LG V20 will launch in Australia on 8 November
LG’s second flagship phone will come complete with Android Nougat.
LG made a bit of a hype splash when it announced that the LG V20 would be the "world’s first" phone to receive Android 7.0, AKA "Nougat". Not quite the first to market, it turns out, as that will be the upcoming Google Pixel and Pixel XL, due in Australia on 20 October. However LG won't be that far behind Google's flagships, and it can almost certainly claim to be the first third party phone with Nougat pre-installed.
The LG V20 will go on sale in Australia on 8 November for outright purchase only with an RRP of $1099 via JB Hi-Fi. So what, apart from Nougat, does that premium price buy you?
LG’s pitch for the V20 rests on the quality of its recording capabilities, both for images and audio. On the image front, the V20 has a dual lens array, similar to the already available LG G5. You get an F1.8 16MP sensor as well as a F2.4 8MP 135 degree wide angle lens, while the front selfie camera is a F1.9 5MP model. It’s 4K capable, and LG’s claim is that its electronic image stabilisation should lead to less shaky video. We’ll have to wait and see how it stacks up against the other 2016 flagship phones to assess that.
On the audio front, the V20 can not only play back high fidelity audio, but can also record it via a trio of microphones. In terms of flexibility, the Australian model will be dual SIM, which isn’t common for Australian flagships, and it will also support a removable battery, which is even less common.