The world’s first Android Nougat powered device is official. The LGV20, which comes with Android N out of the box, has been unveiled overseas. This company recently admitted that its older phone LG G5 has failed to impress customer, and that it is contemplating the future of such modular devices. While the V20 does retain some of the G5’s qualities, but seems like an improvement as well. While the V20’s pricing is still under wraps, we expect it to be priced at the flagship level.
As it is the first phone to officially host Android 7.0 out of the box, it comes with all features of Android N. Which states the new Split Screen mode, emojis, Google’s improved Doze mode, Notification etc. Google’s new In App feature, which lets you search within apps on your phone.
However, while this is the first phone on Android Nougat, it doesn’t carry Nougat in its stock form. For that, you will have to wait for Google’s next Nexus, which may be called Pixel instead, as Google is reportedly dropping the Nexus monicker.
The LG V20, on the other hand, runs on LG UX 5.0+ over Android Nougat. This is very similar to the UI on the LG G5, with Android Nougat, and some other additions.
Build And Design
The LG V20 is MIL-STD-810G certified, which is a promise for shock resistance. Ideally, this means that the phone can take a few drops and tumbles easily. But however, don’t expect a shatter-proof screen.
The V20’s body is made of metal, but there’s a button to pop open the back cover and replace the battery if you need to. This should give LG a lot of brownie points over other flagships. It’s worth noting that while you can remove the metallic back cover.
Specs and Performance
It basically runs on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 SoC(System on a Chip), with 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM, and dual-cameras on the back. The V20 has a 16MP primary camera with f/1.8 aperture, OIS and Hybrid Auto Focus technology. The secondary camera on the back is the 8MP wide-angle camera that we saw on the G5 earlier. This one has an aperture of f/2.4 and a 135-degree field of view. (That’s really amazing)
The phone of course runs on Android 7.0 Nougat, and has 64GB of UFS-standard internal storage, with the possibility of micro-SD expansion. The user removable battery has a capacity of 3200 mAh, which should be enough to power the 5.7 inch QHD display for the whole day. However, the LG V20 also stays true to its roots, borrowing the thin secondary display strip from it. This secondary display is on top of the 5.7 inch panel, and functions the same way it did on the LG X Screen. It is also worth noting that the V20 has an IPS Quantum display, which promises a wider colour gamut than regular IPS panels.
Audio and Video
After talking about Specs of V20 we are stepping ahead to the Audio and lemme tell you it’s the first smartphone ever, to feature a 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC for audio. A chip from ES Technologies has been fitted for this purpose, and it is supposed to reduce ambient noise and distortion. LG says that the V20 can play FLAC, DSD, AIFF and ALAC files, and has 75-level fine balance and volume controls.
On the video side, LG is throwing jargon like Linear Pulse Code Modulation, which is a way to digitally encode uncompressed audio. The phone also has Electronic Stabilization for video, and Hi-Fi video recording capabilities.