LG V20 Unboxing And First Impressions - It Could Be The Best Phone For 2016!
Given all those traits, we were very keen to find out what this flagship phablet is all about. Will it be the the right or even better Note 7 replacement?
Disclaimer: We only borrowed this unit from Ashley of Hardwarezone Magazine, thanks!
LG V20 Specs
Unboxing / Accessories
|LG V20's white box|
The V20 comes in an easy to open white box. It contains most of the things we wanted to see on a smartphone package such as: Quick Charge 3.0 wall charger, thick / flat micro USB to USB Type C cable, and USB Type C OTG adapter.
LG also partnered with B&O to bundle the good sounding (for a freebie) PLAY H3 earphones to let you experience what the quad DAC setup of V20 can do.
|What's inside V20's package|
The only thing that's missing in the package is a case for additional phone protection. It's something LG can include in their next releases especially on a flagship handset.
Build Quality / Design
|View behind V20 showing the dual cameras, dual LED flash, sensors, and fingerprint scanner|
Coming from the LG G5, the V20 isn't modular anymore. Instead, it utilized most of the formula found with the V10 that made it one of finest phones last year.
|The SIM slot and micro SD card slots, removable battery, and metal cover|
This phone boast flagship grade build quality that's mostly made out of military grade metal. The frame and removable metal back cover is thin, but feels way tougher than what it looks. In front, the there's a layer of Gorilla Glass 4 protection that'll be there to save it breaking from accidental drops and scratches.
The device feels solid, won't bend, and break easily as a whole.However, there's still some silicon polycarbonate parts found on its upper back / lower bottom parts and it doesn't have water / dust resistances.
|There's a microphone on top|
|3.5 mm headphone jack, microphone, USB Type C, and single speaker below|
|Volume rocker on the left side of the phone|
In terms of design, it isn't the prettiest phone around, but it is very slim and still looks sleek overall. We like its beautiful corner contours, reduced screen bezels, and low-profile paint finish. The cameras behind are just protruding, but that's minor thing for us.
Ergonomically, the V20 is very comfortable to hold even if it is considered as a big phablet with its 5.7 inch large screen. The slanting corners, slim bezels, and slim profile did that trick. We also find all its volume rocker at left and fingerprint sensor behind easy to locate.
|Antutu score of over 131K!|
1. Just like the V10, the very sharp and vibrant screen of V20 is a joy to view. While some may find the secondary screen a bit gimmicky, it'll be useful for those who'll master it overtime.
2. It's the first LG flagship (for me) that truly feels premium to hold and feel.
3. The cameras on both sides looks very impressive on first try. We also enjoyed its wide angle mode that gives an action camera like effect. For selfies, it can fit a lot of people in one frame!
4. As we all know, this is the first phone in the world that loads with Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. It's LG UX 5.0+ is clean and simple to use.
5. It's the most feature packaged smartphone today, but there's no water and dust resistance.
The quad Sabre ES9218 DACOn paper, we find the its use of the quad Sabre DAC very exciting. Why? We're used to using HiFi DAP's that only have dual DAC setup which often cost a lot. LG did this on a powerful phone where they included not 2 but 4 DAC's coming from ESS Technologies, the known makers of high-end audiophile grade chips.
Unfortunately, we were only able to listen at 1 song using the V20. Anyway, from what we heard, the V20 sounded very clean, full, musical, and real at the same time. There's plenty of bass when needed, but it doesn't overpower the rest of the audio spectrum as it still packs with tons of details. So far, there's a good chance that as a music player, the V20 has the chance to compete even against pricier portable dedicated digital to analog players out there.
Note: We just don't know yet if it is capable of driving bigger headphones with high impedance.
|Rear camera, normal mode|
|Rear camera, wide angle mode|
|Normal selfie mode|
|Wide angle selfie mode|
As of the moment
We'll need more time with the device before we can state our verdict, but easily, the V20 is the most value packed flagship phone for 2016 on paper! Why? It did everything right by putting all the high-end specs today, stylish design, what most people like (removable battery + expandable storage), innovative quad cameras, and quad DAC setup.
On top of that, LG surprised us on how low they priced this device at just PHP 35,990 considering all those innovations against its major competitors - the Note 7 and iPhone 7 series.
For our full review: LG V20 Review - The Jack Of All Trades