History Of The LG V Series

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The LG V series of phones came to life back in 2015, the same year the company’s LG G4 flagship was announced. The LG G4 was announced in April 2015, while the LG V10, the first LG V handset, got announced in October. The LG V10 was an experimental phone, kind of, as it sported two display, but with time, the LG V series managed to become quite popular for the company, so LG continued releasing V series smartphones every year, in addition to its G series of devices.

Just to be clear, both the G series and V series devices were being released as the company’s flagships. At first, the differences between the two smartphone series were quite obvious, though with time, they started becoming more similar. Having said that, we’re here to take a look at the entire history of the LG V series smartphones, and it is also worth noting that new phones will be added to this list as they get announced.

LG V10

The LG V10 was the first handset in the V series of smartphones, and it was announced back in October 2015. The phone got released that very same month, and it was kind of experimental device at the time, as it sported two displays. The phone’s main display was 5.7 inches in size, and it was a QHD panel. The second display was much smaller, measuring 2.1 inches, and sporting a resolution of 160 x 1040. That second display was basically there for quick access for apps, toggles, and so on.

The LG V10 shipped with a frame made out of metal, while its back side was quite grippy. The LG V10 sported rather thin bezels for a phone in 2015, and the device shipped with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop out of the box, though Android 7.0 Nougat reached the phone eventually. The device was MIL-STD-810G compliant, in other words, it was shock resistant and quite sturdy, while it packed in 4GB of RAM, and was fueled by the Snapdragon 808 64-bit hexa-core processor. A single 16-megapixel camera was included on the back of this phone, while a 3,000mAh battery was also included here (+Quick Charge 2.0).

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LG V20

The LG V20 was announced in September 2016 almost a full year after the LG V10. Just like its predecessor, this phone also shipped with two displays, though unlike the LG V10, it offered a metal unibody build. Display sizes on this phone were identical as on the LG V10, the device arrived with 5.7-inch and 2.1-inch panels. This phone was also MIL-STD-810G compliant, and it launched in both single and dual SIM variants (market-dependent).

The device was fueled by the Snapdragon 820 64-bit quad-core processor, while it included 4GB of RAM and 32GB / 64GB of storage. Android 7.0 Nougat came pre-installed on the phone, along with LG’s custom UI. On the back of the device, LG included 16 and 8-megapixel cameras, which was an upgrade over what LG V10 had to offer. A 3,200mAh battery was also included in the package, and it supported 18W charging (Quick Charge 3.0).

LG V30

The LG V30 arrived in August 2017, and it was the first LG V series smartphone not to include a secondary display. The LG V30 arrived with a single 6-inch QHD+ P-OLED display, and was the very first smartphone in the series to offer an OLED panel. The device included considerably thinner bezels than its predecessors, and it also shipped with a glass back, which was yet another “first” in the V series of smartphones.

The LG V30 was fueled by the Snapdragon 835 64-bit octa-core processor, it included two cameras on the back, and a fingerprint scanner was placed below them. The device was IP68 certified for water and dust resistance, while the MIL-STD-810G rating was also a part of the package. LG included a 3,300mAh battery in this phone, along with 18W Quick Charge 3.0 fast charging. Android 7.1.2 Nougat came pre-installed on the phone, along with LG’s custom UI.

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There was yet another phone in the LG V30 series of devices that you may have heard of, the LG V30S ThinQ. This handset arrived in February 2018, and unlike the LG V30, it sported the “ThinQ” branding, it was the very first LG V series smartphone to sport such branding. On top of that, this handset arrived with 6GB of RAM, which was an upgrade over the LG V30’s 4GB of RAM.

LG V35 ThinQ

The LG V35 ThinQ was kind of an in-between phone, it launched in May of 2018, about nine months after the LG V30. This was the second device to sport LG’s “ThinQ” branding, and the phone offered pretty much the same design as the LG V30. The LG V35 ThinQ was more powerful than its predecessor, though, it shipped with the Snapdragon 845 64-bit octa-core processor, and included 6GB of RAM, compared to 4GB on the LG V30.

The LG V35 ThinQ did ship with the same display as the LG V30, though, it included a 6-inch QHD+ P-OLED panel. Android 8.0 Oreo came pre-installed on the LG V35 ThinQ, along with LG’s UX 6 Android overlay. Two 16-megapixel cameras were included on the back of this phone, and a 3,300mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0, same as on the LG V30. The LG V35 ThinQ was essentially an upgraded variant of the LG V30.

LG V40 ThinQ

The LG V40 ThinQ was announced in October 2018, and was the very first smartphone in the series to sport a display notch. Other than the display notch, it did resemble the LG V30 quite a bit thanks to a similar design language. This phone was also made out of metal and glass, while its back side was curved. Unlike the LG V30, the LG V40 ThinQ included three cameras on the back, one 16-megapixel and two 12-megapixel cameras.

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The LG V40 ThinQ also shipped with two front-facing cameras, 8 and 5-megapixel ones, while the phone sported a 6.4-inch QHD+ P-OLED display. HDR10 and Dolby Vision support were included here, while the device was fueled by the Snapdragon 845 64-bit octa-core processor. A 3,300mAh battery was also a part of the package, together with Quick Charge 3.0 and 10W wireless charging. Android 8.1 Oreo came pre-installed on the device, along with LG’s UX 7.1 Android overlay.

LG V50 ThinQ 5G

The LG V50 ThinQ 5G was announced in February 2019, during the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, as LG’s very first 5G-enabled handset. The device offered really thin bezels, though a display notch was included as well. This handset was made out of metal and glass, just like its predecessor, and it sported a rear-facing fingerprint scanner.
The LG V50 ThinQ 5G came with Android 9 Pie out of the box, and LG’s custom UI.

A single 16-megapixel, and two 12-megapixel cameras were included on the back of this phone, while the device offered both stereo speakers, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The Snapdragon 855 64-bit octa-core processor fueled the LG V50 ThinQ, while LG included 6GB of RAM and 128GB of expandable storage in this device. A 4,000mAh battery was also a part of the package, along with Quick Charge 3.0 and 10W wireless charging.

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