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Bleeding Edge TV 612: LG V20 Top 5 Features

The LG V20 is the latest flagship smartphone from LG, focused on amazing photography and best-in-class sound. There's a lot to like about the LG V20, and I'm here to share what I think are the LG V20 top 5 features - build quality, dual cameras, audio, removable battery, and the secondary display. Check out the video and let me know what you think - are you impressed with the LG V20? I think it might be the best Android smartphone for 2016.

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Video Transcript:

LG is ready to drop it’s next great smartphone in the LG V20, and I’m here to tell you all about what sets this device apart from the competition. If you’re looking for an Android device with a large screen, amazing sound, and great camera that won’t explode in your pocket, this may just be the one to consider. In this episode I’ll hit you with the top 5 features of the LG V20, and we’re gonna kick it off with build quality.

Now I’ll say right up front that this is a pre-production unit. I’ll have the final hardware in hand later this week, and that’s what I’ll use to bring you my full review. That said, I must say that LG did a complete about-face from the LG G5 in terms of build quality. I personally thought the G5 was a great phone, but the actual build quality of it let a little to be desired due to the way the battery would eject. With the V20, things change. It’s a full unibody metal design which LG says is aircraft-grade metal, so it’s nice and strong. There’s then a plastic coating applied to keep that metal looking good. You’ll likely hear some people complain about that, as some just want that metal feel, but that’s the decision LG made here to keep the phone looking nice.

Of course if you want to further protect and customize the LG V20 without adding bulk, you can do what I did and slap on a dbrand skin. I’m rocking a two-tone look here on my V20, and dbrand offers a seemingly limitless amount of styles and colors to choose from, for pretty much any smartphone on the market. I’ll leave a link in the description below so you can find the skin that best suits you.

Next up, the camera. If you pick up the LG V20, much like the iPhone 7 Plus, one of the first things that will stand out is that it rocks a dual camera system. That is likely the future of smartphone technology, but for now, it’s a rarity. Here on the V20 you have a 16 megapixel standard camera paired up with an 8 megapixel wide-angle lens that will capture a 135 degree field of view. Here you can see the real world differences between the two - the first image was taken with the standard lens, and the second was taken with the wide angle shooter. It’s a pretty big difference, and as you can see, it lets you capture much more of the scene.

Next standout feature on the LG V20 is the audio experience. Seriously, if you’re an audiophile and looking for an Android phone that will drive even the most power hungry headphones, the LG V20 is it. Why is that? Because on the inside this phone is rocking a quad DAC - and it’s the first and only smartphone to do so. You can listen to audio through the USB C port on the bottom, as well as the built-in headphone jack. But it doesn’t just do a great job at playing music, it also captures great sound as well thanks to the three onboard microphones that capture 24-bit hi-fi audio.

Next feature, the removable battery. A couple of years ago, this one wouldn’t really be worth mentioning, but here at the end of 2016, it’s getting harder and harder to find a flagship smartphone with a removable battery. You won’t get that with the iPhone 7, Samsung Galaxy S7, HTC 10, or Google Pixel, so it’s nice to see here. This means you can easily carry an extra battery in your bag and when you’re getting low, simply swap them out instantly to get back to full power. Oh and speaking of the battery, the V20 uses a 3200mAh battery, so those swaps shouldn’t be happening that frequently. Also, props to LG for making sure that the inside looks cool. That’s definitely a nice touch.

Finally, feature number five on my list is the secondary display. Like last years LG V10, the V20 also integrates a small, secondary display strip right above the main 5.7-inch quad HD display, which is used to give you glanceable information without you having to turn on the main screen. When the main display is off, the secondary strip will show you the date, time, and battery level. No need to turn your phone on to get to that quick info. There are quick actions there as well which allow you to do things like quickly turn on the rear LED for flashlight mode.

So there you have it guys, my top 5 features on the new LG V20 - hit that thumbs up button if you liked this one. The V20 will be dropping on October 28th for $769. If you’re wondering if it’s worth your time, attention, and cash, be sure to click or tap on my face to get subscribed in order to stay on top of future video releases, including my full LG V20 review. Let me know what you think of this one in the comments below, and I’ll meet you there. Thanks for watching, I’m Andru Edwards and I’ll catch you in the next video.

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