The LG V20 is an interesting flagship smartphone: it has a unique secondary display, a dual-camera setup, and it’s the first smartphone to ship with Android 7.0 Nougat. However, it’s also a large phablet with a 5.7-inch display, which brings us to the LG V34 isai Beat. In essence, the V34 is a more compact – and water-resistant – variant of the V20.
Of course, the V34 isai Beat features many of the V20’s appeals, including the latter’s secondary display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor paired with 4GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage – expandable with a microSD card up to 256GB – as well as a slightly smaller 3,000mAh battery. Also, the V34 has a smaller 5.2-inch IPS display, but still retains the 2560 x 1440 resolution of the V20.
Arguably one of the main reasons to get the smaller V34 isai Beat over the V20 is the fact that the former boasts IP67 rating, which makes it both dust- and water-resistant to an extent. However, this does come at a cost: unlike the larger V20, the V34’s battery is not removable.
Unfortunately, much like the water-resistant Sony Xperia X Compact, the LG V34 isai Beat is exclusively sold in Japan through Au Japan, one of the country’s major carriers. Regardless, the V34 is certainly an interesting flagship smartphone.