The LG V40 ThinQ is about to be officially unveiled October 2, but LG has weirdly decided to give us a scoop of information every each day following up to the announcement. Although such a tease is kind of anticlimactic, it gives us very good insights on what the V40's key features will be. The triple-camera at the back is definitely one of those, but today LG's sharing another rather important aspect of its upcoming autumn flagship - the design.
Already showcased to the fullest, the upcoming V40 leaves almost nothing to the imagination. LG, in particular, seems quite proud of the design of the phone, which is not just your regular glass device, mind you. It features a "textured" glass back, which employs what LG calls "Silky Blast" - microscopic etched pits on the rear glass of the LG V40. According to the company, these would immensely help with the grip of the device, which is something essential for those big slippery bricks of glass we haul in our hands everyday.
As an added bonus, LG claims the Silky Blast rear back will attract less fingerprints all the while feeling very satisfying to touch. It will be really interesting to put all these claims to the test. To further improve the usability of the device, LG has kept the same general width as last year's V30, but slimmed the bezels even further and increased the height by almost half an inch in order to achieve a superior screen-to-body ratio.
LG also reveals what colors the V40 will be available in - New Aurora Black, New Platinum Gray, New Moroccan Blue, and Carmine Red are all the coats of paint you will be able to get the phone in. However, availability will depend on each specific market.
The original press release follows below.
SEOUL, Sep. 28, 2018 — With the LG V40 ThinQ, LG worked on improving the fundamentals that made the V series line of smartphones popular among consumers and industry pundits alike. The three key design factors that shaped the upcoming LG V40 ThinQ were smooth touch, unique color and seamless form, according to LG’s head of design for mobile products.
“The design philosophy behind the LG V40 ThinQ focuses on features that are unique to LG phones such as the FullVision display while introducing subtle elements that emphasize its simple and clean aesthetics,” said Lee Jung-hoon, head of design at LG Electronics’ Mobile Communications Company. “We wanted customers to be pleasantly surprised by the feel of the LG V40 ThinQ when they first hold it in their hands.”
When it comes to smartphone usability, proper “grip feel” is essential. To deliver the most satisfyingly smooth sensation in the hand, LG employed a proprietary Silky BlastTM treatment to etch microscopic pits on the rear glass of the LG V40 ThinQ. The treatment makes the surface less slippery and less prone to fingerprints without affected the durability of the glass. Design simplicity is further employed by hiding all non-essential visual elements such as the front sensors, the only visible outlines being the cameras and speaker.
Available in colors such as New Aurora Black, New Platinum Gray and New Moroccan Blue, the LG V40 ThinQ carries on the refinement and sophistication of previous V series devices. A more elegant and deeper Carmine Red replaces Raspberry Rose as the brighter option for those who feel a bit more adventurous. Availability of colors will depend on the specific market.
The display of the LG V40 ThinQ is almost a half inch larger than its predecessor but maintains the same comfortable width for a secure grip. Bezels have been reduced even further for more immersive edge-to-edge effect while at the same time remaining among the lightest and thinnest in the industry for a phone with a display measuring greater than six inches.
Get a glimpse of the beautifully designed LG V40 ThinQ in this teaser video prior to its official October 3 unveiling