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LG’s V line of flagship smartphones resembles Samsung’s Note line up as these devices usually feature a larger display, the best available hardware and all the best of everything that the OEM can put into a device.
LG did shake things up in this year’s smartphone season when company launched one of most stand out devices, the LG G5 handset.
The phone stood out among its competitors as it brought in what could only be referred to as a “semi-modular” configuration where users can switch and swap certain parts of the handsets whether for the purpose of changing faulty parts or adding more bells and whistles.
Modular configuration was long rumoured to be featured on the long awaited LG V20 which the company recently unveiled but the flagship phablet only came with a removal battery and no modular features.
Having a removal battery is in itself not so bad, as users can easily swap out faulty power cells if the need arises.
The premium device comes with a large 5.7-inch display that has about 2560 x 1440-pixel resolution. LG decided to stick with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 that is equipped with the company’s Kryo™ CPU which offers 2x performance and efficiency when compared to the CPU of Snapdragon 810. The new Qualcomm® Hexagon™ 680 DSP also brings significant improvement to performance and battery life.
The semiconductor company did release a much-improved version of the Snapdragon CPU called Snapdragon 821 which offers everything good about its predecessor and more. A lot of rumours stated the LG V20 will be using the new Snapdragon 821 chipset which turns out to be false.
The V20 will feature 4GB of memory and an internal storage of up to 64GB, including a Micro SD card slot that supports up to 2TB.
There is a fingerprint scanner, a secondary IPS display located just above the main screen and a dual camera setup that is slowly becoming a trend this year. The front-facing camera has a 120-degree lens and snaps 120-degree, wide-angle photos. On the back of the phone, there’s an 8MP camera with a 135-degree wide-angle lens and a 16MP, 75-degree camera.
The rear cameras support optical image stabilisation and use a combination of laser, phase detection, and contrast autofocus.
Other features include Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 support, 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, and 600 Mbps LTE support, a USB Type-C port, and a 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC (digital-to-analog converter) for high-quality audio and comes in a metallic body that been MIL-STD 810G drop tested.
One of biggest advantages that this phone offers is having the latest version of the Android operating system – Android 7.0 Nougat – preinstalled becoming the first handset to launch with the software ahead of Google’s own upcoming Nexus line.