LG V20 First Impressions
In the previous years, LG has launched a completely a new approach for a mobile phone which brought with it a strong build quality, amazing cameras and creative video making software that was the first feature to all. And now, this year, they have planned to follow up a new version of the V10, named V20 which seems another winner in LG’s book.
The LG V20 is powered by a Snapdragon 820 SoC, 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM, 64GB of UFS2.0+ speed internal storage and supports up to 2TB for microSD cards. On its front, there sits a 5.7-inch Quad-HD IPS LCD display with a 24-character second screen above it. This is an improved version of the v10 that had only a screen large enough to fit 14 characters in total. It also has improved its brightness of the second screen, with the most brightness of 68 nits on the V20 where it is 35 nits on the V10.
LG created a pair of polycarbonate bumpers at the top and bottom of the phone for extra drop protection. Apart from this, the build has seen some significant upgrades too, and it’s not just for looks. The V20 is completely made of glass and aluminum. The LG V20 is rated MIL-STD-810G for drop resistance and since there is an AL 6013 aluminum chassis and Gorilla Glass 4 on the front, it is able to withstand. The metal back is actually a detachable plate too, which provides the ability to remove the 3,200mAh battery underneath to the users. The measurements put it in at a little thinner and narrow than the V10, with a weight of 15 grams less than the V10, weighing in at 177 grams. LG will be shipping the V20 in similar colors to the G5, including that a lighter metallic silver, darker Titan color and a more elegant pink. It feels quality built and incredibly solid being in the hand with this metal back plate and a great spring loaded mechanism for popping it off too.
The availability of the second screen above the main screen is one of the deciding features of the V series and in this case, it has extended that screen almost to the whole width of the main screen. As before users can make a custom signature that stays on here for any number of reasons, but LG has put a little more customization into this process which seems cool. When a signature is made, the user makes use of the first letter in the signature to set a wallpaper, which is layered over a background image. Even the second screen has the ability to display the apps which were used recently to act as an even faster way to switch back and forth between apps, and many other panels from the V10 as well.
But the V20 is not only simply refined to quite little recent features like this, but also is a media powerhouse, and that’s truly where LG’s selling point for the phone lies. Packing in four Digital-to-Analog Converters (DAC), the LG V20 is designed to provide the best possible audio experience that a smartphone can provide through its 3.5mm audio jack. These DACs work as a cycle to drop the greatest quantity of noise that it can, and LG says that the V20 produces 50% less white noise than the V10 produces, all while providing ultra-high-quality 24-bit/192KHz support. It has got an HD audio recorder built in use of the lossless FLAC codec and even videos recorded on the camera can be switched with this lossless audio recording too. Also, the recording tools from Samsung allows directional audio recording, which is seen on the V10 but is having, even more, higher quality audio on the V20.
The camera here is like that which we saw on the LG G5, along with a 16-megapixel camera on the back with a 75-degree angle lens and f/1.8 aperture, alongside an 8-megapixel camera with a 135-degree angle lens and f/2.4 aperture. A different thing here is that the front-facing camera also features a similar setup, with dual 5-megapixel cameras featuring an 83-degree angle lens and a 120-degree angle lens, both with f/1.9 aperture. The software of the camera too is as powerful as ever, that brings all those crazy and excellent manual controls from the V10 to the software side of the house with a few tweaks and extra features, notably live filters for video instead of just photos now.
Last but not the least, it seems important to note that the V20 is the first ever phone to be launched with Android 7.0 Nougat installed out of the box. This is a valuable statistic for LG and one that brings the latest features aboard, although unfortunately, it doesn’t feature any significant overhaul to the skin. And this makes a rocking feature of the LG for years. Almost everything looked like the G5. Probably the only depressing factor in the hands-on was the UX design.
Until now, we have seen that the design and the features of the LG V20 seem to have all in a single package. It restricts the users to buy as many add-ons as possible. We will soon come to know the good work of the features, but at present, it forcefully gives a positive outlook.
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