This year we have witnessed high-end smartphones such as the G4 and the G Flex 2 being launched by the LG Company. The Korean manufacturer has released the LG V10 which is their third high-end smartphone but their first phablet after the mid-range Stylus variant. Here is the in-depth review of the LG V10.
LG V10 build and design
It measures at 160mm x 79mm x 8.6mm with a weight of 192kg. It has a robust look and is thinner than the G4 by 1mm. The front is complemented by a 5.7inch screen bordered by a stainless steel rim. Its build is mostly polycarbonate with a rugged finish at the back.
Right on top of the device display screen is a secondary display that is much smaller. On the left, it sports two selfie cameras. The speaker, motion sensor and the LED light for notification can be accessed at the top front of the LG V10.
At the back you will find the LG sleep/ wake buttons, the main camera, an LED flash, an autofocus laser and a fingerprint sensor.
LG V10 is equipped with military-standard 810G shock resistance. This is combined with the flexibility of the polycarbonate back.
At the upper edge, the device has the noise-canceling speaker and infrared sensor whereas the USB port, a mono speaker and a headphone jack can be found at the lower edge.
LG V10 Display
The LG V10’s 5.7inch screen comes with a main display and a secondary display. Its mains screen display is equipped with a QHD 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution with 551 ppi. The screen boasts a vivid IPS LCD panel with viewable angles from all sides.
The innovative secondary display is opposite the two front cameras. This display can enabled or disabled. It gives you access to notifications, display time and date, battery level, the camera, Wi-Fi settings, music player controls, recent applications and the ability to make calls directly. However, this display would have been better placed at the bottom instead of the top, which needs the use of two hands to reach.
LG V10 Software
The LG is boasts an Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, a lot less preinstalled applications with only bloatware such as Quick Remote Backup, QuckMemo, LG Health and a few others.
Its intuitive LG UX 4.0 skin, is similar to that in the LG G4.
LG V10 performance
The LG V10 is furnished with a 4GB RAM, a Snapdragon 808 clocked at 1.82GHz and the Adreno 418 GPU. This means it is more than adequate for playing media content or gaming on its 4K screen.
It came top compared to LG G4 in the AnTuTu, Vellamo and Geekbench 3 benchmark performance results, lower than the Nexus 6P and closer to the Moto X Pure.
LG V10 audio
The LG V10 speaker is positioned at the bottom edge. The audio quality is good, with earphones it can play music in 32-bit format and also HD. However, the LG V10 does not come with earphones.
LG V10 Camera
The LG V10 main camera includes a primary sensor, f/1.8 aperture, customizable ISO, white balance, shutter speed, manual focus and so much more. It produces detailed images even in low lit areas and files can be saved in RAW format.
Its two 5 MP front selfie cameras capture images in contrasting focal widths, one with a 120 degrees focal width and the second an 80 degrees. You have the option of capturing group selfies with one and single selfies with the other.
4K videos can be recorded between 24fps and 60 fps with inbuilt manual controls. Noise cancellation can be adjusted, wind noise cancelled or enhancements made to the front microphone with the various manual mode options.
LG V10 battery
Perhaps one of the downsides, the 5.7 inch LG V10 device barely reaches 3000 mAh. For normal use, the battery can last you a day at the most.
LG V10 date release and price range
In the US and a few European market, the LG V10 is obtainable for presale, however for the UK it is yet to be released. The off-contract price range for the LG V10 ranges from US$600 and US$700. With different colors to choose from, it comes only in 64 GB model, coupled with a RAM of 4GB, an expandable memory storage and a removable battery.
If you are looking for a premium smartphone with full LG experience consider the LG V10. Though it lacks in the battery department, it compensates that with a removable battery, an awesome camera, microSD capability, dual front cameras and a dual display.