LG K40 review

The LG G8, LG G8S and LG V50 may have taken all the headlines at MWC 2019, but the company has a variety of other phones on show including its new mid-range collection.

The cheapest in those mid-rangers is the LG K40, which unsurprisingly is the follow-up to the LG K30 from 2018.

This new handset from LG is set to be around a third of the price (or less) of those flagships and while the spec sheet isn’t as impressive, it may well be up your street with a strong variety of options on the LG K40.

We’ve tried out LG’s latest handsets at MWC 2019, and below you’ll find our early thoughts on the new K40.

Some details of the LG K40 have yet to be unveiled, including both the price and release date. We’d assume the phone will come to the US, since the last-gen device had, but we don’t know if it’ll make it to markets like the UK or Australia.

LG has yet to announce how much the phone will cost, but we can’t imagine it’ll be much more than the LG K30 that launched at $200 (about £150, AU$280).

It may be the company increases the price for the LG K40 though, so be sure to check back as we’ll update this when we hear how much it’ll cost.

Design and display

The LG K40 comes with a full metal unibody design, and so far we think there’s only one color available – the blue you can see in the photos around here.

LG may decide to include more colors in the future, but we’ve only been able to see the blue version of the phone. It’s an attractive color, and while the phone doesn’t feel particularly premium it does sit in the hand comfortably.

It doesn’t compare to products like the Moto G7 though with its glass back and rounded edges, but at 8.3mm thick you’ll find this slips into your pocket with ease.

There’s a fingerprint sensor on the rear of the phone, which we found was easy to reach when you’re holding the phone. You may find it a little irritating when setting your phone down flat on a desk, but at that point, you can use the power button and other screen unlock methods.

That screen is a 5.7-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 720 x 1440 (HD+). We found it to look acceptable in our limited testing time, but you could spot the odd pixel when inspecting the display quality.

That equals 282 pixels per inch, which isn’t as good as some other phones around this price point. It’s also worth pointing out the 18:9 aspect ratio, making it look a bit more modern than some other budget devices that haven’t followed the trend toward taller, thinner screens.

The phone charges using via microUSB port at the bottom of the phone, while there’s also a 3.5mm headphone jack to the side of it too.