THE LG V20 has arrived and surprised precisely no-one as the first phone to ship with Android 7.0 Nougat installed.
The LG V20 is one of the worst kept secrets in tech. The firm teased us about the "premium" smartphone last month and promised an unveiling in September.
LG has beaten Google's Nexus, or Pixel, devices to release the first phone to run Nougat, and the LG V20 brings back the secondary screen seen on last year's V10.
It's sort of like the Edge screen on Samsung's smartphones, but less impressive, and allows the easy viewing of information such as notifications and battery life.
This secondary display sits on top of the main 5.7in 2560x1440 QHD IPS display, which comes with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 chip and 4GB of RAM.
Audio is a big deal on the LG V20, according to the firm, as it's the first with 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC. There's also an HD audio record that can apparently capture "studio audio quality" using the phone's three mics, and support for a handful of lossless formats including FLAC, AIFF and Apple Lossless.
The handset has a 5MP wide-angle lens on the front, and a dual 16MP/8MP set-up on the rear with optical image stabilisation.
The high-end specs continue with 64GB of storage expandable to 2TB, a 3,200mAh battery, support for download speeds up to 600Mbps and USB Type-C connectivity. The smartphone's metal backplate can be removed to switch out the battery.
"The LG V20 is designed to offer customers a more dynamic experience by building on the most popular video and audio features of the V series," said Juno Cho, president of LG Electronics and Mobile Communications Company.
"With the LG V20, we are giving our customers more of everything they love, and less of anything they don’t need, to set a new standard for premium smartphones."
LG hasn't yet announced UK availability details, but said that the LG V20 will be available in Korea starting this month followed by other regions. µ
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