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LG V10 review: a bigger G4

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The LG V10 is LG's first high-end phablet, and its answer to the large smartphones released by other major players this year: the Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 Edge+, Moto X Pure and the Nexus 6P. What makes it unique is that it has two screens and two front cameras. Will LG’s latest device boost its struggling revenues? We’ll investigate in this LG V10 review.

LG V10


  • Body/display combination
  • Dual display
  • microSD support
  • removable battery
  • Outstanding camera and interface
  • Manual modes of photo and video
  • Quick charge in one hour


  • Fingerprint scanner unhelpful
  • Battery life
  • Price
  • Weight
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LG V10 release date and price

The LG V10 is now available for presale in the US and some European markets, including the UK. The LG V10 price will be between US$600 and US$700 off-contract. There is only one storage option available – 64 GB – and the device also comes with 4 GB of RAM, a microSD slot and removable battery. 

The V10 will be available in five colors: white, space black, beige, ocean blue and opal blue.

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The back cover is removable. / © ANDROIDPIT

LG V10 design and build quality

The design of the LG V10 is quite interesting. It’s certainly a large device, measuring 160mm x 79mm x 8.6mm (it's 1mm thinner than the LG G4), and relatively heavy, at 192 g. The upside of this is that it seems to be pretty robust.

The front of the phone is dominated by the 5.7-inch display and stainless steel outer rim. The rest is made of polycarbonate. The back is made of polycarbonate as well, with a rugged and sporty finish, reminiscent of the Moto Maxx.

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The metal edges on the sides of the LG V10. / © ANDROIDPIT

Above the main display you’ll find a smaller, secondary display. To the left of this are not one, but two front-facing selfie cameras. At the top is calling speaker, along with a motion sensor and LED notification light.

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The second screen and two selfie cameras at the top of the V10. / © ANDROIDPIT
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The stainless steel edge of the V10. / © ANDROIDPIT

The screen-to-body ratio is 70.8 percent. As a result the V10 has a very minimal design and neat appearance.

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Some of the benchmarking apps we used to test the LG V10. / © ANDROIDPIT

The V10 is flat on both the front and back, which is a change from the G3 and G4, both of which have quite curved backs. On the back, you'll find the typical LG buttons, including sleep/wake.

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The V10's rear fingerprint sensor, buttons and camera. / © ANDROIDPIT

The rear camera is surrounded by a metal rim and protrudes slightly. To the left is a double LED flash and, on the right, an autofocus laser. Below that you'll see V10’s name printed on the polycarbonate.

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The V10 imprint. / © ANDROIDPIT

You’ll find the microUSB, mono speaker and headphone jack on the lower edge of the phone. On the upper edge are the infrared sensor and noise-canceling speaker for calls.

LG V10 display

Main display

The  main LG V10 screen is a 5.7-inch, QHD affair with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels and a pixel density of 515 ppi. LG screens have been fantastic for several years now, and the V10 is no exception.

It has a bright IPS LCD panel, with good viewing angles, and looks great on all sides. The G4, however, can get brighter.

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LG V10 versus LG G4. / © ANDROIDPIT

Secondary display

The second display on the LG is a curious and quite useful innovation. It provides several shortcuts that you can access independently of the main screen. But its location is not the best and is so high that to get to it you have to use two hands. I think it would’ve been better at the bottom.

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The secondary screen of the V10. / © ANDROIDPIT

LG V10 special features

Secondary display

The secondary display can be left permanently active in order to receive notifications, display the time and date, show battery percentage, provide camera access, turn Wi-Fi on or off, activate the flashlight or provide music player control. 

A very curious and useful way of multitasking. / © ANDROIDPIT

It shows which applications you’ve most recently opened, making it easy to see what multi-tasking you’re doing at a glance. You can also make calls directly from this screen. In addition, it serves as the camera menu where you can change from manual to automatic. These options don’t appear on the main screen of the phone.

Fingerprint scanner

The fingerprint scanner is a bit problematic. Here, LG has joined the likes of Sony and Apple in building a scanner within the power button. This mean that you have to press the button before your fingerprint unlocks the phone, which is an extra step compared with the Nexus 5X or Huawei Mate S.

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The fingerprint scanner works well. / © ANDROIDPIT

Once configured the scanner works well. Its functions are limited though – it simply serves to unlock the phone or access QuickMemo.

