LG’s V collection telephones have gone by means of six iterations from the daring reinvention of 2015’s V10 proper as much as 2020’s V60, a telephone that we thought was one of the underrated of the 12 months.
The ‘V’ unofficially stands for ‘video’, and the V collection has at all times sat alongside the extra mainstream G collection to supply Android fanatics a fully-featured digital camera app, nice video enhancing choices, flagship energy, and on the V10 and V20 a ticker-tape fashion second show.
However LG has determined that the G8 would be the final ever G collection telephone because it pivots to avoid wasting its flagging cell division. The LG Velvet was the primary telephone of the brand new period, and the LG Wing is the second.
Whereas the corporate has not stated the V collection is lifeless, it leaves the V70’s future existence in query. Right here’s what we all know to this point.
Even when the LG V70 had been undoubtedly coming, latest V releases make when that is perhaps laborious to foretell.
The V10, V20, V30, and V40 had been all introduced in both August, September, or October however then the V50 was introduced in February 2019 simply 4 months after the V40 debuted.
The V60 then confirmed up in February 2020, so maybe the most definitely launch date for a possible LG V70 is February 2021, however with the change of dates traditionally and the V collection’ unsure future, that is under no circumstances particular.
It was lately reported by Korean publication Chosun gadget codenamed the LG ‘Rainbow’ – a possible successor to the V60 – has been placed on ice by the corporate. Rainbow was supposedly being prepped for area testing in February, with a March launch window, nevertheless, LG is claimed to have halted conversations with carriers, which does not bode nicely for any kind of announcement or launch, any time quickly.
The Rainbow is rumoured to sport a standard smartphone design, suggesting that it was the most definitely of LG’s subsequent mainstream flagship gadgets, somewhat than an entry in its Explorer Challenge, like its long-expected rollable.
LG V70 worth
Similar to the discharge date, the LG V70’s worth is difficult to guess. The V60 was a US-only telephone, with costs at round US$649 on the time of writing, however the V50 went for $999 when it first got here out. The V40 was equally very expensive.
Our guess could be V70 would take the V60’s route by coming in round $700 to rival the market worth of the current-gen iPhone 12, however supply non-obligatory equipment just like the Twin Display case.
LG V70 specs
If the V70 involves fruition then it’ll greater than possible sport the Qualcomm Snapdragon 885, because the one factor the V collection doesn’t skimp on its processing energy.
Much less clear could be the remainder of the specs. The V60 was good, however it didn’t take the kitchen sink strategy of older V telephones, choosing a 60Hz show when rival producers have gone for 90Hz or 120Hz this 12 months. Plus its design returned to the hulking bulk of the V10 and V20 after the smooth V30, V40, and V50.
We additionally hope the non-obligatory twin display screen returns, however maybe trying a bit slimmer prefer it did on the Velvet.
It’s anybody’s guess as to the V70’s strategy, which makes us really feel like LG won’t make it. It hasn’t formally stated it’s the top for the V collection and we’d be unhappy to see it go. There may be nonetheless room available in the market for a refined, video-centric smartphone that doesn’t value the earth. Then once more, the V60 was that, and critics panned it for not being a full $1,000 flagship spec. These critics additionally slam LG for promoting $1,000 telephones. It’s probably not LG’s fault.
LG V70 want checklist
Within the spirit of hope, right here’s a want checklist for issues we’d wish to see if the LG V70 ever drops.
A return to a smooth kind issue
If that is attainable with out sacrificing battery life, then we’d like to see it. The V60 had superb battery life, however to maintain it going and assist juice-sapping 5G, the 5,000mAh cell is stuffed right into a somewhat massive gadget.
We expect the top of V collection design was the V40, the primary main telephone to have 5 cameras (2 entrance, three rear) and nonetheless pack in additional options pound for pound than the equal Galaxy S or iPhone.
120Hz refresh charge show
We don’t maintain it in opposition to the V60 for not having it, however the V70 actually ought to deliver the show tech in control with the competitors. LG hasn’t shipped a telephone with a excessive refresh charge display screen but, however the V collection could be the most effective place to do it first.
It won’t work for LG’s fragmented gross sales technique however the V70 ideally must be accessible globally and unlocked to draw patrons. The V60 is US-only and often carrier-locked, massively laying aside anybody who desires to import.
LG has by no means been nice at providing unlocked telephones, however when it’s so laborious to even discover its telephones on sale within the UK and different international locations then what likelihood does the V70 actually have?
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