The LG V20 is now official, but sales will begin on September 29th in South Korea. Those in the U.S. will have to wait until October 21 to lay their hands on the phablet. But how does this phone compare to the all-conquering Google Nexus 6P?
Made by Huawei, the Google Nexus 6P is one of the best ever Nexus smartphones to have existed. Featuring a fabulous 5.7-inch AMOLED display screen with a QHD resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels and a pixel density of 518ppi, you will definitely love this phone. Since it’s quite huge, it might be easier to fall from your hands. However, it features a metallic build with the glass part protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4 technology to ensure that nothing really harms it in cases of accidental falls and drops.
You get a great 3450mAh battery unit inside the phone, which should promise a great battery life. Remember, the unit is not removable, but it comes with support for fast charging, not Qualcomm’s. Under the hood, the Google Nexus 6P packs quite impressive features. Being a flagship, the handset went for last year’s flagship chipset – the Snapdragon 810 – and this was paired with a 3GB RAM. You get Android Marshmallow out of the box, but there is an Android Nougat OTA update already up and running.
Since there is no room for microSD card storage, Huawei built the Google Nexus 6P with three storage options of 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB. However, keep in mind that these units vary in prices, with the largest storage option attracting an equal amount.
In terms of photography, the Google Nexus 6P has a capable 12.3MP snapper at the back with the likes of dual-LED flash, laser autofocus and so on, but there is no OIS. The front part has an 8MP shooter. You also get things like USB Type-C, fingerprint scanner, NFC connectivity, among other nifty additions.
But does this match what the LG V20 has to offer? The South Korean company went for an aluminum design this time round, but kept the same 5.7-inch LCD screen with QHD resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels, just like the V10 and the Google Nexus 6P. The V20 has a nifty addition to the screen in form of a secondary display that offers advanced functionality, including displaying things like notifications, date and time, among others, even when the primary screen is off.
The LG V20 revels in the fact that it is the first handset to come preinstalled with Android Nougat, but this is nothing to brag about as we have seen with the Nexus 6P. However, the latter will struggle to match the V20’s audio system that includes a stereo sound, three mics as well as an app for HD recording.
Under the hood, the phablet packs the latest Snapdragon 820, the successor to what the Google Nexus 6P is using, and is paired with an extra gig of RAM. You get 64GB of onboard storage, but there is still room for microSD card storage via a dedicated slot. The LG V20 gets the better of the Nexus 6P with its rear snapper, where the former comes with a dual-lens setup that includes a 16MP standard lens and 8MP optical zoom lens. There is autofocus, OIS, dual LED flash and 2x optical zoom. The front part has a 5MP snapper, which should serve as required.
Like the Google Nexus 6P, the LG V20 also comes with support for USB Type-C connectivity, NFC as well as a fingerprint scanner. The battery to power the phone is a 3200mAh unit, but unlike its counterpart, this one is removable.
Given the closeness these two have in terms of specs and features, you’ll be surprised with the gap between then when it comes to price. While the Google Nexus 6P is currently priced at $499 for the base model, the LG V20 starts at $810.