If last year’s LG V10 was a surprisingly good model, released when nobody was expecting such a handset from the South Korean manufacturer, wait until you see what they came up with last year! The new and improved LG V20 was officially presented today and we must admit that it’s one of the greatest phones we’ve seen this year.
Unlike last year’s model, the LG V20 has ditched the rugged design, replacing with a smooth body, built from AL6013 aluminum alloy. As a side note, this is the same material used for building airplanes and boats, so you can make sure that this is going to be one strong handset. Add an MIL-STD-810 certification for resistance to this as well, in order to make it even better.
At a first look, the handset shares a lot of design elements with the LG G5. However, there’s no sign of modularity, but the phone does come with a removable back cover, allowing you to quickly swap the battery with a new one. Speaking about the back of the phone, it also houses a dual-camera setup, about which we’ll talk a bit later, and the fingerprint scanner.
Moving on to the specs, the LG V20 comes with the same display as the V10: a 5.7″ IPS panel, with a quad HD resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels. Still, one of the most interesting parts about this phone is the secondary display, which has a doubled brightness now. It now supports 24 digits, as well as a set of notification icons and a clock.
Under the hood, it has the basic flagship configuration, sporting a Snapdragon 820 chipset, alongside 4 GB of RAM and 64 gigs of expandable storage. What more can you ask for?
As mentioned above, the V20 has a dual camera setup on the back. To be more specific, it consists in a 16 MP 16:9 camera, with optical image stabilization, laser and phase-detection auto-focus, while the second snapper has ‘just’ 8 MP and a wide-angle lens, allowing the phone to take 135-degree shots. Pretty cool, we’d say.
On the front of the phone we have a 5 MP selfie camera, with f/1.9 lens, being able to take normal or wide angle photos, which is absolutely amazing! We’re very curious to see if any other manufacturer will manage to replicate this feature.
The LG V20 is powered by a 3200 mAh battery, Quick Charge 3.0 compatible, while the operating system is Google’s Android 7.0 Nougat, customized with LG’s own interface. Also, it’s worth mentioning that it’s the first phone to run the new OS out of the box, allowing users to take advantage of new features like a new and improved Doze mode, better quick notifications management and a redesigned quick toggle area.
Finally, we should mention that when it comes to the audio setup, the LG V20 takes things to a whole new level. It has four DACs, being able to deliver an impressive sound, besides supporting lossless playback and being B&O Play-tuned. As a side note, the headphones are also B&O-branded, depending on the market, so if you’re lucky enough, you will enjoy a complete high-end audio experience.
The handset will be available starting with the end of the month in all major US carriers’ offers, in Titan, Pink and Silver. Unfortunately, there aren’t any details about the price, but consider everything it offers, don’t expect a pocket-friendly price.
If you ask us, the LG V20 is a powerful competitor for the new iPhone 7 Plus, as well as the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, presuming that the battery issues will soon be fixed. What are your thoughts about this handset? Would you buy it? Let us know, using the comments section below!