How to SIM unlock the LG V40 ThinQ

Launched back in second half of 2018, the LG G7 ThinQ was LG’s flagship smartphone for the second half of the year. Similar to the LG G7 ThinQ, the LG V40 ThinQ also came with similar high-end specs, which included the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset, 6GB of RAM, and up to 128GB of storage. It also marked the second phone in LG’s V-series that does not come with the secondary display, instead opting for a floating bar.
For those who are still holding onto their LG V40 and aren’t planning on upgrading it anytime soon and would love the freedom of being able to use it on any carrier they wish, here are some options that you can check out (free and paid) to unlock your LG V40 ThinQ handset.
Getting the unlock code from your carrier for free
If you’d rather not pay to unlock the SIM card on your LG V40, you can approach your carrier and see if they will be able to do it for you. There will be several criteria that you, as a customer, will need to meet in order for your carrier to proceed with your request.
To qualify for a free SIM unlock:

The device needs to have been paid off in full. For those who bought the phone on a repayment/installment plan, you might be out of luck.
You will also need to have owned the device for at least 60-90 days.
You must be in good standing with your carrier, which usually involves you having a good track record when it comes to paying your bills, and making sure you have no outstanding bills that haven’t been paid.

Request your free LG V40 SIM unlock code:

Launch the Phone app on your handset and dial *#06#.
This will reveal your phone’s IMEI number
Write the IMEI number down somewhere easily accessible as you will need to provide this to your carrier later
Call your carrier’s customer service hotline and request for your SIM unlock code
You will then be asked to provide the service rep with your LG V40 ThinQ’s IMEI number
Wait 2-5 days for your SIM unlock code which should arrive in your email associated with your account with your carrier.
Once you’ve received your code, swap out the current SIM card for another SIM.
You will be prompted to enter the SIM unlock code.
Enter it and your phone should now be unlocked and free to use with any carrier or any SIM card.

Purchase your LG V40 SIM unlock code

For those who would rather not wait for 1-2 years until they finish off paying their repayment plans to their carrier, not to worry because there are options that you can check out to unlock the SIM on your phone, but we should point out that this is a paid option:

Launch the Phone app on your handset and dial *#06#.
This will reveal your phone’s IMEI number
Write the IMEI number down somewhere easily accessible as you will need to
Visit Android SIM Unlock’s website.
Select your LG V40 ThinQ model and the carrier you bought the phone from.
Enter your device’s IMEI number.
Enter your payment and contact information to complete the checkout process.
Upon successfully making payment, you should receive the SIM unlock code for your LG V40 ThinQ in under an hour.
Once you’ve received your code, swap out the current SIM card for another SIM.
You will be prompted to enter the SIM unlock code.
Enter it and your phone should now be unlocked and free to use with any carrier or any SIM card.

T-Mobile LG V40 SIM unlock
We want to point out that the method above only works for those who bought their phone through carriers such as AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint. For those who bought their phones from T-Mobile, the process will be different, but it will still be quite straightforward and easy.

Launch the Phone app on your handset and dial *#06#.
This will reveal your phone’s IMEI number
Write the IMEI number down somewhere easily accessible as you will need to
Visit Android SIM Unlock’s T-Mobile page and enter LG V40 ThinQ’s IMEI number
Enter your payment and contact information to complete the checkout process.
Upon successfully making the payment, you should receive the SIM unlock code for your LG V40 ThinQ in the next 1-3 days.
Once you’ve received your code, enter it into the T-Mobile Device Unlock app to unlock your phone’s SIM
Tap Continue > Permanent Unlock to SIM unlock your LG V40 ThinQ
Your device will need to be rebooted in order to complete the process
You should now be able to swap out the current SIM card for another SIM.

Whichever of the methods you choose from above, the end result should be the same and you will soon be the proud owner of a fully unlocked LG V40 ThinQ. One of the upsides of having an unlocked handset is that you now get to use it with different carriers. For example, if you travel overseas quite frequently and would like to avoid data roaming charges, having your SIM unlocked means you’ll be able to use it with local telcos, saving you a bunch of money in the process.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro versus Pixel 3 XL, LG V40, Samsung Galaxy Note 9 spec comparison

With the introduction of the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, we now have a clear idea of what the best fall Android smartphones look like. While the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, Pixel 3 XL, LG V40 and Samsung Galaxy Note 9 are all large smartphones with incredible specs, each device has unique features which set it apart from its competitors. Naturally, we’re still missing the OnePlus 6T from the lineup, but we’ll update the list one OnePlus officially unveils its fall flagship smartphone in a few weeks.
Based on the table below, which device do you think will suit you best?

