|+ Runs on Android Nougat||- Low transfer speed for USB|
|+ Bang and Olufsen headphones||- No App drawer|
|+ Removable battery||- Low use for second display|
"With the V20, LG has managed to produce a good-looking phone boasting two screens, three cameras and a host of improvements from its predecessor, the V10".
The big selling point for the LG V20 is that it will be the first smartphone to sport Android 7.0 Nougat straight out of the box. Its other standout qualities include a second screen, which sits at the top of the device alongside the front-facing camera. This is a feature that carries over from its predecessor the V10, but improvements and enhancements have been made in a number of other areas.
LG made its V10 and V20 phones with a difference by including a second display. The main display works as it does on other phones, while the second display (at the top of front of the phone), which measures 2.1in, can be used to fire up apps speedily, show notifications and other info – the date and time for instance. This is also the place where you can change settings. It is brighter than its predecessor and is able to support longer scrolling marquee signatures. It’s a useful addition thanks to the multi-window facility of the new Android OS, but you can turn it off if you wish.
The stunning main display measures 5.7 inches and is protected by Gorilla Glass 4. It boasts a 515 ppi and a resolution of 2,560 x 1,400.
The V20 is a lighter, slimmer incarnation than the V10, weighing in at 177g and measuring 159.7 x 78.1 x 7.7mm. Crafted from tough silicon polycarbonate, which LG says is tough enough to take a few knocks, the V20 comes in silver, pink and titan – dark grey to you and me. The aluminium back has replaced the textured finish on the V10 – and it can be removed to swap the battery. The power button doubles up as a fingerprint reader.
Underneath the hood there has been an upgrade to the Snapdragon 820 from the Snapdragon 808, with graphics being taken care of by an Adreno 530. All this teamed with 4GB RAM, means that the V20 should be capable of coping with whatever the next generation of apps and games throw at it.
You can expect console-quality graphics thanks to the support of Vulkan API.
LG phones always boast great camera software, but it is the number of snappers that makes the V20 stand out. There’s not one, not two, but three cameras – the rear-facing one takes snaps at 16MP and boasts an F1.98 aperture, but now there is also another sensor (8MP) with a F2.4 aperture that can take wide-angle images. Add to that a front-facing snapper with a 5MP lens and F1.9 aperture and you can also take wide-angle selfies.
Video can be captured at 4K and 1080p – and LG has improved on its Steady Record facility, which helps with image stabilisation. Low-light shooting and auto focus have also been improved.
The V20 has definitely been made with audiophiles in mind. On top of the device you’ll find a pair of mics that can capture 24-bit rate audio at 48kHz – and there’s a 32-bit quad DAC setup, which should offer a great experience when listening through the Bang & Olufsen headphones. Volume control boasts 72 stages and the phones supports popular lossless music formats such as Apple Lossless. LG reckons its high fidelity recording will let you record anything from a rock concert to a voice message with no distortion.
Behind that removable back panel is a 3,200mAh battery – a little bigger than that found in the V10. Thanks to the fact that Nougat boasts an improved Doze facility, it could see this phone lasting a long time – LG reckons 20% longer than the V10. It also supports QuickCharge 3.0, which can get dead phones going in just a few minutes.
Onboard storage comes in at 64GB, which can be expanded using the microSD slot.
When it comes to connectivity, there is support for Wi-Fi AC, Bluetooth v4.2, NFC and USB Type-C.
This phablet-sized phone has some major USPs – its two screens, three cameras and the fact that it will run on Android Nougat out of the box. With a removable battery and some serious kit for audiophiles, this looks like a promising addition to the LG stable.
Dimensions (mm): 159.7 x 78.1 x 7.7mm
Weight (g): 177
Battery capacity (mAh): 3,200
Colours: Titan, silver, pink
Screen size (inches): 5.7/2.1
Resolution: 2,560 x 1,400
Pixels per inch (PPI): 515
Processor: Snapdragon 820
Processor make: Snapdragon
Internal storage: 64GB
Expandable storage up to : 2TB
Camera: 16-megapixel/ 8-megapixel (5-megapixel front-facing)
Operating System: Android Nougat
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