LG V10

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The LG V10 is a pretty big de­par­ture from LG’s pre­vi­ous flag­ship, the G4. It isn’t curved, it isn’t plas­tic and it doesn’t have a leather back. What it does have are two selfie cam­eras, two dis­plays and a tex­tured, rub­ber­ized rear cover that feels like the grip of a power tool.

Along the sides of the V10, LG has gone for a re­ally nice stain­less steel frame. The V10 feels rugged and rigid in a way that its lighter alu­minum ri­vals just can’t match — no #bendgate here. De­spite this, the V10 only weighs 192g, ex­actly the same as the iPhone 6s Plus. Like LG’s pre­vi­ous flag­ships, all of the but­tons on the V10 are po­si­tioned at the rear with two vol­ume keys fram­ing one cir­cu­lar power but­ton (that dou­bles up as a fin­ger­print scan­ner).

The fin­ger­print scan­ner works rea­son­ably well, but it isn’t quite as fast or ac­cu­rate as the other phones in our shootout. You need to press down on the power but­ton to wake it and then wait a se­cond or so for the phone to un­lock.

The cam­era mod­ule on the back of the V10 is the same 16MP shooter with OIS and laser aut­o­fo­cus as on the G4, with new soft­ware up­grades. Au­to­matic mode has bet­ter fo­cus, ex­po­sure, ISO and shut­ter speed se­lec­tion, while an im­proved man­ual mode pro­vides even more gran­u­lar con­trol. Th­ese man­ual con­trols are even avail­able when shoot­ing video now, plus there’s also bet­ter video sta­bi­liza­tion, which works in tan­dem with the phone’s op­ti­cal im­age sta­bi­liza­tion.

On the front of the phone, you get two 5MP selfie cam­eras: one with an 80-de­gree field of view, and one de­signed for ‘we­fies’ with a wider 120-de­gree field of view.

The main dis­play on the V10 is a 5.7-inch IPS LCD with a QHD 2,560 x 1,440 (515ppi) pix­els res­o­lu­tion. It is ul­tra sharp with good bright­ness, but col­ors look a bit muted and blacks, while deep, are nat­u­rally not as good as AMOLED.

Above the main dis­play, you’ll no­tice an al­ways-on 2.1-inch sec­ondary dis­play that shows no­ti­fi­ca­tions and other sys­tem sta­tus mes­sages. It’s not in­cred­i­bly use­ful, but it does show the time when the main dis­play is off, which is quite nice. The V10 is pow­ered by a Qual­comm Snap­dragon 808 quad-core pro­ces­sor with 4GB RAM. It’s also one of the last flag­ship smart­phones avail­able with both a mi­croSD card and a re­mov­able bat­tery. Par­tic­u­larly note­wor­thy is that it sup­ports cards up to a mas­sive 2TB. In­ter­nally, you get 64GB stor­age.

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