LG V10 hands-on

LG V10 hands-on

Everyone is in full gear for the impending holiday season, so it’s no surprise that we’re seeing a rush of drool worthy smartphones of late. LG fashioned something pretty spectacular with the G4 earlier this year, but they’re striking hard and fierce with its latest offering in the phablet space – its LG V10, the first in a new series meant to replace the LG G Pro line. This one, no doubt, is on the offensive with its trunk full of high-end specs, new design language, and its arsenal of unique features.

Design
LG V10 hands-on
LG V10 hands-on
LG V10 hands-on


For this new series, LG has gone back to the drawing board and concocted something a bit different with the V10. Clearly, it’s not taking a whole lot of cues from the design language of the G4, but rather, it’s going for a more durable and solid construction. While it bears LG’s original idea of slapping the power button and volume controls in the rear, the phone itself is mainly flat, as opposed to sporting a subtle rear curve.

In strengthening its foundation, the handset is comprised out of a 316L stainless steel frame meant to absorb impact, and resilient Dura Guard material that gives it a solid sense of texture. Sure, it’s not as elegant or premium as looking as the Note5 perse, but we do like how it doesn’t have that brittle or fragile feel to its construction. Even though it’s meant to sustain light impact, the phone itself isn’t water resistant. Regardless, the aggressive demeanor of its design is an absolutely change of scenery.

Around the rear, they’ve incorporated a fingerprint sensor into the power button, which works similarly to all the modern implementations we’ve seen – so it works quickly and accurately.

Display


LG established itself as being the first to offer Quad-HD resolution in a screen, so it’s not shocking that they’re at it again here with the V10. Up front and center, we have a 5.7-inch 1440 x 2560 IPS Quantum Display, which interestingly enough, we mistake for being AMOLED due to have deep it’s able to produce the color black. Other qualities, like its lively colors and strong iridescent glow, indicate to us at first glance it’s AMOLED – but it’s not. Trust us, this screen looks exquisite!

Strangely, however, there’s something else that makes this phone unique over most of the competition in the field right now, and it’s located on the upper right corner. Looking closer, it features a 2.1-inch 1040 x 160 secondary display. Technically speaking, it’s a separate component altogether, despite it actually blending in with the main screen. This second screen of sorts, which can be set to always on if preferred, acts as a hub for things like quickly glancing the time while the main screen is off, a multi-tasking hub to move in and out of apps quickly, and secondary function to some of the other native apps.

Its usefulness is only superficial, since it’s primarily adapted to be used with many of the native apps. However, it can only be strengthened once developers employ it in third party apps.

Interface


Running Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, it’s very much similar to the experience we already have with the LG G4. Functionally, it’s a beast because it features many productivity tools, as well as a one-handed mode, to really make it a versatile phablet. The second screen, in particular, is useful in the way that we’re not required to press the power button all the time to view things like the time, date, or weather – it’s all there to be quickly glanced at a moment’s notice.

From what we’re told, LG intends to get the V10 upgraded to Android M hopefully in time before the year is over. However, that can very well slip to sometime during the beginning of the new year.



Processor and Memory


Just like the G4, the V10 leverages it power from the Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 SoC, which is accompanied with a generous 4GB of RAM. This particular setup, from our cursory look, appears to deliver all the necessary power to give its overall performance a meaningful amount of responsiveness. We don’t deny it can handle even more processor intensive tasks as well, including gaming, since this specific chipset has already proven itself quite capable.

There’s only one single model being made for the V10, and it’s accompanied with 64GB of internal storage. That’s pretty fantastic knowing that 32GB is in this day and age the minimum we expect to find, so this is an absolute win in our book. Even better, though, there’s also a microSD card slot to help supplement things even more.

Camera


LG V10 hands-on
Out of the existing stock that’s available right now, the LG G4 has been universally acclaimed for its camera performance. Not surprisingly, the LG V10 should follow suit as well, as it’s blessed with a 16-megapixel rear camera – one that features OIS and an f/1.8 aperture lens. Cementing itself as what’s arguably going to be one of the best camera phones around, LG has tweaked the interface to now include a full manual mode with video recording. This means that we can adjust parameters like the white balance, focus, and shutter speed all on the fly – now that’s some serious control there!

The other notable aspect about the LG V10 also relates to its front camera. No, your vision isn’t failing you because it really is packing along not one, but TWO front-facing cameras sizing up at 5-megapixels. Naturally, our first presumptions were that it provided for some 3D or bokeh effect. That’s hardly the case, seeing that its purpose is merely to offer us wider coverage than your typical front-facing camera. In fact, it can stretch out to a 120-degree wide angle mode to include many of your friends in the shot. And as LG puts it, you won’t have the need to use a selfie stick with this one, as your “groupie” shot will comfortably fit many faces in the scene.

Expectations


LG seriously has something quite formidable here with the V10. Sure, it has some features that folks might perceive as novel, such as that secondary screen, but if we’re to look at the overall picture, the LG V10 is a new direction that hopes to strengthen LG’s place in the landscape. We dig the new design, we like the superb specs sheet that’s accompanying it, and we adore the fact that it’s arguably the most camera-centric phone on the market. As of right now, its pricing has yet to be disclosed – nor its actual availability date as well. Pricing will play a key, but we certainly hope it’ll be within the same realm as the Note5.



