Clear Ballistic Case Renders Give Great Look at Upcoming LG V20

Well, here’s the LG V20, at least according to Ballistic who have posted up renders of the device suited up in the Elsa Jewel Case. Published to the Petra website, where the case is available for purchase ($20), we get a clear look at what the V20 might have to offer.

From what these renders show us, LG is sticking with its custom skin (no surprise there), even though the device will be the first to launch with Android 7.0 “Nougat.” Additionally, the device will most definitely come with a secondary display on the frontside.  (more…)

Limited Amount of LG G5 Owners in Korea Get to Beta Test Nougat

For the most part, living in the US has its perks, but not when it comes to beta testing upcoming OS updates. Over the years, we have seen major OS updates hit Poland, South Korea, and other various markets well ahead of any US penetration. Today, that trend continues, as LG has opened up a very limited beta test for Nougat to G5 owners.

According to LG, this beta is limited to just 2,000 people, which is virtually nobody. To get the update, select G5 owners must download the OS Preview application from Google Play, but again, if you are reading this in the US, don’t bother trying to download the app because you won’t find it.  (more…)

LG V20 Will Bring That Quad DAC Heat, a First for a Smartphone

When LG announced the V10 last year, I poked a bit of fun at the phone for having lots of new “things and stuff” to try and grab headlines. That wasn’t so much a jab at LG for tossing everything they could think of at the wall and hoping it stuck…actually, that’s exactly what I was doing. As it turns out, some of that “things and stuff” actually did stick and amounted to a really good phone that I, along with plenty of others, surprisingly enjoyed.

One of the items that really stood out to audiophiles in the building was the 32-bit Hi-Fi DAC included in the phone. While I will never claim to be a serious audio person, just do a quick Google search for “LG V10 audio” and you know that this phone is a serious player in the audio department. With the upcoming LG V20, LG is focusing on audio once again and is telling us that it will be the “first smartphone in the industry” to feature a 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC from ESS Technology.  (more…)

Supposed LG V20 Renders Hit the Web, Induces Headache

According to Android Authority, in “collaboration” with the web’s well-known Onleaks, this is the V20 from LG. No, your eyes do not deceive you, that’s not a LG G5. If these renders indeed turn out to be the V20, we are looking at another half year of LG trying to sell its customers on the Friends modular concept, which we have already labeled as somewhat of a bust.

Without diving into our thoughts on modularity just yet, let’s go over what these renders show us. We can see on the backside that the bottom portion is likely separable, just like it is on the G5. There’s even a button on the side of the phone, like on the G5, where users press down to unlock the bottom module from the handset itself.  (more…)

Tuesday Poll: What Do You Think About Removable Batteries?

There was a time back in the day, probably around the time of the Galaxy Nexus, where removable batteries were a big deal. As time passes, they don’t seem to be all that exciting anymore. Phones with high capacity built-in batteries last through a day of usage just fine, so people don’t seem to be flocking to the idea of removable anymore.

Samsung, a company that used to ship nearly all of its devices with removable batteries, has stepped away completely from that design. Thinking on it a bit harder, it seems that LG is one of the only few remaining major OEMs that utilizes removable batteries in its high-end flagship devices. Is that a good or bad thing? That’s what we’re here to find out.

Below, give us your answer, then your reasoning why in the comments section.

What do you think about removable batteries?

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