LG V10 Review: Screen Play: Display, Connectivity, Battery Life

By 01:50 Mon, 16 Aug 2021 Comments


Display

The LG V10 has a classy screen unlike anything we've seen. Yes, we've seen second screens before, however, this one is one display panel one corner of which has been slit off. And it has a second display driver and backlight, specifically for that upper portion of the panel that works as a second screen.


This allows it to show an image and track touch input with minimal power draw, which in turn enables some helpful controls you can access without having to wake the phone (like muting the sound or turning on a flashlight). It also keeps you abreast with any recent notifications - instead of color coded messages from a notification light you acquire to see the app's icon.

On paper the classy screen of the LG V10 seems to be powered by the same technology as the one on the LG G4, but it actually has a higher contrast ratio (1490:1). The maximum brightness level is somewhat lower (432nits vs 532nits) but the black levels are much lower resulting in the improved ratio.

Display test

50% brightness

100% brightness

Black, cd/m2

White, cd/m2

Contrast ratio

Black, cd/m2

White, cd/m2

Contrast ratio

LG V10 0.07 100 1449 0.29 432 1490

LG G4 0.09 108 1240 0.43 532 1238

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ 0.00 172 ∞ - 410 ∞

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ max auto - - - - 540 -

OnePlus Two 0.16 180 1139 0.30 399 1334

Apple iPhone 6s Plus 0.10 150 1563 0.43 590 1382



In terms of color accuracy, both screens are pretty much identical with overall fine scores (Avg deltaE 4.9 and Max deltaE of 10.7 for the primary colors plus black and white). LG hasn't provided any ways for you to adjust the classy screen color temperature to their liking otherwise we could have achieved a more color accurate result with a slightly warmer setting.

The LG V10 classy screen shares the amazingly low minimum brightness level of only 3.9nits that we first saw on the LG G4, which means it will go quite easy on the eyes when you utilize the phone in pitch blacksettings.

Going outside of such murky areas, the LG V10 classy screen offers above average legibility at max brightness. Since the brightness slider is all too eager to reduce the nits you'll want to haged it in the upper half.

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Sunlight contrast ratio

  • Nokia 808 PureView

    4.698

  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+

    4.615

  • Samsung Galaxy E7

    4.485

  • HTC One A9

    4.274

  • Samsung Galaxy A3

    4.241

  • Samsung Galaxy S6

    4.124

  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge

    4.124

  • Samsung Galaxy Note5

    4.09

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4

    4.033

  • Apple iPhone 5

    3.997

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3

    3.997

  • Samsung Galaxy A5

    3.895

  • Samsung Galaxy J7 outdoor

    3.879

  • Samsung Galaxy A8

    3.859

  • Apple iPhone 6

    3.838

  • Motorola Moto X (2014)

