LG has officially introduced the V20 with a lot of changes from LG V10 and G5. LG V20 is more durable and radical improvements in visual side. LG upgraded audio and improved sound quality when it’s teamed with a Quad DAC chipset from ESS which can deliver not only better audio, but also enhance the recording system, including individual and the sound recording during video shooting. V20 will be sold in South Korea within this month, pricing and availability for other region still unknown.
You can see the LG V20 is completely different from the older LG V10, top and bottom frame of a high-grade aluminum frame that also protected by Silicone Polycarbonate material (Si-PC), the material often used on helmets to reduce vibration by 20% compared to other. That’s why LG V20 has MIL-STD 810G shock and drop standard similar to the LG V10.
Display is one of the most interesting points on the LG V20, it still uses Quantum IPS panel identical to the LG G5, screen size of 5.7 inches and 2K resolution. Secondary display panel is also similar as V10, remains 160×1040 resolution, but this time, they improved brightness and fonts to look better in sunlight.
LG V20 dual camera system in terms of parameters that appear similar to the LG G5, because LG only shares the same resolution of the lens aperture. A 16-megapixel primary autofocus camera with optical image stabilisation, f/1.8 aperture, while an 8-megapixels secondary camera with 135-degree wide-angle lens and f/2.4 aperture. On the front, a 5-megapixel selfie shooter.
LG will apply three AF mechanisms – Laser Detection AF, Phase Detection AF, and Contrast AF. LG calls it Hybrid Auto Focus technology (HAF), depending on the context in which the device will select a faster autofocus. Other important changes on the V20 is resistant to vibration and improved audio and video quality. By using a gyroscope and the new generation Snapdragon 820 SoC, LG has reduced latency synchronization between the gyroscope and processor to just 50ms. Means that when you move the information from the gyroscope will be read faster, and handle better electronic stabilization.
Finally, Hi-Fi Video Recording is a new feature that allows high quality recording during shooting. No phone on the market with this capability (except HTC 10), LG comes with the optional Low Cut Filter (LCF) technology is said to remove unwanted background noise and Limiter (LMT) while recording audio, which can now be captured using 24-bit / 48 kHz LPCM ((Linear Pulse Code Modulation). OIS 3.0 is thrown in for good measure.
LG V20 now support B&O Play speakers and it is the first smartphone to use 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC (Sabra ESS ES9218). More information on the chip is unclear but we also know is that it reduces distortion and ambient noise up to 50%. LG is also going further in the competition with a support for flac, did, diff and alac file formats and has 75 different volume levels that something never seen before on the phone.
Battery capacity is 3200mAh with Qualcomm QuickCharge 3.0 support, of course, use USB-C port and the first phone to ship with Android 7.0 Nougat along with LG UX 5.0+ out of the box. Let’s quick look of V20 Specs below:
LG V20 Specifications
- Dimensions of 159.7 x 78.1 x 7.6 mm
- Weight of 174g
- Main display: 5.7-inch QHD Quantum IPS Display (2560 x 1440 / 513ppi)
- Secondary display: Quantum IPS Display (160 x 1040 / 513ppi)
- Dual Rear Camera: 16MP sensor / F1.8 aperture, optical stabilization & 8MP sensor / F2.4 with wide-angle lenses.
- Front Camera of 5 mega pixels / F1.9
- Android 7.0 Nougat – LG UX 5.0+
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 Chip
- Adreno 530 GPU
- 4GB of RAM
- Internal memory of 64GB
- Expandable memory up to 256GB
- Connectivity of 4G VoLTE, 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS, A-GPS, NFC, Bluetooth 4.1, USB-C
- Battery capacity of 3200mAh
- Quick Charge 3.0