TechSummit Rewind 105: LG V20

This is a special edition of the TechSummit Rewind, recapping what we know about the LG V20.

Android 7.0 Nougat

Android Nougat

The V20 will be the first device to feature Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box.

Taking advantage of Nougat’s feature set, the flagship will include Vulkan-supported graphics for gaming and improved performance with Doze.

“We are excited to offer the first phone in the world to feature Nougat out of the box. The LG V20 upgrades and extends its predecessor’s cutting-edge multimedia features a step further, providing [a] distinctive mobile experience and sets a new standard for premium phones for consumers.”

-Juno Cho, LG Electronics & Mobile Communications Company president

Nougat is coated with LG’s UX 5.0+.

Audio

The V20 will also be the industry’s first smartphone with 32-bit Quad DAC (digital audio converter) capabilities.

According to LG, a Quad DAC can reduce up to 50 percent more ambient noise than a traditional DAC.

“As smartphones mature, we’re seeing more and more customers looking beyond just fast processors and big displays in their devices. Higher quality audio is simply the natural evolution of the smartphone, as the industry moves toward a more holistic multimedia consumption experience.”

-Juno Cho

“As a technology more typically available in high-end audio equipment, Quad DAC on the V20 will make users feel as if they are carrying around a professional home-audio system on their smartphone.”

-Robert Blair, ESS Technology president & CEO

The HD Audio Recorder lets users capture “studio quality” audio with a wider dynamic frequency range using three high AOP microphones to record sound that “surpasses audio recordings on conventional smartphones.” With Studio Mode, audio can be controlled manually with keys similar to those found in video cameras and use Music Recorded to create audio suitable for auditions.

LG is also continuing its previous collaboration with B&O PLAY, with a “natural, balanced sound.”

Video

Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor with X12 LTE, the V20 introduces Steady Record 2.0. The feature leverages Qualcomm’s electronic image stabilization 3.0 to record sharper video while neutralizing shaky images.

The gyro-based EIS improves sync accurate between the image and the gyro and reduces sync latency to 50 milliseconds. EIS is complemented by digital image stabilization, which adjusts objects across frames and minimizing distortion caused by rolling shutter for smoother action in post-processing.

The flagship can also record Hi-Fi videos and manually control audio settings using options like Low Cut Filter that removes unwanted background noise and Limiter to set recording distance. The V20 also captures audio using 24-bit/48 kHz Linear Pulse Code Modulation that LG claims is a comparable format to that used in professional video equipment.

Cameras

Both of the V20’s cameras have wide-angle front and rear-facing cameras. The 5MP front camera has a 120-degree lens, while the 8MP rear camera has a 135-degree lens. There’s also a second large aperture standard angle lens that captures images at up to 16MP with a 75-degree lens.

The front camera’s Auto Shot function produces selfies with face detection, that triggers the shot when the subject is ready and smiling. The shutter button won’t need to be pressed.

The V20’s Hybrid Auto Focus delivers autofocus through three mechanisms – Laser Detection AF, Phase Detection AF, and Contrast AF – for both photos and videos. The phone will decide whether Laser or Phase Detection is best and then refine the focus with Contrast AF.

Hardware

The Second Screen feature from the V10 is back in the V20, with double the brightness and a 50 percent larger font compared to the V10. The display lets users view notifications and alerts at a glance.

Now with Expandable Notifications, users can tap a button on the Second Screen to enlarge notifications to check longer messages or send a reply/share information.

In terms of materials, LG chose to use a lightweight aluminum with the new silicon-based AL6013 metal found in aircraft, sailboats, and mountain bikes, for the V20’s rear. The top and bottom of the phone is protected from damage by Silicone Polycarbonate, according to LG, which reduces shocks by over 20 percent compared to conventional materials.

The V20 can withstand shocks and still function after repeated four foot drops with impact at various positions.

Here’s the spec sheet:

  • Display: Main 5.7-inch (2560×1440, 513ppi) QHD IPS, Secondary 160×1040 (513ppi) IPS Quantum Display
  • Memory: 4GB RAM, 64GB internal storage, microSD
  • Cameras: Front 5MP with F1.9 Aperture, Rear 16MP with F1.8 Aperture (Standard)/8MP with F2.4 Aperture (Wide Angle)
  • 3200mAh removable battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • Dimensions: 7 x 78.1 x 7.6mm
  • Colors: Titan, Silver, Pink

Availability

The LG V20 will launch in Korea this month with a broader rollout in the weeks and months to come.

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