LG announced the V20 yesterday, as the successor to last years brilliantly sculpted V10 and the new flagship retains and improves some of the best features of the V10.
Among the revamps, the most noticeable perhaps is the all-metal premium finish which is pretty much expected from a flagship phone of 2016. But unlike the rest of the metal unibody phones out in the market, this one has a removable back cover and that means, replaceable batteries. But there’s no modular touch to swapping the batteries, like the G5.
Like the V10, durability still remains one of the flagship features of the V20. The aluminum used is an alloy of aluminum, magnesium, silicon and copper to render a hardy outer shell. It also has US Military-grade drop protection.
Another signature feature that has been carried over to the V20 is the second screen. Located just above the main display, it is now larger, brighter with better contrast and supports signatures up to 24 digits. It also integrates with the main screen to display a ‘Signature Wallpaper’, a nifty effect based on the first character of your character.
As for the specs, it is something you’d expect an Android flagship to have in 2016. At the heart of the phone is a Snapdragon 820 processor with 4GB of RAM. It features a 5.7-inch quadHD display with 513ppi pixel density. The phone is powered by a 3,200mAh battery with support for Quick Charge 3.0.
However, the main USP of this device is the audiophile-grade sound capabilities and a dual camera setup on the rear.
The sound first. The LG V20 features the highly-rumored Quad DAC, claiming major improvements in music playback and audio recording. LG claims with its ‘High acoustic overload point mics’, there won’t be any distortion even when you are recording audio in a concert. It can record for up to 132db, in lossless format without losing clarity.
Apart from this, Bang & Olufsen brings their ‘signature sound’ audio tuning to the V20. You also get Bang & Olufsen branded rear speakers and headphones out of the box.
Coming to the camera, LG has followed the 2016 trend of providing a dual-camera setup. At the rear, there is one 8-megapixel wide angle shooter and then another 16-megapixel normal shooter with optical image stabilization. At the front, there is a 5-megapixel wide-angle camera that LG claims shoots 34 per cent brighter photos as compared to the V10. Along with this, the camera also has object tracking.
Despite a dismal performance from the G5, LG may pull off a late stunner with the V20. From what the initial impressions seem like, the V20 is surely in the contention for the best phone of 2016.