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LG V40 ThinQ will have a grippy glass rear and new color options

The LG V40 ThinQ hasn't been officially unveiled yet, but that hasn't stopped the South Korean firm from confirming small details about the handset, with the latest leak revealing some design aspects.

Many of today's smartphones feature glass front and rears, which in turn means there isn't a huge amount of grip on offer. With the V40 however, LG is looking to change that.

"To deliver the most satisfyingly smooth sensation in the hand, LG employed a proprietary Silky Blast treatment" the firm's statement reads "to etch microscopic pits on the rear glass of the LG V40 ThinQ." LG also claims this will reduce the appearance of fingerprints on the surface.

Now we're not sure about the name for the treatment, or how it will look or feel in the hand, but it does sound similar to the laser-etched lines on the mid-range HTC U12 Life we got hands on with earlier this year.

From our experience with the HTC, we can confirm this type of finish on glass does make it more grippy, so it should be good news for the accident prone when the LG V40 ThinQ arrives.

A new palette

The LG V40 ThinQ will be available in a range of new colors, confirmed as Aurora Black, Platinum Gray, Moroccan Blue and Carmine Red. 

It's worth noting though that the full complement of colors will unlikely hit every market, so you'll need to wait for regional availability to be announced.

LG also confirmed that the V40 ThinQ screen size will be greater than six inches, and almost half an inch larger than the 6-inch V30 and V35.

There's not long to wait for the full details though, as the LG V40 ThinQ launch date is set for October 3.

John McCann

Global Managing Editor

John got his first phone aged 12 and since then he's been fixated on all things mobile. Previously Phones Editor, John now looks after the day-to-day running of the site. When he's not got his head buried in mobile tech, you'll find John sitting behind the wheel in his regular TR Drives column.