During a press event tonight, LG unveiled their latest handset called the V20. This smartphone has been rumored for quite a while and has been hyped up by none other than LG themselves on multiple occasions. Unique features like a quad DAC for improved audio and a secondary display cause the V20 to differ from the others.
Starting off with the build, LG made the V20 completely out of metal. However, a special blend called AL 6013 makes up this material, mixing aluminum, magnesium, silicon, and copper to create the build material of the handset. Interestingly, this mixture is commonly found inside airplanes and boats. LG also says that this phone is also US military MIL-STD-810 Transit Drop compliant, however the extent to how durable this phone really is isn’t known at this time.
Unlike this year’s LG G5 handset, the V20 doesn’t opt in for modularity. Instead, it features something a lot of flagships are leaving out nowadays: a removable back panel. By pressing a release button on the right side of the phone, the back panel will swing off via a hinge and grant you access to the battery. This alone will likely lure in plenty of potential customers as manufacturers such as Samsung and Motorola haven’t included such a feature in their flagships this year. And with all the metal surrounding the V20, LG’s latest handset shouldn’t feel cheap whatsoever, even though the back is removable.
By now you’re probably like, “Okay, so what’s the actual specs of this guy?” Well, for starters, there’s a 5.7-inch QHD IPS LCD display which is paired with a secondary display on top which measures in at 2.1 inches across and has a resolution of 1040×160. This display is used for quick shortcuts to apps, checking the time, and easy access to contacts alongside a suite of other functions unique to the V20. Inside, you’ve got a quad-core Snapdragon 820 processor paired with an Adreno 530 GPU, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of on-board storage which is expandable via a microSD card up to an extra 256GB, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, a fingerprint scanner on the back, a USB-C port on the bottom with support for Quick Charge 3.0, and a 3200mAh battery. All in all, the V20 looks to be a high-end flagship smartphone that combines the best of the best for 2016 to deliver a great experience.
Camera wise, we’re looking at a dual-sensor setup. One sensor has 16MP, while the other has 8MP. The former features an aperture of f/1.8, while the latter has one of f/2.4. “Hybrid Autofocus” which combines laser detection autofocus, phase detection autofocus, and contrast autofocus, a dual-LED flash, and a special Steady Record 2.0 OIS are all present to deliver quality photos and videos. Speaking of videos, 4K video is also possible with the V20’s camera at 30 frames per second. For selfies, there’s a 5MP front shooter with an aperture of f/1.9.
Of course, we can’t talk about the new V20 without mentioning the sweet audio system inside. If you’re a sound nerd, you’ll be happy to hear that LG honored their promise and included a Quad 32-bit DAC inside their latest handset to deliver really great audio performance from both the built-in speaker and any headphones that connect via the 3.5mm jack (something that’s disappearing pretty quickly nowadays). Included earbuds from Bang & Olufsen are also featured alongside the V20, while this company also built in some special audio tuning preferences as part of their partnership with LG to deliver the best sound quality possible. However, the headphones won’t be reaching us in the States, and neither will the additional tuning.
In addition, LG says they built in “High acoustic overload point mics,” meaning that high-quality audio recording with the included app is possible. Plus, while recording videos, sound will also come out nice and clear. Overall, this speaker and microphone system on the V20 will likely not disappoint, but of course only real world testing will determine whether that’s true or not.
Software wise, LG’s V20 will be the first phone ever to ship with Android 7.0 Nougat, something Google was expected to accomplish with their own hardware however decided not to. In addition, Google’s new In Apps search method will be included with the V20 so the device can be the first to include the feature. What this utility does is search within apps, services, and more to make navigating your phone and getting at content easier and quicker. Some of you may already have access to this feature if you have the very latest version of the Google app, however the V20 will be the first to include a shortcut to the tool right on the home screen. There’ll also be an option to access the feature via the second display, making searching throughout your apps even quicker than originally anticipated.
All in all, the LG V20 is no doubt a very capable handset. With its high-end specs, unique features, and awesome build quality, this device should sell significantly better than the G5 and may also outsell the V10 itself. Pricing is expected to come in the near future, while this month should be when you can pick up the device. Stay tuned for more on the newly announced V20 as more information surfaces!