LG V20 | Review & Specs
When LG released the dual-screen V10, it was appreciated both for its features and for its design. The company that solved the problems of V10 with the V20 adds all the features you are looking for in a single body.
When we examined the LG V10, we mentioned that it was quite a charismatic device rather than a stylish device. We emphasized that the dual screen offered different features but it was not very essential and we have mentioned that the second screen was an interesting detail after all. Things have changed a lot in the LG V20. The V20, which offers all the features of the V10 in a more stylish design, levels up the V series. When we look at the design in the first place, we see a much more impressive device compared to the recent G5. The design of the LG V10 is not out of line; The device has entered the design line of the G5 and has not neglected to improve this design. The V20, which comes with a metal body, uses AL6013 metal found on airplanes and mountain bikes, according to LG. We are looking at the Titan color on the phone where the light curves towards the edges are preferred. Smooth metal case makes a nice feel, but it is worth pointing out a piece of the slide.
On the back side of the LG phones, the voice on / off button was positioned on the side again with the G5. It maintains the same preference in V20. The iconic design details are no longer available in flagship models. Likewise, the LG, which came with a double rear camera on the G5, also preferred the dual camera in the V20. However, compared to the G5 as an image, we can say that the V20’s rear camera output is much more stylish. In the front ranks a second 2.1-inch screen located just above the 5.7 inch main screen. This second screen is the same size as the V10. So that, there is a dead space on the top of the screen where the front camera is located. Particularly in the light, the transition from the dead area on the top of the screen to the second screen is quite visible. Unfortunately we can not say it is a very stylish detail. The device, of course comes with a replaceable battery. There is a small button on the bottom right of the device. This key embedded in the trunk does not protrude and keeps the design integrity. When you press the key, the back cover opens like a cassette player and allows you to change the battery. Thus, you get the the slim and elegant design with a replaceable battery. Obviously, when we looked at the LG V20, we could call it the most stylish model among the devices that the company has released so far.
The LG V20 comes with a giant 5.7-inch display, just like its predecessor. The screen has a pixel density of 513 ppi and the screen is very bright and offers vibrant colors. It is successful in highlighting the color of the screen which we think is intense in contrast. On the other hand, the feeling of blue light is visible in white. The second 2.1 inches above the main screen offers a resolution of 160 × 1040 pixels. On the second always-on screen, you can access date, time, battery status, notifications, shortcuts and music control while the main screen is off. The fast access to the five favorite applications is also taking its place when the screen is open. At the same time, the second screen is also present here when we first introduced the signature system, which we find not very functional. You can write any message on the second screen of this particular phone which you can close. At first glance, the second screen does not look much different from the first. Apart from being always open, the fonts are slightly enlarged and the ingenuity of the screen comes up with an interface. The LG V20, which comes with the Android 7.0 operating system, is a praise for coming with Nougat, but first let’s talk a little about the interface and what it brings to the second screen. With the UX 5.0+ interface blended with Android 7.0, the LG has increased the availability of the second display compared to the V10. You can respond quickly by opening messages or e-mails and similar notifications from the second screen on the shortcuts. Of course, you have to do this when the notification comes in.
Another addition of the second screen is that it can be used actively in appropriate applications. For example, when switching quickly between shooting modes in camera application, you can find a similar preference in audio recording. In games, there is no need to close the screen to check notifications; You just touch the second screen. You can also make phone calls with the In Apps application in the shortcut applications. There is quick access from application names to e-mails. With UX 5.0+, the separate window for the applications is also completely removed. All applications can now be accessed directly from the screen. This is another detail that makes it easier to use. Let me add that you have a lot of options to change the look of the device. We think that LG has a much more user-friendly attitude than the past with the renewed interface. However, personally, we think that the overall UI looks very messy and old compared to the user interfaces LG’s rivals offer.
When we look at the technical specifications of the LG V20 on paper, it turns out to be a very powerful device. With the Snapdragon 820 processor, the V20 works with 4 GB of RAM. 64 GB of internal memory, the device can also be increased to 2 TB with SD card. LG, which put Android Nougat to the V20, is able to say that although they missed the Snapdragon 821 train, they can succeed in bringing the latest technology to the users. The fact that the software is up-to-date as well as the assertiveness of its technical features has increased our expectations for the device. Indeed, we can say that we are very satisfied with the performance of the LG V20 during the day. I would like to add that there is occasional warming in the back of the device during heavy use. For those who are curious about the AnTuTu score of the device that does not cause any problems in current games and applications, The LG V20 is included in the ranking with 144,770 points. Experiencing the LG V20 is a lot of fun, because there is nothing to say on the device.
