LG V20 in review: LG makes the better G5 rar – Hardware Tests

LG has introduced the V20 a promising smartphone. European users but so far have not gotten to see it. We wanted to know: Would the V20 in this country make a good impression? So we tested it.

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To the section:

  • Price and Availability
  • Design and processing
  • display
  • particularities
  • software
  • performance
  • Audio
  • camera
  • battery pack
  • Technical specifications
  • final verdict
  • Where buy?

My new favorite phone - which you would have liked?

Choose Huawei Mate 10 or Galaxy Note. 8

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  • &# X2713; Android Nougat
  • &# X2713; Good performance
  • &# X2713; Changeable battery
  • &Wide-angle camera; # x2713


  • &# X2715; No Wireless Charging
  • &# X2715; Not waterproof
  • &# X2715; Disappointing camera in the dark
  • &Not available in Europe; # x2715

Cheapest offer: LG V20

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LG V20: Price and Availability

The LG V20 was officially presented in San Francisco on 06 September. Since 08 November, it is available in the US for $ 799 (internal 32 GB of memory) in the trade. The new smartphone is available in titanium, pink and silver. There is also a more expensive version with 64 GB of memory. Here it is not known at this time whether the new top model from LG will find its way to Europe. Currently, LG graces and wants to know nothing of a market launch in Europe, even after the debacle surrounding the music. 7

AndroidPIT lg v20 0752The LG V20 in all its glory. © AndroidPIT

LG V20: design and processing

The V20 is a really nice successor to the V10, but remembered significantly more to the G5. but it remains a special smartphone. It belongs to the most beautiful shape smartphones? Probably not, but it knows with the originality to convince. Many of the current smartphones look surprisingly similar, LG sets the V20 clear accents and wants to settle the pabulum.

Unlike the V10, the V20 has received donated a metal body. Despite material change but the V20 is quite resilient. It complies with the military standard MIL-STD 810G. It is a mixture of lightweight aluminum and polycarbonate. but is sorely lacking one IP67 or IP68 certification - after all, more and more top smartphones are now equipped with such certification.

AndroidPIT lg v20 0799LG V20 has an original design. © AndroidPIT

The LG V20 deserves the title of "phablet", even if it for its screen size (5.7 inches) still quite compact comes along. Its dimensions are 159.7 x 78.1 x 7.6 mm. The edges around the display so fall out quite small and the top and bottom is gratifying narrow. At the bottom jack, USB Type-C connector and the mono speaker find their place. Above the infrared sensor was (thank you LG!) Placed and a second microphone.

AndroidPIT lg v20 0771LG continues to build a an infrared transmitter. © AndroidPIT

On the left side is the volume rocker. Right turn, a folding mechanism has been accommodated, to remove the rear cover. This then allows direct access to the battery. There is also the slot for the SIM card and microSD card. Also, the LG V20 is equipped with a dual camera that can withstand anything. Nevertheless, you can store the phone with no problems on a smooth surface without too much shaking.

AndroidPIT lg v20 0807The Dual Camera dominates the rear. © AndroidPIT

Similar to Sony LG combined fingerprint sensor and power button. therefore the latter is in contrast to virtually every other manufacturer on the back. The placement of the buttons is very well done, as well as people will have no trouble with smaller hands to reach him. The fingerprint sensor generally works very well, but sometimes it needs a second attempt, that he recognizes the finger as well.

In summary, one can say that the LG V20 is a large, attractive smartphone that has its own character. The processing has been significantly improved, but it is not yet perfect. You clearly notice the transition between different components. These bumps can be seen at one point or another well.

AndroidPIT lg v20 0761The Verabreitung material transitions is not ideal. © AndroidPIT

LG V20: Display

The IPS display of the LG V20 measures 5.7 inches and triggers with QHD (1,440 x 2,560 pixels) on. Thus, the pixel density is 513 ppi. The display is protected by Gorilla Glass 4 (not Gorilla Glass 5). Why the old version is still employed, LG has not yet been explained. In itself, but this fact should not be a big problem.

AndroidPIT lg v20 0815The LG V20 has a 5.7 inch touch screen ... © AndroidPIT

During my tests, the screen was absolutely convincing and is a top smartphone worthy in 2016th The viewing angles are very good, the contrast is not disappointed and also in the sunlight the screen is easy to read. Basically looks white on the V20 somewhat bluish, but black is actually black. The LG V20 provides among other things a blue light filter.

