LG V10 unboxing

LG V10 unboxing
Shortly after the LG G4 launched, word got out that LG is working on a "super premium" smartphone for the second half of 2015. A few months later, the brand new LG V10 arrived at the door! Catching us by surprise, especially with the uncanny lack of leaks that's such a rarity for high profile smartphones these days, the LG V10 is a promising and technologically ambitious smartphone that caught our interest. Come on, let's have some fun unboxing it!

The LG V10 comes in a rectangular white box that's mostly made of paper and features some familiar logos. That's about it — the packaging is as clean as it possibly could be, venturing on the side of boring, really. Then again, it's not like many shoppers buy smartphones based on how their packaging looks!

Moving on to the magic inside, the first thing we get is a welcome pamphlet from SK Telecom. Indeed, our LG V10 unit is the one they sell in LG's homeland of South Korea. We suspect there will be some minor differences in the packaging and software functionality for LG V10 units around the globe. Anyway, the welcome pamphlet is all written in Korean, and seems to contain download links for an antivirus app, some customizations, ringtones, wallpapers, third-party apps, and all that good stuff.

Under the phamphlet is the smartphone itself — come to daddy! The LG V10 certainly looks big and impressive, owing to its 5.7-inch display and solid plastic build that's held together by two strips made of SAE grade 316L stainless steel — the same tough, hypoallergenic material used to make surgical tools and high-end watches. Add the volume and power key (with embedded fingerprint sensor) placed on the back, the secondary display the pair of front cameras, and the LG V10 certainly doesn't look like any recent smartphone! The plastic itself looks and feels pretty regular, but it's actually treated with Dura Skin, a material that's soft to the touch, yet highly resistant to nicks and scratches. Yes, LG loves to tinker with materials in its chemical laboratories, coming up with surprises like that!

Popping its back panel open, we find out that the LG V10 didn't have a battery inside, which prompts us to search for one among the rest of the package's contents. Working our way to the 3000mAh unit, we uncover a charger and microUSB cable. We love that the charger is Quick Charge-compatible straight out of the box, meaning we don't have to buy additional accessories to enjoy fast charging!

Next, we reach a tiny paper box containing the bundled earphones. "Tuned by AKG", says the label, giving out the promise of good sound quality. The earphones are made of plastic with a brushed aluminum finish. There's a handsfree with mic built in, and the cable is covered in fabric to prevent tangling.

Under the earphones resides the battery that we've been looking for all this time. We quickly place it inside the LG V10, put the back panel on (it mounts quite securely), and power up the dual-screen monster! The boot finishes quickly, and after setting up our Google account, we are greeted by the LG UX interface that we know from LG's recent handsets, such as the LG G4. Like the latter, the V10 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 SoC, and the interface seems to move pretty smooth and fast. Then again, this is a brand new smartphone and we're yet to break it in!

Of course, one of the LG V10's main attractions is the secondary screen. Positioned above the main 5.7-inch IPS LCD display, which has a 1440 x 2560 resolution, the secondary screen is 2.1 inches by diagonal and has a 160 x 1040 resolution, which gives it the same pixel density of 513ppi as its bigger partner. More importantly, the secondary screen serves notifications, contains useful app shortcuts, offers music controls, displays calendar events, and lets you write a personal message for it to show. There's nothing crazy about it, really, just straight up usability and convenience in a compact package.

And that's about it, folks! While the LG V10 is undergoing our draconian review process, read our LG V10 specs review to get yourself acquainted with all the interesting technology LG stuffed in this behemoth! The Korean company is trying hard to compete with the big dogs while exploring opportunities to innovate, and we always look forward to its new developments!


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V10
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 808, Hexa-core, 1800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(12h 3G talk time)

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25 Comments

1. Huck33

Posts: 20; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

thanks for the unboxing not sold in europe... so sad

21. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

If you guys want an early review of this device, y'all gotta check out JimsTechRoom. Dude did a helluva nice job describing it in under 12 minutes.

22. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

I dunno about that 32bit audio...unless we see an ifixit teardown, it kinda works like Sony's dsxee or w.e its called, and boost the sound like that.

