We’ve caught a couple glimpses of the LG V10 in recent weeks and while the secondary screen and dual front cameras were apparent, not much else was known. Thankfully LG has ended the suspense for us now with the official announcement of the LG V10.
Here’s the quick specs rundown if you’re interested, but the V10 does have a few unique features for us to cover as well.
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 Processor
- 5.7-inch QHD IPS Quantum Display
- Second Screen 2.1-inch IPS Quantum Display
- 4GB LPDDR3 RAM
- 64GB eMMC ROM with microSD (up to 2TB)
- 16MP rear camera with F1.8 Aperture / OIS 2.0
- 5MP Dual Lens front facing cameras
- 3,000 mAh removable battery
- Android 5.1.1 Lollipop
- 6 x 3.12 x 8.6mm
- Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac
- Bluetooth 4.1
- USB 2.0
The ticker does do a bit more than simply act as a shortcut launcher as we had hoped. It operates independently of the main screen as you would imagine and offers an “always on” display mode that can show weather, time, date and battery status even with the main display off. Vaguely reminiscent of what we see with Android Wear. When the main screen is active the “Second Screen” as LG calls it does function as a shortcut launcher, but it can also display notifications without interrupting the content on the main screen.
As for the main screen, it is a 5.7-inch QHD IPS Quantum Display while the Second Screen is a 2.1-inch IPS Quantum Display with a resolution of 160 x 1040. Critically both displays share an identical 513ppi, meaning you shouldn’t notice the transition from one to the other. Surprisingly despite the two screens it manages to come in at 6-inches tall, about a quarter of an inch shorter than the Nexus 6P.
The next feature that was noted in the leaks were the dual front cameras. No shock that selfies appear to be the prime motivator for this feature as it promises up to 120 degree wide angle selfies when employing both cameras. You can also do multi-view recording capturing from all three cameras on the V10 at once.
LG is particularly proud of the V10 where video capture is concerned with a full manual mode. This puts shutter speed, frame rate, ISO, white balance and focus under your control throughout recording. The V10 can record at up to 4K in 16:9 or 21:9 and thankfully offers microSD expansion up to 2TB (no, you still can’t buy one) to capture all that video.
Rounding out some of the features of the V10 is a stainless steel frame with soft Dura Skin over the top that is more resistant to scratching. The V10 also offers a fingerprint sensor for both basic device security and Android Pay.
The V10 will be launching in Korea in October with China and the U.S. to follow along with “key countries” in Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.
No word on pricing at this time, but there’s little question this is going to be slotting in at or near the top of the line for LG. Between the ticker display, the dual front cameras and the general focus on video quality there are certainly interesting qualities to the V10, but it definitely seems like a device that you will need to spend some time with to figure out if those pieces add up to a compelling experience.