lg v20 launch

LG already confirmed that the V10’s successor will arrive in September, but now we know exactly when to expect it.

The Korean giant sent out invites for a press event scheduled for September 6. The presser will take place in San Francisco, a slightly unusual choice for LG, who picked New York or the big electronics trade shows for its recent launches. A separate event will be held on September 7 for the Korean press in Seoul.

The taglines of the event – “The second story begins, LG V20” and “Play more” – don’t give out much about the device. The playful theme matches the tone of the LG G5’s launch campaign, though that doesn’t necessarily mean there will be any similarities between the two phones.

LG revealed that the V20 will sport the two signature features of its predecessor, the dual selfie camera and the dual screen. What’s more important is that the V20 will be the first smartphone to run Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. Google has typically earmarked this honor for its own Nexus line, so winning the first Nougat phone is a real coup for LG. And the stakes are high: LG’s mobile unit is bleeding money, following the poor reception of the G5. The V20 could be LG’s saving grace in 2016.

The San Francisco event will coincide with the final days of IFA 2016. It’s hard to say why LG’s going for a standalone event instead of taking advantage of the media gathering in Berlin, but it wouldn’t be the first time this happens – for instance, Motorola did something similar with the 2014 Moto X.

What do you hope to see in the LG V20?