Affordable LG K40 now available in the US (works on T-Mobile, Verizon, AT&T)

Affordable LG K40 now available in the US (works on T-Mobile, Verizon, AT&T)
After releasing the high-end G8 ThinQ and V50 ThinQ, plus the mid-range Stylo 5, LG this week launched a fourth 2019 smartphone in the US. This time, however, we're talking about a lower end model - the LG K40. Officially announced back in February, the K40 has had a product page on Best Buy's website since June and it's now finally available for purchase - you can get it online here for $179.99 unlocked.

The LG K40 sports a 5.7-inch display with 720 x 1440 pixels and a (now pretty standard) 18:9 aspect ratio. The handset is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor - decent enough for any non-intensive task - further offering 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of expandable storage space. Other features include shock resistance (but no water resistance), fingerprint scanner, 3D surround sound, dedicated Google Assistant button, an 8 MP rear camera, and a 3000 mAh battery.

This unlocked LG K40 is compatible with Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile (including their prepaid brands), but not with Sprint. Sadly, the smartphone runs Android 8.1 Oreo at launch, despite the fact that the newer and better Android 9 Pie has been around since last year.

Until we get the chance to test the LG K40, we're not sure we can recommend buying it. In any case, if you're in the market for a cheap unlocked phone, you may want to take the K40 into consideration - perhaps you can find it in a Best Buy store near you and see if you like it or not.

Related phones

  • Display 5.7" 720 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 450, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(12h talk time)



1. Whitedot

Posts: 878; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

SD450 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB for $179 is a crime. What do you smoke LG?

2. domfonusr

Posts: 1094; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

LG tends to be a bit more expensive than equivalent Nokia handsets, and more so than equivalent Motorola handsets. The Nokia 4.2, with the same size screen and amount of RAM and storage, the slightly lesser SD439 processor, and an extra rear camera, comes in at $169. The Motorola Moto G7 Play, with the same screen size and amount of RAM, as well as double the storage and a SD632 processor, but without the extra rear camera, comes in at $199, but is decidedly a step up. See the comparison:,Motorola-Moto-G7-Play,LG-K40/phones/11133,11061,11147?ft=2 Typical of LG... probably will still be a decent phone for someone who prefers LG as a brand (and there are some who do)...

3. mzs112000

Posts: 5; Member since: Jun 24, 2019

Why has LG gone backwards with the K-series phones? The K20 Plus had 2GB RAM and 32GB of storage, and an FHD display... For $180, LG really should have had at least an FHD panel, 3GB RAM, and 32GB storage. Same with the Stylo 5, it really should have had 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and a SD710 CPU, but it doesn't...

4. domfonusr

Posts: 1094; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

Motorola goes backwards with the Moto E series every third year. The Moto E3 was just as low spec'd as the Moto E 2nd Gen. w/ LTE, and had a MediaTek processor in it instead of a Qualcomm processor. It had the next version of Android on it (6.0 instead of 5.0/5.1), but never got an update in OS version that I'm aware of, and wasn't released in the US. The Moto E6 is not a huge improvement over the Moto E5, either. It is better than the E5 than the E3 was compared to the E 2nd Gen. w/ LTE, but its not a humongous improvement, all-in-all. I'm not surprised that LG isn't using anything more than a 720p+ display in this device - the OEM's have largely figured out that most people looking for a budget phone don't need more than 300ppi, or even that. And 90% of people don't really use or require anything over that... I know that people commenting on this site are a bit out of the ordinary, and certainly tend to have higher than average requirements, and so may differ in opinion from the average person. However, it is clear that $1000+ flagships are setting the trend that is making these budget phones go up in price almost as fast as the swelling mid-range. Prices going up, tech specs stagnant or falling back... I was certainly cheering for what looked like a coming budget phone renaissance, but my hopes have faded back to where they were before. LG is just one among many who are following the old trend these days.

5. sgodsell

Posts: 7605; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The K20 plus never had a Full HD display.


Posts: 194; Member since: Aug 07, 2018


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