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LG V10 premium smartphone announced

LG has revealed its new flagship phone, the LG V10, ahead of its official launch event.

The South Korean manufacturer will be holding an event in New York at 11am local time to officially unveil the LG V10. However, the company has seen fit to let out an “Official Product Video” and a press release detailing the new handset.

Regardless of the reason behind this curious approach, we now know all about the LG V10. Fittingly enough, it’s a curious bit of kit in many ways.

Overall, it looks to be an LG G4 with a more premium build and some intriguing additional features.

It’s built around the same core components of a 5.7-inch QHD display (though this one’s flat), Snapdragon 808 CPU (this time backed by 4GB of RAM), 16-megapixel rear camera, and removable 3,000mAh battery. It’ll come with 64GB as standard, which is backed by a microSD slot.

LG V10

But on top of these familiar elements you have a new stainless steel construction. This is a much classier-looking phone than the LG G4, which was one of the key areas the current flagship suffers in comparison to its rivals.

The most notable extra feature here, however, is the LG V10’s second screen. Above the display, to the right of the front camera array, there’s a small, thin secondary display that operates independently of the main display.

It’s always-on, and and can be set up to display key information like weather, time, date and battery life when the main screen is powered off. When the main screen is on, however, the second screen can switch to showing and launching shortcuts or favourite apps.

Notifications can also be pushed to this second screen when you’re watching a movie.

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Another interesting new feature relates to that front-facing camera we mentioned above. It’s actually two 5-megapixel cameras, one set up for narrow 80-degree selfies and the other for wide angle 120-degree group or landscape shots. The V10 has software that can combine images from the two cameras into one.

LG also appears to be pushing the V10’s video-recording capabilities. Just as the LG G4 offered full manual control over stills, the LG V10 offers full manual control over videos. You can now adjust shutter speed, frame rate, ISO, white balance and focus while recording, as well as choosing between 16:9 and 21:9 aspect ratios.

15 Second Auto Edit, meanwhile, creates a brief highlights package from your video with all shaky or static scenes removed.

There’s no news on pricing as yet, but the LG V10 will be hitting South Korean shops this month. The US, China, and key countries in Asia, Latin America and the Middle East will follow.

See what we thought of the LG G4 in our review video:

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