Tonight in San Francisco, the LG V20 was announced with high expectations. It follows the G5, a device from earlier this year that fell short of major hype. Now LG is putting together the best elements from that phone and and last year’s V10 to create a complete device that touches upon many areas consumers care about. It’s coming at a time when Samsung, the top competitor in this industry, is facing a costly global recall that opens the door for LG to get its latest phone into the hands of millions around the world.
Hit the break for details on the LG V20.
LG implemented a premium look and feel for this phone, staying true to the V series. Its body is composed of lightweight aluminum and a silicone-based material known as silicone polycarbonate. The latter is for absorbing impact if the V20 is dropped, and the company says the phone has passed military-grade durability tests. So you should expect your V20 to handle bumps and drops that occur at a moment’s notice.
There’s no getting around the fact that LG ditched the V10’s design to align it closer to the G5. Rather than the beautifully unique V10, the V20 looks like a G5 that underwent a makeover. Why did LG do this? Probably to streamline its flagship products and maintain familiarity between consumers and the brand.
The V20 features a 5.7-inch display Quad HD (2560×1440) IPS LCD display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, 16MP and 8MP rear cameras with a wide-angle lens, a 5MP front-facing camera with a wide-angle lens, a removable 3200mAh battery, a USB Type-C port, and a fingerprint scanner.
And still going strong is LG’s Second Screen that debuted in 2015. Now it’s bigger and brighter for the V20, allowing you to view notifications even when the primary display is off. It’s being paired with Expandable Notifications, a feature that enlarges notifications for you to be able to check longer items instead of just snippets.
LG’s focus for the V20 is on multimedia:
- Steady Record 2.0
- Hi-Fi Video Recording
- Hi-Fi Quad DAC
- HD Audio Recorder
- Front/Rear Wide-angle Lenses
- Auto Shot
- Hybrid Auto Focus
Juno Cho, President of LG Electronics and Mobile Communications, said the following about the V20:
“The LG V20 is designed to offer customers a more dynamic experience by building on the most popular video and audio features of the V series. With the LG V20, we are giving our customers more of everything they love and less of anything they don’t need to set a new standard for premium smartphones.”
While it’s the world’s first phone to ship with Android 7.0 Nougat, the V20 is not free from LG’s software overlay. The phone is covered by LG UX 5.0+, a slight upgrade from what you’ve seen on the G5. LG’s V20 is also first to have the new In Apps search function announced by Google last week.
The LG V20 will be available later this month in Korea, and you’ll have to wait for local announcements to find out when other regions will get the device. It’s likely LG will have the V20 on sale by in most regions by the end of 2016.