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  • Display : 5.7 inches, IPS Quantum
  • Max OS : Android 7.0 Nougat
  • Storage : 64 GB
  • RAM : 4 GB
  • Body Material : Metal
  • Cameras : Rear: 16, 8 MP, Front: 5 MP
  • Dimensions (L, B, W) : 6.28, 3.07, 0.3 in.
  • Connectivity : 4G, VoLTE

Out for less than a week in the market, LG’s V20 is pretty much like an answer to all the criticism the company received with the previous G5. The smartphone is, of course, a sequel to the South Korean company’s V10 from last year, that developed quite a cult following due to its unabashed heavy duty look and powerful media capabilities.

Let’s see what the successor has up its sleeve.

At the first look, this version of the smartphone certainly has lost its rugged look, but the power play of the phone has almost doubled.

The LG V20 comes with a 5.7 inch display, with 2560×1440 pixel resolution, quite the same as its predecessor. It also has a 2.1 inch ‘always on’ display, quite like its predecessor, but it has seen a lot of improvements. But if you never used it on the V10, you won’t know the changes on the V20!

The phone runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, which is found in all the flagships in the market this year, and 4 GB RAM. The phone comes with two storage variants: a 32 GB option and a 64 GB option. The memory is expandable, up to 256 GB with a microSD slot, going with the LG trend. It runs on 3200 mAh removable battery.

As far as the phone’s operating system is concerned, it ships with Android 7.0 a.k.a. Nougat. This is the first phone in the market with this version of Android, and that lays a lot of expectations on the V20.

The new Android version brings a lot of improvements over Android 6.0 Marshmallow, including dual window, better notification management, and hundreds of other tiny improvements that enhance the user experience.
On top of Android N, some of LG’s own features remain, which make the user experience more refined. What was once a bloated and clunky Android skin on LG devices, is now lean and mostly stays out of the way.

The phone’s connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, FM, 3G, and 4G and it sports Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, and of course, an Accelerometer. The phone also has a fingerprint scanner, for the security conscious.

The LG V20 packs a dual camera on the back, with 16mp/8mp combination, which is slightly above the market-standard on paper. Of the cameras on the rear, the 16 megapixel camera has a f/1.8 aperture, the 8 megapixel camera has an f/2.4 aperture, and they utilise laser & phase detection autofocus, 2x optical zoom, OIS, dual-LED flash.

The 5 megapixel front shooter on the other hand sports a f/1.9 aperture. The photography features on the phone include Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama, HDR.

One of the main features of the phone is that it still carries a  removable battery, despite going all-metal in terms of the body. Most companies switched to having non-removable batteries on their smartphones after Apple seemed to be doing so well with them. And in terms of practicality, non-removable batteries are a more feasible decision when it comes to metal bodies since a removable back plate can be a bit of a hassle, if not entirely incompatible with the design.
Well, only if Samsung had done so with their Note 7, the battery issues and the recall would’ve not only costed them a fraction of the amount, but it would have been far easier. In the perspective, it seems like it might be a good idea for LG.

Another main feature where the phone is bucking the trend with, would be the sound. Apple just introduced wireless earphones with their iPhone 7, and one can only assume that the rest of the technology world will follow if only to stay on track. The V20, on the other hand, brings to you, high-end DAC (Digital to Audio converter), that needs the use of wired headsets. To explain it simply, the phone provides higher quality of audio with a wired headset, than it does with its speakers, with the former being one of the best in the market of course.

The phone is certainly good looking and has the exquisite feeling that a metal body gives it. The rest of the features are at par with the market, and the phone certainly comes out at a good time, with the Samsung Note 7 fiasco and Apple iPhone 7 debates going on.

We can expect it to be in the market internationally soon.

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