LG V20 rumor review: design, specs, features, and release date of LG's upcoming champ



Top-end specs in tow? Check! Standing-out hardware features? You bet! Noteworthy software functionalities? Also on board! That's what applied to the intriguing LG V10 behemoth last fall, when LG decided it's high time it spiced up its device lineup. And it did spice it up just right — with two front-facing cameras, and more interestingly, an auxiliary display just above the regular one, the V10 was truly a device that stood out. However, upon closer inspection it exhibited one too many flaws that somewhat marred the general user experience.


The V10 is in the past now, and it seems that LG thinks it can decipher the secrets of the market by unleashing a follow-up to the V10. It will be called the V20, not the V11 like some speculated, and we now know it is getting announced in a couple of weeks' time - on September 6 in San Francisco, and so far it seems like it will be a mashup between the LG V10 and the LG G5.

TL;DR:

Design: The V20 is expected to feature a G5-like full-metal design. It will likely ditch the modular build for a slide-out panel revealing a presumably removable battery.
Display: We expect LG to throw in either a 5.5 (or a 5.7-inch) display on the V20, most certainly a quad HD one.
Hardware: A Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset paired with 4 gigs of RAM will be present, with 64GB of base storage and 4,000mAh battery.
Audio: A hi-fi 32-bit quad DAC chip could be featured inside.
Camera: A dual-camera setup at the back, but not at the front. One of the rear cameras is expected to be a 21MP one.
Software: The device could very well be the first device in the world to arrive with Android 7.0 Nougat on board.
Release date: The phone will be announced on September 6 and will possibly hit the shelves around October 1.

Design

Some speculative renders suggest that the phone will be getting an LG G5 makeover. The renders heavily hint that LG might ditch the plastic of the V10 for a full-metal body, just like the G5.

This will be welcome since we were not particularly big fans of the unimpressive plastic at the back and the bland color options of the V10.

Size-wise, the latest info we have suggests that the V20 will measure at 159.5 x 78.1 x 7.7, (though the rear camera bump is obviously thicker), so it's about the same size as the V10, which measures 159.6 x 79.3 x 8.6 mm.

In general, the V20 could be noticeably thinner, which will be more than welcome. It also looks that the side bezels are kept to a sanitary minimum, which would also be a pretty good trait, though we won't be content until the fish goes in the frying pan.

Being an LG device, we expected the V20 to feature the signature by now rear-positioned power/fingerprint reader and volume buttons, but according to the latest leaks LG might be going for a more mainstream approach with the volume rocker, which is seemingly positioned on the left side of the device.

We really hope that this time around they provide more feedback and are way less wobbly than the ones on the V10. The signature rear-positioned home button which also doubles as a fingerprint scanner is still at the back, though.

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