Last year, LG took the tech world by surprise, releasing one of the most interesting smartphones of the year, the V10, a handset with a secondary display, perfect for showing notifications and, why not, giving it a personal touch.
Since this specific model was received so well by the market, it was pretty obvious that the South Korean manufacturer would eventually launch a successor! A few weeks ago…it finally happened. The LG V20 was officially introduced and it received a lot of positive reviews, a lot of people claiming that it can be considered one of the best Android handsets of the year, even better than the company’s flagship, the G5, while others took things one step further, claiming that it’s the best Android of the moment!
Of course, this is a very important title, so we wanted to know how awesome the LG V20 actually is! We had the chance to play with it a bit and reached some conclusions…
At a first look, the phone looks pretty big for an easy one-hand use, but after inspecting it a bit, it feels just right. It comes with a matte metal body, offering that nice premium feeling and an overall stylish look.
The main things of this smartphone
On the back, the LG V20 features a fingerprint scanner, while on the bottom we can spot a USB Type-C port and a 3.5 mm headphone jack, a feature that might become something very rare in the near future. Of course, the main attraction is the camera bump on the back, but we’ll get to that a bit later. Oh, and let’s not forget that the battery is removable, revealing the slots for the SIM and a microSD card slot.
Moving on to the phone’s front, our attention is definitely caught by the seconday display. It’s a small IPS Quantum panel, with a resolution of 160 x 1040 pixels, perfect for displaying all your notifications, quick tools, or your name, in a stylized font, as well as rolling notifications. Yes, it has three sections, all of them customizable.
The main display is a 5.7” QHD IPS Quantum panel, with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels. It’s crisp and richly colored and, from our point of view, it delivers some absolutely stunning images. But hey, the main attraction is that small one above!
After inspection the ‘exterior’ of the LG V20, we were delighted by the way this phone looks and feels. It’s definitely a well-made device, from premium materials, able to compete with any phone on the market right now.
Now, let’s switch our attention to what’s under the hood…
Even though it’s a high-end model, there’s nothing spectacular about the LG V20’s configuration, since it was present on most 2016 flagships. To be more specific, we’re talking about a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chip, with two Kryo cores, running at 2.15 GHz, and two more Kryo cores, but clocked at 1.6 GHz, for less demanding tasks. The CPU is aided by an Adreno 530 GPU and 4 GB of RAM, while the internal storage counts 64 GB, with the possibility of expanding it with up to 2TB. 2000GB of storage space, on a phone. How can you not love technology?
The phone is powerful enough to run even the most demanding apps, but, from a few points of view, especially if you’re a power user, it can be a bit disappointing. Sometimes, it may need more than one second to turn on from locked and take around 25 seconds to boot up, but again, you will barely notice these aspects. After all, there’s no such thing as a perfect phone.
Moving on to the camera, the LG V20 is equipped with a 16 MP rear camera, with f/1.8 aperture and optical image stabilization (75-degree lens) on the back, alongside an 8 MP snapper, with f/2.4 aperture (135-degree lens), since we’re talking about a dual-camera setup. As for the selfie unit, it’s a 5 MP sensor, with f/1.9 aperture and 120-degree lens.
The photos look very good, but they aren’t perfect though, especially if you’re shooting in difficult conditions. However, the wide angle feature it’s impressive, allowing you to take photos with a slight fish-eye look. Photos taken with LG V20(1, 2, 3, 4).
The LG V20 can also record some amazing 4K videos, as the electronic image stabilization technology reduces latency a lot, so you won’t ruin your video with your shaky hands.
Another big plus of the LG V20 is the audio experience it provides. It’s the first smartphone with 32-bit Hi-Fi DAC, meaning that it’s able to deliver an impressive sound through wired headphones. Besides this, it also features HD 24-bit audio recording, being able to capture professional level sound.
The heart of the LG V20
Now, let’s talk a bit about the battery. It’s a 3200 mAh power pack, perfect for most users. On average, it can provide up to one day and a half of battery life, but if you don’t ‘exploit’ it, you can even get two. The battery can be fully charged in one hour and a half, but let’s not forget that it’s also removable, so you can quickly swap it with a new one.
Finally, the operating system shouldn’t be forgotten. The LG V20 is the first handset to feature Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box, customized with the UX 5.0 interface. It’s not stock Android, but it’s a decent user interface, if you can get over the fact that it doesn’t have an app drawer.
To sum up, we can’t say that the LG V20 is the best Android of the moment, but man, this phone is amazing! It comes with a lot of great features, but a few minuses made us have doubts about calling it perfect. Still, if you’re after a new phone, the South Korean manufacturer’s model is definitely an option to consider!