The unconventional LG V10 turned out to be a sleeper hit for LG Electronics last year, so it’s no wonder that the company is betting big on its follow-up that is all set to be announced on the 6th of next month. The LG V20 is being advertised as the first smartphone to launch with Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box, which in itself will be a major departure from how Google intros new flavors of its mobile operating system to the world’s media. While preview versions of Android Nougat is already available officially for a number of devices, ever since the launch of the Nexus One back in 2010, Google’s Nexus phones have traditionally been the first ones to launch with new stable versions of Android out of the box.
Although that tradition now promises to be a thing of the past with the arrival of the LG V20, some reports now seem to suggest that the upcoming Nexus smartphones, codenamed ‘Sailfish’ and ‘Marlin’, will actually be the first Android Nougat devices to be widely available for purchase. If that is indeed the case, LG’s claim of the V20 being the very first device to come with Android 7.0 may well be just a technicality. While all this is conjecture right now, it is exactly what tech journalist, Mr. David Ruddock, seems to believe. According to his tweet which was posted earlier this week, “LG V20 may be the first phone *in the world* to ship with Nougat. But Nexuses will almost definitely be first widely available”.
While details about the global availability of the LG V20 is still unknown, the handset is expected to be available in the U.S. on T-Mobile from September 23rd. The device will reportedly come with an off-contract price-tag of $649, but there’s no word currently on how T-Mobile is going to price it for its customers who’ll opt for the monthly installment plan. As for the device itself, it is expected to come with some of the same offbeat features that characterized its predecessor from last year, the LG V10. That includes a dual rear camera setup and two display panels on the front, including a 5.5-inch QHD main display and a much smaller, secondary ticker screen at the top.