    3.816

  • Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

    3.799

  • Apple iPhone 6s

    3.783

  • Vivo X5Pro

    3.706

  • Samsung Galaxy A7

    3.679

  • Oppo R5

    3.678

  • Samsung Galaxy K zoom

    3.675

  • Nokia Lumia 930

    3.567

  • Apple iPhone 5s

    3.565

  • Samsung Galaxy S5

    3.549

  • Nokia Lumia 735

    3.547

  • Motorola Nexus 6

    3.543

  • Apple iPhone 6s Plus

    3.53

  • Alcatel Idol X+

    3.527

  • Apple iPhone 5c

    3.512

  • Samsung Galaxy Alpha

    3.509

  • Oppo R7 Plus

    3.499

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo

    3.487

  • vivo X5Max

    3.472

  • LG G Flex2

    3.465

  • YotaPhone 2

    3.453

  • Samsung Galaxy J7

    3.422

  • Motorola RAZR MAXX

    3.42

  • Samsung I9300 Galaxy S III

    3.419

  • Meizu MX5

    3.416

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 Active

    3.406

  • Nokia Lumia 925

    3.402

  • Gionee Elife S5.5

    3.386

  • Samsung I9505 Galaxy S4

    3.352

  • Oppo R7

    3.32

  • Samsung Omnia W

    3.301

  • Motorola Moto X Play

    3.222

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 mini

    3.174

  • Samsung I9000 Galaxy S

    3.155

  • Samsung Ativ S

    3.129

  • Samsung I9190 Galaxy S4 mini

    3.127

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 zoom

    3.118

  • Nokia N9

    3.069

  • Microsoft Lumia 640 XL

    3.065

  • Apple iPhone 6 Plus

    3.023

  • Samsung Galaxy Note

    2.97

  • Samsung Galaxy Premier

    2.958

  • Sony Xperia Z1

    2.95

  • HTC One S

    2.901

  • Lenovo S90 Sisley

    2.892

  • Sony Xperia Z5

    2.876

  • Samsung I8730 Galaxy Express

    2.861

  • BlackBerry Q10

    2.856

  • Samsung I9100 Galaxy S II

    2.832

  • Sony Xperia Z3+

    2.824

  • HTC Desire Eye

    2.815

  • Gionee Elife S5.1

    2.812

  • Samsung Galaxy S II Plus

    2.801

  • BlackBerry Z30

    2.79

  • Sony Xperia Z5 compact

    2.784

  • Meizu MX4 Pro

    2.765

  • LG V10

    2.744

  • Sony Xperia M5

    2.69

  • Sony Xperia ZR

    2.672

  • Huawei Ascdiscontinue P1

    2.655

  • Xiaomi Mi 4i

    2.641

  • Sony Xperia Z3

    2.618

  • Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

    2.616

  • Sony Xperia T3

    2.609

  • BlackBerry Passport

    2.595

  • Xiaomi Mi 4c

    2.574

  • Microsoft Lumia 640

    2.563

  • Nokia Lumia 900

    2.562

  • Motorola Moto G 4G

    2.546

  • HTC One Max

    2.537

  • Nokia Lumia 720

    2.512

  • HTC One

    2.504

  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

    2.503

  • Motorola Moto G

    2.477

  • vivo Xshot

    2.465

  • Sony Xperia Z

    2.462

  • Xiaomi Mi 4

    2.424

  • Samsung Galaxy S III mini

    2.422

  • Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro

    2.416

  • LG G Flex

    2.407

  • Huawei Honor 7

    2.406

  • ZUK Z1 by Lenovo

    2.382

  • HTC Desire 820

    2.372

  • HTC One (M8)

    2.371

  • Motorola RAZR i

    2.366

  • Meizu MX4

    2.366

  • Meizu m1 note

    2.362

  • Sony Xperia ZL

    2.352

  • HTC One M9

    2.334

  • LG G4

    2.317

  • Samsung Galaxy Note II

    2.307

  • HTC One E9+

    2.305

  • HTC One (M8) for Windows

    2.291

  • Oppo R1x

    2.281

  • Oppo Find 7a

    2.279

  • Alcatel One Touch Hero

    2.272

  • Apple iPhone 4S

    2.269

  • HTC Desire 600 dual sim

    2.262

  • Sony Xperia C5 Ultra

    2.253

  • Nokia Asha 311

    2.25

  • Sony Xperia C4 Dual

    2.235

  • Xiaomi Mi Note

    2.234

  • Motorola Moto G (2014)

    2.233

  • LG Nexus 5

    2.228

  • Huawei P8

    2.196

  • Nokia Lumia 820

    2.193

  • HTC One (E8)

