Rumors & Speculations around LG’s second flagship Phone of the year has just been to rest with the announcement of the LG V20. The LG V20 isn’t the 20th on LG V series of Smartphones ,but the second and the sucessor to the LGV10.
The new large screen LG V20 has comes with a design different from that of its predecessor , a newer chip, revamped dual rear cameras, slightly improved battery capacity, a more premium feel & look and above all the first Smartphone to boot Google’s new Android Nougat/ Android 7, the latest Android version out of the box.
LG V20 Designs & Display
LG V20 has dropped the design language of last year’s LG V10 in favor of LG G5 inspired design.It is made of a combination of metal and silicone polycarbonate material shedding off some weight off the LG V20 while also giving it a slimmer , lighter more premium but less rugged look& feel compared to the LG V10.
The LG V20 despite adopting the Modular G5 design isn’t another modular phone ,but it does have a button around its bottom-right corner with which you can take off the rear plate to gain access to its removable battery.
The LG V20 retains virtually all the display specs of the V10 except for a little tweak to its second on screen display.
The device comes with same display size as the LG V10 & galax y Note 7 ,featuring a 5.7-inch (2560 x 1440 pixels) Quad HD Quantum display.There is also the LG V10 perculiar second display with a display size of 2.1″ (160 x 1040 pixels) .Under the hood is again the same chipset underneath the the Note 7 – a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor paired with 4G of RAM and available in only 64GB of expandable storage.
LG claims to have made some improvement to the second screen, having an improved visibility from 35 nits to 68 nits, higher contrast, and the option to have a longer signature this time around.The Always-On Second Screen ,like that of the V10 ordinarily only allows you perform some quick functions while the main screen is off.
Protecting the V20 display is lat year’s Gorilla glass 4,that might come as a big surprise considering the galaxy Note 7 already debut with the latest gorilla glass 4.
LG V20 Camera
LG V20 has dropped the camera setup on the V10 in favor of a camera setup almost same as that of LG G5 .
In place of V10 dual front facing camera, the V20 now comes with dual rear camera setup ,comprising of a 16-megapixel rear camera with dual-tone LED flash, 75-degree lens, f/1.8 aperture, OIS and Hybrid Auto Focus (HAF) integrating three AF mechanisms – Laser Detection AF, Phase Detection AF (PDAF) and Contrast AF – for both videos and photos and an accompanying 8-megapixel second rear camera with f/2.4 aperture and 135-degree lens suitable for wide angle shots.
Now in charge of selfies is a 5-megapixel front-facing camera with a 120-degree wide-angle lens.
LG V20 brings to the table improved audio quality. The new device now uses Hi-Fi Video Recording ,Low Cut Filter (LCF) that removes unwanted background noise and Limiter (LMT) that sets recording distance. It also captures audio using 24-bit / 48 kHz Linear Pulse Code Modulation (LPCM). It has 32-bit Hi-Fi ESS SABRE ES9218 Quad DAC for a clearer sound by minimizing distortion and ambient noise by up to 50%.It supports lossless music formats including FLAC, DSD, AIFF and ALAC.
The LG V20 is powered by a 3200mAh battery up from 3000mAh ,runs on Android 7.0 (Nougat) with LG UX 5.0+ out of the box.
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LG V20 specifications
- 5.7-inch (2560×1440 pixels) Quad HD IPS Quantum display at 513 ppi
- 2.1-inch (160 x 1040 pixels) IPS Quantum Display at 513ppi
- Quad-core Snapdragon 820 processor with Adreno 530 GPU
- 4GB LPDDR3 RAM, 64GB (UFS 2.0) internal memory, expandable memory up to 2TB with microSD
- Android 7.0 (Nougat)
- 16MP rear camera with OIS 2.0, F1.8 aperture, dual-tone LED Flash, Laser AF, PDAF, CAF, 75-degree lens and 4K video recording
- 8MP secondary rear camera with f/2.4 aperture, 135-degree lens
- 5MP front camera with f/1.9 aperture, 120-degree wide-angle lens
- Dimensions – 159.7 x 78.1 x 7.6mm; Weight: 173g
- Fingerprint sensor
- ESS SABRE ES9218 Quad DAC, B&O audio, High AOP Mic
- 4G LTE, dual-band WiFi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth 4.2 LE, GPS, NFC, USB Type-C
- 3200mAh removable battery with Quick Charge 3.0
LG V20 Pricing & Availability
The LG V20 will hit the Market before the end of September 2016 in Titan, Silver and Pink colors option.
LG V20 willbe available in US later this Month and will be sold at B&H, Best Buy, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, and Verizon stores.Its pricing is expected to be above the LG V10 price tag.
The LG V20 is expected to land in Europe , Korea and Africa including Nigeria ,Kenya ,Ghana ,SA and other countries before the year runs out.