LG V10 has a second display for shortcuts and notifications

The V10 is a smartphone like no other. Photo: LG

The V10 is a smartphone like no other. Photo: LG

After many leaks and teasers in recent weeks, LG’s new V10 smartphone is official — and it’s unlike anything you can buy today.

Despite looking a lot like other LG devices at first glance, the V10 separates itself from the pack with two front-facing cameras for better selfies, and a second display that dedicates itself to useful shortcuts and notifications.

The V10 is the first in an entire family of “V Series” smartphones that are designed to provide “a rich multimedia experience,” LG says. Made out of high-grade stainless steel and durable silicone, it’s packing high-end specifications and unique features.

Powering the V10 is the same hexa-core Snapdragon 808 processor that LG packs into its G4. That’s accompanied by a 5.7-inch Quad HD display, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, and a microSD card slot that accepts up to 2TB cards.

The V10 also has the same 16-megapixel rear-facing camera as the G4, with an f/1.8 aperture, optical image stabilization, and laser autofocus — plus two 5-megapixel cameras on its front for 80-degree “standard angle” and 120-degree “wide-angle” selfies.

The V10 is coming soon in five pretty colors. Photo: LG

The V10 is coming soon in five pretty colors. Photo: LG

LG has also provided the V10 with some nice camera features, like an audio monitor that automatically adjusts microphone sensitivity when you’re shooting video, and a wind noise filter. It also has a manual video mode that lets you change things like shutter speed, frame rate, and ISO.

The big thing about the V10, however, is its secondary display — a 2.1-inch IPS panel that sits above its primary display, with a 160×1040 resolution at 513 pixels-per-inch. It’s completely independent, so it can be set to stay on all the time, and it has a whole host of uses.

The V10's second screen in action. Photo: LG

The V10’s second screen in action. Photo: LG

The second screen can display notifications — so that the primary display isn’t interrupted when you’re doing something — as well as useful information like the weather forecast, time, date, and battery status. It can also be filled with shortcuts to your favorite apps, or media controls.

The V10 will be available in Space Black, Luxe White, Modern Beige, Ocean Blue, and Opal Blue — but LG hasn’t yet confirmed how much it will cost, or when it will be available outside of South Korea. We do know, however, that LG plans to bring it to the U.S. and other key markets later.

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