LG Electronics unveiled their latest in the V series of smartphones, the V20. V20 is a multimedia rich device that boasts new features like Steady Record 2.0, Hi-Fi Quad DAC, HD Audio Recorder and front and rear wide-angle lens cameras. It is also the world’s first smartphone to come preloaded with Android 7.0 Nougat and the new Google In-Apps phone search function.
The V20 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor with X12 LTE. It also features a gyro-based EIS that improves sync accuracy between the image and the gyro by reducing sync latency to only 50 milliseconds. EIS is complemented by digital image stabilization (DIS) which further improves video quality in post-processing by adjusting objects across frames and minimizing distortion caused by rolling shutter for smoother action.
As mentioned, the V20 is the world’s first smartphone to feature a 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC. Powered by ESS SABRE ES9218, the Quad DAC in the V20 delivers clearer sound by minimizing distortion and ambient noise by up to 50 percent. With 75-stage fine volume and L/R balance controls as well as support for lossless music formats including FLAC, DSD, AIFF and ALAC, the V20 delivers high-quality sound to any pair of earphones.
In terms of the camera, like the G5, the V20 also features the front/rear wide angle lens. The wide angle capabilities of the front and rear cameras capture photos with an inclusive background, meaning users get more in the frame and leave nothing out.
The 5-megapixel front camera with a 120-degree lens expands the selfie experience to take bigger pictures with even more friends. The 8-megapixel rear camera with its 135-degree lens is perfect for taking pictures in front of a gorgeous vista or inside a gigantic stadium. The large aperture standard angle lens captures sharp images at a maximum of 16-megapixel with its 75-degree lens.
Other features of the camera include, the Auto Shot function on the front camera that produces perfect selfies with its face detection feature, which triggers the shot when the subject is ready and smiling, eliminating the shutter press. The V20 also boasts of Hybrid Auto Focus (HAF), Laser Detection AF, Phase Detection AF and Contrast AF – for both videos and photos.
First introduced in the V10, the V20 features the second screen – a smaller display located above the main display that allows users to easily view notifications and alerts in outdoor situations at a glance.
The LG V20 runs on UX 5.0+ to use the multimedia functions. The LG UX 5.0+ is an upgraded version of the LG UX 5.0 first introduced on the LG G5. It is also the world’s first smartphone interface to run on Android 7.0 Nougat.
The LG V20 also features Multi-window to display two apps at once in a split screen allowing users to drag text, images, and files from one app to another. The combination of these advancements together with the 5.7-inch main IPS Quantum Display offers the best in multitasking capabilities.
The LG V20 is the world’s first phone to showcase Google’s In Apps. The new search mode featured in the Google app, helps users find content not only from built-in apps including contacts, emails, text messages and photos, but also from user-installed apps. It also enables users to discover recently accessed apps, people to get in touch with, messages to read or activity across apps without having to type a query.
Those who do purchase the V20, for a limited time, will also receive a pair of Bang & Olufsen Play H3 Lightweight Earphones. The LG V20 will be available in Korea starting this month followed by other regions.
Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 Processor
Display: Main 5.7-inch QHD IPS Quantum Display (2560 x 1440 / 513ppi) / Secondary IPS Quantum Display
Memory: 4GB LPDDR4 RAM / 64GB UFS ROM / microSD (up to 2TB)
Camera: Front 5MP with F1.9 Aperture (120° Wide Angle)
Rear 16MP with F1.8 Aperture OIS (Standard Angle) and 8MP with F2.4 Aperture (135° Wide Angle)
Battery: 3200mAh replaceable battery (with Quick charge 3.0 support)
Operating System: Android 7.0 Nougat
Network: LTE-A 3 Band CA
Connectivity: Wi-Fi (802.11 a, b, g, n, ac) / Bluetooth 4.2 BLE / NFC/ USB 2.0 (3.0 compatible)