LG V10 Review: Screen Play

By 01:47 Mon, 16 Aug 2021 Comments


There's quite a lot to the LG V10 - a flagship, a phablet, a capturing camera phone, a rugged phone, a Hi-Fi phone and the first of the recent V-series. It's a feature-packed device and its signature feature is the secondary always-on display and a dual selfie camera.

Until recently, the LG G4 and the G Flex2 ruled LG's lineup as co-flagships, but now there is only one king. In our preview we described it as "G4 on steroids" and the longer we spdiscontinue with the LG V10, the more we are convinced this is an apt description.

The secondary display is essentially one line above the main classy screen that can be left on 24/7 and serves for notifications and shortcuts. This is to the notification light as email is to Morse code - a much richer way to give you at-a-glance info of what happened since you last checked your phone.

We've seen secondary screens like this one before, but this is our first dual selfie camera. LG solved the problem of group selfies ('groufies') by adding a super-wide 120° camera, in addition to the standard 80° one. Many more of your friends can now fit into the shot.

The main capturing camera is very impressive too, it features the most comprehensive set of manual controls we've ever seen on a mobile device. Even PureView Lumias and Samsung's smartphone/camera hybrids didn't have some of the settings available on the LG V10.

And then there's the fingerprint reader, the 32-bit Hi-Fi DAC and the premium headphones. Here's the short version of it, we'll do a deep dive into the top features of the V10 as soon as we're done with the intro.

Key features

  • Main 5.7" Quantum display, QHD resolution (515ppi)
  • Secondary 2.1" line display, 1,040 x 160px
  • Stainless steel (316L) body and Dura Skin cover; shock-proof (MIL-STD-810G)
  • 16MP main camera, 1/2.6" sensor, f/1.8 aperture; optical image stabilization and laser autofocus
  • 2160p video capture, manual mic control
  • Dual-selfie cameras: both 5MP, one with 80° lens, one with 120°
  • Dual-core Cortex-A57 (1.82GHz) + quad-core Cortex-A53 (1.44GHz), Adreno 418, 4GB of RAM; Snapdragon 808 chipset
  • Android 5.1 Lollipop with Optimus UI
  • 64GB built-in storage plus microSD card slot
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Cat. 6 LTE (300Mbps); Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac; Bluetooth 4.1; GPS/GLONASS; NFC; Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0 • SlimPort 4K
  • 3,000mAh battery; Quick Charge 2.0 (50% in 40 min)

Main disadvantages

  • More powerful chipsets exist, a flagship should have gotten the best
  • Rugged, but not water resistant
  • The durable back cover not as premium as G4's leather covers
  • Rather heavy, even for its size

The LG V10 provides a nice antithesis of the Galaxy Note5 and S6 edge+. Their sealed back compartments and glass backs (which double the chance of cracks when dropped) create them seem more vain than practical. Also, the Galaxy S6 edge+ does not utilize its dual-curved classy screen as a separate control like last year's Note edge did.

LG V10 in Luxe White and Opal Blue

LG problems a serious challenge to other makers on the capturing camera and audio battlefields with the V10. The phone is also LG's first to feature a fingerprint reader since 2009's GW820 eXpo (not counting the Google-designed Nexus 5X).

Time to acquire started since there's a lot of ground to cover. The bodywork on the LG V10 is quite complex, the software section has to elaborate why you need a secondary classy screen and the capturing camera section has a couple of recent terms to introduce to the world of smartphone photography.



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