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With Samsung graduating to using an actual curved screen for its S6 Edge phones (creating the Galaxy Note Edge that has its entirely extra, separate screen for its curved side effect), LG has also decided to use a secondary screen to make a new and massive phablet, which is a little different. Well, the company has created the V10, which places a second screen above the main screen, together with a pair of selfie cams. Yes, you heard it right—this baby has 2 screens and 2 cameras on the front!

LG V10 Full Specs

Body – MIL-STD-810G certified – shock resistant

Network        – GSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE

Dimensions   – 159.6 x 79.3 x 8.6 mm (6.28 x 3.12 x 0.34 in)

Weight – 192 g (6.77 oz)

SIM – Nano-SIM

Display Type – IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

Display Size – 5.7 inches (~70.8% screen-to-body ratio)

Resolution – 1440 x 2560 pixels (~515 ppi pixel density)

Multitouch – Yes

Protection – Corning Gorilla Glass 4

Secondary Display – 160 x 1040 pixels, 2.1 inches

Platform OS – Android OS, v5.1.1 (Lollipop)

Chipset – Qualcomm MSM8992 Snapdragon 808

CPU – Quad-core 1.44 GHz Cortex-A53 & dual-core 1.82 GHz Cortex-A57

GPU – Adreno 418

Card Slot – microSD, up to 200 GB

Internal Memory – 64 GB, 4 GB RAM

Primary Camera – 16 MP, f/1.8, laser autofocus, OIS, LED flash, check quality, 1/2.6″ sensor size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, panorama, HDR, 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30fps, 720p@120fps



Secondary Camera – 5 MP Duo, f/2.2

Sound – Hi-Fi DAC sound

Sound Alert Types – Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones

Loudspeaker – Yes

3.5mm Jack – Yes

WLAN – Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot

Bluetooth – v4.1, A2DP, LE, apt-X

GPS– Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS

NFC – Yes

Infrared Port – Yes

Radio  – FM radio

USB – microUSB v2.0 (SlimPort 4K)

Sensors – Fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, color spectrum

Messaging – SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM

Browser – HTML5

Other features include fast battery charging, active noise cancellation with dedicated mic, MP4/DviX/XviD/H.264/WMV player, MP3/WAV/FLAC/eAAC+/WMA player, photo/video editor and document editor.

Review

The LG V10 is designed to be a rugged phone and to take some punishment. Its frame is made of stainless steel that extends to its side to give the phablet a cool-to-the-touch body. Instead of the standard LG plastic cover used on the back of its phones, it surrounds the panel and screen with something they call Dura Skin, which feels like silicone but is apparently harder than plastic and is even claimed to be 10 times stronger than aluminum.

For the two screens, one of them is an enormous, high-resolution 5.7-inch display that allows for a wide range of perks, such as splashes of bright colors, strong contrast and lively tones, while the other is a 2.1-inch mini display that is always on. Also, LG has been keen on providing ways to access often-needed information quickly, which is possible with the second screen, only without the downward swipe activation function on other phones from LG.

The camera is absolutely excellent and versatile, where you can say that it is the best that you have ever used with a smartphone, making the V10 a perfect companion whenever or wherever you want to take a photo. Also, this new phablet is the first non-Nexus LG phone to have a fingerprint sensor, which is mounted in the sleep/wake key on its rear panel.

Android 5.1.1 is installed, but it is covered with LG’s own user interface.

Verdict

The V10 is an absolute phablet, with a huge screen, plenty of RAM, long-lasting battery and a strong body. So, should you pick it over the many other phablets on the market today?

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