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Huawei Mate 20 Pro
Google Pixel 3 XL
LG V40 ThinQ
Samsung Galaxy Note9

Screen size
6.39 inches
6.3 inches
6.4 inches
6.4 inches

Resolution
1440 x 3120
1440 x 2960
1440 x 3120
1,440 x 2,960

Density
538ppi
491ppi
503ppi
516ppi

Processor
Kirin 980
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845

RAM
6GB
4GB

6GB

6 / 8GB

Storage
128GB
64 / 128GB
64GB
128 / 512GB

Battery
4,200mAh
3,450 mAh
3,300mAh
4,000mAh

OS
Android 9.0
Android 9.0
Android 8.1
Andorid 8.1

Rear camera
Triple cameras: Standard 40MP, f/1.8, 27mm, Wide-angle 20MP, f/2.2, 16mm, Telephoto (3x) 8MP, f/2.4, 80mm
12.2 MP, f/1.8, 27mm, 1.4µm pixel size, OIS, laser autofocus
Tripple cameras: Standard 12MP, f/1.5, Wide-angle 16MP, f/1.9, Telephoto 12MP, f/2.2
Dual cameras: Standard 12MP, f/1.5-2.4, Telephoto 12MP, f/2.4

Front camera
24MP, f/2.0, 26mm
8MP, f/2.2, 27mm, 8MP depth sensor
Standard 8MP, f/1.9, Wide-angle 5MP, f/2.2
8MP, f/1.7,

Bluetooth
v5.0
v5.0

v5.0

v5.0

NFC
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes

Dimensions
157.8 x 72.3 x 8.6mm
158 x 76.7 x 7.9 mm
178.8 x 75.7 x 7.6mm
161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8mm

Weight
189g
184 g
169g
201g

Water Resistance
IP68
IP68
IP68
IP68

Wireless Charging
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes

Special features
3D Face Unlock, Reverse Wireless Charging, In-display Fingerpring Scanner
Fingerpring Scanner, Stock Android, Unlimited Full-resolution Google Photos storage
3.5mm headphone jack, 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC, Fingerprint Scanner
3.5mm headphone jack, Iris Scanner, Fingerprint Scanner, S Pen

 
 

The LG V40’s 5-camera setup is the future of smartphone photography

The official launch of the LG V40 has come and gone. The phone is definitely a step up over last year’s LG V30, but it’s main specs are pretty much in line with all other 2018 flagship smartphones – save for its 5-camera setup. Since the introduction of the HTC One M8 in 2014, smartphone manufacturers have been adding more and more cameras to their devices in an effort to offer a better-rounded photography experience. When HTC first did it, the secondary sensor on the back of the phone was a basic 2MP sensor which was simply used to capture depth information. Since then, other manufacturers have used a second sensor on the back of the phone to capture more light (that’s the monochrome sensor Huawei has been using), add 2X optical zoom (the setup that Apple has popularized) or give users a wider field of view (the ultra-wide angle lens setup LG has been using for the past two years).
This year, a few manufacturers have taken things to the next level by cramming in three camera sensors on the back of the hone or adding a secondary selfie camera. But the crown goes to the LG V40 which comes with three camera sensors on the back and two on the front. This may sound a bit gimmicky or like overkill for a smartphone, but having five cameras on the LG V40 gives the user the flexibility that point and shoot cameras have offered for years.

The three sensors on the back of the LG V40 offer unique focal lengths. The main 12MP sensor is paired with a 27mm lens which is pretty much the standard for smartphones. The second 12MP sensor on the back of the phone has a 52mm lens which provides 2x optical zoom and the third sensor has a resolution of 16MP and 16mm wide-angle lens. With the three sensors and different focal length lenses, the LG V40 effectively provides a 16-52mm zoom lens.

This gives the phone the flexibility to capture amazing wide-angle shots which are perfect for landscapes or fit tight spaces. The 2X zoom lens gives you the ability to get closer to your subject without having to physically move in closer and the standard lens is there to capture everything in between.
LG could have stopped there and called it a day, but it decided to give the V40 two sensors up front to improve the selfie experience as well. In addition to the standard 8MP sensor which is paired with a 26mm lens, LG added a second 5MP sensor which uses a 21mm lens. This lens setup isn’t as wide as the 18.6mm wide-angle lens HTC used for a few years on its front-facing cameras, but it still allows you to squeeze in an extra friend or two into your selfie or capture more of the background in the shot without having to rely on a selfie stick.

