LG V60 review: A less exciting but cheaper Galaxy S20 alternative

    Available within the US from AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon, the LG V60 ThinQ 5G is a premium telephone poised to compete towards the Galaxy S20. Though it is a lofty opponent to tackle, the LG V60 has a few issues that make it stand out. One is low tech (a headphone jack) and the opposite is extra superior: A particular Dual Screen case that doubles the dimensions of its show. Though the accent is sweet to have and has a handful of helpful tips, it is positively not a necessity.

    LikeLengthy battery life to dateHeadphone jackTwo screens might be helpful

    Don’t LikeCumbersome Dual Screen designNofactor thrilling when it comes to software program

    With the case, the telephone prices from $900 to $950 relying on the provider, which remains to be cheaper than the grand you will need to pay to purchase the Galaxy S20. (LG has not introduced UK and Australia availability for the LG V60, however that is about £730 to £740 and AU$1,500-AU$1,580.) Without the case, the LG V60 is $800. That’s a $200 distinction in contrast with the $999 Galaxy S20, making it a big save.  The LG V60 is a superb telephone. It takes vibrant photographs, has a promising lengthy battery life (although last outcomes aren’t in but and we’ll hold you up to date) and a refined design. But the telephone would not have a number of the bells and whistles of the Galaxy S20 to maintain it aggressive and attention-grabbing. That features a 120Hz show, reverse wi-fi charging and a telephoto digital camera. To me, that is price $50 additional (in case you plan on shopping for the V60 with the Dual Screen case). But if you need the V60 with out the case, you will save $200 from what you’d have spent on the Galaxy S20. For that value, the V60 is a superb Android machine.

    Design: LG V60 is massive, brawny and blue With its bigger 6.8-inch show (in comparison with the V50’s 6.4-inch display), the V60 is big. While that makes for a snug viewing expertise when watching movies and searching the online, it was practically not possible for me to navigate with one hand with out dropping the telephone. The case additionally has these vertical ridges that run down its again, which does not assist with the majority both. I favored V50’s clean plastic again higher. My gripes with dimension apart, the V60’s show is sensible. Colors are wealthy and vibrant and I discovered the display straightforward to view in daylight throughout my quick walks of sanity across the neighborhood. I additionally just like the construct itself: It’s heavy however it feels luxurious. Compared to the extra playful pastel blue of the Galaxy S20, the V60’s cobalt blue variant seems subtle with its gold trimming. Keep in thoughts that the V60 has a 60Hz show. Because it’s normal in most telephones, that is not a deal breaker for me, however if you wish to be on the bleeding fringe of tech, the Galaxy S20 and the upcoming OnePlus 8, for instance, have shows that refresh 120 occasions a second.

    The V60 in blue and white.
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    Using the V60’s twin show The Dual Screen accent is useful extra occasions than I anticipated, however that is often as a result of I exploit it as a kickstand — like when I’m propping it on the kitchen counter to have a look at a recipe (like everybody else, I’m studying new recipes today), or when I’m watching movies in mattress. (YouTubing at evening is a nasty behavior that I lately picked up, and I do not suggest it.)Learning tips on how to work the Dual Screen takes time too. Even although I reviewed the V50 final 12 months, it nonetheless took me some time to comfortably know my manner across the Dual Screen’s management keys, which pop up on the display when you connect with the accent. The controls allow you to activate and off both display, multitask on each, or broaden sure apps so the entire thing works like a pill. You may use one display as a digital gaming controller.  When you utilize that “expanded view” choice, there’s nonetheless an enormous hinge that cuts proper down the center, which obstructs movies and apps. Needless to say, with that black line within the middle, the V60 would not provide the identical sort of seamless folding expertise because the Motorola Razr or Galaxy Z Flip. But there are different benefits. I like that I can take away the case, so I can have a telephone when I’m on-the-go, or change to a tablet-like expertise again at residence. Note that the best way the case comes bundled with the V60 will fluctuate from provider to provider, so hold a watch out for any restrictions. Last 12 months, just a few US carriers included the case for the LG G8X ThinQ without cost. But after a restricted time, you needed to pay additional for it and carriers reminiscent of AT&T ended the two-for-one deal. Using the V60’s Dual Screen accent.
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    LG V60’s twin rear cameras seize nice photographs You’ll discover a normal and wide-angle digital camera on the again of the V60. The telephone’s photographs are vibrant and clear, and the digital camera did an excellent job at locking in on shifting objects and preserving them in focus. You can see it within the picture of flowers blowing within the wind that I’ve included under. The digital camera’s 10x digital zoom was nice at getting up near this bear sculpture and its Night View mode lit up this night picture fantastically. Samsung’s Galaxy S20 can zoom as much as 30 occasions, by comparability, however 10x is often the place we draw the road at capturing a usable picture.  The Galaxy S20 additionally has a 3rd telephoto lens, not like the V60. Instead, the V60 has a 3rd time-of-flight digital camera for AR and depth-sensing functions. You cannot take photographs with it by itself, however it’s used to make use of results like stickers and LG’s native 3D picture impact, which is new to the V60. This permits you to take portrait photos with a shifting sense of depth — you could have seen comparable ones posted on Facebook. The mode is a bit tough across the edges: When I took a photograph holding up a peace signal, the depth impact ended up being greyed out and wonky round my fingers and flyaway hair. Despite being blown backwards and forwards by the wind, this flower managed to remain in focus for this shot.
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    This late night shot was brightened up by the telephone’s Night View mode.
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    A number of bear sculptures in a tree.
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    Zooming in 10x on the farthest bear.
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    An late afternoon shot of a rose backyard taken in night gentle.
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    On the entrance of the V60 is a 10-megapixel digital camera, which takes nice selfies with portrait blur too. In some photographs it did an awesome job of dealing with the fallout between the fore- and background round tough components like my hair and the fur trim round my coat. But there have been occasions when the bokeh impact was patchy and unnatural trying. Video seize was first rate as nicely. But after I captured footage of a fowl about 5 toes away in 1080p decision, issues acquired muddier after I began to zoom. The digital camera can document as much as 8K, nonetheless, much like the Galaxy S20. LG V60’s processor and promising battery life  Like its rivals, the LG V60 encompasses a Snapdragon 865 chipset, which retains the whole lot working easily. I did not run into any hiccups or lag whereas searching the online, watching movies or taking part in video games. The digital camera additionally launches and captures photographs immediately. On paper, the V60 additionally beat out the Galaxy S20 and took the lead in each 3DMark’s Slingshot Unlimited check and Geekbench 5’s two assessments. Their outcomes weren’t far aside, nonetheless, and it is uncertain there’s any distinction in pace in relation to day-to-day use. 3DMark Slingshot Unlimited