    2.185

  • Oppo N3

    2.181

  • Nokia Lumia 920

    2.17

  • Huawei Honor 6

    2.169

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 2

    2.166

  • OnePlus Two

    2.165

  • HTC One X

    2.158

  • Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML

    2.149

  • LG Aka

    2.145

  • Nokia N8

    2.144

  • Nokia Lumia 620

    2.142

  • Archos 50 Diamond

    2.134

  • Nokia 515

    2.134

  • HTC Desire 500

    2.129

  • Sony Xperia C3 Dual

    2.12

  • Sony Xperia acro S

    2.119

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note

    2.119

  • Nokia Lumia 1020

    2.103

  • Oppo Find 5

    2.088

  • Huawei P8lite

    2.078

  • Sony Xperia SL

    2.078

  • Nokia Lumia 630

    2.056

  • BlackBerry Z10

    2.051

  • Moto G 3rd gen max manual

    2.026

  • Huawei Ascdiscontinue Mate7

    2.024

  • Samsung I9295 Galaxy S4 Active

    2.022

  • Apple iPhone 4

    2.016

  • HTC One mini

    2.003

  • Xiaomi Mi 3

    2.001

  • Huawei Ascdiscontinue P7

    1.992

  • LG G2

    1.976

  • Sony Xperia E4g

    1.972

  • OnePlus One

    1.961

  • Oppo R819

    1.957

  • Sony Ericsson Xperia ray

    1.955

  • Lenovo Vibe X2

    1.952

  • Sony Xperia Z2

    1.944

  • Sony Xperia E3

    1.943

  • Nokia Lumia 1320

    1.941

  • HTC One mini 2

    1.94

  • Samsung Galaxy Camera

    1.938

  • Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime

    1.935

  • Sony Xperia J

    1.932

  • Acer CloudMobile S500

    1.931

  • ZTE Blade S6

    1.927

  • LG Nexus 4

    1.926

  • LG G Pro 2

    1.922

  • Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3

    1.913

  • Nokia Asha 308

    1.911

  • HTC Butterfly 2

    1.905

  • Sony Xperia T

    1.894

  • Meizu m2 note

    1.892

  • BlackBerry Leap

    1.892

  • Nokia Lumia 830

    1.887

  • HTC Desire X

    1.878

  • HTC Windows Phone 8X

    1.873

  • HTC Butterfly

    1.873

  • HTC Butterfly S

    1.867

  • Huawei Ascdiscontinue P6

    1.865

  • Huawei Ascdiscontinue Mate

    1.845

  • LG G2 mini

    1.838

  • LG G3

    1.82

  • Nokia Lumia 1520

    1.813

  • HTC Desire 616 dual sim

    1.797

  • Sony Xperia V

    1.792

  • HTC Desire 816

    1.783

  • Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

    1.772

  • HTC Desire 700 dual sim

    1.769

  • ZTE Nubia Z9 mini

    1.759

  • Sony Xperia U

    1.758

  • Meizu MX3

    1.754

  • LG Optimus G

    1.753

  • Sony Xperia T2 Ultra

    1.74

  • Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact

    1.735

  • Acer Liquid Jade S

    1.734

  • Sony Xperia SP

    1.733

  • Oppo Find 7

    1.691

  • LG Optimus 4X HD

    1.691

  • HTC One V

    1.685

  • BlackBerry Q5

    1.682

  • Asus Zenfone Selfie

    1.68

  • LG Optimus Vu

    1.68

  • Motorola Moto E (2nd Gen)

