As predictable, LG has launched the LG V20, the first phone to ship with Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. The V20 will be available in LG’s home country of Korea later this month, and is expected to launch in India and other markets soon. There’s no word so far on the price of the LG V20.
The V20’s outward appearance is much closer to this year’s G5 than the V10. The flexible rubber back has been replaced by smooth aluminum with a fingerprint sensor/home button where your index finger naturally rests. A button on the phone’s right side lets you pop off that metal backplate and replace the phone’s battery in seconds, but this device isn’t at all “modular” like the G5.
LG V20 sports a 5.7 inch 2K display and is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 with 4 GB of RAM. In terms of camera, it sports a 16 MP dual camera at the back and is backed by a battery of 4,000 mAh capacity. The fingerprint sensor is located on the back as there is no home button on the device as is the case with many other smartphones.
LG V10 already comes with 5.7 inch 2K display, but is powered by Snapdragon 808 with 4 GB of RAM. V10 comes with a 16 MP camera at the back, but V20 comes with the dual 16 MP camera. V10 is backed by a Li-Ion battery of 3000 mAh capacity.
LG has done away with the V10’s two selfie cameras. This time you get a single 5-megapixel f/1.9 wide angle shooter on the front. The dual-camera approach has instead been moved to the V20’s backside, which includes both a “standard angle” 16MP sensor with f/1.8 aperture and optical image stablization, plus a much wider 8MP camera with an aperture of f/2.8.
LG executives actually focused on the V20’s video recording more heavily than still shooting. Video stabilization is handled by Qualcomm’s Steady Record 2.0, which uses data from the phone’s gyroscope to minimize shake by cropping into the frame a bit. The company also claims that the V20 all but eliminates common video distortion like rolling shutter.
LG V20 is that it’s a powerful smartphone designed for audiophiles and those serious about creating content like videos and hi-fi audio recordings. Based on specs alone, it seems like a worthy successor to last year’s V10. Having a swappable battery is great, and it’s nice to see LG carrying that convenience forward. But the phone’s appearance has lost some of what made the original stand out, and it also lacks useful everyday protections like water resistance.