LG Launches its New Flagship, the V20

LG has finally launched its new flagship- the V20. This is the successor to the V10 and it packs in some features to make it stand out of the crowd. This is the world’s first smartphone to be shipped with Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box. This is even before Google’s updated Nexus line.

The V20 features a 5-7-inch quad-HD IPS Quantum panel with a resolution of 2560×1440 pixels, as well as a secondary 2.1-inch panel with a resolution of 160×1040 pixels. The second display will be used to display notifications and shortcuts, just like the predecessor V10. The device gets an all-aluminum build. With a removable back for replacing batteries. The device loses the rugged design language seen on the V10, and swaps it for a durable, yet classy aluminum.

Under the hood, the V20 runs on a MSM8996 Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 quad-core processor, paired with 4GB of RAM. The device will be available in 32GB and 64GB storage variants with the option to expand the storage up to 256GB using a microSD card.

In the camera department, the V20 sports a dual rear camera setup with a 135-degree 8-megapixel lens as well as a 16-megapixel 75-degree lens. The rear camera setup also gets OIS or Optical Image Stabilization and EIS or Electronic Image Stabilization 3.0 for smooth shots. For all selfie lovers the device also comes with a 5-megapixel 120-degree lens on the front.

LG uses a new Hybrid Auto Focus (HAF) which fuses three AF mechanisms – Laser Detection AF, Phase Detection AF, and Contrast AF. This is used for both photos and videos. The V20 has not one, not two, but four digital-to-analog converters (DACs) inside.

According to LG, quad DACs improve sound quality by reducing distortion and white noise by 50 percent. Audiophiles will be further pleased by 75-stage fine volume and L/R Balance controls, as well as support for lossless music formats like AIFF, ALAC, DSD, and FLAC.

In addition to playback, there’s an HD audio recorder built-in, capable of capturing 24-bit/192KHz FLAC. There’s also a Music Studio mode that lets you make your own songs. For video, the V20’s mic is capable of recording up to 132 decibels, rather than the 120 decibels most phones manage. Video audio is also recorded in a lossless format.

LG V20’s Android Nougat is topped by its own LG UX 5.0 which also integrates Android 7.0’s Google In-apps Search function. Powering the smartphone is a decent 3800mAh battery. The device charges using a USB Type-C with Qualcomm QuickCharge 3.0. There is no information on the pricing on the smartphone yet.

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Chris Fernando

Chris N. Fernando is an experienced media professional with over two decades of journalistic experience. He is the Editor of Arabian Reseller magazine, the authoritative guide to the regional IT industry. Follow him on Twitter (@chris508) and Instagram (@chris2508).

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