LG has officially released their latest android smartphone, the LG V20 featuring Android’s latest OS – Android 7.0 Nougat. The V20 is basically the successor of the V10 released last year. Aesthetically speaking, it doesn’t resemble its predecessor; instead it looks like the LG G5 just without the modular design. The V20 looks and feels very solid, specially the aluminum metal frame and back cover. The back cover is removable and the battery is removable as well. More on its features and specs below.
LG V20 Features
The LG V20 looks really nice and clean, thanks to its rectangular shape with round corners and color theme. Gone are the textured back cover, instead you get a smooth overall finish on the V20. LG is actually using an aluminum AL6013 alloy, the same materials used on airplanes and boats. Though LG claims that the phone is durable, with its MIL-STD-810 certification; it is certainly not water proof. Its body measures 159.7mm x 78.1mm x 7.6mm and weighs around 174 grams. It’s available in three different colors: Titan, Silver and Pink.
LG V20 Android 7.0 Nougat OS + LG UX 5.0+
The LG V20 is also the first smartphone to be powered with Android’s latest 7.0 Nougat operating system. Usually, the Google Nexus phones get to enjoy Android’s latest OS releases, but this time it’s award to LG V20.
With Android 7.0 Nougat, the LG V20 can do split-screen mode, improved notification, better Doze mode, much easier apps switching and more. It will also feature the new In App Search feature where you can simply search for particular information through all your apps.
The LG V20 doesn’t run on bare Android 7.0 Nougat, LG puts their UX 5.0+ on top of the Nougat. The LG UX 5.0+ is basically an improved or enhanced version that is found on the LG G5.
LG V20 Display, Processing Power and Storage
Under the hood, the LG V20 is powered by a Snapdragon 820 quad core Kyro processor paired with an Adreno 530 GPU that drives its huge 5.7″ Quad HD IPS display at 1440×2560 resolution. Aside from the main screen, there is also a 2.2″ secondary display that shows notification and quick access button.
The CPU and GPU are paired with 4GB of RAM and its internal storage is up to 64GB. The storage is expandable via a microSD card slot and supports microSD cards up to 200GB. The V20 is powered by a 3,200 mAh removable battery that supports QuickCharge 3.0.
LG V20 Aduio Camera and Video
The LG V20 rocks a 16 megapixels rear facing camera with an f/1.8 aperture plus another 8 megapixels with f/2.4 aperture. It’s a dual camera setup and features OIS, laser autofocus, LED flash and is capable of 2160p video capture. Video record is capable of lossless sound with Steady Record 2.0. The main camera at the back is paired with a 5 megapixels f/1.9 front facing camera for selfies. At this point in time, I’m not quite sure how good the image and video quality of the LG V20 is. But considering that this is a high end smartphone, I doubt that its image and video capture would be mediocre. Aside from HD/HiFi video capture, you can also record lossless sound resulting to a 24bit/192kHz FLAC file with the sound recorder.
On its audio department, the LG V20 is built with a quad DAC (or Digital to Analog Converter) setup, this basically means that the audio it produces is better and cleaner compared to other smartphones (provided that the audio file is lossless quality as well). The V20 is also B&O Play certified and comes with B&O Play headphones. Based on paper alone, I’m sure music lovers and audio savvy users would find this phone very interesting.
LG V20 Connectivity Options
In terms of connectivity options, the LG V20 has a 3.5mm jack for earphones and headphones and a USB 3.1 Type-C for charging and data transmission. It also features WiFi 802.11 ac/a/b/g/n, dual band, WiFi Direct, DLNA, hotspot, Bluetooth 4.2, A2DP, LE and aptX. The V20 also has GPS, NFC, IR port and sensors such as fingerprint and the usual sensors found on flagship smartphones.
LG V20 Pricing and Availability
LG hasn’t disclosed yet the retail price of the V20, but it may be priced at around the same price when the LG V10 was first released, sub $700 USD. The LG V20 is expected to hit major US carriers and Korea starting the end of this month or early next month.
LG V20 Specifications
|Operating System||Android 7.0 Nougat with LG UX 5.0+|
|Display (primary)||5.7" Quad HD IPS Quantum at 2560 x 1440 / 513ppi|
|Display (secondary)||IPS Quantum display (160 x 1040 / 513ppi)|
|CPU||Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 Quad-core 2x2.15 GHz & 2x1.6 GHz Kryo|
|Storage||64GB, expandable via microSD up to 200GB|
|Rear cameras||16MP f/1.8 (75 deg angle) + 8MP f/2.4 (135 deg angle)
OIS, Hybrid AutoFocus, laser and phase detection, dual LED flash
|Front camera||5MP f/1.9|
|Video||2160 @ 30fps, 1080p @ 30fps, 720 @ 120fps, 24bit/192kHz stereo sound|
|Connectivity||USB Type-C, 3.5mm audio jack, X12 LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2 BLE, aptX, NFC, IR, GPS|
|Battery||3,200 mAh (removable), Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0|
|Dimensions||159.7mm x 78.1mm x 7.6mm|
|Colors||Titan, Silver, Pink|
|Additional Features||Finger Print Scanner
32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC
B&O Play Certified
Hi-Fi Video Recording
Steady Record 2.0
HD Audio Recorder
High AOP Mic
Accelerometer, Gyro, Proximity, Compass, Color spectrum