AndroidPIT lg v20 0776... and a second display with 2.1 inches. © AndroidPIT

Like its predecessor, which is the LG V20 equipped with a second, small screen V10. This is directly above the main display, and measures 2.1 inches. It dissolves with 160 x 140 pixels and is much brighter than that of the V10 according to LG. you can, for example, directly open the phone app, the calculator, the news app or any other app of choice on this second screen. The recent notifications appear on this screen.

AndroidPIT lg v20 second screen settingsdThere are several options for the second screen. © AndroidPIT

You can here but also display any text of your choice. This type of personalization appeals to me is not necessarily, but it will definitely find themselves fans of this. You can also set up specific times at which should activate the screen on or off. By default, the second screen is only activated when the main display is off.

At the beginning of the second screen as happened a little gimmick to me. the longer I used to him, the better I found him but. This is not a feature that you absolutely need, but every now and then can be quite helpful yet. While one uses the smartphone as to play, to display such notifications without the game is disturbed. The mere use of such a large smartphones is not simplified by such a second screen, of course, but the screen is simply in the wrong place.

LG V20: Features

The LG V20 meets the MIL-STD 810G standard of the US military. This means that it must survive drops from 1.2 meters. I must confess, I have not tried it. The risk that but then something goes wrong, I did not want.

LG V20: Software

Apart from the pixels and pixel XL, the LG V20 is the first smartphone that comes with Android 7.0 nougat. Thus, your all new features of the latest Android version gets delivered directly. All new features are present, including the new Quick Settings. Only the new system tuner UI missing. Above all, the new multi-window feature is very comfortable on this large screen in combination with the second screen.

AndroidPIT lg v20 0822Android 7.0 nougat on the LG V20. © AndroidPIT

Many apps can share the display is so horizontally or vertically separated. Considering, however, in the use that you can not multi-window mode is exited in landscape mode. Some apps are suitable for this function, of course, better than others. Chrome, for example, works very well. In the Developer settings there to activate the multi-window mode for all Apps option. But there is of course no guarantee that this will always work smoothly.

During my test phase also the last security update in October was offered. LG seems so along well to come up with the updates and to have found a way to offer them promptly. Unlike many competitors, LG seems to have understood how important it is to keep its smartphones to date. The next Android version, Android O that we expect next year, LG will surely ask for the LG V20 available.

AndroidPIT lg v20 home launcherThe look of the software can be adapted. © AndroidPIT

The LG UI of the V20 is very like that of the LG G5. The interface is neat and colorful. By default, there is no app launcher, this can, however, manually from the home screen Select Home → Activate. LG has further also design themes when the default look should not like. Overall, there are no noticeable changes to the software of LG G5.

LG V20: Performance

Under the hood of LG V20 you will find similar hardware as in most top smartphones in 2016. The processor 820 is a Snapdragon with Adreno GPU 530 is used, 4 GB of RAM available. Compared to the previous V10, especially the processor has been updated (stuck in the V10 still a Snapdragon 808).

The test results show no surprises and meet the expectations of a smartphone with Snapdragon 820 processor. The LG V20 is a fast and stable smartphone, not disappointed its performance. It's not the fastest smartphone on the market, but also clearly not the weakest. Apps open quickly and also quickly switch between apps provides for the V20 is not a challenge. Compared with the Sony Xperia XZ Games also run noticeably smoother. Asphalt 8 runs cleanly pleasing, without any stuttering or trailer.

  • Geekbench 4.0 single-core: 1612
  • Geekbench 4.0 Multi-Core: 3730
  • PCMark Storage: 5701
  • 3DMark Slingshot OpenGL 3.0: 2257
  • 3DMark Slingshot OpenGL 3.1: 1883
  • Google Octane: 7997

The LG V20 is available with an internal memory of 32 GB and 64 GB and can be expanded via microSD card with up to 256 GB of memory.

AndroidPIT lg v20 0796The LG V20 is very powerful. © AndroidPIT

LG V20: Audio

At the bottom of LG V20 is the mono speaker. The speaker can unfortunately not work miracles. The bass is very present, the ups sometimes sound too metallic. However, he is better than the speakers of most competitors and is sufficient for most situations. Stereo speakers would have been entirely desirable here, the V20 is mainly due to its large screen ideal for multimedia enjoyment. Not everyone wants to always take the Bluetooth speakers.

