First look: LG V20 finally reaches the UAE

#GNTECH has been excited about the LG V20 for way too long now. It was launched at IFA 2016 and since then it’s been on our mind. Well, it’s finally here and we’ve had it for a day and we can’t wait to tell you all about it. So let’s jump right into it.

First, let’s get the specs out of the way.

Specifications

  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 Processor
  • Display: Main 5.7-inch QHD IPS Quantum Display (2560×1440/513ppi)/ Secondary IPS Quantum Display (160×1040/513ppi)
  • Memory: 4GB LPDDR4 RAM/64GB UFS ROM/microSD (up to 2TB)
  • Camera: Front 5MP with F1.9 Aperture (Wide Angle)/Rear 16MP with F1.8 Aperture OIS (Standard Angle) and 8MP with F2.4 Aperture (Wide Angle)
  • Battery: 3,200mAh (removable)
  • Operating System: Android 7.0 Nougat
  • Size: 159.7×78.1×7.6mm
  • Network: LTE-A 3 Band CA
  • Connectivity: X12 LTE (up to 600 Mbps LTE Category 12 with 3x Carrier Aggregation)/Wi-Fi (802.11 a, b, g, n, ac) / USB Type-C / Bluetooth 4.2 BLE / NFC
  • Colours: Titan/ Silver Pink
  • Others: Hi-Fi Video Recording/Steady Record 2.0/HD Audio Recorder/Studio Mode/High AOP Mic /Second Screen/32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC/In Apps/B&O Collaboration/Finger Print Scanner/Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0

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First impressions

While there’s a whole lot of testing to go, here are our first impressions of the device based on a day’s usage.

Body and build

As soon as you hold the phone you know it’s a solid device. Unlike the V10 there is no plastic on the V20 back and the device is made from AL-6013 aluminium and is MIL-STD-810G. The aluminium provides excellent feel and is known for its strength and corrosion resistance in the aviation industry. The MIL rating is military-grade testing, which provides resistance to drops and falls.

The back of the device is removable and under it is where you place the SIMs, battery and microSD card.

Processor

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 does not disappoint at all. It’s been a crazy fast set-up and a breeze to use. The 4GB RAM seems to be supporting the processor well.

Display

The display is crisp and clear and provides the right amount of detail but colours seem to be a bit exaggerated in certain areas. The secondary display is a true hero. All devices should have them now. Easy shortcuts, check your calendar, a nice little customised message — it has it all and is one of those functionalities you didn’t know you needed until you had the device.

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Camera

The camera is something that stood out in the LG V10 and it definitely does it in the V20 too. The amount of customisation you can get on this device is absolutely brilliant.

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There are two cameras at the back. The primary one switches from 75° to 135°, capturing much more of the situation and giving you that GoPro effect and features a bright f/1.8 aperture and a 16MP sensor. The wide camera has a fixed focus, an 8MP sensor and a f/2.4 aperture. Below are some samples we took this morning.

The front camera is a 5MP wide angle lens taking shots at 83° but also shoots at 120° when you’ve got a whole lot of friends to cram into the selfie.

Since these are the first few images, we’re not going to jump into details too much but overall the images seem good, clear, slightly oversaturated (of course!). We haven’t played with the video yet so can’t comment on Steady Record 2.0 (which is supposed to use the processors’ electronic stabilisation brilliantly) and we haven’t yet shot in low light.

Sound

The LG V20 has a single speaker on the bottom. While it was clear I did feel it was a bit on the softer side. I also heard a bit of a crackle while using YouTube but we’ll know more as we use the device further.

The music player on the device is backed by ESS Quad-DACs and supports lossless-audio.

Battery and charging

The device comes with a 3,200mAh REMOVABLE battery! YES! A REMOVABLE BATTERY (forgive our super excitement). Now this is another highly distinguishing feature of the device. No more large chunky battery packs, no more looking for the closest charging port and no more down time when the device is charging. If you’re on the move and you’re running out of juice, all you need is a second battery.

That being said the 3,200mAh battery isn’t exactly small.

The V20 also comes with fast charging. It’s not the fastest fast charging on the market but it worked pretty well. We charged it from 36% to a full charge in about 1 hour and 14 minutes with the device reaching 80% in about 45 minutes.

Colours, pricing and availability 

The LG V20 is available at Sharaf DG and Al Yousuf showrooms across the UAE, including the LG Brand Shop in Dubai Mall. The V20 retails for AED 2,699 and is available in Silver and Titan. Unfortunately the Pink edition won’t be coming to the UAE.

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Conclusion

The device feels solid and worthy of credit. The camera, with all its features and customisations, is an ideal companion for vloggers. The removable battery and secondary display are excellent add-ons. The speaker was a bit muffled and soft but we’ll look deeper into that as we review the device in depth.

And we are extremely glad that #GNTECH was the first in the region to get a look at the device.

Stay tuned for more on the V20!