The LG V10, with its 5.7-inch screen, is the response of the Korean manufacturer to the growing smartphones that are currently flooding the market. It is also the first of LG and the third important phone of the year after the LG G4 and G Flex 2Discover all in this complete test.

 

Design and finishing

The design of the LG V10 does not leave indifferent. We are faced with a large terminal that measures 160 mm x 79 mm x 8.6 mm (1 mm thinner than the G4) and that makes its weight with 192 grams on the scale. Its front face is dominated by the main screen of 5.7 inches and stainless steel edges.

The remainder consists of polycarbonate. The upper and lower frames are matte plastic with a shiny effect (it took me three days to achieve this brilliant effect desired by LG). The rear is also made of polycarbonate, with a robust and sporty finish that reminds a little of the Moto Maxx.

 

In the upper part of the front face, there is also what makes the terminal specific, namely a second screen. Two front-facing cameras to make selfies are also present, as is the speakerphone for calls, the motion sensor and a notification LED. The top frame above the dual screen is really minimal, even thinner than for the G2, G3, and G4.

 

Screen

The LG V10 screen is a 5.7-inch (515 dpi) IPS QHD screen with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels. The quality is there. LG shows again with the V10 the extent of its talent in IPS screen. The viewing angles are excellent and the colors are faithful. Compared to the G4, we will simply note a slightly more brilliant effect.

  • Secondary screen

With the V10, LG presents us with a curious and practical innovation. The V10 inaugurates a second 2.1-inch screen that operates independently. You can then disable the main screen but continue to receive notifications or other information such as weather, time, date and battery status, or a shortcut to quickly access an application.

 

Software Interface   

                        

The LG V10 boasts Android 5.1.1 Lollipop but will receive the Marshmallow update before the end of the year according to LG. The number of preinstalled applications is also shrinking and is limited to Quick Remote, Backup, LG Health, QuickMemo and a few others. LG is on the right track.

 

Performance

The LG V10 features a Snapdragon 808 processor running at 1.82 GHz. Its graphics chip is an Adreno 418. And the whole thing is coupled to 4 GB of RAM. We are confronted with technical characteristics similar to his brother, the LG G4 but with 1 GB of RAM in addition.

So you will not be disappointed in the performance, although some of its competitors do better in this area, such as the S6 edge +. We did not observe any overheating problems even while playing.

 

Sound quality

The LG V10 placed the loudspeaker on the lower edge, unlike the G4 where it was on its back. There are not many differences in sound quality despite this change of position. The basses are perhaps less supplied but overall the quality is good and the volume is higher.

You will be able to use the V10’s speakers without any worries in a slightly noisy environment. The edge of the loudspeaker is, however, a bit inconvenient for videos since you tend to put your hand on it when playing.

 

Camera

The camera of the LG V10 is impressive and almost deserves, just like the G4, an entire article. The main sensor is the same as the G4 with an aperture f / 1.8. This guarantees high-quality results.

The phone has an optical stabilizer, its home laser autofocus and a manual mode with all the options we’ve seen on the G4 (now the menu appears on the secondary screen). You can change ISO, shutter speed, white balance, manual focus and focal aperture. Can you also save files in RAW format?

Another peculiarity, LG did not put one but two frontal cameras. Nothing to do with 3D however. These two sensors offer 5-megapixel selfies with a field of different amplitude depending on the number of people that are in the picture. The first has a field width of 120 degrees and the second is 80 degrees.

 

Video, audio and manual control

LG brought a manual control to the video. It allows you to shoot in 4K up to 60 fps, or 24 fps, or if you’re a cinema enthusiast. Among the variables you can change is the ISO and different values of the image.

But one of the most surprising things is that you can adjust the ambient noise to reduce or improve the wind noise. The options cannot be changed in manual mode, so you will need to learn how it works before.

 

Final verdict

The LG V10 is a complete mobile phone and offers you everything you could hope for from a high-end smartphone: fingerprint reader, superb screen and exceptional camera.

It even offers what others do not have anymore: micro SD card slot and removable battery. Finally, it brings some extras that no one had asked for but that make it unique: a dual screen and a dual front camera.

Its performance is not the best, just like its battery, but LG offers with the V10 an original and interesting alternative. The V10 is therefore a smartphone thought big. LG has remained loyal to its values and has not yielded to market trends that want aluminum, glass or a non-removable battery.