When LG unveiled its V10 last year, it was… it was a little weird. With a beefy body, a double-selfie camera and a tiny second screen, the V10 was the result of LG being a little weird. But the phone did surprisingly well around here. Then the G5 happened. Everybody flocked towards the shiny new S7 / edge from Samsung and about a week ago, that’s what I’d have said would happened to the V20. But then the Note 7 started exploding all over.
Perhaps the Note 7 recall is why South Korea’s LG Electronics Inc, reeling from continued losses from its smartphone business, unveiled its new V20 premium smartphone on Wednesday, hoping for a pick-up on Samsung’s misfortunes and boost sales in the second half even though its exactly the day when the iPhone 7 is coming out.
At an event today in San Francisco, we got to see the company’s latest take on a high-end 5.7-inch smartphone. Running Android 7.0 out of the box, the LG V20 includes a range of the latest hardware, bringing along a lot of what we saw on the LG G5 earlier this year. the V20 is not modular. The renders from CNET Korea that made the rounds before today were spot on.
The V20 feels, quite literally, like a very solid phone. It’s also packed with great media and camera features, and on top of that, it’s the first phone to run Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box beating Google’s own Pixel phones. There’s a button on the phone’s right side which was earlier misinterpreted as a module ejection button. It’s for popping V20’s metal back plate off so you can swap out its 3,200mAh. It’s a lot like opening a powder compact, an analogy LG couldn’t get enough of.
The V20’s foundation is mostly the same high-powered stuff we got with the G5 — there’s the usual Snapdragon 820 and 4GB of RAM, not to mention the same two-camera setup that pairs an 8-megapixel wide-angle sensor and a 16-megapixel standard sensor around back. There’s nothing particularly special or unusual here, we were delighted to see the 64GB of fast UFS-type storage space.
The tiny secondary display at the top of the screen is the same technology and features the same pixel density (513 ppi) as the main display. The secondary display is twice as bright and the fonts it renders are 50 percent larger than on the V10. Thanks to features like 24-bit/ 48 kHz Linear Pulse Code Modulation (LPCM), Steady Record 2.0 (electronic image stabilization), and Hi-Fi Video Recording, which gives user access to advanced audio features including Low Cut Filter and a recording distance limiter, LG V20 should be great at video recording.
The V20’s squarish design is quite different from the rounded surfaces of the G5, and it’s also a departure from the V10, which had a stainless steel frame and a silicon back, compared to the V20’s metallic back plate. The new phone, which offers a 5.7 inch display along with a replaceable battery, offers upgrades from its predecessor including, audio playback capabilities in partnership with Bang & Olufsen and improved photo and video functions. LG is also touting “high acoustic overload point mics” for clearer, cleaner audio recordings from the array of microphones but they did not disclose pricing.
It’s a solidly-built device that took parts of what made the G5 special and mashed it up with features that improve things people do every day. At the same time, it feels as though every decision LG made here was the safe choice. That’s not necessarily a bad thing.
Here’s a quick look of the LG V20 specifications:
The V20’s success will be important for LG. Its mobile division reported a fifth straight quarterly operating loss in April-June as initial production problems and the success of rival Samsung Electronics Co Ltd’s Galaxy S7 phones led to disappointing sales for LG’s G5 smartphone.
The new LG phone will be competing with Apple Inc’s new iPhones, but Samsung’s recall of the Galaxy Note 7 smartphones may give it some breathing room. As first impressions go, the V20 leaves a pretty good one.
The V20 will first go on sale in South Korea starting this month, with other regions to follow later. Additional availability and pricing will be announced in the coming weeks so stay tuned. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to stay up to date with whatever happens in the world of consumer technology.
Source : engadget