Last week we put out some positive energy to the tech universe when we heard that a successor to the LG V10 could be in the works.
This week, the universe, and LG, replied with the awesome news that it’s true.
Yesterday LG Electronics confirmed that its next flagship smartphone, LG V20, will be the first device with the Android 7.0 Nougat operating system preloaded, when it begins shipping in the third quarter.
“We are excited to offer the first phone in the world to feature the new Nougat OS, right out of the box. The LG V20 upgrades and extends its predecessor’s cutting-edge multimedia features a step further, providing distinctive mobile experience and sets a new standard for premium phones for consumers.”
Juno Cho, president of LG Electronics and Mobile Communications Company
Being the first device to ship with the brand new OS is quite surprising to most since these privileges are usually reserved to Nexus devices. Last year’s Marshmallow update debuted with the Nexus 5X and the Nexus 6P, both developed by LG and Huawei respectively. The previous version, 2014’s Android 5.0 Lollipop, was represented by Motorola’s Nexus 6 and HTC’s Nexus 9.
The LG V20 is said to build on last year’s V10, which has been touted by many to be one of the best smartphones of 2015. Its successor, will rock several little nuggets of Nougat (see what I did there?) such as its Vulkan-supported graphics and the battery-saving Doze.
The new OS also features Direct Reply, which lets users respond quickly to text messages or update tasks using the notification interface.
Besides the confirmed news on the operating system, here is a few more stats and specs on the much-anticipated device that we know of so far. Based on the image below uncovered by PhoneArena.com, the device will rock a 5.7-inch screen with a 1080×1920 display.
LG V20: Specs
The V20 will run a Snapdragon 820 processor with a quad-core CPU and the Adreno 530 GPU. Internal memory looks like 3 or 4GB of RAM and the possibility of both 32GB and 64GB internal storage variants. Its microSD card slot will be able to accommodate up to 256GB.
Some leaks claim LG have done away with their secondary screen. However the company’s latest budget models the X Series features a secondary screen on its conveniently named Dh799 X Screen. Since the small screen on the V10 did receive positive feedback – it is highly possible it will return on the V20.
Other leaks suggest a 160×1040 pixel, 2.1-inch secondary display, similar to the V10.
One feature that’s consistent in all the information available right now is the V20’s cameras. Seems like the bumped up the primary and secondary cameras to a 20MP (rear) and 8MP duos (front), from a 16MP (rear) and 5MP duos (front) that’s found on the V10.
On the battery front, it could rock a 4,000mAh cell, a huge jump from the V10’s 3,000mAh removable Li-ion battery.
When the LG V10 was announced back in October 2015, with leaked images and specs available to the world, I made a promise to myself – that I would have this device. And I did.
Fast forward 10 months and I find myself in the same boat again.
We’ll update this post as soon as we know more about the device together with regional availability and pricing.