In short: LG Electronics is planning to release at least eleven models of the V40 ThinQ, its latest Android flagship set to be announced this fall. The units in question will be part of the LM-V405 series and have been listed by a newly listed certificate from the United States Federal Communications Commission. The listing also references the LM-V405UA, a likely V40 ThinQ variant that was already mentioned by the Global Certification Forum earlier this week, confirming the device features CDMA support and should work on all U.S. networks. The newly sighted FCC certificate also suggests the V40 ThinQ may ship with a custom implementation of Android 8.1 Oreo instead of Android 9 Pie based on the design of its Settings menu.
Background: LG is releasing its new addition to the V lineup later than usual this year, having opted to avoid a late August announcement at IFA in favor of a standalone product launch event scheduled to take place this fall. The handset is rumored to be a combination of the G7 ThinQ and traditional hallmarks of the V family, consequently featuring a display notch, OLED panel, quad-DAC, and high-end internals. The rear panel of the V40 ThinQ is expected to house three cameras, though their specifics remain unclear. LG is also understood to have reduced its initial production batch size and generally doesn’t have high expectations about the V40 ThinQ’s commercial performance. The phablet is expected to be announced by early November and should become available for purchase on a global level by this year’s holiday season.
The impact: The existence of no fewer than eleven V40 ThinQ models is in line with LG’s existing practices that will likely see every U.S. carrier receive its own models. Additionally, select variants of the upcoming Android flagship are likely to offer more RAM, storage, or both, whereas some of the company’s previous high-end devices even differed in other areas such as audio setups across markets.