LG V20 Pros & Cons Review

Picture of the LG V20, by LG

- Analysis by KJ David

The world's first smartphone to run Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box is LG's V20, a sequel to the 2015 V10 that brings back its ancestor's chic Second Screen technology , which is basically a 2.1-inch 160 x 1040 513ppi IPS Quantum panel sitting right above its 5.7-inch Quad HD 513ppi main interface . Incidentally, it is the first Android to feature the Google In Apps phone searching function, which helps users find content from both inbuilt apps and user-installed software.

Though the rest of its specs are flagship-caliber pros, the V20 sadly settles for a 3200mAh-only battery capacity , despite many of us speculating that it would boast at least 4000mAh of power. However, it is at least an improvement over the V10's 3000mAh and an even better pro over the G5's 2800mAh even if the G5 came out as a flagship just short of six months earlier than this one... just that! -- Does that tell us how time flies even more quickly in tech?

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Additionally, it loses its predecessor's duo-5-megapixel front camera setup , opting for a single 5-megapixel f/1.9 selfie shooter this time. Digital photographers should not fret just yet, though, since the V20 also replaces its older sibling's 16-megapixel rear camera with a dual-lens (16- and 8-megapixel) system bedecked with 4K imaging, multiple image stabilization technologies, and hybrid autofocus .

Versus what most other 2016-released premium Androids deliver, the V20's multimedia offering sounds tantamount -- if not, more-advanced. It features a 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC (a first in the mobile world) for minimizing overall ambient noise, a Hi-Fi video recording mode that mimics the performance of many professional video equipment, and three high AOP microphones . These are accompanied by its X12 LTE adapter, which promises blazing-fast data rates of up to 600Mbps (...if available from your network, of course!).

Powering the top-end LG V20 from inside its MIL-STD-810G-certified shock-resistant shell are a quad-core Snapdragon 820 2.15GHz (max clock rate) CPU and a 4GB LPDDR4 RAM , bringing to mind a bunch of other high-octane 2016 releases. The whole processing approach, it should be noted, is a change of strategy compared to the LG V10 (of which we also reviewed the pros and cons), whose Snapdragon 808 had six cores, but a lower maximum clock rate of just 1.82Ghz (slightly down from its Qualcomm-rated 2Ghz maximum clock rate). But despite a lower core count, the V20's 2.15Ghz should do well in many contexts.

Lastly, while it only has 64GB of UFS memory (we were expecting a 128GB variant), it boasts a spacious 2TB's worth of microSD support , but that is a pro we had been seeing on LG phones for years now and 2TB microSD cards were far from being available at your corner store as we were writing this, so that's a pro you should take with a grain of salt.

Long story short, users who are looking for a top-of-the-line 2016 smartphone will more-than-likely find the LG V20's bag of tricks tempting.

On-paper Review score:

First, the Cons:

Ostensibly no HDMI port:

It's all well and good that the LG V20 can record high-resolution 3840 x 2160 movies, but we were disappointed not to find any evidence of the V20 featuring an HDMI port (which is convenient to watch HD videos on your shiny HDTV.)

Unknown weight:

It's frustrating that we could not find its weight information.


Very large screen:

The screen is larger than usual, making it a phablet: 5.7 inches and a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels means about 13.87 square inches and an image quality of at least 513 dots per inch (DPI)!

The LG V20 features an impressive 16-megapixel (plus a companion 8-megapixel camera) camera.

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Very high-definition camera:

The V20 is has an exceptional 16-megapixel (plus a companion 8-megapixel camera) camera. It also includes these features: Auto Shot.

Average front cam:

The selfie cam resolution seems just about average.

Some innovations:

It is the first smartphone to feature a 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC (ESS SABRE ES9218) audio system, promising to minimize overall audio distortion and background noise.


It is described as a rugged phone (more sturdy, better water-resistance, etc).


NFC is used by electronic payments and other applications.

Quad processor:

Not only does it have a 2.15GHz (Dual 2.15GHz + Dual 1.6GHz) processor clock speed, but it also has 4 cores.

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