In an event invitation sent out by Samsung at the end of last month, we learned that the official release date of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is the 9th of August, 2018, and the location is Brooklyn, New York. With rumor surrounding LG’s V40 in development, we expect it to release just a month or two after the Note 9. After all, we do have good reason to suspect as the V30 was announced just about this time last year and it was officially released in October. With excitement surrounding the release of both devices, just as LG’s V30 competed with the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 last year, the two new devices go head to head again and we expect the LG V40 to outdo the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 substantially.
First and foremost, ever since the story leaked of the device’s development, the word on the street has been solely concerned with the fact that the device will have 5 cameras with many mocking at this assuming that all five will be at the rear. However, as more reliable news has come forward, we have learned that the device will feature 3 cameras on the rear and 2 on the front, at least one of which we expect to be utilized in the phone’s built in face unlock feature. That’s not all we know about the device yet, though.
The LG V40 is expected to sport a gorilla glass 6 inch OLED display with quad high definition at a resolution of 1440 x 2880 pixels. Under the hood, the device is expected to run on an Octacore Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, an Adreno 630 graphics card, and a 3400 mAH built in battery pack on a 6 – 8 GB RAM and 128 – 256 GB storage space. The phone will sport the Android Oreo version 8.0 operating system and will have two front cameras and three rear cameras as we’ve known for a while now. The speculation with those is that one of the front cameras will be 16 megapixels while the rear cameras will sport 20 megapixels (each). The exact specifications and respective utilizations of all cameras remains unknown at this stage. The device will be dual nano sim and will have a microSD card slot as well. It will support all the typical range of connections such as Wi-Fi, NFC, and Bluetooth 5.0 as well as GPRS Edge and 3G – 5G connectivity. The LG V40 will have 3D facial recognition unlock (hence the two front cameras) and will have a fingerprint scanner as well.
Its market competitor the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 has mainly gained hype for its rumored in built screen fingerprint sensor (which many speculate won’t be ready in time for its launch). Other things we’ve learned about the device is that it is expected to sport a slightly bigger display, 6.83 inches of waterproof build to be exact. Under the hood, it will have the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor just like the LG V40, at least 6 GB of RAM and 64 GM of storage space, and other hardware features that focus on enhancing the audio quality as opposed to the LG V40 which seems to be more focused on enhancing its display. The Note 9’s battery specifications are expected to be 3850 mAH or 4000 mAH but the former speculation seems more believable to us. The device will also sport the Android Oreo version 8.0 operating system and will have one front camera and two rear cameras just like its predecessor. The quality and specifications of the cameras is unknown but slight enhancements in quality are expected from the previous 12 MP cameras of the Note 8. Just like previous models the phone will come with an S pen as well and will sport all the connections we expect to see in the LG V40 as well.
One paper, the difference between the two doesn’t seem like much. They both seem to be in the same ball park of things, but the LG V40 appears to clearly sport a much better camera system (both front and back) than the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and it also offers more dedicated hardware for better screen time display. Although we are intrigued by Samsung’s suspected flagship fingerprint scanner, that’s the only feature that inclines us to turn to the device and we don’t think that that’s convincing enough in the face of a powerful device like the LG V40. The rest all boils down to preference: the screen size you prefer, the storage capacity you prefer, and the colors you prefer. For things unchangeable under the hood, the LG V40 outdoes the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 well.