LG’s new flagship, the V40 ThinQ, has a 6.4-inch OLED screen, AI-powered cameras, and is priced at over $ 900. This requires a comparison to Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9, which also has a display. huge, great cameras, and cost a small fortune too.
Can LG compete with Samsung, the leader of Android smartphones? We put both phones to the test to see which one is worth its hundreds (and hundreds and hundreds) of dollars. Spoiler alert: Note 9 wins by a lot.
LG V40 ThinQ vs. Galaxy Note 9: Specs Comparison
|LG V40 ThinQ||Galaxy Note 9|
|starting price||$ 900- $ 980||$ 999|
|Processor||Snapdragon 845||Snapdragon 845|
|Screen||6.4-inch OLED (3120 x 1440)||6.4-inch AMOLED (2960 x 1440)|
|SO||Android Oreo 8.1||Android Oreo 8.1|
|Storage||64 GB||128 GB, 512 GB|
|microSD||Yes, up to 2 TB||Yes, up to 512GB|
|Rear camera||Triple lenses: 12 MP standard (f / 1.5), 16 MP wide angle (f / 1.9), 12 MP telephoto (f / 2.4)||Dual 12 MP lenses (f / 1.5 and f / 2.4)|
|Frontal camera||Dual lenses: 8 MP (f / 1.9) and 5 MP wide angle (f / 2.2)||8 MP (f / 1,7)|
|Battery size||3300 mAh||4000 mAh|
|Battery life (hours: minutes)||8:48||11:26|
|Colors||Aurora black, Moroccan blue||Lavender Violet, Ocean Blue, Cloud Silver, Midnight Black|
|Size||2.98 x 0.3 x 6.25 inches||6.3 x 3 x 0.3 inches|
|Weight||5.96 ounces||7.1 ounces|
The V40 and Note 9 are shiny slabs of metal and glass, like most smartphones in 2018. The Note 9 is particularly large, despite having the same 6.4-inch screen as the V40. Samsung’s giant flagship measures 6.3 inches long versus the V40’s 2.98-inch body, and at 3 inches wide it’s a hair wider than the V40’s 2.98-inch frame.
The Note 9’s rectangular shape has more square corners than the V40, which is rounded on all sides like an iPhone XS.
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On the back, both phones appear to have the same set of horizontal cameras at first glance. A closer look reveals that the V40’s matrix has three lenses (telephoto, standard, and wide angle), compared to the Note 9’s two-lens setup with flash. Both devices have fingerprint sensors in addition to front face recognition.
You’ll have more shades to choose from with the Note 9, which comes in four shades: lavender, blue, silver, and black. The Ocean Blue shade also comes with a bright yellow pencil, which is a design quirk that the V40 lacks. LG’s flagship plays it safe: the device comes in black and blue.
The Note 9 is generally heavier and larger than the V40, but it also gives you more colors to choose from. This is a tie.
LG’s wide 6.4-inch quad-HD display is a winner, with a 3120 x 1440 OLED panel of higher resolution than the Note 9’s similarly sized 2960 x 1440 Super AMOLED display.
The Note 9’s screen is brighter, more colorful, and more realistic than the V40’s panel. Samsung’s flagship reached 604 nits on the light meter in our lab tests, compared to 571 nits for the V40. The Note 9’s display covers 224 percent of the sRGB color gamut, easily topping the 160.4 percent that the V40 covers. In the Delta-E color accuracy test, the V40 scored 0.45, making it slightly less accurate than the Note 9’s 0.34 (Numbers closer to 0 are better).
In everyday use, I prefer the Infinity Display of the Note 9, because the curved glass makes every video and game seem more immersive. Images practically cascade off the screen.
Winner: Note 9
Both the V40 ThinQ and Galaxy Note 9 feature Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 845 processor and 6GB of RAM, making them one of the most powerful Android flagships on the market. (The OnePlus 6 and its 8GB of RAM still reign supreme.)
The Note 9 scored 8,876 in the Geekbench 4 overall system performance test, compared to the V40’s score of 8,302.
When it comes to graphics performance, the Note 9 easily beat the V40 in 3DMark’s Slingshot Extreme 3.1 benchmark with a score of 4,639 compared to 3,461.
