The V20 handset offers premium features but the iPhone 7 launch may garner more attention.
(CCM) — LG has taken the wraps off its LG V20 handset — the world's first smartphone to come with the new Android 7 Nougat out of the box. The timing of the announcement is surprising, since the V20 is likely to be overshadowed by the announcement of the iPhone 7 (which is expected today at an Apple event in San Francisco). Like the iPhone 7, the V20 has been designed to be a premium smartphone, offering multimedia capabilities including Steady Record 2.0 image stabilization, Hi-Fi video recording, a 32-bit Quad DAC (digital to analog converter,) HD audio recording, and both wide angle and standard lenses on the front and rear cameras. The front camera can also take selfies automatically, snapping a picture when the face detection software registers that the subject is ready and smiling without the need to press the shutter button. This reduces the chance of a blurred shot due to camera shake when the button is pressed, the company says.
The phone is made from aircraft-grade aluminum and a silicon-based material found in helmets, which reduces shocks by 20% if the camera is dropped. This has enabled it to pass the MIL-STD 810G Transit Drop Test that indicates that the phone could be dropped repeatedly from a height of four feet onto its front, back, sides, or corners and continue to function. Pricing and launch dates will be announced in the next few weeks.
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