Remember when megapixels were all the rage? Today, it’s not about who’s got the biggest, meanest megapixel count – it’s who’s packed the most lenses into their device.
Final specs are out for LG’s V40 ThinQ smartphone, and by the looks of it, the South Korean corporation is either changing the smartphone game completely or has just created the ultimate fad.
Specs for the new phone bring it closer to its sibling, the LG G7, than it’s predecessor, the V30. The new phone sports an aesthetic reminiscent of the G7, but with a larger 6.4-inch screen, a Snapdragon 845 processor and a 3,300 mAh battery which will give you around 15 hours of juice under normal use.
The phone will come with 6GB or 8GB RAM, have a storage capacity of 64GB or 128GB and will be available in two colours, deep blue and black.
But what is setting the phone apart from the pack is the almost outrageous inclusion of FIVE friggin’ lenses in the device.
Back in 2011, the LG Optimus and the HTC Evo where the first phones to introduce dual-lense cameras for the purpose of 3D. In time, the technology proved to be a bit of a fad (how many times did we hear 3D was the next big thing?) but the burst of the bubble didn’t stop manufacturers from continuing to develop the technology.
It was in 2014 that the HTC One M8 properly introduced the use of two camera sensors in the way we are familiar with in 2018.
Now, we seem to be in the dawn of a whole new generation of devices that are taking the idea to the extreme. In April of this year, Huawei opened the floodgates with the introduction of the P20 Pro, which features an array of three cameras on the back.
With the new v40, LG takes the idea to the absurd. First, they incorporate 8MP and 5MP lenses on the front of the device, one for portrait mode and the other for wide-angle selfies.
The tech company then went on to install a triple-sensor camera system in the back, with three different lenses that can work together for stitched panoramas or individually for different purposes.
The first is a standard 12MP camera, the second is a 16MP super wide angle and the third is a telephoto 12MP with 2x optical zoom.
Now we’re left on the edge of our seat, waiting to see how Apple, Samsung and other competitors will answer. The more lenses the better? Or is this pure madness?
Australian pricing and availability are yet to be announced.