LG V20: Premium Smartphone Sans the Compromises
LG V20 is certainly not the perfect smartphone around but surely something that defies traditions. With LG launching its new flagship hours before Apple unveiled the iPhone 7, shows the company’s confidence in the product and the associated feature sets. Moreover, after the disappointing sales figures of the LG G5, the V20 comes in as a refreshing change.
It won’t be wrong to say that V20 is LG’s most premium device in the market, superseding even the G5 in terms of expectations. However, the design cues aren’t exactly path-breaking as the company preferred thrills over frills. While we get two great rear shooters and a swappable battery module, LG succeeds in keeping the footprint to manageable proportions.
LG V20 comes with a premium, metallic chassis that weighs 174 grams and measures 7.60mm, in thickness. An interesting feature has to be the unshackled battery unit despite flaunting an all metal design. There is a rear facing home button which promptly doubles up as a fingerprint scanner.
LG V20 has 5.7 inch screen with 2k display and 2560 x 1440 pixels display resolution.
LG V20 runs Android Nougat 7.0 and is actually the first handset to feature this OS straight out of the box. Apart from that we get the LG UX v5.0. sitting on top of the same.
Here is a powerful flagship with Snapdragon 820 SoC, on-board. Apart from that we get the Adreno 530 GPU and 4 gigs of RAM. If these aren’t the best deals for the user, LG sweetens the pot further with 64GB of internal storage capacity.
The performances are blazing fast courtesy two sets of Kryo cores.
This is where LG steals the show owing to the massive dual 16MP and 8MP shooters at the rear. Talking about the first camera unit, we get f/1.8 lens aperture which is big enough to get brilliant low-light shots. Things get better with dual-LED flashlight support and finally optical image stabilization. The primary camera ecosystem also brings in the likes of PDAF and laser AF. To be clear, the secondary 8MP shooter supports Wide-angle shots for at least 135 degrees.
At the front we have a standard 5MP snapper, boasting of 120-degree wide-angle shooting properties. Moreover, there is a narrow 83-degree frame for capturing better shots.
LG comes in with a slew of mainstream and premium connectivity specs, including 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v4.2, USB and fingerprint scanner with multiple add-ons.
This is where things get merrier for the audiophiles. LG V20 comes with built-in DACs precisely 4 of them. We also get three microphones and this device is readily capable of recording 24-bit audio which is way clearer.
Here is a removable 3,200mAh battery that supports fast charging via Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0.
Purchase LG V20 for the camera setup and the tag of the first handset to come with Nougat 7.0. Apart from that this is one near-perfect smartphone for the audiophiles.
On the flip-side we aren’t sure of the battery capacity and the price point for this smartphone. Lastly, lack of water resistance is one major drawback.