If you think you have seen everything when it comes to smartphones, we can assure you that’s not the case. Manufacturers come up with new ideas every day and it’s very likely that as you are reading this text, someone is working on a whole new solution such as the one used in LG’s latest offering. A phone called LG V10, which is the first member of a new V-series, just went official with a secondary ‘always on’ display above the main screen.
LG V10 phone that offers more than one screen is heading over to Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile
The idea of equipping a smartphone with more than one screen is not new. For instance, Yota Devices makes smartphones with two displays. LG’s approach, however, is completely different. Instead of putting the second screen on the back, the company opted to place it on the front panel, right above the main display.
The secondary screen is pretty small, measuring only 2.1 inches, but it appears to be just the right size to comfortably display notifications from the calendar, social media, unread messages, missed calls, etc. When the main screen is on, the secondary one can be set to run for example shortcuts. Moreover, since it has 160 x 1040 resolution, it offers amazing pixel density of 513 ppi. The main 5.7-inch QHD display has exactly the same pixel density.
Two Front Cameras
In addition to having two screens, the V10 also sports two front facing cameras. Both have 5-megapixel sensors and thanks to a special algorithm can produce wide-angle shots. The main camera is of 16-megapixel type and comes with OIS 2.0 and an aperture of f/1.8 which will come in handy when you want to take a photo in low-light conditions.
The phone is capable of recording video simultaneously from three cameras, allowing you to later select the version you like the most. Also, the LG V10 is the fist device to include a manual mode for video, so you will be able to choose the frame rate, shutter speed, white balance, ISO, focus as well as resolution and aspect ratio: standard (16:9) or cinematic (21:9).
Other specs of the LG V10 are equally impressive as the screens and cameras. The phone is powered by a hexa-core Snapdragon 808 processor with Adreno 418 GPU for graphics and offers a massive 4GB of RAM. There’s 64GB of internal memory with a microSD slot compatible with up to 2TB cards, and the lights are kept on by a 3,000 mAh removable battery. Connectivity features include 4G LTE-A (Cat.6),Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, NFC and USB 2.0, and the handset will launch with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop on board.
The LG V10 not only boasts high-end hardware, but it also is made of premium materials. The phone has stainless steel frame and is ‘MIL-STD-810G Transit Drop Compliant’ meaning that it should be way more durable than an average smartphone. The body is covered in Dura Skin which is scratch resistant and provides textured surface for firmer grip. The handset will be available in five color options such as Space Black, Luxe White, Modern Beige, Ocean Blue and Opal Blue.
Pricing & Availability
The V10 will go on sale in South Korea later this month priced around $680. LG confirmed that the phone will soon be coming to the US, China, Latin America and the Middle East. Since phone prices are usually higher in Korea compared to other countries, the handset could cost around $600 in the US. As for US release, it is official that Verizon will carry the device along with AT&T T-Mobile Magenta network.