LG V20: Specs, release date and rumours
LG has announced it will be introducing a successor to the V10 smartphone in September. We also know that it will be called the V20.
In true LG style, there have been other snippets of information revealed too, even if the exact details of those snippets are still unconfirmed.
So this is everything we know so far about the LG V20, including confirmed specs from LG mixed in with a few rumours for good measure.
LG V20: Release date
LG has confirmed that it plans to announce the V20 in September. The company has sent out invites to a press event taking place in San Francisco on 6 September, which is the day before Apple’s iPhone event is expected to happen, as well as the day before consumer electronics show IFA finishes.
The invite reads: “Play More”, along with “The second story begins, LG V20”. There is therefore no doubt that 6 September is the date the V20 official launch will occur, but whether it will hit shelves immediately is not yet clear – or whether it will venture out of the US.
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LG V20: Design
LG has revealed that the V20 will sport a dual-rear camera, as well as a dual screen, the latter of which can be found on the V10. Aside from that, no other official details regarding the design have been confirmed.
Some renders have been published by Android Authority in association with @OnLeaks however, showing the V20 from a range of angles. Based on this leak, it looks like the V20 will sport a circular fingerprint sensor on the rear, along with a protruding dual-camera setup.
The leak also shows a button to the right, coupled with what appears to be a removable bottom, like the LG G5, suggesting the modular design might make its way onto the V20. According to Android Authority’s sources, the V20 will measure 7.7mm slim, aside from the camera part, which will be 8.8mm. It is said to be 159.5 x 78.1mm, which would make it narrower than its predecessor.
Based on the images, USB Type-C appears to be on board and the secondary display from the V10 remains, while the dual camera array on the front looks to have been scrapped. Many of these details have been reiterated by another leak, this time from case manufacturer Petra, showing what it claims to be the V20 within one of its cases.
There has also been an image leak from @evleaks showing what he claims to be the front of the LG V20. Based on this leak, the V20 will feature straight lines above and below the display. Some details were blacked out but the image shows one front-facing camera rather than two, and some form of secondary display. There doesn’t seem to be a button on the right like the Android Authority renders show, suggesting the V20 may not be modular after all, but the @evleaks image only shows the front of the device so it’s unclear for now.
LG V20: Display
LG hasn’t detailed what size display the V20 will arrive with, though it has confirmed there will be a secondary display like the original device, as we mentioned previously.
The LG V10 had a 5.7-inch main display with a Quad HD resolution that put its pixel density at 515ppi. The secondary display measured 2.1-inches and had a resolution of 1040 x 160.
We’d expect a similar size and resolution for both displays on the V20.
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LG V20: Camera
It has been confirmed that the LG V20 will feature a dual-camera setup on its rear, as we mentioned. LG hasn’t detailed the resolution of the camera offering, but it wouldn’t be too surprising to see the company take from the G5.
The renders from Android Authority don’t show a duo camera for the front like the V10 featured, nor does the leaked image from @evleaks as we mentioned, but the Petra leak did so it’s currently unclear what the V20 will offer.
The LG G5 has an 8-megapixel front-facing camera and an 16-megapixel snapper, coupled with an 8-megapixel wide-angle sensor on the rear. Whether the V20 will feature the same is not yet known.
LG V20: Hardware
No details on hardware specs for the V20 have been detailed, except for that the new device will feature 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC capabilities. LG claims the Quad DAC will deliver a crisp and clear sound that comes closest to a live performance when compatible wired headphones are used.
Apparently, V20 owners will “feel as if they are carrying around a professional home-audio system in their smartphone”. The audio has been developed with B&O Play, a company LG has previously worked with for the LG G5’s Hi-Fi Plus module. LG has confirmed the LG V20 will come with “best-in-class” audio functions and a “special pair” of B&O Play earphones will also be in the box.
Other hardware details have yet to be shared by the company, but we’d expect either the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, or Snapdragon 821, along with 4GB of RAM. We’d also expect to see USB Type-C as the renders show.
The V10 came in 32GB and 64GB models with microSD support. It offered a battery capacity of 3000mAh, which we wouldn’t expect to see reduced for the V20.
LG V20: Software
Google and LG have both confirmed the LG V20 will be the first device to launch on Android Nougat right out of the box.
Traditionally, the Nexus devices have been the poster boys for the new software build but the HTC-rumoured devices aren’t due until the end of September, beginning of October.
The LG V20 will more than likely feature a skin over the top so it won’t offer the same experience as the new Nexus devices when they launch but you should still get many of the Nougat features. LG’s teaser video from 29 August for the LG V20 advertises software features that aren’t unique to the smartphone, for instance, as they’re part of Android 7.0 in general, which start shipping with other smartphones later this year.
Still, the teaser is a good look at Nougat’s new multi-tasking capabilities, including split windows, as well as the “picture-in-picture” feature, and the ability to immediately reply to some messages directly from the notification, quickly switching between back and forth between your last two apps, and rearrange your Quick Settings toggles.
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The video also shows the camera features of the LG V20.
In addition, LG has revealed details on Google In-App, another feature of Android 7.0 that will also be on the V20. It enables the user to search within Google’s own and third-party applications for people, key words and more. You can use it to find a specific message thread in Facebook Messenger, for example. It also works with the second display that runs at the top of the device.
You can read our Android Nougat preview to see what other software features you can expect with the new build.
LG V20: Conclusion
What do we know so far? Well, the LG V20 will be announced at an event on 6 September and it will feature a secondary display, a dual-camera on the rear and Android Nougat.
It will also sport a Quad DAC for those that want better quality audio from their device and it will come with B&O Play earphones. Other than that, LG hasn’t confirmed anything else as yet but that is likely to change before launch day.
We will update this feature as we hear more so keep checking back for the latest.