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LG V40 Release Date, Price & Specification Rumours

We’re less than a month from MWC 2018 where LG is tipped to unveil the LG G7[1], but it’s the subject of much debate with some suggesting the G7 has been delayed or even ditched (denied by the company itself, which says the flagship is on track), and that LG will instead unveil an update to its LG V30 at the show. Will that be the LG V40? No.

The phone rumoured to arrive in February 2018 is an LG V30+’a’[2], which reportedly has enhanced AI.

So when is the LG V40 release date?

LG’s V series is typically launched in September or October. The V10 and V20 were October launches, and the V30 a September launch, which tied in nicely with IFA. We think LG will likely follow the same practice in 2018, so we’ll see a LG V40 launch at IFA.

The tradeshow begins on 31 August, so look out for an LG press conference on or around this date. That said, LG has confirmed that it will no longer update its flagship models on an annual basis simply because its rivals are doing so. It will update those phones only when they need updating, and will instead offer new versions of its current models in the meantime.

“We will unveil new smartphones when it is needed.

But we will not launch it just because other rivals do. We plan to retain existing models longer by, for instance, unveiling more variant models of the G series or V series,” LG Electronics Vice Chairman and CEO Cho Seong-jin told The Korean Herald[3].

It’s worth pointing out that this does not mean those updates will not continue to be annual, just that we shouldn’t assume they will always be that way.

How much will the LG V40 cost?

With its G-series LG typically tries to undercut its rivals on cost as a way of competing against them, and this is a strategy we reckon it will stick to despite the fact it’s not working out so well for LG: the company has announced 10 quarter-on-quarter losses[4] in a row. The V-series isn’t known for its value in quite the same way, and TechRubik[5] suggests the V40 could actually be more expensive than previous models due to its improved hardware. Where the V30 was around 900EUR, it says the V40 could be 1100EUR.

However, the site quotes no sources for its information and we’re not convinced. The LG V30 cost GBP799 in the UK (£799 in the US), which is still expensive but lower than the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and iPhone X, matching the price of the iPhone 8 Plus. We’d expect to pay a similar amount for the LG V40.

What are the rumoured features and specifications for the LG V40?

TechRubik also lists specifications for the upcoming LG V40, but once again with no source so take them with a pinch of salt.

It’s likely no more than educated guesswork.

  • 6in OLED FullVision QHD+ (1440×2880, 18:9) display with Gorilla Glass 6
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa-core processor
  • Adreno 630 GPU
  • 6GB/8GB RAM
  • 64GB/128GB/256GB UFS 2.1 storage with microSD support
  • 16Mp selfie camera
  • 20Mp rear camera
  • Stereo speakers
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • 5G connectivity (Dual Nano SIM)
  • 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ad Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • NFC
  • 3400mAh battery
  • Android 8.0 Oreo

Read next: Best new phones coming in 2018[6].

Follow Marie Black on Twitter.[7]

References

  1. ^ LG G7 news (www.techadvisor.co.uk)
  2. ^ LG V30+’a’ (www.koreaherald.com)
  3. ^ The Korean Herald (www.koreaherald.com)
  4. ^ 10 quarter-on-quarter losses (www.businesskorea.co.kr)
  5. ^ TechRubik (techrubik.com)
  6. ^ Best new phones coming in 2018 (www.techadvisor.co.uk)
  7. ^ Follow Marie Black on Twitter. (www.twitter.com)

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