Unique secondary screen, sturdy design, but owns too big “Asin’s heel”

LG introduced its flagship G-series smartphone in 2012 and has delivered some truly impressive products like the LG G3 and LG G Flex. However, the company feels that there is still room for a higher-end line, something to compete fairly with longtime rival Samsung’s S and Note series.

And so the LG V series was born, which will feature durable, powerful phones with cutting-edge displays, cameras and audio technology. This all started at the end of 2015 with the arrival of the LG V10.

LG V10 has a very unique design. Instead of using a sleek metal and glass design, LG opted for a back made of a silicon-like material it calls “Dure Skin”. It has ridges for extra grip and the elasticity of the material helps to shock the phone in the event of an accidental drop.

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Not only that, inside the corners of the device are also arranged silicon pads to absorb shocks when falling, while the chassis (called Dura Guard) is made of 316L hardened steel to prevent the phone from bending, may crack the glass. The glass is also extremely sturdy with two layers of Gorilla Glass 4.

Skipping all that protection, users can still remove the back to replace the battery, insert a microSD card.

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LG V10 is more than just a “rock pot” phone. Instead, durability is just one part of it – the V series aren’t gimmicky, gimmicky toys, they’re sturdy tools for those who need a powerful device but don’t expect it. fragile fragile.

And the V10 has no shortage of innovative designs. It has a 160 x 1,040 px secondary display right above the main screen, which can display app icons for quick access, separately adjustable brightness, and always-on mode.

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It becomes a status bar when the phone is locked, and swiping gives you easy access to basic settings like mute, torch on. There’s also a “signature” option, which allows you to place a short piece of personality text on this screen.

In the left corner is a dual 5MP selfie camera, one with an 80° angle and the other with a 120° super wide angle to provide the ability to take group selfies without needing to attach the phone to a stick.

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The rear camera has a resolution of 16MP, f/1.8 aperture, optical stabilization and laser autofocus. The camera app offers RAW and RAW + JPG modes, along with some manual adjustments for photos and videos.

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Notably, the Directivity feature allows for control over how the microphones record audio – they can prioritize what’s in front of the camera (your subject), behind the camera (you’re commenting), or both. . You can even use a wireless Bluetooth microphone to record audio, and there’s a sound level meter to check if the sound is adjusted properly.

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LG has a reputation for stellar sound on its phones, and the V10 is no exception. It has a 32-bit Hi-Fi DAC from ESS Technology and supports FLAC and ALAC codecs, and of course has a 3.5mm headphone jack. The LG V10 comes with LG Quad Beat 3 headphones that have been tuned by AKG. The music app has several presets, including a dedicated preset for this headset.

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Going back to the screen of the V10, it is a 5.7-inch IPS LCD screen with a resolution of 1,440 x 2,560 px, high brightness, with a high contrast ratio and pretty good color rendering.

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Powering the LG V10 is the Snapdragon 808 chip, which was not Qualcomm’s flagship chip that year. But given the overheating problem of Snapdragon 810, 808 is a better choice.

It was released with Android 5.1 Lollipop and a bunch of LG customizations. In addition to things for the secondary display and camera, there’s also split-screen multitasking and Knock Code.

Back then, LG’s signature design was to place the power button on the back, surrounded by volume up and down buttons. Not long after the power button and fingerprint sensor, Knock Code is a code based on the touch position to unlock the phone.

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The LG V10 is a unique phone, it’s not pretty in the usual way, but at least it’s highly practical. The secondary screen and dual selfie camera add interesting points that the G-series does not have.

But V10 has a serious bug, it’s a bootloop nightmare. LG said the problem stemmed from “loose contact between components” and promised to fix it. Even so, the company has been hit with a class action lawsuit against the G4, V10 and some other models. The lawsuit was settled in 2018 with owners receiving $425 in cash or a $700 rebate on a new LG phone.

Undeterred, LG launched the V20 the following year and the V30 the following year. However, this is around the time that LG started running out of ideas with the V. V30S series? V35? Those products don’t seem to leave any impression.

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That’s not to say LG has completely stopped innovating. There were a few crazy devices in development like the LG Wing, or the Rollable with a scrolling screen, but none of LG’s models were profitable enough, so the company decided to withdraw from the business. The company’s smartphones and innovative devices will never be released.

Reference: GSMArena



By Nguyen Manh Cuong

Nguyen Manh Cuong is the author and founder of the tvtoolsalteria blog. With over 14 years of experience in Online Marketing, he now runs a number of successful websites, and occasionally shares his experience & knowledge on this blog.

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