Both phones perform well, but the Note 9 has the advantage.
Winner: Note 9
The selling point of the V40 is its camera or cameras. Five of them, to be exact. The latest from LG has three lenses on the back, a telephoto lens, a standard and wide-angle lens, and two lenses on the front (standard and wide-angle). The Note 9 has only three lenses: two at the rear and one at the front.
And yet the photos of the Note 9 turned out consistently better than the V40 when I put them to the test. The V40’s Triple Shot feature, which captures an image from each lens simultaneously and saves them separately, is total nonsense. You have to point the camera at what you want to shoot and hope each lens is at a good angle, because you can’t preview in Triple Shot mode. Most of the photos I took with that feature were unremarkable.
I compared the V40’s telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom to that of the Note 9, and found that the V40’s lens didn’t capture detail the way the Note 9 did. In this shot of Charro, a green iguana in the greenhouse at butterflies from Houston, the Note 9’s optical zoom captures details in the reptile’s orange scales, while the V40’s telephoto lens overexposes them.
Portrait mode was even worse. The V40 struggled to latch onto an object, such as a butterfly perched on a flower, and focus on it. The Note 9 had no trouble creating a beautiful portrait of the butterfly.
Portrait selfies were mediocre on the V40 too. In this outdoor shot, the V40 blew out the background so you can’t see the skyscrapers in the distance. The Note 9’s colors were more accurate.
Winner: Note 9
The unique features of the V40 are designed to make use of all five cameras on the phone. As mentioned above, I didn’t like the Triple Shot feature, but the V40 also allows you to shoot cinemagraph-like images that move very slightly. That tool, called Cine Shot, uses any of the three rear lenses to record a 3-minute clip that you can then animate by highlighting the area you want to move.
The special features of the Galaxy Note 9 focus on productivity. The S Pen can be used to take notes on the screen or as a Bluetooth remote control for the phone. With an HDMI cable and adapter, you can project the Note’s screen to an external monitor and use the phone’s screen as a touch panel.
The unique photographic features of the V40 just don’t work that well. The Note 9’s productivity tools elevate it to a near-perfect smartphone for power users. The winner is obvious.
Winner: Note 9
There’s no competition here – the Note 9’s 4,000 mAh battery easily outperforms the V40’s 3,300 mAh pack. The Note 9 lasted 11 hours and 26 minutes in Tom’s Guide’s battery test, continuous web browsing over T-Mobile’s LTE network, compared to the 8:48 average shown by the V40. That’s a difference of almost 2.5 hours, which is a big problem for power users who constantly use their phones.
Winner: Note 9
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Price and value
Both the V40 ThinQ and the Note 9 are expensive phones. The Note 9 starts at $ 999 for a 128GB model with 6GB of RAM. You can splurge on the more expensive $ 1,249 version, which offers 512GB of storage and 8GB of RAM.
The V40 comes in one version, with 64GB of storage and 6GB of RAM, starting at $ 900 (up to $ 980 depending on the carrier).
The V40 may seem like it wins this round due to its lower price point, but the Note 9 offers a lot more for a premium of just $ 100, including more storage, more productivity features, and better cameras. If anything, the V40 should be a lot cheaper.
Winner: Note 9
The V40 ThinQ compares to the Galaxy Note 9 on paper, but in the real world, the Note 9 easily outperforms LG’s newest flagship.
|LG V40 ThinQ||Samsung Galaxy Note 9|
|Special Features (10)||5||10|
|Battery Life (15)||7||14|
|Price & Value (10)||5||8|
Samsung’s flagship has impressive battery life, solid performance, and productivity features power users will love, like an S Pen that doubles as a remote control and the ability to use the device with an external monitor with just an adapter. . The Note 9 also produces impressive photos. The V40 falls short in almost every respect, especially where it should shine: the cameras.
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The Note 9 easily won side-by-side photo comparisons and lasted longer in our battery test by a significant amount of time. The V40 may compete when it comes to display and performance, but the Note 9 continues to advance in those categories.
If you’re going to spend a lot of money on an Android phone, the Note 9 is still the flagship to beat.
Credit: Tom’s Guide