LG has announced three flagships this year. First, it announced the V30S ThinQ at the beginning of the year, it then launched the LG G7 ThinQ in May, and followed it with the V35 ThinQ in the same month. Its next flagship is expected to be the LG V40 ThinQ and there is a chance it is the device that just showed up online.
The new device was discovered in firmware files gotten by XDA Developers. The device is powered by the Snapdragon 845 and is codenamed “judypn”. Apparently, it is related to two of LG’s other phones that have launched this year as they have similar codenames (LG G7 ThinQ = “judyln” and LG V35 ThinQ = “judyp”).
One XDA comment says the codenames points to their display type and design. For the LG G7 which is known as “judyln” – the last two alphabets mean it has an LCD display and a notch while the V35 ThinQ a.k.a “judyp” has a P-OLED display, and this new device “judypn” has a P-OLED display and a notch. Seeing as LG’s V-series comes with P-OLED displays, this is one proof that it is the LG V40 ThinQ.
Another proof is the presence of a dedicated Google Assistant button. The firmware is said to have the same “hot1_key” present in the firmware files of the LG G7 ThinQ. The V35 ThinQ doesn’t have this button. Android news site, Android Police already reported that the V40 will come with a dedicated Google Assistant button.
Yet another evidence that further confirms that the “judypn” device is the LG V40 ThinQ is found in its model numbers. They are listed as LM-V400N, LM-V405N, and LM-V409N. LG’s other flagships follow a similar pattern for their model numbers. The G7 ThinQ, for example, has model numbers LM-G710, LM-G710N, and LM-G710VM while the V35 ThinQ has model numbers LM-V350 and LM-V350N.
All of the above devices point at the device being the V40 ThinQ but there is also evidence that it isn’t. The cameras, for example, are different from what was earlier reported.
The V40 is reported to come with triple rear cameras and dual front-facing cameras for a total of five cameras. However, the firmware files mention dual rear cameras with both sensors having OIS and one being a wide-angle lens.
V35 ThinQ (Emma) is arriving around the same time as G7 ThinQ (Neo/Judy), while V40 ThinQ (Storm) is the late summer / early fall flagship. https://t.co/dDLeTYwKEf
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) April 20, 2018
Another evidence is the codename which is quite different from what popular leaker, Evan Blass revealed earlier. In a tweet, he mentioned that the LG V40 is code-named “storm” but as you can see above, that isn’t the case. This is probably Mr. Evan being wrong or the phone having two codenames as is the case with the LG G7 ThinQ judging from his tweet.
LG launched the V30 in August last year, we don’t know if it will be sticking to the same schedule or pushing it forward to create more space between its devices. Nevertheless, we expect more news about the upcoming flagship to surface in the coming weeks.