2. SamsungPhanboy

Posts: 765; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

The phone looks great, but for version 2 of this phone... 1. Make the 2 screens one with same phone to screen ratio 2. Get rid of the LG logo on the front 3. Stop it with the volume and wake buttons on the back (personal preference I know)

4. BLSEOTB

Posts: 334; Member since: Mar 24, 2015

1. Will result in increased bezels 2. Its not that annoying most phones have them 3. Deal with it. Its LG

5. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Just because most phones have them doesn't make it less annoying.

6. SamsungPhanboy

Posts: 765; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

1. Not a fact 2. It is annoying 3. Just no

7. TBomb

Posts: 1654; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

I personally enjoy the buttons on the back. It's refreshing to look at and it kindve makes sense.

8. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Samsung first, always hated the Sammy branding on top

13. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Samsung, Sony, HTC, LG, Microsoft, BlackBerry... Not only does it look bad, it tells me the company isn't confident enough in their design that people will be able to tell it apart without their logo. Pretty much leaves only Apple, Moto, OnePlus, and Google Nexus branded devices.

15. runzlord

Posts: 245; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

Samsung phones can be told apart! Starting with physical keys and home button. Personally I don't like the new trend of on screen buttons, when much bezel is still left below the screen that can take up a full physical buttons. So companies like lg has to put their logo there so it won't look that bad. On-screen buttons makes the screen smaller as a little ratio of the screen harbours the buttons. If they must use on-screen buttons, the must eliminate the bezels under the screen or just use the space for something meaningful like front facing speakers.

17. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

They can all be told apart by someone who frequents tech websites, but show an unbranded Samsung, LG, or HTC phone to a person on the street, give them a list of manufacturers, and then see if they can tell the difference. I'd bet that a significant amount would be guessing at that point. I agree about the onscreen button issue. I'm fine with them as long as the top and bottom bezels contribute to the design or functionality. For example, the Nextbit Robin's bezels house the front-facing speakers, and they look great at the same time. A logo serves the user no real function, and often makes the design look more cluttered. I'd take at least a LED over a logo.

23. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

True that. Many phones are similar, one guy that I knew thought the s4 was the new s6...bruh

27. runzlord

Posts: 245; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

Trust me the galaxy s6 edge without samsung logo can be told apart by 8/10 of novice on the street. To many phones these days. Well I'm particularly satisfied with Blackberry priv's design as the lower bezel is almost not existing and a front facing speaker below the keyboard to make the design equal when the slider is down. That was a very good job and thinking by Blackberry.

16. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Almost every product sold has the company's logo on it. Ever see a Car, TV or a microwave without a manufacturer logo on it? Even toasters have them. It's not about the purchaser knowing who the manufacturer is, it's about other people who see it and like it and want to get one. As for phones, most phones aren't distinguishable from each other when looking at the face only. The reason being there's only so much you can do differentiate them from each other before you sacrifice functionality. If they go to a design style like that Sharp smartphone from last year that had almost no bezels, what would you have OEMs do to make them look different?

18. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Keep the logo on the back. Heck, maybe even the side. Phones aren't cars, but generally speaking auto makers have more appealing logos than tech companies do anyways.

19. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

(The above obviously represents personal preference, but there are few, if any, car logos uglier than the Samsung logo.)

9. HSN87

Posts: 109; Member since: Jan 09, 2015

LG Logo looks great on front, and i personally like to have buttons on the back of the phone.

10. RushFan2112

Posts: 26; Member since: Jun 16, 2011

I absolutely love the buttons on the back and have come to dilike phones with buttons anywhere else. And with an LG phone, who uses the buttons to wake it? Knock Code or double -tap FTW.

3. BLSEOTB

Posts: 334; Member since: Mar 24, 2015

When is this phone releasing in Canada. Want it!

14. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

At first I thought you were the Microsoft CEO doing an unboxing. :-)

20. alphabets

Posts: 8; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

What color is the back? Is that the "blush" color? I would like to purchase that color for my wife when Verizon finally gets the phone, but I have a feeling they won't offer this color. I think I read that they have an exclusive on the white back, so I'm guessing they won't offer the blush as well.

24. Jyakotu

Posts: 867; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

Beautiful looking phone, but I'm not jealous at all. My G4 is equally as beautiful and functional. Kudos to LG for this device though.

25. chowhoi

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 26, 2015

Does Korean version support lte in Canada?

26. hanabi

Posts: 177; Member since: Oct 08, 2015

Much better design than G4, I bet this design will be adopted for G5, especially the back

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