a chance the V40 will be $899 or more, but we’ll have to wait and see.