LG V20 goes official: Android Nougat, 5.7" with Second Screen, larger battery and focus on sound

The LG V20 is now official.

The successor to last year's V10 keeps its signature features and improves on a lot of them: there's now a dual-camera system on the back with a secondary wide-angle lens, a brand new video stabilization system, the second screen now features larger and more visible quick-glance information, while the sound quality is enhanced and there's a larger battery on board. Let's waste no time and explore each of these features in more depth.

Design and display

Last year's LG V10 was a device with a rugged feel and a peculiar texture rubber-like back that felt different. Some people liked this, others not so much, but it was definitely out of the ordinary. With the LG V20, the solid feeling of the handset remains, but LG goes back to a more mainstream visual style: the V20 sports a metal back cover, and the phone itself is lighter despite featuring a larger battery. That metal back cover is also easily removable with just a click on a button and hiding behind it is an easily user-removable battery. There are a few other changes from the V10: the volume keys are now on the side, while the lock key with an embedded fingerprint reader remains on the back of the phone.

Up front, there's a 5.7-inch Quad HD (1440 x 2560 pixel) display with a tiny Second Screen on the top that shows you either missed notifications and the time, or your signature that can now be up to 24 digits long. You can customize that screen with more options this time around, and it's more useful, sporting nearly twice as bright letters and a larger font that makes it easier to read what's on it.

Camera improvements

LG's V20 has taken cues from the LG G5 and now features a dual-camera system on its back with a main, 16-megapixel module that features optical image stabilization and a fast, f/1.8 lens, but also a secondary, wide-angle (135-degree) lens based on an 8MP sensor and an f/2.4 lens. You can easily switch between these two rear-facing lenses in the camera interface, and the wide angle provides a very cool and different way to see more of the world around you. It's particularly great for landscapes, but also makes it possible to photograph tiny places that otherwise won't fit in the camera view. Additionally, up front, there is a 5-megapixel camera for selfies and it also features a wide mode that allows you to get a whole group of people in the frame. The wide view from the front camera captures 120-degree view and is 34% brighter than the camera on the V10, while the regular view has an 83-degree view.

Additional tricks include a hybrid auto-focus system with laser AF, phase-detection AF and traditional contrast AF. The V20 also supports tracking focus, so it smartly traces an object once it has locked focus on it.

LG's V10 broke new grounds with its detailed manual options for recording video, and the LG V20 only expands on that. The V20 adds Steady Record 2.0, a new video stabilization system from Qualcomm that makes its debut on LG's handset. Steady Record 2.0 is a system that relies on a real-time gyro-based electronic image stabilization with double the improvement in latency speeds, but it also uses clever analysis of a stream of image frames from a video to stabilize it. Altogether, this new stabilization solution not only provides more stable footage, but reduces the rolling shutter effect to a minimum.

Focus on sound

LG has been on a steady road of improving the sound quality of its phones, and the LG V20 is the culmination of its sound efforts. The phone features a quad-DAC system (using an ESS Sabre ES9218) for clearer sound. These improvements will make a difference to every user, but should be especially prominent for audiophiles with higher-end headphones, as the system brings total harmonic distortions to a minimum, while increasing dynamic range and optimizing the signal to noise ratio.

Sound recording on the LG V20 also gets some important improvements: the mics on the phone are able to record clear sound even at very loud events like concerts, where the loud music usually overwhelms phone microphones and results in terrible sounding recordings. The V20 is also capable of recording in lossless audio formats at a 24-bit / 48kHz rate. Then, there is the new high quality HD audio recorder on the V20, a musician's sidekick with its possibilities to deliver 24-bit / 192kHz FLACs that LG estimates to be much more accurate than rivals.

In select markets (but not in the United States), LG is partnering with premium audio gear maker Bang & Olufsen to provide fine tuning to the sound, plus the V20 itself will be stamped with a notable B&O logo on its back and equipped with a set of B&O earbuds in the box.

Performance, storage and battery

Under the hood, the LG V20 runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 system chip that has been a standard on 2016 flagship phones and has proven to be a fast and reliable chip. With the addition of Android 7.0 Nougat on board, LG will also get neat options like native multi-window support and direct replies to messages.

Battery life has been a big concern for a few recent LG phones, including the LG V10, so LG has not only delivered a larger cell, but also uses the battery improvements that come with Android N such as dozing whenever the screen goes off and reduced background activities.

We also welcome the 64GB of storage as a base option on the LG V20 with a warm embrace. 4K video is a monster in terms of data consumption and we tend to store more and more images and videos on our phones, so such a generous storage allocation is welcome. The V20 also supports microSD cards, so you can expand that storage even further. 

