LG has just announced a new premium phone called the V10 – the first in its new “V” line, which increases a few key specs while ditching plastic for more premium materials.
Compare the V10 to the flagship G4, and you’ll notice that the two are not significantly different. It has the same (removable) 3,000 mAh battery, the same Snapdragon 808 processor, and the same 16-megapixel rear camera. But there is an extra gigabyte of RAM.
On the outside, though, the new phone appears to have replaced the G4’s curved display with one that’s flat. And the V10 is built out of higher-grade materials, with LG opting for stainless steel and silicone over plastic. A few other particularly distinguishing features – some pretty wild – are worth pointing out.
First, there are two screens on the front of the device. There’s the main, 5.7-inch QHD display, and just above that is a much smaller “always on” screen that’s quite versatile. When the main screen is off, the second screen can display the weather, time, date and battery level. When the main screen is on, the second screen can be used for quick-launching of apps, accessing favorite contacts, or providing notifications. All in all, it sounds like it works a lot like the Edge screen found on Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and Note Edge devices.
Next to that second screen are not one but two front-facing cameras. Both are 5-megapixels, but one has a rather wide 120-degree field of view, while the other is a bit more narrow, measuring just 80 degrees. The two cameras can’t be used to create 3D images, but LG does say that the V10 has software that can combine images taken concurrently by the two lenses. The wide lens can be used for taking selfies of more than just yourself, the company claims.
The V10 shares the same camera as LG’s G4, but it appears that the company is promoting the camera’s software capabilities this time around — especially when it comes to shooting video. Users will have full manual control over things like shutter speed, ISO, white balance, focus and frame rate. The V10 can shoot video in HD, FHD, or UHD resolution, and there’s even an option to shoot in a 21:9 aspect ratio. The camera also has both optical and electronic image stabilization.
In short, LG’s new V10 sounds a lot like the G4, but with enough bumps in performance and material that you’d expect at a higher price. And while it wouldn’t be surprising if it commands more at retailers than the G4 does, LG is holding off on announcing pricing for now. The new phone will be available in South Korea this month, and will make it to the US, China, and a few other countries soon thereafter. The V10 will be available in five colors — black, white, beige, and two different blues — and will come in one storage variant (64GB).