LG is trying to wreck a few accessory makers’ days with the V10, a new smartphone with some impressive extra features that should cut down on all the little external costs of having a smartphone. But, besides saving you from having to buy a selfie stick, the V10 looks like a multimedia powerhouse and a terrific phone, and it has some tricks no other smartphone has.
The LG V10 is a 5.7″ smartphone with a 2560 x 1440 513 ppi display using Quantum Dot technology, the same sort of technology found in LG’s newer televisions. The phone runs Android 5.1.1 Lollipop out of the box (Marshmallow update in early 2016) on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 SoC and 4 GB of RAM, so it won’t be hurting for power — good, because it’ll need it. The phone will only be available with 64 GB of internal storage.
LG is emphasizing the cameras on the V10, and for good reason. The rear camera has a 16 MP sensor with an f/1.8 lens and optical image stabilization. On the front, there are two 5 MP cameras capable of working together to create a wide-angle shot. If you’ve ever been in need of a selfie stick because you couldn’t quite get everyone in the picture with your phone at arm’s length, this feature was made for you — the two cameras snap pictures simultaneously, with the processing software automatically stitching both pictures into one clean wide-angle shot. Using the rear camera, you can shoot 4k video and turn on manual mode, which lets you adjust settings for ISO, frame rate, and white balance while recording. LG has also added a whole slate of video editing features that let you cut, combine, and add effects before sharing.
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