The LG V10 offered a new display concept to the phone game last year but only managed to impress a small portion of high-end consumers who were busy observing Samsung Galaxy Note5 and iPhone 6S Plus. It was too bulky for everyone’s taste, but this year’s iteration has seen the thick body trimmed out to a more stylish appearance. Will the minimalist LG V20 adore the market? Let’s dig it out in this review.
- Unique dual-screen for more powerful task assignments
- Unique dual primary camera with separated benefits
- Removable battery
- Android 7.0 Nougat pre-installed
- No app drawer (by default)
- No water-resistant capability
The handset comes in aluminium frame and although not a unibody, the design is not cheap and well disguised in beauty. There’s a button that helps detach the back case to reveal the removable battery – a rarity in today’s flagships – alongside the SIM card and the microSD slots.
LG has redesigned the handset’s corpulence into something appealing and comfortable. It’s only 7.68mm thick and weighs 174g, on par with Galaxy Note 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Physically, LG V20 can stand against drops as it is certified with MIL-STD-810G, but doesn’t come with water-resistant grade due to the removable back case.
Just like its predecessor, the V20 is in the league of its own. The Korean manufacturer introduced a 2.1-inch display above the main screen that can be reserved for a wide array of handy functions. You can appoint it to show notifications, toggle quick settings, launch favorite apps, and run text from your personal note.
The primary 5.7-inch display stood enormously at 1440p resolution, giving you a crystal-clear viewing experience. The clarity and contrast are excellent, but due to its phablet size, you won’t be able to grasp it with one hand.
As of the powerhouse, you’ll have nothing to worry here. The LG V20 arms Snapdragon 820 chipset coupled with 4GB of RAM to the resemblance of Galaxy Note 7 and S7. The internal storage has been doubled to 64GB with the microSD slot still exist. There’s also Adreno 530 GPU to aid the graphical duties.
The handset features 3200 mAh battery which is slightly larger than its competitors. It also comes with Android 7.0 Nougat pre-installed, so we’re expecting a raise in operational efficiency here. At a regular use, you can expect the V20 to stand over a day and a half. The battery benefits from QuickCharge 3.0 technology which will help the device to do a full charge in merely 80 minutes.
Speaking of the camera, there are two primary sensors at the back – a 16MP and an 8MP – with both having different tasks and specialties. The larger one with f/1.8 aperture is dedicated to take regular pictures, whereas the lesser one with f/2.4 is capable of capturing wide-angle images up to 135 degrees. Up to the front, you’ll see a 5MP camera which also comes with a wide-angle capability. Taking we-fie images with a lot of your friends won’t be a problem.
Conclusion: The LG V20 is an ambitious phablet with a lot of green features which will satisfy the high-end consumers. The unique dual screen and dual camera systems will be the biggest advantage here, alongside the removable battery and the pre-packaged Nougat. LG is yet to announce the official price at the end of this year, but look by the V10 price range last year, the device may sell for $600-$700 without a contract.