LG con­firms UK re­lease date for the V20

LG launches the V20, the first An­droid Nougat smart­phone out of the box. Marie Brewis re­ports

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LG has un­veiled the LG V20, suc­ces­sor to the LG V10, as the first An­droid Nougat smart­phone out of the box. The firm also an­nounced that it will go on sale in the UK on 23 Septem­ber. (In­ter­est­ingly, that means it will launch be­fore Google’s Nexus Sail­fish and Mar­lin, which are now widely tipped to be the Pixel X and Pixel XL and launch on 4 Oc­to­ber.)

It’s im­por­tant to note that the LG V10 was not of­fi­cially sold in the UK, and LG has not con­firmed that its suc­ces­sor will make it over here ei­ther.

Price

At the time of writ­ing no of­fi­cial price had been an­nounced, though it’s thought that it will be avail­able for be­tween £500 and £550.

Fea­tures

The V20 is a good-look­ing smart­phone, built us­ing a com­bi­na­tion of alu­minium at the rear and tough sil­i­cone poly­car­bon­ate at top and bot­tom to pro­tect it from drops. It’s in­tended to be more durable than many phones of its class, and has passed the MIL-STD 810G Tran­sit Drop Test that sees it re­peat­edly dropped from a height of 4ft. The V20 will come in ‘Ti­tan’, sil­ver or pink. Sev­eral de­tails about the phone were con­firmed by the com­pany ahead of the launch, so we al­ready knew it would be the first An­droid Nougat phone, and that it would have a stel­lar audio ex­pe­ri­ence ship­ping with a 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC and B&O ear­phones, plus fea­ture Google’s new In Apps search func­tion.

Con­trary to some re­ports, the V20 isn’t a mod­u­lar phone, how­ever, the 3200mAh bat­tery is re­mov­able, which will please many users. It also sup­ports Quick Charge 3.0 over USB-C. It’s pow­ered by the flag­ship-level Qual­comm Snap­dragon 820 pro­ces­sor and 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM. There’s 64GB of stor­age, plus up to 2TB ex­pan­sion pos­si­ble through mi­croSD.

In­ter­est­ingly, the phone has a two-screen fea­ture, with a sec­ondary al­ways-on dis­play

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