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LG V20 officially out with Android Nougat and a Quad DAC system

LG V20 is now official and is coming with a plethora of improvements, while keeping all the features that made the V10 a fan-favorite. The rugged design is gone in favor of a lightweight aluminum body, yet it’s supposed to be as tough as its predecessor. LG says it opted for an aluminum AL6013 alloy, which is used to build airplanes and boats. The phone is as tough as V10 with MIL-STD-810 compliance for shock resistance.

The top and bottom sides are fronted with silicone polycarbonate to take in 20 percent more shock than conventional materials. A back shell can be removed via a pin key tool for access to the removable 3,200mAh battery and the nano-SIM and microSD card slots. The rear is also where you’ll find the fingerprint sensor.

The V20’s SABRE ES9218 Quad DAC system are provided by ESS Technology — ESS provided the DACs on the V10. The system is touted to drive down ambient noise and distortion, provide fine left-right tuning and 75 levels of volume control. The phone can play FLAC, DSD, AIFF and ALAC audio formats. Bang & Olufsen also assisted in tuning the phone’s three microphones, though this tuning is only available in certain markets, likely due to licensing agreements. The Studio Mode audio recording app provides richer recording options.

Camera-wise, the two 5-megpaixel front-facing cameras found on the V10 have been reduced to one unit with a wide-angle lens. Two cameras are now found on the rear with a conventional 16-megapixel unit teamed with a wider-angle 8-megapixel unit.

The V20 is also the first phone to run the hot Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. The OS supports multi-window, a more efficient Doze mode, improved quick notifications management and an overhauled quick toggle area.

LG says the V20 will launch in Q3, which means by the end of this month. And while LG hasn’t officially announced any pricing, the V20 is coming to all major US carriers which will specify their pricing separately.

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