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LG V40 vs LG V30: Which One to Buy?



Now that the impressive new LG V40 is finally official and the release date is a few days away, potential buyers are weighing their options. With five cameras, the V40 is an exciting new phone. Here’s everything you need to know, then we’ll compare it to the LG V30 for those interested.

If you’re hunting for your next big phone the LG V30 or the Galaxy Note 9 are likely near the top of your list. However, they’re not your only options as 2018 comes to a close.

Read: LG V40: 5 Reasons to Wait & 3 Not to

After months of leaks and rumors, LG just confirmed the LG V40 with a huge 6.4-inch OLED display, five cameras, fast performance and premium sound. Building on the success of the V30 with improvements across the board. It’s bigger and better, but that doesn’t mean you won’t be perfectly happy with the V30 either.

Here we’ll break down the specs, screen size, cameras, and more for buyers. Then, compare that information with the V30 from last year. This will help you decide if it’s worth waiting for, if you should upgrade, or if you’ll want to opt for the Pixel 3 XL instead.

The LG V30 went on sale last year, so most buyers know plenty about it. Not to mention it’s similar to the LG G7 from earlier this year. With the V40, LG basically improved every aspect over the phone, added an extra camera to the front and the back, and made the screen bigger than ever. It still has booming sound, wide-angle photography, and LG’s skin over stock Android.

Both of these phones have huge screens, tons of power, plenty of storage, and more than one camera on the back. You need to decide if the five cameras and a bigger screen are worth the higher price tag, or worth the upgrade. Personally, if you have a V30 I’d skip a year and wait for the V50 in 2019.

There are pros and cons to each, and you’ll have to decide which ones are more important to you.

LG V40 vs LG V30: Display

LG V40 vs LG V30: Display

Obviously, the first thing we need to discuss is the display.

It's one of the most important aspects of any smartphone purchase. The V30 was LG's first OLED display in a flagship phone, and it looks pretty great. It comes in at 6-inches and has even smaller bezels than the Galaxy S8. Meaning the front is almost all screen, and it looks great. This is called a "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.

In an effort to compete with Samsung's phones, the bigger OnePlus 6, and Apple's iPhone Xs Max, the new LG V40 comes in at 6.4-inches. It's pretty massive. 

That said, the display goes from edge to edge (with a notch) and covers the entire front of the phone. That way it's not physically much bigger than the V30, but you get a huge display that looks great. Plus, it's LG's latest generation OLED screen that's substantially better than the first year. Also, LG rounded the corners of the phone body which makes it feel smaller in your hand. 

The V40 and Galaxy Note 9 have the same size screen, but the rounded edges make the V40 far easier to hold and use. And yes, you can hide the notch with software like you can see in our image. 

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