New arrival: LG V20 flagship phablet with Android 7 Nougat

LG has launched the V20 in Singapore, boasting strong multimedia performance for audiophiles and photographers. Available in Singapore (S$998) from 5 November.

The LG V20 uses lightweight aluminum, together with a new silicon-based material - AL6013 metal - which is found in aircraft, sailboats and mountain bikes.

The LG V20 uses lightweight aluminum, together with a new silicon-based material – AL6013 metal – which is found in aircraft, sailboats and mountain bikes.

The new LG V20 sports Hi-Fi Quad DAC, Steady Record 2.0, front and rear wide angle cameras.

LG also boasts that It is the world’s first smartphone to come preloaded with Android 7.0 Nougat OS, featuring the new Google In Apps phone search function.

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The LG V20 has a 5.7-inch main IPS Quantum Display and emphasises on multimedia performances. It was launched in Singapore at Bar on 5 in the Orchard Mandarin Hotel.

The LG V series is a premium flagship smartphone line designed to provide users with the best video and audio experience.

Key specifications of the LG V20 below.

Key Specifications of the LG V20

  • Chipset: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 820 Processor
  • Display:
    • Main 5.7-inch QHD IPS Quantum Display (2560 x 1440 / 513ppi)
    • Secondary IPS Quantum Display (160 x 1040 / 513ppi)
  • Memory: 4GB LPDDR4 RAM / 64GB UFS ROM / microSD (up to 2TB)
  • Camera:
    • Front 5MP with F1.9 Aperture (Wide Angle)
    • Rear 16MP with F1.8 Aperture OIS (Standard Angle) and 8MP with F2.4 Aperture (Wide Angle)
  • Battery: 3200mAh (removable)
  • Operating System: Android 7.0 Nougat
  • Size: 159.7 x 78.1 x 7.6mm
  • Network: LTE-A 3 Band CA
  • Connectivity: X12 LTE (up to 450 Mbps LTE Category 9 with 3x Carrier Aggregation) / Wi-Fi (802.11 a, b, g, n, ac) / USB Type-C / Bluetooth 4.2 BLE / NFC
  • Colours: Titan / Silver
  • Others: Hi-Fi Video Recording / Steady Record 2.0 / HD Audio Recorder / Studio Mode / High AOP Mic / Second Screen / 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC / In Apps / B&O Collaboration / Finger Print Scanner / Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ 3.0

For audiophiles

LG has also partnered with Bang & Olufsen to ship the V20 with the B&O Play earphones (worth S198) bundled in the box.

The V20 includes a 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC that is powered by ESS Technology, designers of high-performance audio products.

Driven by ESS SABRE ES9218, the Quad DAC in the V20 promises clearer sound by minimising distortion and ambient noise by up to 50 percent.

With 75-stage fine volume and L/R balance controls as well as support for lossless music formats including FLAC, DSD, AIFF and ALAC, the V20 offers high-quality sound to any pair of earphones.

The HD Audio Recorder enables users to capture studio quality audio with a wider dynamic frequency range using three high AOP microphones to record sound with quality that surpass audio recordings on conventional smartphones.

With Studio Mode, users can manually control sound with easy-to-use keys similar to ones found in video cameras and use Music Recorded?? to create high quality audio suitable for auditions by recording singing voices over existing music.

For videographers

The LG V20 is powered by the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 820 processor with X12 LTE, and features Steady Record 2.0, leveraging Qualcomm Technologies’ electronic image stabilisation (EIS) 3.0 to record sharper video footage while neutralising shaky images.

The silver version of the LG V20. The AL6013 metal was selected to cover the back of the phone due to its sturdy but light properties.

The silver version of the LG V20. The AL6013 metal was selected to cover the back of the phone due to its sturdy but light properties.

The gyro-based EIS improves sync accuracy between the image and the gyro by reducing sync latency to only 50 milliseconds.

EIS is complemented by digital image stabilisation (DIS) which further improves video quality in post-processing by adjusting objects across frames and minimizing distortion caused by rolling shutter for smoother action.

LG V20 owners can record Hi-Fi videos and manually control the settings for perfect audio quality using options such as Low Cut Filter (LCF) that removes unwanted background noise and Limiter (LMT) that sets recording distance.

The LCF reduces background noise while the LMT zeroes in on voices the user wants to record.

The V20 also captures audio using 24-bit / 48 kHz Linear Pulse Code Modulation (LPCM), the same format used in professional video equipment.

For photographers

The wide angle capabilities of the front and rear cameras allow consumers to capture more background without having to physically step back to widen the shot.

“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. 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,” said David Yoh, Mobile Communications Business Director of LG Electronics Singapore.

The 5MP front camera has a 120-degree lens that expands the wefie field of view so that more friends can be included in the frame.

The dual-lens rear camera comprises of a 16MP with 75-degree large aperture standard angle lens, and a 8MP with 135-degree lens, the widest available in any smartphone.

The wide angle feature makes it perfect for taking pictures in front of a gorgeous vista or inside a gigantic stadium.

The Auto Shot Function on the front camera produces perfect selfies with its face detection feature, which triggers the shot when the subject is ready and smiling.

There is no need to press the shutter button, which usually increases camera shake and the likelihood of a blurred shot.

The V20’s Hybrid Auto Focus (HAF) enables a fast and stable auto focus by integrating three AF mechanisms – Laser Detection AF, Phase Detection AF and Contrast AF – for both videos and photos.

The V20 determines if LDAF or PDAF is best for a particular shot and then refines the focus with Contrast AF.

For everybody

The Second Screen feature that was first introduced on the V10 has improved in visibility. With double the brightness and 50 percent larger font size.

The titan version of the LG V20. The top and bottom of the phone are made by Silicone Polycarbonate (Si-PC).

The titan version of the LG V20. The top and bottom of the phone are made by Silicone Polycarbonate (Si-PC).

The smaller display located above the main display allows users to easily view notifications and alerts in outdoor situations at a glance.

Now with the Expandable Notifications feature, users can tap a button on the Second Screen to enlarge notifications in order to check long messages at a glance and quickly send a reply or share information.

The LG V20 comes with the mobile user interface LG UX 5.0+ to make it easier to use the multimedia functions tailored to customer needs.

The LG UX 5.0+ is an upgraded version of the LG UX 5.0 first introduced on the LG G5.

It is also the world’s first smartphone interface to run on Android 7.0 Nougat.

The LG V20 also features Multi-window to display two apps at once in a split screen allowing users to drag text, images, and files from one app to another.

The LG V20 is the world’s first phone to showcase Google’s In Apps.

The new search mode featured in the Google app, helps users find content not only from built-in apps including contacts, emails, text messages and photos, but also from user-installed apps.

It also enables users to discover recently accessed apps, people to get in touch with, messages to read or activity across apps without having to type a query.

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