LG downplays potential sales gains amid Galaxy Note 7 recall

LG downplays potential sales gains amid Galaxy Note 7 recall
LG remains grounded on the subject of whether Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 woes could have a telling influence on sales of its new V20 phablet. LG's rival and compatriot is currently embroiled in a global recall of the new Note after several reports emerged of the device's battery catching fire. While Samsung's situation will have prompted would-be Note 7 owners to survey alternative large-screened handsets, LG mobile chief Cho Juno isn't getting carried away.

Upon early impression, the LG V20 has the hallmarks of a strong Note 7 competitor. It's certainly got the specs; from the massive 5.7-inch QHD display to the Snapdragon 820 with 4 GB RAM, its stats are on par with those of its Samsung-made rival. Additionally, while many have taken to the sealed construction of the recent Notes, ardent power users definitely prefer the option of a removable battery, which the LG V20 provides. 

As you will see in our LG V20 preview, though, the design is quite a departure from the Note 7's more streamlined aesthetic and while specs matter, looks do too. The V20, with its toughened aluminum alloy profile akin to a fighter jet, could well be a hit with consumers when it touches down later this year. But in many respects, it's chalk to the Note 7's cheese, so it's easy to see why LG isn't getting ahead of itself. 

Quoted by The Korea Herald, Cho says:

As we digest the new features LG has brought to the table with its latest phablet, Apple is also expected to roll out the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus later on today. The latter, in particular, could also benefit from the Note 7's shortcomings. While Android users will turn to the likes of the V20, those willing to switch platforms may be tempted by Apple's effort, which looks set to include duo of rear-facing cameras among other treats

Would you consider the new LG V20 over the Galaxy Note 7? iPhone 7 Plus? None of the above? Let us know in the comments!

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  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3200 mAh(14.17h talk time)



1. Derekjeter

Posts: 1467; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

If I couldn't buy a Note 7 I wouldn't go buy the V20. I would rather wait for the new Nexus phones.

4. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

That's your choice, man. But there's no denying that the Note7's battery drama is going to help LG's sales, because there's no other Android smartphone closer to the Note7 than the V20. And the V20 camera is neck-to-neck on par with the Note7. No other Android smartphone comes even remotely close to Samsung and LG in the camera department.

20. Awalker

Posts: 1973; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

I would say most high end phones are pretty close in the camera department and you're not going to go wrong with any of them.

21. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Oh, you say? Fine, I respect your opinion. But as for me, high-end phones like HTC 10 and Sony Xperia XZ, etc. are not close to Samsung S7 edge and LG G5 especially in low-light shots. And no, you would be going wrong with Sony's camera (assuming you use the default Sony Camera App on any Xperia). The reviews have proven it.

28. Bankz

Posts: 2531; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

^This.. If you're not told, and are shown each snap individually by these cameras, you wouldn't find a single bad snap. Even from a midrange camera tbh. Except we go the dual route (which can add features like optical zoom, wide andle etc) or we go modular, camera quality is going to grow at a snails pace from this point on

5. youssef44

Posts: 547; Member since: Apr 29, 2014

For me I will buy iphone plus or pro if I can't buy Note7

11. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

That's your choice, fine. But I honestly find your choice weird, because the iPhone runs iOS, and the Note7 runs Android. If you truely wanted the Note7 because of it's multitasking and S-Pen functionalities, and not just for Games, Apps and Camera, then the iPhone7 Plus does not cover your needs. And if you just wanted an Android flagship because of it's open-source and customization advantages, again the iPhone7 does not have you covered. Otherwise, if just for Apps, Games and Camera and most especially for iOS, then the iPhone7 obviously has you covered. But if you truely wanted the iPhone7, then you didn't need bother about to getting the Note7 in the first place. Just my two cents.

19. youssef44

Posts: 547; Member since: Apr 29, 2014

I want beautiful phone with good battery life and water resistant and special features! I don't care about the operating system because I use iOS and Android already! So this isn't a problem for me

22. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

You want beautiful phone? S7 edge and iPhone7 both look gorgeous. Good battery life? It depends on your personal usage. Water resistance? Come on, S7 edge or Note7 owns iPhone 7. Special features? Well, that's entirely based on opinion, thus being 100% subjective.

24. youssef44

Posts: 547; Member since: Apr 29, 2014

All my requirements is available in Note7 but I wait to see the new iPhone.

2. Tom5521

Posts: 41; Member since: Sep 04, 2016

LG should ship an extra logic board in the box just in case.

3. Derekjeter

Posts: 1467; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

I see more people buying an iPhone 7 over the V20. Apple will benefit more than LG over the Note 7 issues.

8. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

I do not see how Apple would benefit from the Note7's issues. I mean, isn't the Note7's S-Pen and note-taking capabilities it's key selling point? So, those who truely wanted the Note7 aren't going to switch over to the iPhone7, considering that the iPhone7 doesn't feature an equivalent of the S-Pen. Besides, iPhone7 doesn't run the Android OS, so again I do not see why those who indeed want an Android smartphone would ditch the Note7 for the iPhone7 or iPhone7 Plus, when there are other Android alternatives of the Note7.

10. adi90

Posts: 554; Member since: Dec 21, 2015

If someone really needs s-pen , he will wait till samsung starts replacing their note 7. Some impatient users might go for v20. But it all depends on iphone 7. Unless and untill someone is a hardcore apple hater, he will always keep his options open for iphone 7 plus. It all depends on iphone 7 plus' performance. If iphone starts shipping before v20, it will also affect its sale.

18. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"unless and untill someone is a hardcore Apple hater, he will always keep his options open for the iPhone 7 Plus" So, you're implying that people must be Apple haters for not considering the iPhone 7 Plus in their choices? That's false! Those who are not interested in iOS aren't going to consider the iPhone 7 Plus, regardless of the iPhone's performances. But those who just want a smartphone to perform thier needs, and who do not bother about which OS the smartphone runs, then yes, they could indeed get the iPhone 7 Plus over the Note7 or V20. So, it does not "all depend on the iPhone 7". NO!

23. adi90

Posts: 554; Member since: Dec 21, 2015

Brother you should understand that we are talking about premium devices. In budget segment , people buy anything decent that is available. But in premium segment it does not work that way. Flagahip Samsung , apple users are on one side of the world. Rest are on other side including lg. So it is either like samsung or nothing, apple or nothing, samsung or apple. I am not trying to generalize it. But to affect the sales figure of lg v20, you need good amount of these loyal fans to switch to other side of the world. And that is too much optimism from your side.

25. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"you should understand that we are talking about premium devices" Premium in which sense: Performance or Brand Value? I meant in the sense of Performance, when I said LG V20 is an alternate to Note7. In the sense of Premium Brand, yes I guess you're right: it's either Apple or Samsung in the flagship segment (for those who do not mind the Operative System difference). In that case, the Apple iPhone 7/7 Plus is an alternate to Samsung Note7. I'm done here bro, lol.

30. adi90

Posts: 554; Member since: Dec 21, 2015

Well you are definitely one ultra biased android fanboy. I do not know how on earth you say that iphone is weak in performance and people buy it just because they use apple logo. IOS may not be as customizable and popular as android but when it comes to performance iphone has been always in the game. Let iphone7 come out. Then we will talk about its performance. You already make conclusions even before you start thinking. Great going.

12. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Most "regular high end consumers" only know Samsung and Apple So I can see more "regular high end consumers" going for the iPhone 7 Plus now (Not sure the proper term, but I mean "regular consumers" who usually get $700+ phones)

15. nodes

Posts: 1158; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

many people buy Note 7 not because of the pen, they just want a true flagship from Samsung.

29. babyk

Posts: 379; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

they are all going to wait for the note 7 assuming that they don't want iphone and v20

26. sissy246

Posts: 7083; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Not if they are a true android fan.

32. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 908; Member since: May 07, 2014

If one was really wanting a Note 7 he would get it regardless of the battery issue as Samsung is going to fix the issue in the next batch and replace the old ones. It might come a few weeks late but it won't take a month.

6. adi90

Posts: 554; Member since: Dec 21, 2015

Though v20 specs are good. But if iphone 7 rumours are true, it will be better than v20. Infact v20 success depends on how bad iphone 7 perform and not on how good v20 is.

33. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 908; Member since: May 07, 2014

LG V20 does not depend on how the iPhone 7 performs. Those who want to get an iPhone will get an iPhone regardless of how it performs. LG V20 has to depend on the performance of other Android phones.

7. igy_tech

Posts: 19; Member since: May 15, 2015

Correct answer because LG G4 and their motherboards....

9. Hallyu

Posts: 790; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

Kudos to my boy LG for not being an opportunist bastard like Apple and Chinese makers. LG, you're doing great and when the Note 7 is back, we're the real kings.

13. adi90

Posts: 554; Member since: Dec 21, 2015

Can you explain how come apple and chinese makers are oppotunist bastards. Infact outside korea, samsung and lg are also called the same .

16. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3101; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

They say getting some light and fresh air is good for your health.

17. FlySheikh

Posts: 444; Member since: Oct 02, 2015

I'm glad they have their head in the right place. Based on what I've seen so far, the LG V20 should be a good buy.

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