LG has this week unveiled their latest generation device in their new V Series, the LG V20, a device which builds upon the success of the V10, and is built with audiophiles in mind.
Although Apple seemingly stole the show yesterday, LG’s V20 came ahead of Apple’s reveal and has already impressed me a little more. The V20 will be the first non-Nexus smartphone to run Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box, and will offer a 5.7-inch QHD IPS LCD display, which will also be joined by a tiny horizontal screen which shows shortcuts, notifications, and other little gimmicks like personal signatures.
Although this second screen can be switched off, like on its predecessor, this time it does come with some features of its own. Like before, it offers a dedicated space for notifications and the like, it’s also brighter and has improved contrast.
In terms of power, the V20 is right up there with this year’s other handsets, which is interesting considering this isn’t a part of LG’s flagship G series. Inside you’ll find a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB RAM, and 64GB storage. There’s also microSD support for upto 2TB, if you so wish. All of this is powered by a replaceable battery rated at 3200mAh. It’ll also have a USB type-C jack for quick charging.
All in all it seems like your standard smartphone affair, but aside from the top specs, there’s a lot more beneath the 5.7-inch display. Specifically the device’s 32-bit quad DAC setup which should make for incredible headphone listening. What’s more, LG has stated that users can purchase discount Bang & Olufsen headphones for the device for a limited time.
B&O have had a lot of input here, too, as they’ve helped fine-tune playvack performance with a 72-stage volume control as well as support for all popular lossless music formats, including Apple Lossless. As for audio recording capabilities, LG says that the V20 can record both voice and loud concerts without any distortion or clipping. This also comes into play when recording video, as users can choose to split the audio from the video and save it as lossless to preserve the best quality possible.
In terms of cameras, the original V10 had dual front-facing cameras, which LG seems to have ditched this time around in favour of a 5-megapixel f/1.9 wide angle shooter on the front. The dual cameras now appear on the back of the device and includes both a standard angle 16-megapixel sensor with f/1.8 aperture, and optical image stabilisation, plus a wider 8-megapixel camera with aperture of f/2.8.
As for shooting video, this is where the device gets impressive as it’ll come included with Qualcomm’s Steady Record 2.0, which uses data from the phone’s gyroscope to determine whether your hands are still or shaky and corrects the video by cropping the frame slightly.
As you’d expect with any LG camera, there’s also the ability to manually tweak almost all aspects of the camera, from shutter speed, to ISO Settings, all the way to video bitrate if you prefer.
In terms of release date, LG will follow suit with its last V Series device and will launch first in Korea with a wider launch happening after. LG have said that the device will launch in the west in the third quarter, so that gives us a rough release window of sometime in September, though that could indeed change.