Samsung set off a new trend when it launched the Galaxy Note Edge a year ago and has continued down the edge-display road with the Galaxy S6 Edge and its Plus variant. Edge displays soon started appearing everywhere in concept renders and under-the-radar Chinese flagship smartphones. The LG V10 is the newest in the edge display category, although the company takes an inherently different approach to make edge displays practical. While Samsung’s edge-display smartphones feature bezelless screens with edge displays that seem to droop from the sides of the phone, the LG V10 uses a secondary display above the main for the same functionalities.
Although the Galaxy Edge’s edges offer more practical functions than those of the Galaxy S6 Edge and S6 Edge Plus, the LG V10 seems to be a more practical approach that creates a handset that isn’t as expensive nor as cumbersome to use as Samsung’s alternatives. Rumors about the LG V10 have been going around the internet for the past couple of weeks, with the community trying to guess what the secondary display could be used for. Now we know.
The LG V10 release date is set for this month in Korea, but unlike HTC, LG is releasing this baby globally later one. HTC dealt a blow to fans when it refused to make the HTC One M9+ an international release, and it looks like LG picked up on the mistake and is not going to repeat it by launching an Asia-exclusive smartphone that’s better than its flagship phone for the year, the LG G4.
Although the LG V10 release date is mostly confirmed in Korea, there is no information about when the device would be launched on the international market. Leaksters such as Evan Blass and OnLeaks believe the release should come just in time for November and the holiday season, and that’s seems fair. LG most likely wants to get ahead of the competition and wants to target the customers Samsung, Apple and HTC have targeted with their most recent releases, as well as Google’s Nexus line-up (even though the Nexus 5X is LG’s baby, too).
The LG V10 specs aren’t clear and confirmed yet, as the smartphone is yet to be announced by the company in an official manner. Nonetheless, previous leaks from TENAA, China’s certification authority, reveal that the device will sport dual 5 MP cameras on the front, that will be able to capture photos from different angles and sew them together. LG is adding features such as multi-view recording, which not only uses both front cameras but includes footage from the rear, too. 4K recording is of course an option as the LG V10 rear camera should end up being a 16 MP sensor with laser autofocus and optical image stabilization.
The most important and innovative part of the LG V10 however is its display or rather its two displays. Besides the 5.7-inch QHD panel on the front, most likely an AMOLED one, LG also slapped a ticker display on top of the main one which can be used for various different tasks. While the phone is locked, the ticker will display the information edge displays would, such as time and date, stocks, weather and notifications. When the phone is unlocked, the display can be used to access app shortcuts and various other undisclosed functions without leaving the current app on the main screen.
The two displays of the LG V10 are supposed to be independent of each other and should offer a user experience that is inherently different from anything we’ve seen in the past few years. A good example of secondary ticker screen would be the Samsung Continuum, but that’s 5 years old and didn’t have much of an impact on the industry. The LG V10 might have, if specs and price are right.
Speaking of, rumored LG V10 specs include a Snapdragon 810 CPU, 4 GB RAM, 64 GB Internal storage, a microSD card slot for expansion to hold all that 4K footage and surprise, surprise: a 3000 mAh removable battery. LG is really going after power users with this one and seems to have targeted all the mistakes that were made by Apple and Samsung in the past few years. MicroSD storage and a removable battery are what Android power users are craving for and LG wants to give it to them.