LG has unveiled a new premium smartphone called the V10. This is the first of the company's V Series and is a premium device with a stainless steel frame and silicone skin. The phone is designed to "provide a rich multimedia experience — both consumption and creation — for today’s social network savvy consumers". A couple of hardware design decisions have been made to provide this experience; a second screen at the upper right of the main display and a set of two front facing cameras at the upper left of the main display.
The LG V10 is a smartphone based upon a main 5.7-inch QHD IPS Quantum Display. LG has implemented an independent second screen just above and to the right of the main screen. The second screen can be set to be always on and configured to show what is important to you; the weather, time, date and battery icon when the main display is off, and be used as a dedicated favourite app launch area when the main screen is on. Like other firm's second screens it can be used as a notifications and control area when enjoying a game or movie, for example.
To the left of the second screen LG has installed a pair of 5MP front facing cameras. These allowed the firm to implement a 120 degree wide selfie (AKA Groufie) mode when both cameras are combined, or take 80 degree selfies with just one camera. For further interesting photographic possibilities LG has enabled 'Multi-view Recording' where all the smartphones cameras, front and back can be used to create a video. LG also claims it is the first smartphone maker to implement manual-mode on one of its devices with user control offered for options such as shutter speed, frame rate, ISO, white balance and focus while recording.
The stainless steel (DuraGuard) and silicone (DuraSkin) construction was mentioned in the intro and this build allows LG's V10 to pass independent testing by MET Laboratories, which certified it as 'MIL-STD-810G Transit Drop Compliant' for shock.
Other key and standout features of this smartphone are the Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 Processor, the provision of microSD card support up to 2TB, Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 technology and a battery that is removable, a 32 bit Hi-Fi DAC by ESS Technology, and Qualcomm Technologies TruSignal antenna boost technology. The V10 has a fingerprint sensor and has the popular 'knock code' software.
The LG V10 will become available in Korea initially, later this month, followed by markets such as the United States, China and key countries in Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. Additional markets and launch dates to be announced. Pricing is yet to be announced.
- Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 Processor
- Display: Main - 5.7-inch QHD IPS Quantum Display (2560 x 1440 / 513ppi)
Secondary - 2.1-inch IPS Quantum Display (160 x 1040 / 513ppi)
- Memory: 4GB LPDDR3 RAM / 64GB eMMC ROM / microSD (up to 2TB)
- Camera: Rear: 16MP with F1.8 Aperture / OIS 2.0
Front: 5MP Dual Lens (80 degree Standard Angle / 120 degree Wide Angle)
- Battery: 3,000mAh (removable)
- OS: Android 5.1.1 Lollipop
- Size: 6 x 79.3 x 8.6mm
- Weight: 192g
- Network: LTE-A Cat. 6
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac / Bluetooth 4.1 / NFC / USB 2.0
- Colours: Space Black / Luxe White / Modern Beige / Ocean Blue / Opal Blue