Official Android Pie update arrives for US unlocked LG V40 ThinQ variant
Commercially released in October 2018 with a Snapdragon 845 processor, extra-large 6.4-inch OLED screen, and a grand total of five cameras in tow, the LG V40 ThinQ was supposed to give Samsung's Galaxy Note 9 a run for its money in the ultra-high-end Android arena. But the list price was... not so great, the battery way too small, and the triple rear-facing shooter arrangement nowhere near as versatile and powerful in real life as expected.
Adding insult to injury, LG took an excruciatingly long time to "optimize" and greenlight the official Android 9.0 Pie update for the company's latest V-series flagship, which meant the first US carrier to leave Oreo behind was only able to do so a few weeks ago. On the bright side, AT&T followed in Verizon's footsteps relatively quickly, and now the major OS revision is reportedly making its way over-the-air to the unlocked US variant.
We're talking about the V405QA model, which is fully supported across GSM and CDMA networks nationwide and available from retailers like Best Buy and B&H Photo Video starting at arguably excessive prices of around $840. While you're obviously not advised to purchase the unlocked LG V40 right now, it might not be such a bad idea to keep an eye out for some discounts.
With Pie-flavored software treats added to the equation, this would be a pretty smart buy at, say, $500 or even $600 considering all that screen real estate, the premium build quality, all the state-of-the-art sound enhancements, and the blazing fast chipset from last year. Of course, the best way to save a few (hundred) bucks is to sign a monthly installment plan, but keep in mind that Sprint has yet to update its version of the V40 to Android Pie, and the same goes for T-Mobile.
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