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50 Comments

1. camera531

Posts: 346; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

I think it's DOA. Very ugly design, the secondary display is nonsense and a waste of space, and phones like the Note 5 and iPhone 6s Plus are already dominating the category.

9. marbog

Posts: 14; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

Go to sleep

15. camera531

Posts: 346; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

Maybe you'll be one of the dozen or so who buys it...

27. Andrewtst

Posts: 696; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

I am buying it. It is elegance beauty!

45. xq10xa

Posts: 801; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

LG phones sell really well....

36. xdza1979

Posts: 296; Member since: Aug 08, 2015

Why he is right, its main feature is gimmicky and useless, and the phone looks like crap with dated specs, and of course pricy.

38. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2122; Member since: May 29, 2014

Why are you bringing up the iPhone in a conversation about the V10?

25. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

nahhhh! you are totally wrong in your judgement. V10 is pretty steller in specs like John V was steller in this hands on video. V10 is offering those specs which none is offering. Use of Stainless Steel deserve praise and respect when all others are using cheap aluminium. Removable battery and sd card also worth mentioning. Only point which I am feeling LG should have done, was 12.30mp imx377. Why they didnt reduced the mega pixel count? LG had plenty of experience making nexus x5. Anyway, V10 is on top of my 2015 wish list, with Nexus 6p on 2nd.

31. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

its not the material cost that matters, its the manufacturing process. stainless steel is costlier only because its harder to process. high grade aluminum is stronger and lighter than any stainless steel.

43. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

the one they use is SAE-grade stainless steel, and stainless steel is more shiny than aluminium

28. janis

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

i think you are really stupid and waste of space. there will be people who needs sd and removable battery + amazingly good screen/body ratio.

29. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

you are drunk, this is a phablet with the worse screen to body ratio.

44. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

76.53% ratio is bad? :-/

51. fonelover123

Posts: 153; Member since: May 04, 2015

the lg v10 screen -t0-body -ratio is 76.6% Next time do research before say something.

35. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

It Is Ugly Isn't it LOL, Just Like The Nexus 6P But Everyone Is Saying They Look Good And That They Like The Design Psshhh Blind Ass People.

37. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2122; Member since: May 29, 2014

I think your comment is DOA.

48. Midoo93

Posts: 36; Member since: Sep 15, 2015

This phone is a beauty. I will be replacing my G4 with this. G2, G3, G4 and now V10 :) Own and LG first you Sammy's and Ifans :) You will see the difference.

50. fonelover123

Posts: 153; Member since: May 04, 2015

next time don't forget to take your medicine. LG V10 is BEAUTY AND ELEGANCE . MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WILL BUY IT AND IM ONE OF THEM im using NOTE5 , by the way

52. neonix

Posts: 65; Member since: Aug 04, 2014

I have to agree somewhat. It's a very good phone based on specs alone, but the second display could prove to be a not so worthwhile gimmick. And the design certainly is very ugly in my opinion. Those separated pieces that go down the sides... and why oh why did they make them a different shade and finish than the rest of the device? Bleh. The separation between the top screen and the camera lenses is also clearly visible and probably will look even worse in person. And that six box design on the back isn't pleasant either (although I'm sure custom replacement backs will come soon). It just feels like there are way too many separations and lines and things going on in the design. It looks like an unfinished device to me. It's pretty apparent to me that LG is simply testing the waters here.

2. ProblemSolver15

Posts: 370; Member since: Jun 14, 2010

He's got a Verizon sim popped in that thing. Confirmed it'll work on Verizon and you can get it unlocked without Verizon branding.

14. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

Nope, its a Verizon branded handset. If you look at the photo of the back cover on the bottom Left you can see the Verizon name and logo. Better luck next time... But at least we know it will be on Verizon at some point, kind of like the Sony Z4V....

30. ProblemSolver15

Posts: 370; Member since: Jun 14, 2010

Ahhh, you're right my friend. This is an interesting device. The Z4v is gonna be obsolete whenever it drops on Verizon, in my opinion. The the Z5 variants have already been announced and the compact is already being sold over seas, it's already overshadowed by its successor.

3. Jason2k13

Posts: 1440; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

thank god you can hide the secondary display at the top, it just looks soo ugly seeing all those apps up there.

4. jessyi

Posts: 325; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

Woow..great phone LG..the best so far..it boundles lot of features without sacrifing ir blaster,removable battery,sd card,and premuim built..bring it to the US ASAP..

5. rsiders

Posts: 1812; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

What happened to the LG event coverage? Was it a private event or what?

6. meanestgenius

Posts: 21164; Member since: May 28, 2014

This phone looks awesome, and I'm loving the secondary display! LG has done a great job with this handset! Looking forward to seeing and reading more about it.

7. JayBEE

Posts: 166; Member since: Apr 03, 2014

If this is the so-called LG G4 Pro, count me out. For me, the Note Edge and Note 4 are the phones to beat.

21. fonelover123

Posts: 153; Member since: May 04, 2015

for me lg v10 is better than note edge of note5

22. BORIS070

Posts: 67; Member since: Aug 13, 2015

I agree, Samsung is dead to me, knocked it expandable memory and battery irreplaceable, only the profit they care about

34. chenski

Posts: 732; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Note edge maybe, but note 4 wasnt even best of 2014

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