As you might expect, having 5 camera sensor built into a smartphone means there’s less room for other components. In the case of the LG V40, the internal battery was limited to 3,300mAh to make room for the extra sensors. While there are few people who would be willing to sacrifice battery life for extra camera sensors, there’s little doubt that most people would appreciate the added flexibility offered by the LG V40’s 5-camera setup.
We doubt that the LG V40 will be a huge success, but we can guarantee that we’ll see a lot more smartphone with 5 or more cameras in 2018.
 

LG V40 officially unveiled: specs, price & release date

The LG V40 was officially unveiled today, delivering on most of the rumors that have been floating around these past few months. The main feature that most people will be intrigued by is the camera’s 5-camera setup. That’s right, the LG V40 has three cameras on the back and another two on the front. But since LG is one of the only manufacturers that’s been playing around with wide-angle lenses, the LG V40’s camera system is unlike anything you can get from its competitors.
In addition to the standard 12MP camera on the back of the phone, the V40 also features a 16MP sensor that’s paired with a wide-angle lens and a 12MPsensorn that’s paired with a 2x optical zoom lens. But LG took the opportunity to also increase the sensor quality on the main 12MP camera, bumping up its Pixel size by 40% from 1μm to 1.4μm. The larger pixel now matches what Google, HTC, Huawei, Samsung and most other smartphone manufacturers have been using for the past 18 months. This change should dramatically increase image quality, improve low-light performance and reduce shutter when compared to the LG G7 ThinQ and last year’s LG V30. 

Other highlights include a 6.4-inch 1440 x 3120 P-OLED display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, 6GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, expandable with a microSD card, a 3,300 mAh battery, Quick Charge support, wireless charging, a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner (sorry, the in-display fingerprint scanner didn’t pan out) a 3.5mm headphone jack, 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC support. The LG V40 ThinQ also has the same “Boombox Speaker” system from the LG G7 which uses the empty space on the inside of the phone to increase bass output from the main speaker. 

LG V40 ThinQ pricing
The LG V40 ThinQ isn’t going to be cheap. The phone’s base
price has been set at $899, but pricing will vary across Europe and service providers. In the US, the price of the LG V40 will range between $899 and $980 at launch. 
LG V40 ThinQ availability
If you’re planning to pick up the LG V40, you’ll be able to pre-order the phone starting today. The retail launch date of the LG V40 is set for October 13.
LG V40 ThinQ specifications

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Screen size
6.4 inches

Resolution
1440 x 3120

Density
503ppi

Processor
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845

RAM
6GB

Storage
64GB

Battery
3,300 mAh

OS
Android 8.1

Rear camera
Tripple cameras: Standard 12MP, f/1.5, Wide-angle 16MP, f/1.9, Telephoto 12MP, f/2.2

Front camera
Standard 8MP, f/1.9, Wide-angle 5MP, f/2.2

Bluetooth
v5.0

NFC
Yes

Dimensions
178.8 x 75.7 x 7.6mm

Weight
169g

Water Resistance
IP68

Wireless Charging
Yes

Special features
3.5mm headphone jack, 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC, Fingerprint Scanner

 
 

LG V40 ThinQ design officially unveiled

LG has officially pulled back the curtain, unveiling the design of the LG V40 ThinQ. As we’ve already seen from the leaks, the LG V40 features a total of five cameras — thee on the back and two on the front. In the official LG V40 ThinQ video, the company highlights the five cameras, along with the “touch, color, and molding” of the phone, emphasizing its “beauty that shows purity and cleanliness.” The reinforced glass on the back of the phone has been sandblasted to give it a “silky feel” which also helps keep scratches, dirt and fingerprints at bay. In contrast, the metal frame that wraps around the edges of the phone is treated with glitter to give it an extra sheen. Color options for the LG V40 ThinQ include New Platinum Gray, Carmine Red, and Morokan Blue.

LG doesn’t go into detail regarding the specifications of the phone, but it does confirm that it features a 6.4 inches display while keeping the width of the V40 identical to last year’s V30. For official word on the phone’s other specs, we’ll have to wait until the LG V40’s October 3 launch event.