The rumor mill has been rife with talk about the next LG phone, and just hours ago, LG announced its newest device – the LG V20. The successor to the V10 will be the first Android device to launch with Android Nougat, the latest iteration of Google’s mobile operating system.
Nougat introduces features never seen on Android before, including split screen applications and the ability to reply to a notification without opening up a new app.
As well as launching with the brand new operating system, the phone brings in a new era of storage, supporting up to 2TB in SD card memory, and coming with 64GB as standard. The standard on-board storage for the V20 is significantly more than Apple’s recently-improved 32GB minimum with the iPhone 7.
The all-metal, aluminium device has a thin bezel and a large 5.7” screen. It’s also built to a MIL-STD 810G standard, meaning the phone can be dropped onto hard surfaces from 4 feet without cracking the screen or damaging the body. MIL-STD 810G IS a US Military Standard that considers the importance of environmental design and required chamber test methods to test the effects of an object in a specific environment.
LG has also incorporated a pretty unique camera, with a 5MP front-facing camera that shoots with an impressive 120-degree shooting angle. There is also an 8MP rear-facing camera with a 135-degree shooting angle, meaning you can fit more into your photographs than before.
There’s a catch, though – it looks like the modular feature showed off during the V10 launch won’t be seen on the V20. In its predecessor, modules could be pulled from the bottom of the phone and reinserted, giving the V10 an improved camera, speaker or battery. The move could suggest that LG is moving away from modular technology and focusing more on providing a high-end device with a better camera and battery built in.
The battery in the V20 is 3200Mah, which is substantially larger than Apple’s iPhone 6Plus offering. If that wasn’t enough to set the device apart, LG takes us back to the days of removable batteries with a release button that allows users to take off the back and replace the battery. This is something that even BlackBerry has ditched in recent years, with the Priv and the Passport, but which could prove popular with power users.