Let’s talk about the music performance of V20, first, which is very strong in multimedia direction. With the 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC feature, the V20 makes it possible to enjoy high quality music. But for that you need a headphone that can broadcast high quality music in the same way, and the LG V20 does not even have a headphone or a normal headset. We tested the device with BeoPlay H3, which is also available in LG’s special packet. With the FLAC format songs, we are testing the V20’s sound differences. For those who want to listen to high quality music, we can say that they have performed well. In the same way, there is also an HD sound recorder on the unit. This sound recording application, where you can fine tune feature, has options such as concert mode, normal mode and manual mode. Meanwhile, the LG V20 has three microphones. One of the features we like most about the LG V20 is the active multi-screen experience. It is now possible to drag and drop files between screens. For example, you can open the gallery on the other side of the e-mail application on one side of the screen and add it to the e-mail application by dragging and dropping the visual. This feature, which we think is quite functional, has also increased communication between applications. When we look at the removable battery of the device, the performance is average. The performance of 3.200 mAh capacity battery will of course vary according to usage. But it can take the day out on average. Of course if you want to use all the features at the same time you may need a spare pile.
We mentioned that the LG V20 is a multimedia-intensive device. Behind the V20, which enhances the camera’s capabilities compared to its predecessor, is a dual rear camera, just like the G5. As with the G5, one of the rear cameras has a 16 megapixel resolution with a standard viewing angle, while the other can see a 135-degree area with an 8-megapixel resolution. The standard camera has a diaphragm aperture of f1.8 and a wide angle one has f2.4 aperture. As the diaphragm value gets smaller, the amount of light the camera gets increases, so we can say that standard angle shooting is more successful in low light conditions. What does the dual rear camera do? The LG V20 expands the shooting range for those who want to record more than standard camcorders see. To enlarge the area the camera is seeing, simply use the wide-angle toggle button just above the screen. LG’s camera interface is as successful as ever. Simple but effective. While the basic functions are presented beforehand, you need to click the “Settings” tab for more detailed settings. The dual screen can also be used to select manual photography, manual video and automatic shooting modes. When it comes to LG, our favorite shooting mode is definitely manual mode. The camera interface is also very professional, as it is very easy to make adjustments. We think mobile photography will use this mode abundantly.
The front camera comes with a single 5 megapixel camera. As you know, the V10 had a dual front camera. The V20, however, likewise does not offer a choice of dual camera options for larger selfies. If you touch the expanding key on the screen in the same way, you can easily squeeze into a selfie with a crowded group of 120 degrees. The biggest problem we have experienced in Selfie is keeping the giant screen phone. LG has features such as sound shooting or face detection, but we prefer to take a picture with the fingerprint sensor instead of calling the phone “cheese”. Unfortunately this is not working. Facial recognition is effective, but sometimes it can take a photo without full exposure. From a performance point of view, we can easily say that the LG V20 takes photos at a level that will satisfy many users. LG’s high-quality audio recording also applies to videos. You can record UHD videos and you can open Hi-Fi recording from the camera settings of the device. At the same time, you have options to prevent motion blur and jitter, but you can not use these options in UHD recording. In Full HD recording, you have to shoot at 30 fps instead of 60 fps. Let’s also add that you can play with the microphone’s sound-pickup settings when shooting videos manually.
When we look generally at the LG V20, we see a well equipped device with dozens of features. But at the end of the day we can ask ourselves: What is the end user’s full use of these features? Having entered the market from $800 band, the LG V20 is undoubtedly an impressive device, but it still makes me think. The likelihood of switching to devices with features that are focused on users at similar or more affordable prices seems to be strong.
• Android 7.0
• Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
• 4 GB RAM
• 64 GB memory (microSD support up to 2 TB)
• 5.7 inches
• 2560 × 1440 pixels (513 ppi)
• 16 megapixel standard, 8 megapixel wide
• 5 megapixel front camera
Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac, DLNA, Bluetooth 4.2, Type C, NFC
• 3.200 mAh
• 159.7 x 78.1 x 7.6 mm
• 174 grams
Why / Why not ?
Why: High sound performance, more functional second screen, interface, design
Why not: Could have a better battery performance, no headphones in the box