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August 11, 2016

LG V20: Specs, release date and rumours

by John_A

LG has announced it will be introducing a successor to the V10 smartphone in September. We also know that it will be called the V20.

In true LG style, there have been a couple of other snippets of information revealed too, even if the exact details of those snippets are still unconfirmed.

This is everything we know so far about the LG V20, including confirmed specs from LG mixed in with a few rumours for good measure.

LG V20: Release date

LG has confirmed that it plans to announce the V20 in September. The company has sent out invites to a press event taking place in San Francisco on 6 September, which is the day before Apple’s iPhone event is expected to happen, as well as the day before consumer electronics show IFA finishes.

The invite reads: “Play More”, along with “The second story begins, LG V20”. There is therefore no doubt that 6 September is the date the V20 official launch will occur, but whether it will hit shelves immediately is not yet clear.

Android Authority / OnLeaks

LG V20: Design

LG has revealed that the V20 will sport a dual-rear camera, as well as a dual screen, the latter of which can be found on the V10. Aside from that, no other official details regarding the design have been confirmed.

Some renders have been published by Android Authority in association with @OnLeaks however, showing the V20 from a range of angles. Based on this leak, it looks like the V20 will sport a circular fingerprint sensor on the rear, along with a protruding dual-camera setup.

The leak also shows a button to the right, coupled with what appears to be a removable bottom, like the LG G5, suggesting the modular design might make its way onto the V20. According to Android Authority’s sources, the V20 will measure 7.7mm slim, aside from the camera part, which will be 8.8mm. It is said to be 159.5 x 78.1mm, which would make it narrower than its predecessor.

Based on the images, USB Type-C appears to be on board and the secondary display from the V10 remains, while the dual camera array on the front looks to have been scrapped. Bear in mind these are merely rumours and renders though, so take everything with a pinch of salt for now.

LG V20: Display

LG hasn’t detailed what size display the V20 will arrive with, though it has confirmed there will be a secondary display like the original device, as we mentioned previously.

The LG V10 had a 5.7-inch main display with a Quad HD resolution that put its pixel density at 515ppi. The secondary display measured 2.1-inches and had a resolution of 1040 x 160.

We’d expect a similar size and resolution for both displays on the V20.

Android Authority / OnLeaks

LG V20: Camera

It has been confirmed that the LG V20 will feature a dual-camera setup on its rear, as we mentioned. LG hasn’t detailed the resolution of the camera offering, but it wouldn’t be too surprising to see the company take from the G5.

The renders don’t show a duo camera for the front like the V10 featured, so again, we wouldn’t be too shocked to see the same front-facing camera sensor as the G5.

The LG G5 has an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. On the rear, there is a 16-megapixel snapper, coupled with an 8-megapixel wide-angle sensor.

LG V20: Hardware

No details on hardware specs for the V20 have been detailed, except for that the new device will feature 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC capabilities. LG claims the Quad DAC will deliver a crisp and clear sound that comes closest to a live performance when compatible wired headphones are used.

Apparently, V20 owners will “feel as if they are carrying around a professional home-audio system in their smartphone”.

Other hardware details have yet to be shared by the company, but we’d expect either the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, or Snapdragon 821, along with 4GB of RAM. We’d also expect to see USB Type-C as the renders show.

The V10 came in 32GB and 64GB models with microSD support. It offered a battery capacity of 3000mAh, which we wouldn’t expect to see reduced for the V20.

LG V20: Software

The LG V20 is set to be among the first to launch on Android Nougat. In fact, if it launches on 6 September and hits shelves soon after, it will be the first device to come with the software from the box.

Traditionally, the Nexus devices have been the poster boys for the new software build but the HTC-rumoured devices aren’t due until the end of September, beginning of October.

It might be that LG launches the V20 but we may not see it on shelves until after, or at the same time as the Nexus handsets though. You can read our Android Nougat preview to see what software features you can expect with the new build.

LG V20: Conclusion

What do we know so far? Well, the LG V20 will be announced at an event on 6 September and it will feature a secondary display, a dual-camera on the rear and Android Nougat.

It will also sport a Quad DAC for those that want better quality audio from their device. Other than that, LG hasn’t confirmed anything else as yet but that is likely to change before launch day.

We will update this feature as we hear more so keep checking back for the latest.

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