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LG V10 offers a second screen, better selfies and an elegant design

LG introduced the company’s newest smartphone, the LG V10, this afternoon. Available on AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon, the device offers a stunning new design and a few unique features that are sure to turn a few heads later this year.

This marks the introduction to LG’s new V Series phones. The company states that the LG V10 is, “designed to provide today’s social-network- savvy consumers a rich multimedia experience – both for video consumption and creation.”

What makes the phone so distinctive is the Second Screen but it also features Dual Front Cameras and it is the first smartphone in the US to offer real-time Manual Video Mode. The device itself is housed within high-grade stainless steel with durable silicone skin.

“The LG V10 was designed from the ground up, primarily as a multimedia smartphone for the sharing ecosystem,” said Juno Cho, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications. “We heard from many customers that until the LG G4, they weren’t comfortable going on vacation or outings without a separate camera. With the V10, we hope to do for video what the G4 did for photographs.”

With the Second Screen being one of the key-features, LG spent a lot of time detailing its key features. The Second Screen is an inset display above the main 5.7-inch QHD IPS Quantum Display. The screen works independently of the main screen and the Second Screen can be set up as an “always on” display to enhance productivity with the LG V10 without impacting battery life.

Customers can also set the Second Screen to display the weather, time, date and battery icon when the main display is off. With the main display on, the Second Screen can be set to convert to a dedicated launching area for shortcuts or your favorite apps.

If you are watching a movie or playing a game on the LG V10, the Second Screen will notify you discreetly without blocking your view when a call or text comes in. Ignoring the notification won’t distract you from your video enjoyment or you can pause whatever you’re doing to respond.

The LG V10 features five megapixel Dual Front Cameras with two separate lenses to capture standard 80-degree selfies or perfect wide-angle 120-degree selfies. Describing the camera in today’s announcements LG stated, “For a perfect wide-angle shot, the LG V10 employs a sophisticated software algorithm to combine images from the two separate lenses which are just far enough apart to provide two different points of view.”

The LG V10 is the first smartphone in the US to offer a real-time manual mode for video. First introduced for still photographs on the LG G4, the technology has been enhanced to handle video recordings as well. With Manual Video Mode, budding directors can easily create professional-quality videos by adjusting options such as shutter speed, frame rate, ISO, white balance and focus while recording. Videos can be recorded in three resolutions –HD, Full HD or Ultra HD– and in two aspect ratios: 16:9 standard or 21:9 cinematic.

The LG V10‘s frame is composed of SAE grade 316L stainless steel, the same tough, hypoallergenic material used to make surgical tools and high-end watches. Since the edges and corners are the most vulnerable areas of a phone, the extra protection provided by the Dura Guard frame helps ensure maximum durability.

On the back and bottom of the display, the resilient Dura Skin offers added protection from direct impacts to the device. Dura Skin is soft to the touch but also is resistant to nicks and scratches. The LG V10’s back grid pattern is designed specifically to offer a more secure grip, even when you’re on the go. In independent testing and certification by MET Laboratories, LG V10 was dropped repeatedly at different angles from a height of 48 inches, and this rugged device was verified as “MIL-STD-810G Transit Drop Compliant” for shock.

Along with LG’s popular Knock Code, the LG V10 features a new fingerprint sensor to unlock the smartphone and turn on the display simultaneously. The sensor also works with Android Pay in the United States to make purchases quick and easy.

The LG V10, available initially in Korea starting this month, is coming soon to the United States, as well as and key countries in Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. Information regarding launch dates will be announced locally in the weeks to come.

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