The first phone to run Android 7.0 brand new out of the box won’t be a Nexus device for the first time in a very long time. Instead Google announced when they dropped the final version of Android that it will be the LG V20, now the phone has popped up thanks to master leaker Evan Blass via his @evleaks twitter account.
The phone is a front only render, which shows the phone’s primary and secondary display (you can see it up there sitting above the main display in the top left in the render:
LG introduced the secondary display on the LG V20’s predecessor, the LG V10. The secondary display is a way to access shortcuts and application controls while you’re still in another app. LG then went on to introduce the secondary display in the LG X-Screen, which launched here in Australia as the Telstra Signature Enhanced.
While this is a look at the front of the phone, another leaker – @onleaks – tweeted a render he had made of the rear of the phone, which shows a similar design to last years V10:
The renders made by Onleaks are generally made based on mock up ‘dummies’ that case manufacturers have on hand to ensure their cases fit the devices before the launch, so this design could very much not be final.
LG has certainly been capitalising on the notoriety of being the first manufacturer to ship a phone running Nougat.
— LG USA Mobile (@LGUSAMobile) August 1, 2016
LG never released the LG V10 here in Australia, but with the launch of the phone gaining a lot of buzz as the first Android 7.0 phone to reach the market, LG could gain traction with the handset by making it available globally. LG Australia has yet to comment on the release here, so we’ll have to wait and see.
LG will unveil the LG V20 at an event in San Francisco on September 6th, we’ll be tuning in to see what it has to offer and we’ll hopefully find out availability info at that time.