    1.675

  • Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9

    1.672

  • LG Optimus GJ

    1.666

  • ZTE Nubia Z9

    1.659

  • LG Optimus 3D Max

    1.658

  • HTC Desire V

    1.646

  • Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2

    1.632

  • Samsung Galaxy Ace 3

    1.622

  • Microsoft Lumia 532

    1.615

  • Jolla Jolla

    1.605

  • Microsoft Lumia 435

    1.598

  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra

    1.578

  • Sony Xperia go

    1.577

  • Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 I8160

    1.566

  • Samsung Galaxy Core

    1.563

  • LG Optimus G Pro

    1.552

  • Motorola Moto E

    1.545

  • LG Optimus 3D

    1.542

  • Nokia Asha 302

    1.537

  • Samsung Galaxy Core Prime

    1.507

  • BlackBerry Curve 9320

    1.488

  • Sony Xperia M

    1.473

  • Oppo N1

    1.47

  • Sony Xperia E4

    1.467

  • Meizu MX 4-core

    1.462

  • Nokia Lumia 610

    1.432

  • Samsung Galaxy S Duos

    1.4

  • Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo

    1.393

  • Microsoft Lumia 535

    1.393

  • Sony Xperia M2

    1.393

  • Samsung Galaxy Grand 2

    1.38

  • Sony Xperia E1

    1.372

  • Nokia Lumia 625

    1.371

  • Gigabyte GSmart G1355

    1.361

  • Sony Xperia L

    1.351

  • Xiaomi Redmi 1S

    1.35

  • Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8

    1.35

  • HTC Desire 510

    1.34

  • Sony Xperia M2 Aqua

    1.331

  • Sony Xperia miro

    1.324

  • Samsung I9082 Galaxy Grand

    1.321

  • Samsung I8530 Galaxy Beam

    1.315

  • Xiaomi Redmi 2

    1.311

  • HTC Desire C

    1.3

  • Nokia X

    1.291

  • Sony Xperia C

    1.283

  • Nokia Asha 503

    1.281

  • Nokia Asha 501

    1.27

  • LG Optimus L7

    1.269

  • Nokia Lumia 510

    1.268

  • Samsung Galaxy Fame

    1.245

  • LG Optimus L9

    1.227

  • Meizu MX

    1.221

  • Samsung Galaxy Young

    1.22

  • Sony Xperia E

    1.215

  • Nokia XL

    1.204

  • Sony Xperia E dual

    1.203

  • Asus Memo Pad 7 ME176C

    1.198

  • Samsung Galaxy Pocket

    1.18

  • Nokia Asha 305

    1.178

  • Nokia Asha 306

    1.175

  • Sony Xperia neo L

    1.169

  • Sony Xperia tipo

    1.166

  • Nokia Lumia 520

    1.161

  • Samsung S6802 Galaxy Ace Duos

    1.148

  • Samsung Galaxy mini 2

    1.114

Connectivity

The LG V10 has all the connectivity goodies save for a dual-SIM option. It comes in Global System for Mobile communication (GSM) and CDirect Memory Access (DMA) flavors (the latter will happily work on Global System for Mobile communication (GSM) networks if the bands match up). The fastest mobile data option is 300Mbps LTE Cat. 6 and you acquire 42Mbps on 3G.

Locally, the situation is pretty familiar with Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) a/b/g/n/ac bearing most of the load with Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) Direct and DLNA add-ons. For low-power connectivity there's Bluetooth 4.1 LE with the apt-X audio codec.

NFC is on-board so the V10 is compatible with Android Pay (LG is rumored to be working on its own system too). You acquire the benefit of fingerprint security too.

Anyway, our unit came with DMB-T TV tuner, though this is a regional thing. All regions will acquire the IR blaster for TV control though.

The wired microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0 port handles Universal Serial Bus (USB) storage and TV out (SlimPort, but it seems that not all regional versions support it).

On the software side you acquire a DLNA server support and Miracast, plus a number of LG-specific features. One is SmartShare Beam (transferring files between LG devices) and LG AirDrive, which does the same but with a computer (you need an LG account).

Battery life

The LG G2 with its 5.2" classy screen had a 3,000mAh battery, then the G3 with a 5.5" screen, the G4 and now the LG V10. The V10 is slightly thinner than the G2 (8.6mm vs. 8.9mm), but not by much. What we're getting at is that the internal volume has gone up while the battery power hasn't changed in over two years now.

LG rates the V10's talk time at 18 hours and about as much, close to 17 hours. Even the G2 did better than this. The web browsing and video playback times are average. Nothing spectacular when you consider the classy screen was at a modest 100 nits (well below average).

As a result the endurance rating works out to 56 hours, just over two full days. The standby power draw is fairly low, but that's with the second classy screen off. Turning it on brings the LG V10 down to 46 hours endurance rating. The impact is fairly small, with or without the second classy screen you'll acquire two days of moderate usage and one day of heavier usage.


Note that we're testing a Korean unit, LG says that international units units will perform better in Europe and the US as they should be better optimized for the local networks.


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