LG’s V20 – Double The Screens, Double The Cameras
LG has launched their latest smartphone, the LG V20. Whether you’re a business person or creative, this could be the phone for you!
Published: Tuesday, November 1st 2016
2016 has not been a good year for LG Mobile.
The company's much-hyped G5 modular style phone ended up costing them hundreds of millions of dollars instead of solidifying their place as a smartphone powerhouse.
Yet, instead of bowing out of the smartphone game, the company has returned with a media powerhouse in the form of the V20, successor to 2015's wildly popular V10.
Introducing The LG V20
LG's V series is aimed at people who are looking for the best media and audio consumption device they can get.
The company says that they've "looked at the customers of the V10 and examined what they wanted and needed. They determined that the V20 should be developed with “storytellers” in mind. For anyone who has something to say, anyone who has an experience to share."
“The V20 collects and improves on users’ favourite features from past models. This includes the unbeatable dual rear-facing cameras that made the LG G5 such a hit. The devices multimedia capabilities cater to professional needs, while still being easy enough for the general public to understand, and utilise,” says Deon Prinsloo, General Manager of LG Mobile at LG Electronics South Africa.
Like the V10, the V20 retains the secondary display located above the main display. It also brings in a rear-facing dual-camera setup, much like the one found on the G5.
LG V20 Features
Other features include:
Steady Record 2.0
Thanks to Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 processor with X12 LTE, the V20 has what LG calls "Steady Record 2.0".
It leverages Qualcomm Technologies’ electronic image stabilisation (EIS) 3.0, to record sharper video footage while neutralising shaky images. The gyro-based EIS improves sync accuracy between the image and the gyro by reducing sync latency to only 50 microseconds. EIS is complemented by digital image stabilisation (DIS). This further improves video quality in post-processing. It does this by adjusting objects across frames and minimising distortion caused by rolling shutter for smoother action.
Hi-Fi Video Recording
If you're looking to record Hi-Fi videos on a mobile device, then this is the phone for you. The V20 lets you record Hi-Fi videos and manually control the settings for perfect audio quality. You can do this by 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.
Hi-Fi Quad DAC
Looking for Hi-Fi audio on a smartphone? Look no further.
The V20 features a 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC, powered by ESS Technology. Powered by ESS SABRE ES9218, the Quad DAC in the V20 delivers clearer sound by minimising distortion and ambient noise by up to 50 percent. This with 75-stage fine volume and L/R balance controls, as well as support for lossless music formats including FLAC, DSD, AIFF and ALAC.
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HD Audio Recorder
This feature lets users capture studio-quality audio, with a wider dynamic frequency range. It does this by using three high AOP microphones to record incredible sound that surpasses audio recordings on conventional smartphones. With Studio Mode, you can manually control sound with easy-to-use keys, similar to ones found in video cameras. You can also use Music Recorded to create high-quality audio, suitable for auditions, by recording singing voices over existing music.
Front/Rear Wide Angle Lens
The 5MP front camera, with a 120-degree lens, expands the selfie experience to take bigger pictures with even more friends. The 8MP rear camera, with its 135-degree lens, is perfect for taking pictures in front of a gorgeous vista or inside a gigantic stadium. The large aperture standard angle lens captures sharp images at a maximum of 16MP with its 75-degree lens.
The V20 has passed the MIL-STD 810G Transit Drop Test for durability. These tests are carried out by an independent laboratory that tests according to US Military standards. The results showed that the device, with its full metal body, could withstand shocks and still operate. This when dropped repeatedly from a height of four feet, landing in numerous positions, including the front, back, sides and corners (not that we'd suggest trying it out).
LG’s V20 will be available exclusively from Vodacom starting 7 November 2016.