LG has made it known that its latest phablet offering, the V20, will be officially hitting store shelves everywhere this coming October 28th with a full retail price of $769. Please note thought that the $769 price is based on what is indicated on the preorder page for the device at T-Mobile’s website, which means that for those with plans to purchase the handset from other wireless carriers, the price may vary, especially depending on the specific plan. For instance, at AT&T, the device might cost about $830, if bought via an AT&T Next Every Year plan, which will have subscribers pay $35 per month for a period of a couple of years.
As far as specifications go, the LG V20 really impresses. It boasts a 5.7 inch Quad HD main display screen (because it has a secondary display screen for flashing notifications and alerts), a dual camera configuration that features an 8 megapixel wide angle sensor partnered with a second 16 megapixel sensor, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chip set, aided by 4 gigabytes of random access memory (RAM) as well as 64 gigabytes of built in memory.
The LG V20 phablet carriers the distinction of being the first smartphone preinstalled with Google’s Android 7.0 Nougat to hit the market. Its pricing (at least, at the lower end of the pricing options) also allows it to compete with the 64 gigabyte edition of Apple’s iPhone 7. The LG V20 comes with a headphone jack, but it is not clear just how many buyers will be citing that as a reason for choosing the V20 over the new iPhone models (which has gotten rid of headphone jacks). Compared with a Google Pixel with similar specs however, the V20 costs a hundred bucks more.
In related news, T-Mobile has revealed that it will start to deploy its LTE AWS 3 spectrum online together with the release of the LG V20, which essentially makes it the first major wireless carrier in the United States to leverage those airwaves. Apart from this, the third biggest mobile operator in America has also decided to offer the V20 with a $200 credit for buyers who decide to trade in any functional 4G compatible handset, plus a pair of B&O Play’s H3 headphones (normally priced at $150) absolutely free of charge.
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