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LG V40 ThinQ launches with most versatile quintuple-camera setup

The first of its kind

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The time has come for 5 cameras on a smartphone! / Photo by Michael Josh

LG let the cat out of the bag early, but that hasn’t stopped them from pushing through with their biggest smartphone release to date.

The V40 ThinQ looks a lot like its predecessors (and there have been many of them), but there’s one thing — or five — that makes it special.

If it isn’t obvious by now, this is the first truly quintuple-camera design on a smartphone, and each shooter isn’t just for show.

Let’s begin with the back: one 16-megapixel camera is for ultra-wide-angle shots, another 12-megapixel camera is for 2x zoomed-in photos, and the third 12-megapixel camera is simply for regular-angle shots at an f/1.5 aperture to let in more light. When put together, you have the most versatile cameras on any smartphone to date.

3 Rear cameras on the LG V40 ThinQ / Photo by Michael Josh

This is followed up by the front cameras, which consist of one wide-angle lens and another regular unit — 5 and 8 megapixels, respectively. No telephoto shooter here, because who wants close-ups of their nostrils?

Another highlight is the large 6.4-inch 1440p P-OLED display which has become a signature for LG’s V-series. Along with HDR compatibility, as well as the same Hi-Fi Quad DAC through its 3.5mm audio port and Boombox loudspeaker found on the G7, this is the multimedia smartphone to get today.

In addition, you get typical flagship specs: a fast Snapdragon 845 processor, 6GB of memory, 64GB of expandable storage, and fairly sized 3300mAh battery. Oddly, it ships with the outdated Android 8.1 Oreo, but wireless charging and IP68-rated water and dust resistance are available.

It will be available for preorder on Verizon starting October 11 in Aurora Black and the Verizon-exclusive Moroccan Blue, starting at US$ 40.83 a month for 24 months. It will also be available for pickup from local Verizon stores, online, or through the My Verizon app starting on October 18.

Is the V40 ThinQ enough to save LG’s sinking sales? As it stands, it’s possibly the most complete handset currently available, but with both the higher-end models kicking it up a notch and value brands pushing cheaper products, LG needs to win back the market gradually.

LG also has to try harder at differentiating its V-series from the G-series, which are becoming increasingly alike. Still, it’s great to have a yearly refresh from both lineups, delivering consistently new features as they arrive.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip fails a scratch test

Scored as low as Galaxy Fold

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Today, the average smartphone has a tougher display than it did years ago. You can’t scratch a smartphone display as easily anymore, even without a screen protector.

That said, the arrival of the foldable smartphone sets the industry back by a decade. Because of the flexible display, the current standards don’t necessarily apply. Case in point, last year’s Galaxy Fold kept breaking down in controversial fashion. It was no surprise, though; the first foldable phones were built with plastic.

Now, 2020 has promised an improved generation for the foldable smartphone. Unfortunately, Motorola has proved the year wrong already. Reported previously, the new Motorola razr’s screen failed way before its advertised usage rate.

Recently, Samsung launched the new Galaxy Z Flip. This time, Samsung’s foldable phone advertised a glass screen, instead of the former’s plastic. As expected, eager reviewers subjected the new phone to the fiercest conditions. Like its contemporaries, the new foldable kid on the block failed.

Renowned stress tester JerryRigEverything brought the sharpest knives over the Galaxy Z Flip’s screen. As always, the tester used knives with increasing sharpness.

The Galaxy Z Flip started getting scratches as early as the second level of sharpness. For reference, most smartphones today usually last until level 6. Also, the previous Galaxy Fold and the Motorola razr both got the same low score.

Still, the Galaxy Z Flip’s failure is much more resonant this time around. Before launch, Samsung advertised a more resistant screen for the foldable display, owing to its glass construction.

Unfortunately, the boast might be a marketing ploy. The screen definitely lasted shorter than glass. If anything, it might not consist of 100 percent glass, having a mix of plastic in some way. Most of the time, Samsung has not commented on the surface’s actual composition.

However, in a statement to The Verge, the company clarified that “while the display does bend, it should be handled with care. Also, Galaxy Z Flip has a protective layer on top of the Ultra Thin Glass similar to Galaxy Fold.” If true, the knives were affecting the topmost layer, rather than the glass itself. Regardless, take good care of your Galaxy Z Flip.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy Z Flip Hands-on

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Realme X50 Pro 5G confirmed to have 65W fast charging

Fastest charging technology available right now

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Following the cancellation of MWC 2020, Realme has announced it will launch its next flagship product, the Realme X50 Pro 5G, via an online event.

The Realme X50 Pro 5G will be powered by a Snapdragon 865 processor, 5G support, a Full HD+ display, 12 GB of RAM, 256 GB of internal storage, 65W SuperDart fast charging ability, and the new Android 10-based Realme UI.

Unlike the Realme X50 5G, which comes with a 120Hz IPS LCD display, the Realme X50 Pro 5G will sport an AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate. Multiple cameras on the back are also certain, but it remains to be seen what image sensors make the cut.

 

At the Snapdragon Tech Summit in December, Realme was one of the notable smartphone makers that confirmed the use of the new generation of 5G chipsets for its upcoming smartphones.

OPPO’s Reno Ace is the only phone to support 65W fast charging today and Realme’s offering will be called SuperDart. Realme’s CMO Xu Qi Chase revealed additional information about the new charging technology over on Weibo, stating that the Realme X50 Pro will use a GaN charger which is more compact, efficient, and generates less heat.

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Lenovo’s new phone will supposedly score 600,000 on AnTuTu

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Since its inception, AnTuTu has dominated the benchmark conversation for mobile devices. Even today, smartphones are still touting higher and higher scores for their marketing campaigns. Naturally, when a device brags about a new top score, all eyes are focused on the new contender.

Today, Lenovo wants to hog all that spotlight. On Chinese social network Weibo, leaks have teased an all-new Lenovo phone that will supposedly score 600000 on the AnTuTu scale. It’s quite a huge boast for the Chinese smartphone company. Currently, Apple owns the highest-scoring phone on AnTuTu; the iPhone 11 Pro Max holds a score of 548239. On the Android side, the ROG Phone 2 holds the high score of 507051. Only Apple’s 12.9-inch iPad Pro 3 has a higher score — a whopping 720076 — but, of course, it’s a tablet and not a phone.

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Like the ROG Phone 2, Lenovo’s new phone will likely cater to the gaming market. One of the posters uses the slogan, “Game On.”

In another poster, Lenovo has confirmed the industry-leading Snapdragon 865 for the upcoming smartphone. A new AnTuTu high score is definitely in the realm of possibility.

Since it will go up against the ROG Phone 2, Lenovo will likely launch the smartphone under its own gaming line, Legion. No word on an official launch yet, though.

SEE ALSO: Lenovo IdeaPad S540 review: A professional’s daily driver

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