The timing of the announcement is a bit suspect — what with all the media attention on the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 that’s set to debut tomorrow, August 2 — but LG has nevertheless made public its next smartphone launch.
The V20, as it will be called, is now official, and the Korean manufacturer’s big-phone sequel will be the first non-Nexus device to ship with Android 7.0 Nougat. The naming jump was first revealed to us at an LG press event in Korea back in February. LG said the phone will launch in the month of September.
Besides having the next version of Android on tap, the V20 should again be accompanied by two front cameras for wider selfies and an additional second screen. Its maker claims it will “set new standards in the premium phone” segment, and that it will deliver “expanded multimedia capabilities,” likely referring to the built-in 32-bit DAC (digital-to-analog converter) module for high-fidelity audio.
LG previously announced its financial results for the second quarter of the fiscal year, which were far from encouraging. An operating loss of $132 million was reported as a result of “increased marketing expenditures and somewhat slow initial sales of [the] G5 smartphone.” LG has admitted to looking to the potential success of the V20 to bolster its fortunes.