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.