LG V20 S likely coming soon: expected to be a smaller V20 retaining key features, adding water-protection


The LG V20, a 5.7" phone with a secondary display and a bunch of power user features, might not be coming to Europe, but speculation has been rampant about a mysterious LG V20 S coming instead.

What will the LG V20 S be, though? Our trusted sources tell us that the LG V20 S is indeed likely to come to international markets including Europe and it will bring some of the key features from the LG V20 such as the Quad DAC and secondary display, but won't be an all-out flagship.

In fact, the key clue to understanding this expected LG V20 S is a device that is already official in Japan: the LG isai Beat (LGV34). The LG isai Beat went official on Japanese carrier au KDDI in the middle of October and is hitting shelves in Japan in November. And while it looks almost exactly like the LG V20, it has a smaller, 5.2" display and 32GB of storage instead of 64GB. All else, including the powerful Snapdragon 820 chip, seems to be on board. Here are the LG isai Beat specs:

Platform: Android 7.0 Nougat with LG skin
Dimensions: 72mm x 149mm x 8.0mm
Weight: 146 grams
Screen: 5.2-inch Quad HD main screen, small secondary screen
System chip: Snapdragon 820 @ 2.2GHz
RAM: 4GB
Storage: 32GB, expandable via microSD cards
Camera: 16MP main rear cam, wide-angle secondary rear cam
Battery: 3,000mAh
Extras: Water-protection

So why did we list all these specs? Well, one simple reason: expectations are that the LG V20 S could be more or less the exact same thing. And it would not be a surprise: LG has a history of releasing such slightly different versions of its flagship phones for different markets. In addition to that, it is the unspoken rule that users in Europe prefer smaller devices, so a large device like the LG V20 might have trouble catching fire there.

At the same time, the newly added water-protection is a welcome feature that many users will appreciate. All of this might make the LG V20 S quite the alluring device. Keep in mind, though, that while we're fairly confident in our sources about the V20 S, this is still not an official confirmation and there is always some wiggle room until the phone becomes official.

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16 Comments

1. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Please make it 4,5 inches, please make it 4,5 inches...

2. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

I wonder if all those specs can fit in a 4.5-inch, while still having enough space to accomodate it's 3000mAh battery. Not to mention enough space for heat dissipation, as the SD820 is a power-hungry SoC.

7. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Never going to happen. The world has moved on past 5". The moment Apple moves to 5"+ will be the last major flagship of sub 5".

9. AmashAziz

Posts: 2931; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Apple already has a 5.5 inch iPhone flagship, since late 2014. And the presence of a 4 inch iPhone SE doesn't mean Apple's stuck on a smaller-than-5 inch screen.

3. Mimas

Posts: 22; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Looks like a decent upgrade for the old 5x. Size is spot on for me, and I think I'd enjoy the 820/QHD combo. Just hope the battery isn't a let down...

4. combatmedic870

Posts: 986; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

I really want the LG v34

5. FlySheikh

Posts: 444; Member since: Oct 02, 2015

not bad if it priced right

6. athos07m

Posts: 137; Member since: Apr 22, 2012

This is what the G5 should have been. This could become my dream phone - after a couple of price drops.

8. rsiders

Posts: 1970; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Please come to the U.S. too. I literally said LG should do exactly this. I really like the smaller size and retaining all the features and power except removable battery.

11. isproab

Posts: 20; Member since: May 27, 2010

Love the idea of the V20 minus the size. The V20 is thin, but a little wider and taller than the Note 7 which I had to return. As long as battery life is better than the LG G5, I would be all in on this phone. Pixel has the camera and batter life, but the camera hardware issue is NOT acceptable. Being on AT&T I don't want to pay full price right off the bat. Especially for 128GB 5-inch phone that is not water proof. It is really hard to find a Note 7 replacement.

12. plasteek

Posts: 265; Member since: Jun 07, 2015

LG V20 is all about screen size ! Go away V34 !!

13. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 924; Member since: May 07, 2014

Yes, please

14. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 603; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

starting to be like Samsung with releasing all these models that are nearly the same...

16. combatmedic870

Posts: 986; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

It's something that works.... I would love a small power house

15. afortunadostas

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 06, 2016

If really make this phone, it will be bestseller after Lg G2.

17. cthunder

Posts: 126; Member since: Nov 02, 2010

I agree. Although I would prefer a 5.5 inch screen.

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