LG V20, the latest flagship phablet in the ‘V series’ was unveiled at an event in San Francisco on September 7. It is officially the first smartphone in the world to run on the latest Android 7.0 Nougat OS. However, there is a bad news and LG has officially confirmed it. The device is not coming to the UK officially.
LG has told Clove, a popular third-party online retailer that it will not be selling the V20 in the UK. This is in line with its predecessor, the LG V10 which was not widely available in Europe either. It is expected to go on sale in some parts of Europe though.
Third-party retailers such as Clove is planning to import V20 units from other markets and will sell them in the UK, however the warranty situation will be somewhat dicey. Also, Clove does not have any estimated pricing or availability of the same yet. The V20 will go on sale starting from Korea this month and is expected to launch in India by October 2016. In case you want to know about the flagship device, check out the specifications and its features below.
LG V20 Specifications
The LG V20 rocks a 5.7-inch (2560 x 1440 pixels) Quad HD In-cell Touch Quantum display, that has a pixel density of 513 PPI. There is another 2.1-inch (1040 x 160 pixels) IPS Quantum display, which also comes with a pixel density of 513 PPI. It is powered by a 2.15 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 (MSM8996) 64-bit processor along with Adreno 530 GPU. It has 4 GB of LPDDR4 RAM and comes with 64 GB of internal memory (UFS 2.0), that can be further expanded up to 2 TB via microSD card. The device runs on Android 7.0 Nougat OS with LG UX 5.0 custom skin on top of it.
The second display will let the user view information like weather, date, time and battery icon while the main display is off. There is also an option to set it to always-on. The users can set shortcuts of their favourite apps in the second screen to launch them quickly. Notifications can be displayed on them discreetly without blocking the view of the main screen. According to LG, the secondary display has now improved in visibility with double the brightness and 50% larger font size when compared to the LG V10.
The V20 features a 16 megapixel rear primary camera with dual-tone LED flash, f/1.8 aperture, Optical Image stabilization (OIS) 2.0, 75-degree lens. It has Hybrid Auto Focus (HAF), that integrates Laser Auto Focus, Phase Detection Auto Focus (PDAF) and Contrast AF for both photos and videos. It can record 4K videos. There is another 8 megapixel secondary rear camera with f/2.4 aperture, 135-degree lens, just like the LG G5, for capturing wide shots. It comes with a manual mode for video to adjust options like shutter speed, frame rate, ISO, white balance and focus while recording. On the front, there is a 5 megapixel front-facing camera with f/1.9 aperture and 120-degree lens for selfie and video calling.
The LG V20’s body is made up of lightweight aluminium (AL6013 metal) along with Silicone Polycarbonate (Si-PC) on the top and bottom, so that it can protect it from damage. It is 7.6 mm thick and weighs 174 grams. It also has US Military Standard MIL-STD 810G certification to withstand a fall of up to 1.2 meters.
The V20 supports Hi-Fi Video Recording and uses Low Cut Filter (LCF), which removes unwanted background noise and Limiter (LMT) that sets the recording distance. It is also able to capture audio using 24-bit / 48 KHz Linear Pulse Code Modulation (LPCM). For an enhanced audio experience, it comes with 32-bit Hi-Fi ESS SABRE ES9218 Quad DAC for a clearer sound by minimizing distortion and ambient noise by up to 50%. It also supports lossless music formats including FLAC, DSD, AIFF and ALAC.
The LG V20 includes 4G LTE, 3G HSPA+, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (dual band), WiFi Direct, Bluetooth 4.2 LE, GPS, GLONASS, NFC, DLNA and USB Type-C as connectivity options. The phablet packs in a 3,200 mAh Li-lon battery (removable) with support for Quick Charge 3.0 (fast charging).