LG Officially Unveils V10 Smartphone and Watch Urbane v2.0

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We knew a new phone from LG was coming. Indeed, we even knew what to expect for the most part. Now it is all official. LG has officially unveiled their V10 smartphone. With specs similar to the G4, the V10’s main feature is the secondary ticker display that can be used for notifications. LG says that the second screen can be setup to be always on and gives a quick way to check weather, battery, and other stats while the main screen is off. When the main screen is on the secondary screen can act as an app launcher and also take incoming notifications to avoid taking up screen real estate when playing games or viewing media. Here is the full spec list:

Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 Processor
Main display 5.7-inch QHD IPS Quantum Display (2560 x 1440/513ppi)
Secondary display 2.1-inch IPS Quantum Display (160 x 1040/513ppi)
Memory 4GB LPDDR3 RAM / 64GB eMMC ROM/microSD (up to 2TB)
Rear camera 16MP with F1.8 Aperture/OIS 2.0
Front camera 5MP Dual Lens (80-degree Standard Angle/120-degree Wide Angle)
Battery 3,000mAh (removable)
Operating system Android 5.1.1 Lollipop
Size 159.6 x 79.3 x 8.6mm
Weight 192g
Network LTE-A Cat. 6
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac, Bluetooth 4.1, NFC, USB 2.0
Colors Space Black, Luxe White, Modern Beige, Ocean Blue, Opal Blue

LG mentions that the camera on the V10 is designed to “do for video, what the G4 did for photos”, referring to the comfortability to leave the house with your smartphone as your sole camera. The V10 also features a metal body and rear fingerprint scanner, both features that set it apart from the G4. Hardcore LG fans will also be pleased that LG kept the removable battery and expandable storage capability. Overall, the phone looks interesting, just not entirely sold on the secondary display. Sales of the V10 will commence in Korea in October, with a rollout to other select countries (US included) to follow later.

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In addition to the V10, LG gave us a small surprise by announcing the new LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition, featuring LTE connectivity. While LG did release an LTE version of the original Urbane, this is the first LTE watch which also runs Android Wear. The new Urbane also features a 480 x 480 resolution, beating out the Huawei Watch for best PPI on an Android Wear watch at 348. Other specs of the Watch Urbane 2nd Edition include a Snapdragon 400 SoC, 768MB LPDDR3 RAM, 4GB storage, Bluetooth 4.1, Wi-Fi, built-in GPS for location tracking, and a 570mAh battery that’s designed to last an entire day. All of that is pretty standard smartwatch fare, excepting the rather large 570 mAh battery which increases the device’s thickness and is needed to compensate for LTE battery drain.

The Urbane 2 will be available in four color variants: Space Black, Opal Blue, Luxe White, Signature Brown. All bands are non-removable this time around and are made out of hypoallergenic TPSiV elastomer. The watch is also certified IP67 for dust and water resistance. LG did not give pricing and availability, only mentioning that the device will debut in the US and Korea. Another smartwatch to consider, who’s interested?

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Jeff Springer

"I am currently a researcher and Adjunct Professor at Arizona State University and Grand Canyon University. I fell in love with Android with the Nexus One release and realized that it was superior to iOS in all the ways I care about. I still use a Mac (and an iPhone for the camera), but my Apple tech products pale in comparison to my number of Android devices (watches, tablets, and phones). When I’m not rooting/modding one of my many Android phones or doing math/programming, you can find me taking in Phoenix Suns/Arizona Diamondbacks games in downtown Phoenix, and drinking good beer!"