    Longer bars point out higher efficiency

    Geekbench v.5.0 single-core

    Longer bars point out higher efficiency

    Geekbench v.5.0 multicore

    Longer bars point out higher efficiency

    We’re updating the best way we run our battery assessments this 12 months, so last outcomes aren’t in but. I’ll, nonetheless, say that to date the V60’s 5,000-mAh battery lasts an exceptionally very long time. I ran assessments for steady video playback on Airplane mode and the telephone averaged a whopping 31 hours and 14 minutes. For comparability, the Galaxy S20 Ultra, which has the identical battery capability, lasted 21 hours when its show was set to 60Hz. The V60’s run is spectacular, lasting longer than any telephone we ran in 2019. But we’ll check it once more whereas streaming video, and I’ll replace this assessment after I get the ultimate outcomes. When occasions are available, it is doable my battery observations will change. But issues look promising to date. Lastly, 5G protection is rolling out nationwide all year long and the V60 is a 5G telephone. During my time with an AT&T assessment unit, the 5G indicator was on the entire time and AT&T does have 5G protection within the Bay Area. However, after I ran pace assessments on Ookla, the telephone was solely ready to hook up with the provider’s LTE community. Download and add speeds have been about on par with a 4G LTE telephone on AT&T (the V60’s common 194Mbps for obtain speeds and 36Mbps for add speeds). As of this report, AT&T is trying into this, so given all of the variables concerned — totally different networks, location and protection — your expertise will differ from mine.LG V60 vs. Galaxy S20 spec chart

    LG V60 ThinQ 5G

    Samsung Galaxy S20

    Display dimension, decision

    6.8-inch OLED; 2,460×1,080 pixels

    6.2-inch AMOLED

    Pixel density



    Dimensions (Inches)

    6.67×3.06×0.35 in

    2.72×5.97×0.311 in

    Dimensions (Millimeters)

    169.3×77.6×8.79 mm

    69.1×151.7×7.9 mm

    Weight (Ounces, Grams)

    7.72 oz; 218g

    5.75 oz; 163g

    Mobile software program

    Android 10

    Android 10


    64-megapixel (normal), 13-megapixel (wide-angle), time-of-flight digital camera

    12-megapixel (wide-angle), 64-megapixel (telephoto), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide)

    Front-facing digital camera



    Video seize




    Qualcomm Snapdragon 865

    64-bit octa-core processor (Max 2.7GHz + 2.5 GHz + 2.0 GHz)







    Expandable storage

    Up to 2TB

    Up to 1TB


    5,000 mAh

    4,000 mAh

    Fingerprint sensor






    Headphone jack



    Special options

    5G enabled; waterproof (IP68); Dual Screen accent

    5G enabled; 120Hz refresh charge; waterproof (IP68)

    Price off-contract (USD)

    $800 (with out Dual Screen case); $900-$950 (with)


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