LG is having a spectacular week. Not only did Google announce that it had teamed up again with the South Korean manufacturer to produce the Nexus 5X, but LG managed to get in a few of its own device launches, too.
The LG V10 and revamped Watch Urbane were quietly announced last night in Seoul. One is an Android-powered smartphone with dual front cameras and a second screen, while the other is the company’s first cellular-enabled Android Wear smartwatch.
A phone made “with creativity in mind”
The LG V10 is a slightly different product for LG. On the inside, it’s like any other Android-powered smartphone: it features a Snapdragon 808 processor, 5.7-inch QuadHD display, 4GB of RAM, and a 3,000 mAh battery pack. But it also boasts some extra hardware and software features that are firsts for LG.
First off is the Second Screen, which is exactly as it sounds: an inset display that rests above the main 5.7-inch display. It can be set up to display information like the weather, time, and battery life, or, when the main screen is on, it can serve as a launcher for your favorite apps. It can also be used as a discrete area for notifications when you’re in a full-screen application, so that whatever you’re doing on the main screen isn’t interrupted to notify you of a missed call from Mom, for instance.
The V10’s second screen works a bit like the Galaxy S6 Edge’s edge display: it offers notifications or serves as an application launcher when the screen is on.
The V10 also features dual front cameras. Rather than equip the phone with a wide-angle lens, the V10 features two 5-megapixel front-facing cameras that can capture a standard 80-degree selfie or a 120-degree one. LG adds that the V10 “employs a sophisticated software algorithm to combine images from the two separate lenses, which are just far enough apart to provide two different pints of view.” The two front-facing cameras can also be used to record video in multi-view.
Lastly, the V10 offers complete manual video controls. You can adjust the shutter speed, frame rate, ISO, white balance, and focus while you’re recording video. LG was one of the first smartphone-makers to offer manual settings for still photos on the G4, though there’s no word if the manual video controls will come as a software update to its flagship release.
A smartwatch that can stand on its own
LG’s first 4G-enabled Android Wear smartwatch.
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