Last year, LG introduced the V10, a competitor to Samsung’s Galaxy Note line, and a new smartphone line for LG to offer more of the technical side of things. If their G-Series is the sensible, yet feature-packed, line for everyone and anyone then the V-Series is the crazy, fully-loaded line of devices for those that want it all. This year, LG is following up on that with the V20, which features all of what people love about the LG V10, and the same cleaner design that LG debuted with the new G5 earlier this year. With better high-end audio, an improved second screen and even more photo and video features, the V20 has it all.
With a 5.7-inch Quad HD display, giving it 515 pixels per inch, as well as a Snapdragon 820 and 4GB of RAM the V20 already seems like a power user’s dream. Add the 64GB of internal storage – as well as microSD card slot – and the 3,200 mAh battery and the long list of check boxes gets ever-longer. The second screen, placed just above that 5.7-inch Quad HD panel, is now larger and almost twice as bright as the V10’s second screen. This can be used for more control when using an app, displaying a signature of your own, or just to tell the time discreetly, LG say that this one of the more popular aspects of the LG V10, and so they’ve brought it back with more options in the V20. Around the back of the phone is where users will find the two cameras that LG is shipping with the V20, one of which is a 16-megapixel sensor with an aperture of f/1.8 and the other an 8.0-megapixel sensor with an aperture of just f/2.4, but a much-wider angle to squeeze more into every shot. This is a similar configuration to the one inside of the LG G5, and the 5.0-megapixel front-facing camera, with a bright aperture of f/1.9 should satisfy most selfie fans out there. With specs that resemble most flagships of 2016, the V20 has some ticks up its sleeve to break away from the pack.
The LG V20 is built using the same sort of materials and design as the G5 from earlier this year, which includes the AL 6013 Aircraft-grade metal included in the overall build and this gives it a strong and rigid frame with MIL-STD-810G drop test certification. This is a military standard that means the V20 isn’t your average, fragile smartphone and should withstand a knock or two. Available in Titan, Silver and Pink the V20 is arguably a better-looking smartphone than last year’s V10, and while it’s packed full of advanced features, it doesn’t necessarily look like it.
These include niceties like the removable battery, a microSD card slot, two cameras and of course the second screen. LG is going for a whole other market entirely with the V20’s high-end audio capabilities. Under-the-hood, LG has put not two DACs (digital-to-analog converters) but four. The V20 features four Sabre ESS9218 DACs, which help to drastically reduce the amount of white noise by as much as 50%, resulting in a crisp and clear audio signal, LG favorably compared the THD+N Total Harmonic Distortion and Noise) levels of the Galaxy S7 at 0.0025 percent to the V20’s 0.0009 percent. The V20 will also upscale MP3s and streamed music to 24-bit high-resolution audio and features support for lossless audio codes including FLAC, DSD and AIFF. Listeners will be given fine control over their volume with 75 stages, a custom EQ and fine left/right balance control, too.
There’s no confirmed details on pricing and availability other than the third quarter of this year, but the V20 should definitely go on sale towards the end of the year.