LG pleasantly surprised many consumers with the V20 (if you’re curious, check out our review) in 2016, and interestingly, they took to the streets for public input and opinion as part of their R&D during the design and planning phase of the LG G6. Using the phone makes it clear that those who were surveyed expressed their desire for two key factors: the ability to type one-handed whilst navigating busy sidewalks, and the need for a large screen.
When the LG V20 arrived on my desk, the first thing I wondered is, “Could this be one of those smartphones that’s hugely underestimated and criminally overlooked by consumers?” The V20 is the successor to LG’s V10. It’s been completely redesigned, and looks more related to LG’s G5 than the V10. Its construction mostly consists of a metal and silicone polycarbonate design for the top and bottom. As a result, this phone looks damn nice, and it makes a great first impression.
AMD’s FreeSync program continues on with new monitors being announced at or just before Computex 2015, and LG is adding another one to the growing list of monitor options. Pictured above is the LG 27MU67, a 27-inch UltraHD 4K display with an IPS panel and FreeSync capability. Destined for the Australian market first at a recommended price of AU$ 799, it packs in Displayport 1.2a, mini-Displayport 1.2, and two HDMI 1.4a ports (which limits the refresh rate to 30Hz). Although the scaler inside supports FreeSync, it will probably be an option to toggle on manually through the OSD, which may render the other ports on the display null. But that’s a fair trade off because you still have 10-bit colour (8-bit with dithering) and 99% sRGB coverage. There’s no word on the VRR window, but it could be from 30Hz to 60Hz, which leaves this as a decent option for single-GPU systems.
Screens using the 21:9 aspect ratio are few and far between. Currently only Dell has one on sale, the U2913WM which I mentioned a while back. If you’re in tune with the kind of tech that goes into LCD screens, you’d know that LG makes most of the IPS panels used in other displays and brands (Apple included). The company has now unveiled their 21:9 29-inch monitor (likely the exact same panel) to the world as the EA93.
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