After releasing the LG G5 back in April, LG follows the last year’s launch pattern and announces one more premium smartphone – the LG V20. Just as its predecessor, the V10, the phone debuts with a second screen which is a feature defining the line introduced in 2015. Although the specs list of the V20 is packed with tones of really powerful hardware its designers decided to put the biggest emphasis on optic and audio parameters.
At its special press conference in San Francisco LG took the wraps off the LG V20. Being a mix of old and new features the phone comes with a traditional secondary screen, better optics, audio and Android Nougat.
Unveiled yesterday in San Francisco, the LG V20 just as the V10 houses a secondary always-on display. The additional screen panel with 160x1040p of resolution has been set above the primary 5.7-inch 2560×1440 p display. It allows for a quick access to settings, app shortcuts and notifications.
Except for that innovative feature being common for the whole line, the V20 arrives with several upgrades when compared to the last year’s model. First of all, just as previously this time also LG placed a major focus on the handset’s camera parameters, moving the front dual-camera system to the back.
The rear 16MP shooter with standard lens received a special support in a form of an 8MP snapper sporting wide-angle lens. In addition, the dual-camera system has been equipped with a revolutionary function, which LG is calling Hybrid Autofocus. The new technology combines laser autofocus, phase detection autofocus and contrast autofocus. All those along with the V20’s Electronic Image Stabilization 3.0 that reduces shaky video capture comes as a guarantee of a pro-like photo and video experience.
Moving, on apart from stunning optics, the V20 boasts high-quality audio system including Hi-Fi Quad DAC converter. The technology is promised to minimize distortion and ambient noise up to 50 percent. Furthermore, LG joined their forces with Bang and Olufsen to equipped the device in fine-tune audio. However, the feature will be available only on selected markets.
Another really visible difference between the LG V10 and V20 is the company’s approach to design. Conscious of mixed feelings evoked among customers by the not-so-good-looking rubber back case, LG decided to replace it with a metal casing. Luckily, the revamped design allowed for keeping the removable battery and microSD expansion found in the V10 – features many mobile makers tend to resign from in order to achieve sleek form-factor.
Although made out of a lightweight aluminum the V20 isn’t water resistant, its corners have been covered with a special silicone polycarbonate layer protecting the phone against shocks. This means that even if your drop the phone from the four feet height, it will still ticking.
Speaking of the rest of the hardware, the LG V20 is driven by the Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 coupled with 4GB RAM and 64GB of built-in storage. As for the software, another big surprise here, as the phone debuts with the latest Android 7 Nougat out of box, which surely is the V20’s another biggest selling point that will help the device raise much market interest. Powered by a pretty massive 3,200 mAh battery the phone also delivers LTE, NFC, USB Type-C and a fingerprint reader.
As for pricing and availability, the V20 is scheduled to hit the South-Korean market this month, and shortly after that spread to other markets. It will debut dressed in Titan, Pink and Silver color options. Although pricing details are still quite a mystery, T-Mobile already announced to add the device to its lineup this fall.