Standard 810G shock resistance

The LG V10 brings military-standard 810G shock resistance. Its edges also help this, flanking the display as a bumper, as does the flexible polycarbonate rear.

LG V10 software

The LG V10 comes with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, although LG has already promised an update to Marshmallow before the end of the year. It is also positive to see that LG has reduced the number of preinstalled apps; on the LG V10 they are limited to Quick Remote Backup, LG Health, QuickMemo and little else.

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Here are the logos as presented on the V10 (left). / © ANDROIDPIT

The LG skin UX 4.0, is identical to that in the G4. It’s not the prettiest Android skin, but it's one of the most intuitive. 

LG V10 performance

The LG V10 packs a Snapdragon 808 at a clock speed of 1.82 GHz, the Adreno 418 GPU and 4 GB of RAM (a first for LG). Otherwise the specs are similar to the LG G4.

There will be no complaints about the V10’s performance, and although it didn’t outshine competitors like the Galaxy S6 Edge+, I didn’t have any problems while using 4K or playing games.

The LG V10's average AnTuTu after three tests was 46,744.  / © ANDROIDPIT

Vellamo, AnTuTu, and Geekbench 3 benchmark results all placed the V10's performance slightly above the LG G4’s. It has an average AnTuTu score of 46,744, lower than the Nexus 6P, and close to the Moto X Pure Edition. It won't have any problems executing complicated tasks. 

LG V10 audio

The LG V10 speaker is positioned at the bottom edge of the phone. The overall sound quality is good. The V10 plays music in 32-bit format and HD, but only with headphones of course. If you have good headphones, you'll notice the difference.

The V10 does not come with headphones, something that LG had always included with previous flagships.

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The loudspeaker of the V10.  / © ANDROIDPIT

LG V10 camera

The LG V10 camera is impressive, as is its software interface.

Main camera

The primary sensor is the same as the G4, with an aperture of f/1.8. With this camera you can change the ISO, shutter speed, white balance, manual focus...well, everything. You can also save files in RAW format if you're a photography whizz.

Manual camera mode. / © ANDROIDPIT

Photos are generally great but suffer in low light, although there is manual mode that can help counter that. The LG V10 camera produces images with plenty of detail.

The selective approach works perfectly / © ANDROIDPIT
Results similar to the G4. / © ANDROIDPIT
It was a gray day in Berlin. / © ANDROIDPIT

Front camera

LG has not just one front camera, but two. It’s nothing to do with 3D. These two sensors provide 5 MP selfies with different focal widths, the idea being that you use one for group selfies (if you’re going to the Oscars) and one for personal selfies (if you’re rather self-centered). The first has a focal width of 120 degrees and the second 80.

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Selfie one. / © ANDROIDPIT
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Selfie two. Should have used beauty mode. / © ANDROIDPIT

Video, audio and manual control

LG has brought manual control to video. It allows you to record 4K video at up to 60 fps.

There is a number of variables including ISO and image aspects. But one of the most surprising things is that you can adjust noise canceling, enhance the front microphone or even cancel wind noise. Options can only be modified in manual mode, so you’ll need to learn how it operates first.

Manual video interface. / © ANDROIDPIT

LG V10 battery

The battery is the weakest point of the V10. It’s a pity that LG only managed to fit 3,000 mAh in a phone of 5.7 inches. It's the same thing that's been happening with flagship smartphones since 2013.

With normal use, the LG V10 battery will reach the end of a day without problems. But if you use it more than this, it’d be a miracle if you reached the end of the day on one charge. The battery is removable, so you can carry a spare in case it runs out. In AnTuTu battery benchmarks, the V10 achieved 6,366 points, almost the same as the Galaxy S6 Edge+, which reached 6,659.

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Yes; a removable battery in 2015. / © ANDROIDPIT

LG V10 technical specifications

Final verdict

The V10 has it all – but you won’t use a lot of it. You can’t accuse it of lacking features; it has a scanner, a stunning display and an outstanding camera. But it also has what users ask for, namely microSD support and a removable battery. It also brings a few extras that no one asked for, namely the dual screen and dual front camera.

If the battery and performance were better, the price might be more justifiable. But it's still a great option to consider if you’re looking for a more advanced smartphone, and I would expect the price to drop in a few months.

