LG launches the V20, the first Android Nougat smartphone out of the box. The V20 is a good-looking smartphone, built using a combination of aluminium at the rear and tough silicone polycarbonate at top and bottom to protect it from drops. It’s intended to be more durable than many phones of its class, and has passed the Transit Drop Test that sees it repeatedly dropped from a height of 4ft. The V20 will come in Titan, silver or pink colour. Several details about the phone were confirmed by the company ahead of the launch.
As we already knew it would be the first Android Nougat phone, and that it would have stellar audio experience shipping with a 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC and B&O earphones, plus feature Google’s new In Apps search function. Contrary to some reports, the V20 isn’t a modular phone, however, the 3200mAh battery is removable, which will please many users. It also supports Quick Charge 3.0 over USB-C.
It’s powered by the flagship-level Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor and 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM. There’s 64GB of storage plus up to 2TB expansion possible through microSD. Interestingly, the phone has a two-screen feature, with a secondary always-on display sitting above the 5.7 inches Quad-HD (256×1440, 513ppi) IPS Quantum Display main panel to offer alerts and notifications at a glance. It’s brighter than on the V10 and has larger fonts, while notifications are expandable.
There are two cameras at the back with 16Mp and 8Mp. The front with the 5Mp selfie camera, has a wide-angle lens that allows you to fit more in the shot (135- and 120-degree respectively). A hybrid autofocus combines laser- and phase detection with contrast, making for sharp images in any condition. Steady Record 2.0 promises to offer crisp, clear video. As well as Android Nougat the V20 runs LG’s UX 5.0+ UI, an updated version of the software seen on the LG G5. It supports multi-window view among other features.