Price and availability

LG does not say anything yet about price and specific release dates, but judging from past experience with LG phones, the V20 is likely to launch at a price slightly lower than its direct rivals like the upcoming Apple iPhone 7 Plus and Samsung Galaxy Note 7. Chances are that all four major carriers will sport the LG V20 in the United States, but we'll be keeping a close eye on LG for final and official confirmation of price and release dates for the V20.

source: LG

Related phones

  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3200 mAh(14.17h talk time)



1. dubaiboy78

Posts: 455; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

not bad

9. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Moment of silence for anyone who bought the V10 or G5 in the last 2 months...

16. Fona13A unregistered

The V10 is still a go-to phone but this certainly brings it into another dimension, for sure.

19. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 969; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

V10 doesn't compare to the Note 5 in terms of battery life, picture quality, screen color accuracy, and recharge time. But, the things that make the V10 the best phablet of 2015 is the build quality, durability, 64GB internal memory, SD card slot, wide-angle 2nd camera, and a much snappier UI than Note5.

30. WPX00

Posts: 511; Member since: Aug 15, 2015

TF are you talking about in camera. V10 has the single best camera.

32. majedlutfi

Posts: 38; Member since: Feb 07, 2013

V10 had the best camera in a smartphone when it was released and it was the first smartphone to come with manual control while recording video

26. Switch00

Posts: 536; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

Black bezel on silver phone... so screen looks smaller.

2. maherk

Posts: 6965; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

3200mah isn't okay for a 2016 flagship phone, especially since LG aren't known for their great battery optimizations. And as I said before, the V10 looked unique, this on the other hand looks like a BB Z10 and G5's bastard child.

11. zex999

Posts: 92; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

I agree, but atleast it is removable! You can easily switch it out if you run out, plus with smartphones plateauing you can keep the phone longer than the traditional 2 year life cycle if you want. Removable batteries just give you more options, plus it's easier to recall. Side note: The phone is only 7.6mm they could've put a bigger battery.

12. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Dang phone just came out and the hate is real

14. maherk

Posts: 6965; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Hate? So I'm not allowed to have my own gripes on the phone? Please grow up

22. JC557

Posts: 1921; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

I was hoping they would learn from the smallish battery on the LG G5 and give the v20 something a little bigger as the 2800mah battery im the g5 wasn't that much smaller than the HTC 10 or GS7 yet had the shortest battery life. Maybe this time around they optimized the software and hardware that 3200mah should suffice.

33. boed1

Posts: 8; Member since: Oct 25, 2012

Agreed. The Lenovo P2 has a 5100 mah battery and the phone is similar in size to the V20. While I'd like a removable battery, I can live with a sealed one when I get a 5100mah battery!

3. mimicryXD

Posts: 175; Member since: Apr 03, 2015

i think lg v10 design is better than this new lg v20 to be honest.

4. Rotondo2k

Posts: 13; Member since: Sep 02, 2016

Looks pretty good I like it only thing I feel they should have not trimmed the sides and left the phone wide like on the v10 but nice design!

5. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Audiophile's phone indeed.

13. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Apparently there is FOUR 24bit DACs...dam

6. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2361; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Yea but... How about some innovation for a change...

8. justrt

Posts: 446; Member since: Jul 10, 2014

How about look into the G line.

25. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2361; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

I love my g4

28. ChristWolves

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 07, 2016

Ermmm.. G string? #programmingtalk

7. Romantico3pe

Posts: 179; Member since: Sep 14, 2015

Love lg still uses ips screens, ill get this monster

10. Fona13A unregistered

This has that edgy industrial look I like. Metal back that's removable? I'm freaking game.

15. dicemoney

Posts: 59; Member since: Mar 28, 2011

Meh I'm not impressed

17. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1834; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Lcd... Why... 3200 mah... Why...

18. Darkkracker

Posts: 255; Member since: Jun 11, 2016

As usual LG fux up another follow up to a success. No rubber back and no steel heavy side bars means this is not a v10 successor. This is a bastard step child of g5 and v10. It should have remained rubber back and steel, added the 4500 battery added dual speakers and super ambled. And then optimised the sheet out of it so the battery would last a whole day. And ditch the stupid secondary display. Oh well, note 7 it is.

21. therealestmc

Posts: 679; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

A summing IED 7 is back in the market.

20. John-Knotts

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

I kinda like this phone.

23. Shubham1221

Posts: 153; Member since: Jul 29, 2015

Its a nice upgrade on features dept.But I am disappointed to see the battery though.On a 5.7 inch 2k resolution screen its definitely below par.Lets see how this battery performs with Nougat and Lg UX software.

24. Shubham1221

Posts: 153; Member since: Jul 29, 2015

Its a nice upgrade on features dept.But I am disappointed to see the battery though.On a 5.7 inch 2k resolution screen its definitely below par.Lets see how this battery performs with Nougat and Lg UX software.

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