The LG V20 Makes An Interesting First Impression
LG is looking to rebound from the lackluster response the LG G5 received. The new LG V20 is the follow-up from last year’s LG V10 which was praised for its niche focus on content creation. The LG V20 is looking to take it a step forward.
The specs are what you expect in flagship smartphones in 2016. 5.7-inch QUAD HD display, Snapdragon 820 processor, 4 GB Ram and 64 GB of storage. The V20 is one of the rare phones to still include a removable 3000 mAh battery and micro SD card slot to expand storage up to 2 TB. The design this year is one of LG’s safest with a very standard slab design with a metal casing. The feel so far is a lot better than the LG G5. Feels much more sturdy and well built to keep up with heavy use.
LG has also packed it dual cameras with a 16 MP standard camera and a 8 MP wide-angle lens with dual flash, and laser auto focus. Both work together in LG’s camera app which gives some of the best manual controls available for both video and picture taking. There is also a triple array mic in the V20 that provides manual audio controls when recording video.
For audio playback, LG stepped up the V20 to have a 32-Bit Quad Hi-Fi DAC which you can turn on and fine-tune your audio experience. This has been very cool to play around with, and I want to test this with some high-quality headphones. The version we received doesn’t come with the B&O headphones, and that wouldn’t matter much if we did since that version is not going to be available in the US. LG has the hardware on point so far with the V20, and it looks like they also kept up in software.
The LG V20 is the first non-nexus device to have Android 7.0. They use this version of Android to present their LG UX 5.0 interface. It’s an interesting one with no app drawer. It has a more cartoonish look than I would like but comes with the kitchen sink of options which LG’s UI is known for. I’ll reserve my full judgement on this until my final review.
Speak of final review; we will have to wait to give you that when we receive the final version of the LG V20. The current one we are doing our unboxing and first impressions on is pre-release hardware and software. So far the LG V20 seems like it can be a winner but we will have to wait to see if it will be enough to give LG a more positive 2016.