AndroidPIT lg v20 0768A mono speaker on the LG V20 © AndroidPIT

For music enthusiasts, however, the LG V20 is suitable for a different reason. In the smartphone namely tinkers real audio engine and a quad DAC (32-bit) ES9218 Saber ESS Technology. In the longer chain of operations until a digital signal was converted into an analog ESS uses a four-parallel structure for noise reduction. In practice, I have heard no big difference - with the quality of the DAC can only prove with high-end equipment.

AndroidPIT lg v20 record audioThree microphones provide HD recording. © AndroidPIT

The LG V20 has three microphones and can include them in 24-bit resolution and a sampling rate of 96 kHz. Compression then the lossless FLAC format is among others used. In Studio mode, additional parameters can be set manually. Everybody who is doing audio recordings will definitely be happy with the V20, because even in noisy environments great shots are possible.

LG V20: Camera

LG attaches great importance to good cameras and so the same camera system comes with the V20 used, which we already know from the G5. On the back, therefore, there are two cameras: A is optimized with a 16 megapixel sensor and an f / 1.8 aperture and an 8-megapixel camera, which comprises a f / 2.4 aperture, but especially for wide-angle photos - they have a field of view of about 135 degrees.

AndroidPIT lg v20 0758LG V20: Dual camera with wide-angle option. © AndroidPIT

In everyday life, which is very useful. With the V20 Photos are available that can hold no other smartphone. Of course, the quality is a bit worse and affect the photos rounded. Between the two cameras can easily switch back and forth in the app. The optical image stabilization helps to snap better pictures.

AndroidPIT lg v20 0787The manual mode of the camera. © AndroidPIT

Because we are dealing with the same camera department, the camera app is equally successful. The recommended manual mode allows you to adjust many parameters - For example, change focus, shutter speed, ISO and white balance. In Auto mode, however, the colors are represented something alive. In dark conditions, the V20 is working quite well, the noise reduction is at times but too strong. The wide-angle camera comes here to their limits. A Google pixel or a Galaxy S7 are better here.

  • Test photos with the LG V20

Video default supports V20 1080p and 4K. It is possible to align the microphones, which benefits the sound quality. Some V20 users report that the glass cover is easily scratched. In my test, I could not find it.

LG V20 Battery

The battery is not outstanding large for a phablet and has a capacity of 3,200 mAh. but it is removable, which currently has a scarcity value. But as the V20 in terms of battery life suggests? Well, just for a phablet is it only in the midfield. A day keeps the battery been through, but there's this much better smartphones.

AndroidPIT lg v20 0732The LG V20 has a replaceable battery. © AndroidPIT

Our battery test PCMark shows a value of 4 hours and 3 minutes. As long as the V20 battery charge runs from 80 to 20 percent. We use for the maximum screen brightness and active wireless module. By comparison, the Google pixel held an hour through longer.

Wireless Charging does not support the V20, but after all, Quick Charge 3.0.

LG V20: Specifications

Dimensions:Mass:Battery capacity:Display size:Display Technology:Screen:Front camera:Rear camera:Lightning:Android:User interface:R.A.M:Internal memory:Removable storage:chipset:Number of cores:Max. Frequency:connectivity:
159.7 x 78.1 x 7.6 mm
173 g
3200 mAh
5.7 inches
2560 x 1440 pixels (515 ppi)
5 megapixels
16 megapixels
7.0 - Nougat
4 GB
64 GB
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
2.15 GHz
HSPA, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 4.2

final verdict

The LG V20 is the perfect smartphone. It's not the prettiest and the battery does not last just long through. There are other weaknesses, such as the waiver of the Snapdragon 821 or the non-existent IP6x certification.

But the V20 is definitely the better LG G5. The second display gives the V20 a unique selling point. On the plus side of the removable battery, camera quality and the current software Android 7.0 is also nougat. Overall, the V20 appears as a veritable option for those who are looking for an alternative to touch. 7

But: The decision of LG, not to bring the V20 to Europe really amazed me. this is all the more incomprehensible because the G5 was not a great success and are currently looking for many users after a great smartphone. LG would offer the V20 a very good smartphone.

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