After a mystery filled rumors, LG has formally announced the new V10, a smartphone like no other that features a secondary display and a surprisingly secondary front camera for selfies. Many have already suggested that the V10 will open new doors to LG’s flagship smartphone designs and the new handset sets a new perspective and user experience with a new design, functionality and an even more premium build than the company’s G series flagship.
Like as teased before, the new LG V10 comes with a 5.7 QHD main display with another smaller display unit right at the top and connected to the main display, LG calls it a dual display setup and offers additional functionality to the handset. For one, the top smaller display can display information such as the weather, time, date and battery life without using the full display panel, this setup could significantly reduce battery consumption which then help conserve battery life. Another useful functionality of the second display is that users can create application shortcuts right on the smaller display for quick launching apps.
Another new to LG V10 is the camera setup on the front. Few manufacturers had already create a dual camera setup on a smartphone but nothing has it compared to the new LG V10, the handset consist of two separate cameras on the front designed specifically to produce a wide-angle perspective. It is a first on smartphone devices that gives that level of importance on self-portrait shots. With the dual camera setup, the V10 can either have a wide-angle view of 80 degrees or go for more and fit everyone in a 120 degree angle shot that utilizes both cameras while images taken from the two sensors are stitched together to form a single wide-angle image.
Though the front has a significantly whole new piece experience, the back looks more like the same as the LG G4 including its back-mounted physical keys, as well as the same 16 Megapixel main camera unit with Laser Auto Focus, Optical Image Stabilization and is supported by a LED flash. With these stunning camera hardware on the V10, LG introduces a new feature called a “Multi-view Recording” which utilizes all three cameras to record videos. It can take 4K videos with a special manual mode that gives users access to settings such as the Shutter speed, frame rate, ISO, white balance and focus.
In support with its massive photo and video recording capabilities, the LG V10 sport a 3 strategically positioned mics with wind noise cancellation feature for a clearer audio and includes a 32 bit Hi-Fi DAC by ESS Technology for sound.
The new V10 from LG is powered by Snapdragon 808 processor and Adreno 418 GPU with 4 GB of RAM for support and a standard 64 GB of built-in storage. With focus on both photo and video recording, LG includes a microSD slot for memory expansion. In control with the new V10 is the latest Android 5.1.1 Lollipop with LG’s proprietary UI on top which adds an exclusive LG features and apps. Inside and keeping the handset alive is a 3000 mAh battery.
Connectivity-wise, the handset supports 4G/LTE, HSPA+ and GSM will all standard connectivity options on board including Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac in Dual band and feature DLNA and hotspot, Bluetooth 4.1 with A2DP, LE, Apt-X, GPS with A-GPS and GLONASS support, NFC, InfraRed and USB 2.0 on microUSB port.
Other V10 goodies includes a fingerprint sensor on the back and ditching the familiar plastic from the G4 is the stainless steel SAE grade 316L frame. It has a soft Dura skin material on the back for added protection against direct impacts, nicks and scratches. Its soft-texture and grid patterns on the back also ensures a good grip in the hands. With thorough lab testing at MET, the LG V10 was found to be “MIL-STD-810G Transit Drop Compliant” for shock.
The LG V10 will be available in South Korea this month in two different hues Blue, Black, White and Beige. Soon after the initial launch in South Korea, LG will be making the handset available in the US, China and key countries in Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.