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LG V20 coming with Nougat

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If comparisons with car engines are anything to go by V4, V6, V8, V12 — then LG’s new V20 should be a screamer.

The only issue is that Australia is not on the preliminary launch list – South Korea, US, Canada, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Turkey, Israel, Iran, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Taiwan and Hong Kong will get to see it first.

The V-series well, the initial V10 are intended to be the best of the best, like the Signature OLED series is to TV. It sits above the very well specified G series – and the current G5 is one of the best flagships on the market and one of the very few with a removable battery and microSD storage.

What we know is that the launch is in September, and it has dual everything – selfie cameras and even screens.

"We are excited to offer the first phone in the world to feature Nougat out of the box," Juno Cho, president of LG Electronics Mobile Communications division, said in a statement. "The LG V20 upgrades and extends its predecessor's cutting-edge multimedia features a step further, providing distinct mobile experience and sets a new standard for premium phones for consumers."

GSMArena posted preliminary specifications just a few hours ago and it is usually pretty spot-on. If the specs are right, his is an amazing phone.

  • Primary Screen: 5.7”, IPS, 2560 x 1440, 515ppi, Gorilla Glass 4.
  • Second notification screen: 2.1” “strip”, 1040 x 160.
  • Processor: not mentioned but probably a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821
  • Memory/storage: looks like options for 3/6GB RAM, and 32/64/128GB storage as well as microSD 256GB support and Android Adoptable Storage support (uses SD as system storage).
  • Rear camera: 16MP, laser autofocus, Optical Image Stabilisation (probably the same as the G5).
  • Front camera: 5MP dual lens.
  • MilSpec ruggedized – looks like carbon fibre is used.
  • Wi-Fi AC, dual band, MU-MIMI 2 x 2, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, NFC, IR port, FM radio, USB-C, rear fingerprint reader, 32-bit DAC.
  • Removable battery.

Why this is important to LG

LG make very good flagship phones. The G4 and G5 have a special place in my heart because they are just different enough from the mainstream to be interesting. The G5 is as good as it gets yet it struggles to sell in the volumes that Samsung’s also excellent S7 series does.

The V series sits above the G series, and it may allow the G to be repositioned as a better value flagship and increase volumes. It will also sit about any Nexus phones that LG is rumoured to be making.

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