Several hours ago, LG unveiled the V20 – the follow-up to last year’s V10 – at an event in San Francisco. In addition to the advanced specs, the device also offers impressive sound capabilities and upgrades of its cameras and its secondary screen – its most identifiable feature
A few hours ago, LG unveiled the V20, its new flagship device, which will replace last year’s V10. The V20 integrates the features and specs of the G5 and the V10, and boasts impressive sound capabilities and the title of the world’s first device to offer Android 7.0 Nougat.
Just like the G5, the device is based on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset with 4 GB of RAM LPDDR4 memory. The device has 64 GB in internal storage volume, with an extension port for a microSD card of up to 2TB. The V20 also comes with a 5.7-inch screen at QHD 2560 x 1440 resolution, with 513 ppi pixel density, and a Qualcomm IPS secondary screen at 1040 x 160 resolution, with 513 ppi pixel density.
The devices photography system includes a 16-Megapixel rear camera with a f/1.8 aperture and an 8-Megapixel camera with a wide-angle lens and a f/2.4 aperture. The front (selfie) camera is a 5-Megapixel camera with a f/1.9 aperture and a 120-degree wide-angle lens.
As we have come to expect from LG, the V20 also includes a replaceable battery with a 3200 mAh capacity, and of course a fingerprint reader and USB-C port.
The new device is almost completely made out of aluminum. Almost, because the top and bottom are made out of silicone polycarbonate (Si-PC), which according to the company reduces shocks by over 20%, compared with ordinary materials, and also affords the device better protection.
A larger and clearer secondary screen
At first glance, it can be seen that LG has continued one of the V10’s most prominent features, the secondary screen in the upper part of the device. The secondary screen, which displays alerts and messages, has been upgraded. Its clarity is now double that of the V10, and the font is 50% larger. Another upgrade is in the software, which now enables the user to not only view alerts, but also to respond to them, answer text messages, and access apps rapidly, such as a note taking app, for example.
As LG itself stated a few weeks ago, the V20 is the world’s first smartphone to include Hi-Fi Quad DAC on 32 bits, operated by ESS technology. With the help of the ESS SABRE ES9218, the Quad DAC provides extremely clean sound by reducing distortion and surrounding noise by 50%. In addition, in case you were worried, the device comes with a connection for standard 3.5mm headphones. Control of the sound level is exercised according to a scale of 75 volume stages, and the user can balance the sound separately for each side. The device supports music formats with no loss of quality, including AIFF, DSD, FLAC, and ALAC.
Users seeking high-quality sound recordings can now manually control the sound definitions with the help of options like Low Cut Filter a filter that removes undesirable background voices, and LMT, which can be used to define the recording distance, thereby improving the sound. The upgraded sound recording is also available for video recordings.
More stable video photography
The V20 includes Qualcomm’s 3.0 electronic image stabilization (EIS) technology, which makes it possible to eliminate shaking in video photography. Image stabilization, based on gyroscope inertia, makes it possible to keep synchronization delay down to only 50 thousandths of a second. The optical stabilizer also has a digital image stabilization (DIS) feature that digitally improves the video quality after the photography is recorded.