A couple of weeks ago, South Korea's Electronic Times reported that there is a high chance of the new phone being named the V20 and LG plans to launch it to compete effectively in the smartphone market in the latter half of the year. While the V10 was launched in October of last year, the V20 may launch in September to coincide with the launch of iPhone 7 Plus. Our money is on IFA in early September where Sony is also expected to launch a new Xperia X series phone.
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“It has become important for Smartphone manufacturers to put out more new models as markets for Smartphones are now based on competition for speed. Unlike Apple that receives parts from outside companies, Samsung and LG have advantages in adjusting their release dates since their affiliates take care of manufacturing processes,” said Professor Chang Seok-kwon of Hanyang University to the Electronic Times.
According to The Verge, LG intends to launch two flagship phones this year to increase annual sales as sales have stagnated over the past couple of years. Given that the G5 didn't perform as well as expected despite being a revolutionary modular phone, the need of the company to launch a successor to the V10 later this year must be paramount.
As of now, new features or specifications of the V20 are not known to us nor have they been leaked anywhere, but that has not stopped a large number of tech websites from speculating about the arrival of the V20. The closest anyone has come to confirming that the V20 is in the works is Phone Arena. "LG believes that things will improve going forward, and here comes the interesting part: the company confirmed that a "new V series" smartphone will be launched sometime this quarter," said the website.
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Launched in October of last year, the V10 was a truly revolutionary phone. It arrived with impressive features and specifications like two front facing wide-angle cameras of 80 and 120 degrees each, an always-on second display, 32 bit Hi-Fi DAC high definition audio quality, a removable 3,000 mAh battery, a microSD card slot, a fingerprint sensor, a 5.7-inch Quad HD IPS display, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. We expect LG to launch the V20 with upgraded RAM and storage as well as the latest Snapdragon 821 processor.
Apart from the V20, LG is also expected to launch a new K-series smartphone at IFA in September as well. The K-series phone, code named LG K557, recently appeared on Geekbench listings, featuring a Qualcomm chipset and Android 6.0 Marshmallow on-board. Given that the phone features an octa-core CPU and 2GB of RAM, it should be as powerful or more capable than the K10, which so far is the queen among K-series handsets.
Back in May, Phones Spot revealed that LG may launch G Flex 3 as well during IFA. The website lists out a set of features that LG G Flex 3 is expected to feature, and if it does, will make it among the best phones to launch this year, not to mention a uniquely curved display. The specifications that Phones Spot mentions include the latest Snapdragon 820 processor, a 5.5-inch Quad HD display, 4GB of RAM, dual-rear cameras of 16MP and 8MP resolutions and a 8MP front camera. The phone may also launch in 32GB and 64GB storage variants.
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Phones Spot also says that just like the G5, LG G Flex 3 will feature a modular design. This would imply that modular accessories like LG 360 Cam and a separate battery module should also work with the G Flex 3 and should offer users better ways to make their phones last longer and take better pictures.
Back in November of 2015, PC Advisor UK speculated that G Flex 3 will launch with a 6-inch Quad HD display, a Snapdragon 820 chip, 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. Apart from the display-size, the website's specification-chart for the G Flex 3 matches that of Phones Spot. However, none of the listed-out features in these websites have been corroborated by actual leaks, statements or images from LG so far.