NEW YORK—Today LG took the wraps off its second flagship for 2016: the LG V20. The device is a sequel to last year's LG V10 and follows much of the same formula. The V20 is a high-end 5.7-inch smartphone with a secondary "ticker" screen just above the main screen.
The specs are about what you would expect for a 2016 flagship: a Snapdragon 820, 4GB of RAM, a 3200mAh battery, and a 5.7-inch, 2560x1440 IPS LCD. The V20's big eyecatcher is the always-on second screen, a small area above the main screen that can display a series of mini apps—power controls, app shortcuts, calendar events, music controls, or a text string.
We weren't enamored by LG's earlier 2016 flagship, the LG G5. But LG has made great strides with the V20 and seems to have solved most of the issues we had with the previous flagship. The G5's modular system is no more, along with the build-quality problems that it caused. Gone are the uneven seams and sharp edges, while the V20 keeps the removable battery and MicroSD slot by going with a more tradition removable back plate design.