As announced earlier, LG has launched its second flagship smartphone for the year 2015. The company has officially launched the LG V10, the first smartphone from its new V series. The device comes with certain unique features that make most out of the high-end specifications.
It comes with a smaller secondary display which the company called it as Second Screen; it is placed right above the main display. It is a 2.1-inch IPS Quantum display with a resolution of 160 x 1040 while the main display is of 5.7-inch size with a Quad HD resolution. The LG uses the Quantum displays for their flagship devices which are first used in the LG G4. Compared to the normal IPS displays, the Quantum displays produce greater color reproduction and contrast along with improved brightness.
The V10 also sports dual front cameras with 5MP sensors with two different lenses, while one camera has a standard 80-degree lens the other camera sports 120-degree wide angle lens. On the rear, we can find the 16MP sensor with OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) and an aperture of f/1.8. According to LG, this is the first smartphone to include manual mode for video recordings. The video can be recorded in two aspect ratios while 16:9 is the standard feature, the 21:9 is what makes the video recording special on this device.
Under the hood, is the same Snapdragon 808 hexa-core processor that was used for their earlier flagship LG G4. It has 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM, 64GB of internal storage along with a microSD card slot that can support a maximum of 2TB of storage. This is also the first smartphone from LG to offer fingerprint sensor for making the device more secure. Earlier to this the company had offered only knock code apart from the Android screen lock features.
It runs on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop based LG’s own UX UI. The device sports a stainless steel frame around the device to make tough against the drops. On the back, it has a soft grid pattern silicon layer that offers more grip and makes the device shock proof. According to the company, V10 is the first smartphone to utilize Qualcomm’s TruSignal antenna boost to optimize the signal strength for faster data speeds and better call coverage.
Juno Cho, CEO of LG Mobiles said, “The LG V10 was designed from the ground up primarily as a multimedia smartphone for the sharing ecosystem.” He also added “We heard from many customers that until the G4, they weren’t comfortable going on vacation or outings without a separate camera. With the V10, we hope to do for video what the G4 did for photographs.”
Connectivity on this device includes Cat 6 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, NFC and USB 2.0. It comes with a removable 3,000mAh battery that can easily last for a single day of mixed usage. The device also supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 that can charge the battery from 0 to 50% in just 40 minutes.
The pricing of the device hasn’t been announced yet, but with the added features we can expect the device to be priced more than LG G4. As per few rumors, the device will be priced at KRW7,99,700 (approx $680) in Korea. Though there is no exact availability date, the device will be first made available in Korea before the end of this month and will be later launched in the U.S, Latin America, Middle East, China along with other key Asian markets.
In the recently released Q2 market share results, LG stood at 8th place in the global mobile phone shipments with 4% share and in smartphone shipments it stood at 6th place with same 4% of market share. The company did better in the North American market with 14% of market share standing at the 3rd place only next to Apple and Samsung. With the launch of LG V10, we can expect the company to give much tough competition to Samsung.