LG V10 Release: What You Need to Know

This morning LG announced another new smartphone that could steal some of the limelight from Google’s new Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P. It’s called the LG V10 and it has two screens, three cameras, a fingerprint scanner and plenty of other things to talk about. It’s also headed to three major US carriers, and here’s a few things users need to know about it.

Earlier this year LG announced an impressive new smartphone in the G4. It was a powerful device with a big curved 5.5-inch display and tons of features. However, something better just arrived. The LG V10 is a unique smartphone, to say the least, and it will be hitting shelves in the US soon.

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Read: LG G4 Review

LG’s latest phone has been leaked a few times, but no one knew exactly what to expect in regards to the two screens on the front, and some of the other changes. We now know it’s essentially a bigger, better, more versatile LG G4 with a few noteworthy new features.

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Yes, the LG V10 has two screens. Similar to an old Samsung device from years ago, and much different than other dual-screen phones, the LG V10 has two screens in order to deliver content to users in a completely different way. We’ve seen this fail with Samsung’s old device, and even the Galaxy S6 Edge doesn’t have to many people using the side, but LG hopes its new design will change that.

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The LG V10 is coming to a few major carriers in the United States and has so many features packed inside it’s relatively small frame, that users will want to know everything before deciding if it’s right for them. Lets get started.

Two Screens

The new LG V10 has a big 5.7-inch Quad-HD display up front that’s slightly bigger than the LG G4, but above it and below the earpiece and speakerphone is a secondary screen that potentially has a lot to offer. The second screen is 2.1-inches and has a resolution of 1040 x 160.  It’s a unique device, and has a few features that could have buyers passing on the G4 in favor of the LG V10.

It’s main display is still a big 5.7-inch Quad-HD panel that is bigger than the LG G4, and will battle devices like the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, Moto X Pure Edition, or the new Nexus 6P. It’s that second display, that users are interested in.

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Above the main screen is a 2.1-inch display that will be in a low-power state and can show users loads of information, while the regular phone is off. Things like the weather, battery status, incoming calls or notifications, or even email alerts. Then, when the phone is on, it will work as a secondary area for notifications when users are busy inside apps, so the full regular screen can be enjoyed. It will also work like the Galaxy S6 Edge, and be an app shortcut with a few customizable apps that can always be just a tap away, right up top. LG says this second screen can be turned off, or set to always on, and changed to the users needs.

The Samsung Continuum tried this and failed, but that was years ago and Android wasn’t nearly as powerful, customizable, and it was poorly implemented. We’ll see how the new LG V10 handles things once it’s released.

LG V10 Specs

  • 5.7-inch 2560 x 1440 Quad-HD Dispaly
  • 2.1-inch 160 x 1040 Second Screen
  • 6-core Snapdragon 808 processor with 4GB of RAM
  • 64GB of storage and a micro-SD slot for expansion
  • 16 Megapixel f/1.8 Rear Camera, Laser auto-focus, OIS, more
  • Two 5 megapixel front cameras for improved and wider “selfies”
  • Android 5.1.1 Lollipop
  • Rear buttons and new Fingerprint scanner in power buttom
  • 3,000 mAh battery
  • Dura-Guard Steel Frame design
  • 32 bit Hi-Fi audio
  • more

As you can see the LG V10 has a lot of “stuff” inside of it. It’s essentially a bigger LG G4 with more RAM, an extra camera and secondary display, and a new design language.

LG actually added a new “dura-guard” metal frame around the entire device for durability, and it’s covered in a new somewhat soft yet hard silicon shell on the outside. Which again, they claim is very durable. It’s a do-it-all LG G4 with a few added bonuses, if anyone wanted them.

Cameras

As mentioned above, this phone has three cameras. Sporting the same 16 megapixel f/1.8 OIS enabled laser auto-focus camera as the LG G4 on the rear, but two new 5 megapixel cameras on the front. LG states this will help users take better selfies, up to 120 degrees wide, and they’ve even made some changes to the software too.

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The LG G4 takes great photos, and it also is pretty good in terms of video as well. But the V10 has the world’s first manual settings and controls for video, not just photos, which could be something many enthusiasts will enjoy.

There is image stabilization for video, a new video editing tool, wind reduction improvements in the software and of course 4k video support. Essentially this phone should take great photos, and great video. Movies that can be edited right on the phone.

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US Carriers

We could go on and on about the new LG V10, as there’s a lot of stuff going on with this phone. Instead, watch the video above for a better idea of how great the camera and sound will be, how the second screen will simplify our lives, and see the new design being thrown through glass. LG states this is its most durable phone yet, and it looks like it.

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So what about availability. The phone will launch first in home markets of Korea, but will be coming to the United States soon. We’ve already heard it will be offered by Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile, but others may join at a later date.

The new LG V10 comes in Space Black, Luxe White, Modern Beige, Ocean Blue, and Opal Blue colors, but so far pricing and availability remains to be seen. Given everything inside we’re expecting it to be priced similar to the Note 5, a few hundred more than the current LG G4. Thoughts?