LG Unveils V20 Android Nougat Phone With 3.5mm Jack, Audiophile Smarts

LG unveiled its new flagship V20 smartphone in New York on Tuesday evening, just 24 hours ahead of Apple's iPhone 7 event in San Francisco.

A successor to last year's LG V10, the new 5.7-inch phone is pitched as a "multimedia heavyweight" and boasts a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB storage, a 2560x1440 QHD IPS LCD display, and a fingerprint sensor home button.

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The front of the handset boasts an always-on screen "ticker" strip along the top that can display mini apps and notifications, such as music controls and calendar events.

The V20 sacrifices a unibody aluminum design in favor of a microSD slot (up to 2TB) and a removable 3200mAh battery via a metal backplate, while the top and bottom parts of the phone are made from silicon polycarbonate, earning the V20 a MIL-STD 810G drop and shock resistance rating. The device packs a USB-C port, water resistance is non-existent though.

While Apple is expected to drop the headphone jack with the iPhone 7 series, LG is very much relying on the analog port to appeal to audiophiles: the V20 boasts a 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC (digital-to-analog converter) and a 72-stage volume control fine-tuned by Bang & Olufsen, with support for most lossless music formats including FLAC and Apple Lossless. It also includes a HD audio recorder able to capture "studio quality audio" from three ultra-sensitive built-in microphones.

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The rear of the phone houses a 16-megapixel camera with a 75-degree field of view backed by optical image stabilization and laser, phase, and contrast autofocusing, with a second wide-angle 8-megapixel sensor boasting a larger 135-degree field of view. The front-facing 5-megapixel camera also packs a wide angle mode.

Software-wise, the V20 is the first phone to come pre-installed with Android 7.0 Nougat, which features vertical split screen view, picture in picture, VR mode, file-based encryption, and more.

With Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 suffering from a disastrous global recall due to reports of exploding batteries, LG's feature-packed V20 phablet finds itself first in line to go up against the iPhone 7 Plus, at least for now. While LG is yet to announce pricing and availability, consumers can expect the V20 to hover around the same $800 price point as the iPhone 7 Plus and Note 7.

MacRumors will have full coverage of Apple's iPhone 7 event today, with a live blog on our front page at MacRumors.com and updates in 140 characters or less through our @MacRumorsLive account on Twitter.

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39 months ago
Anyone who says that a smartphone can take "studio quality recordings" without context cannot be taken seriously.
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39 months ago
Shame about the slow and sluggish operating system.

No matter what hardware they throw at the operating system for me it won't be as fluid as iOS.
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39 months ago

For all those about to be hurt by the lack of a 3.5mm headphone jack. 10 years. 2005 vs 2015.


Not sure what you are saying

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39 months ago

If you're going to pay as much for an Android phone as you would for an iPhone, why not just get an iPhone? :confused:


Well, some people like Android and/or are invested in its ecosystem. That and SD card and 3.5mm jack.
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39 months ago

Wow, how can this cheap knock off phone have a 2TB SD card slot, dual camera with laser focus, better screen and a headphone jack while Apple has what again? Can't say they copied Apple because Apple has none of this!


try the "LG experience", then report back.
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39 months ago
For all those about to be hurt by the lack of a 3.5mm headphone jack. 10 years. 2005 vs 2015.

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39 months ago

LG phone article on a site called MacRumors. Let's get a Windows phone story while we are at it!

The LG phone and Android are direct competitors to iOS and the iPhone and has a direct correlation to what the readers of MacRumors are interested in. The site attracts a wide variety of readers with numerous interests and this is just one aspect of them.
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39 months ago

MicroSD, removable battery, headphone jack... WHAT YEAR IS IT?


2016
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39 months ago
MicroSD, removable battery, headphone jack... WHAT YEAR IS IT?
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39 months ago


While LG is yet to announce pricing and availability, consumers can expect the V20 to hover around the same $800 price point as the iPhone 7 Plus and Note 7.


If you're going to pay as much for an Android phone as you would for an iPhone, why not just get an iPhone? :confused:

Regardless, looks like a nice phone. Certainly will appeal more to a niche market. It's always good to have the option there if you want it.
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