The LG V34 is a compact, waterproof version of the LG V20, but you can't have one

The LG V34 is a compact, waterproof version of the LG V20, but you can't have one

If you're into large-screen smartphones, there's a lot to love about the new LG V20. If you're not buying into the phablet trend, however, the large 5.7-inch main display of the V20 may put you off, especially seeing that it is paired with a secondary always-on  display that only increases the footprint of the device. LG is probably aware that such large smartphones aren't for everyone, seeing that the company has just announced the LG V34 isai Beat.


The LG V34 maintains almost all of the hardware that's present on the LG V20. Included here are the secondary display, the metal build and the same design curves, the Snapdragon 820 chipset, the 4GB of RAM and 32GB of integrated storage, the dual-camera setups on both the front and the back, the quad-DAC, and the 3000mAh battery. Just like the V20, the LG V34 isai Beat runs Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box.


There are two main differences between the V34 and the V20. First, the 5.7-inch primary display on the V20 was downsized to a more manageable 5.2-inch panel on the V34, one that maintains the 1440 by 2560 pixel resolution. Second, the V34 isai Beat comes with IP67-certified dust and water resistance, which is a notable upgrade compared to the LG V20, which doesn't even have basic splash resistance.


Excited? Unfortunately, unless you live in Japan, you can't have the V34 isai Beat, as LG will launch this handset as an exclusive to Au Japan, one of the major carriers in the country. The LG 34 isai Beat will launch mid-November and will be available in Titanium and Gold.


What do you guys think, is LG missing out on potential sales by not launching the V34 in Western markets? Would you buy a V34 if it were to become available in the United States?



source: Au Japan

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26 Comments

1. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

weird numbering... so, next year's LG V30 will be far better than this V34? :-/ "you can't have one" did you just assuming my nationality?

24. boostedDroid unregistered

Offended easily, huh?

26. combatmedic870

Posts: 986; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

Yes. I would buy this phone if it came to the US in November.

2. Jishnusur

Posts: 175; Member since: Oct 07, 2013

What logic is this?

3. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

This is what G5 should have been.

13. Hyperreal

Posts: 361; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

My thoughts exactly, WTF LG?

4. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

And after 3 years, this is the LG G2 successor we've been waiting for...

15. shnibz

Posts: 517; Member since: Sep 18, 2011

For real man!

5. sebbellic01

Posts: 305; Member since: May 03, 2016

Why is the camera part with all the modules / sensors / flash so large?

6. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

Just some extra black compared to G5. Think it looks good, especially with no hump due to larger battery.

7. Jevon5

Posts: 60; Member since: Feb 15, 2016

Why do you assume your entire audience is from the US...

23. boostedDroid unregistered

Triggered!!

8. tyger11

Posts: 297; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

An incredible phone like that for Japan, and it's not on Japan's only decent LTE carrier, SoftBank? *sigh* LG, being a Korean company, clearly hates Japan with a blood-soaked passion.

9. tyger11

Posts: 297; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Oh s**t, it's also got a tv tuner (Japan, of course). Sweet. I'm not seeing any mention of removable battery or SD card, though.

10. tyger11

Posts: 297; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Nevermind, in the more specs area (once translated), it says microSDXC (256GB). It's showing "-" for battery pack removal. That's not a good sign.

11. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

This is even better than the G5 and V20.. The LG V34 is LG's actual flagship of 2016 and the true successor to the G2 at long last. Btw what were lg thinking when they released the G5 and V20 knowing they could have always released this as flagship and called it a day?

12. ikenvape

Posts: 309; Member since: May 28, 2014

Rebooted G2 and only a very small part of the world gets it. *Claps "Good job LG"

14. rsiders

Posts: 2009; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

I literally just asked for LG to make smaller version of the V20 and it's exclusive to Japan? What the he'll are they thinking. I'm wondering if I should hold out on getting the V20 just in case LG rethinks things. What the he'll is LG doing these days?

16. gaudrtyl

Posts: 10; Member since: Sep 18, 2016

I guess Japan's the only place in the world that needs water proof phones? wtf? this exclusive crap is getting rediculous. why not sell it on their own website unlocked at least?

17. gaudrtyl

Posts: 10; Member since: Sep 18, 2016

LG's trying to be the next blackberry maybe.

18. rsiders

Posts: 2009; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

I literally just asked for LG to make smaller version of the V20 and it's exclusive to Japan? What the hell are they thinking. I'm wondering if I should hold out on getting the V20 just in case LG rethinks things. What the he'll is LG doing these days?

19. TBomb

Posts: 1660; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Only thing I can think of is they want to see how it's viewed in the market before worldwide scale release so they sent it to Japan but this was a dumb dumb dumb idea. Obviously the world wants waterproofing if the rest of the industry is doing it LG. smh

20. MingLiangChen

Posts: 329; Member since: Jul 06, 2012

Maybe next year the same model is going to be released worldwide with some bump up in specs. It's V34 afterall, what should be named for next year's iteration.

21. Joosty

Posts: 490; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

I feel very reluctant to drop $800 on a V20 knowing that this beauty is out there. Preorder pending..

22. Fona13A unregistered

Since when is 5.2'' compact...

25. boostedDroid unregistered

Hmm since 5.5+" became popular?

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