The V10 is a smartphone of big ideas. LG remains true to itself, and this is a great smartphone deserving due praise.

LG V10 - where to buy?

Buy Now: LG V10 on Best Buy for US$699.99

Buy Now: LG V10 on AT&T for US$699.99

Buy Now: LG V10 on T-Mobile for US$599.99

Buy Now: LG V10 on Verizon for US$672

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Kike works as Chief Editor for the spanish AndroidPIT. He studied Media & Communication in Madrid, where he also lived and worked during 10 years. He loves horror and science fiction films and you can ask him about almost any tv series. Chucky is the love of his life.

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  • 6
    tina urrutia Mar 3, 2016 Link to comment

    when are we getting marshmallow and led light notifications for LG V10 that would be nice

  • 4
    Geoffrey Aberle Feb 25, 2016 Link to comment

    Of the LG V10 or the G4, I much prefer the V10. LG's first jump at a fingerprint reader is decent enough. I love a good camera- I can't get enough of 4K video recording. Micro-SD and a removable battery are good too. The V10 is expensive, but awesome features like the secondary display make up for it. A Snapdragon 808 processor may not be as powerful but it doesn't overheat like the Snapdragon 810 powering the HTC One M9. I own a Galaxy SIII but I am waiting to upgrade soon. I might get the V10 or get the newly released G5. For Android fans looking for an amazing camera and durability as well as wanting their phone secure, the V10 is the phone for you. Go Android!! Beat Apple!

  • Antoine Swans 7
    Antoine Swans Nov 14, 2015 Link to comment

    I'm definitely getting it in January. I have the G2 and the G4 i love that they are not trying to be or look like every other smartphone out today and that speaks volumes to me. And my reasons for wanting the V10 is i'm a photographer, videographer, stylist and makeup artist that travels all the time and i get so tired of dragging my DSLR with me. For the work i do most of the time its not needed and i have gotten great headshots from my G4. But i would like to have the manual mode on video as well when i'm working behind the scenes to document. I want a phone that i don't have to babysit and worrie about and be able to replace a batteries on the fly. But i may wait until the G5 is released to make my decision then if they haven't went to a all sealed body like the rest of them.

    • Collin Carter 1
      Collin Carter Dec 9, 2015 Link to comment

      The G5 is supposed to have two variations. One is supposed to be Windows 10 and one is supposed to be Android. We will see.

  • Bojan M. 23
    Bojan M. Nov 14, 2015 Link to comment

    Like the looks and basically everything about it.

    Also, finally, someone with brains decided it is time to use that wasted space alongside front camera and sensors for something else than boasting logos. I like that secondary display idea.

    That being said...
    "I think it would’ve been better on the bottom."
    Nope, for the reason stated above. That secondary display is a nice touch, but it also represents efficiency in design.

    "It’s a pity that LG has not reached 3000 mAh"
    It has reached it. You probably meant "exceeded".

    Paul King

  • Tage .T 8
    Tage .T Nov 14, 2015 Link to comment

    A'm waiting for the new Lg Flex3,if the v10 not going to be released in Norway,but if it comes out in Norway I will buy the Lg v10!


  • 2
    Bargain Bob Nov 14, 2015 Link to comment

    In your excellent review you say that the V10 is only available with 64Gb storage. However LG are stating that the European version, H960 , only has 32Gb . Therefore it looks as though us in UK etc. will be short-changed as usual !!!!!

    • 4
      lance wilkerson Nov 15, 2015 Link to comment

      Its not that, its just UK is only 50-60 million people, think about it there r 6 or 7 englands in the US and they r more affluent, so its just not as worth while to go to Britain, Australia nz etx

  • 46
    Deactivated Account Nov 14, 2015 Link to comment

    Looks like a nice phone. A little large for my liking, but it does have all the right features. I think I will still wait for the LG-G5 to come out. It looks like it might be the best of 2016.

    Antoine Swans

  • 7
    Pomacat Nov 14, 2015 Link to comment

    I got the phone a couple weeks ago and think it's a very nice phone. The battery could be better but lasts longer then my Galaxy s5 did so it's a win for me. It's smooth and works well.

    Antoine SwansTage .TLeland Whitlock

    • 1
      Tomer Cohen Nov 15, 2015 Link to comment

      But how much hours your battery give you..?

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