Report: LG V40 to have all the cameras and face unlock tech

The rumoured LG V40 smartphone will have a grand total of five cameras – the most of any mainstream smartphone yet – according to new reports.

An Android Police source says the follow-up to the LG V35 ThinQ will have a pair of front-facing snappers and a tri-camera array on the back of the phone.

The source also says at least one of the front-facing cameras will be equipped with Face Unlock-style tech, enabling users to access their device simply by looking at the phone.

The three cameras on the rear of the device would match the Huawei P20 Pro, if LG’s reported plan comes to fruition. They would include a wide lens and LG’s signature ultra-wide lens, the report says.

The purpose of the third sensor isn’t identified by the source. However, other phone makers have included zoom lenses and monochrome sensors recently. Others have been designed to accentuate depth-of-field effects such as bokeh portraits.

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However, whether adding more cameras will contribute to a progression in quality remains to be seen. While the dual camera on the LG G7 ThinQ offered some improvements, the AI features left a lot to be desired.

Another notch

LG is also planning to use a notch or the V40 display just like the LG G7 ThinQ. However, as with the current flagship, you’ll be able to nullify the effect in the settings, if you don’t wish to have your status bar interrupted by a cut-out display.

Indeed, Android Police’s source says the V40 will look a lot like a “scaled-up G7”, which will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845.

Whether LG will use OLED tech for the display or will stick with the LCD tech deployed on the G7 earlier this year remains to be seen. Back in May, LG hinted that OLED tech is being saved for the “more innovative” V-Series handsets.

There’s no official word yet on when LG might release the LG V40, but the IFA tech show is just around the corner at the end of August.

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