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An LG phone for 'storytellers' -- 2 screens, 3 cameras and a headphone jack (cc: Apple)


With the G6, LG has beat Apple and Samsung to the 'all-screen' smartphone

WATCH:  First look at LG's phone for "storytellers," the V20

Real choice

Though a quick glance might lead you to believe that LG's new large-screened V20 Android phone is essentially an iPhone Plus to the LG G5's iPhone, a more thorough inspection between the two phone models will show that, with the V and G series of phones, LG has gone to great lengths to create real choices in feature sets and functionality -- not just screen sizes.


The face of the LG V20

More than just a bigger screen, a 2nd screen

The most interesting feature that's unique to the V phones is a second screen dedicated to notifications. And it stays on all the time, even when the phone is asleep.

On the new V20, which has a 5.7-inch primary display, the second screen is slightly larger than the one that came on the V10, and that's just about the best kind of news that a second screen enthusiast could get.


Back view of the LG V20

The V20 is for "storytellers"

LG says the V20 was made for content creators. It's got improved steadycam functionality (looks great); a second, wide-angle camera lens on its rear (three lenses, front and back); and has improved hi-fi audio recording capabilities so that it can capture sound up to 132 dB loud (perfect for concerts).

Oh, and while the Apple was busy doing away with the headphone jack, LG built the V20 with four 32-bit DACs (digital audio converters) to ensure the music that comes out of its 3.5 mm plug is the best you'll hear on any smartphone.


V20 wide-angle view

Other one-ups on the G5

The V20 also has a larger battery than the G5, and it comes in a shock-resistant case, which is nice if you're someone who's always on the go ferociously capturing content.

The V20 will also be the first phone to ship with Android 7.0 installed, and the first non-Nexus Android phone at all to get it. Some key Nougat software features onboard: split-screen multitasking, quick reply notifications and improved battery-saving technology.

Coming soon

LG says the V20 will be available in stores in the third quarter of 2016. Pricing has not yet been announced.

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