An always-on second screen, a durable design and solid security make the new LG V10 smartphone look like an enticing option for business users.
That second screen is hard to spot if you don't know where to look; LG actually stacked a narrow secondary display right on top of the V10's main panel. The two displays merge together seamlessly during normal use, but the top display can stay activated even when the main screen is powered off.
Business users can benefit, because the second display provides handy shortcuts to your favorite contacts and frequently used apps, and also lets you view the time, date and incoming notifications without turning on the phone's battery-draining main display. It's similar to the secondary edge display that Samsung has incorporated into phones like the Galaxy S6 Edge and S6 Edge Plus.
The V10's main display is pretty nice, too. The 5.7-inch quad-HD panel is extremely roomy, providing plenty of space for screen-intensive work tasks like viewing documents, managing your email inbox and even editing spreadsheets on the go. The screen's large dimensions will also come in handy when you're using LG's dual-window feature, which lets you view two apps side by side for easier multitasking.
Other hardware highlights include a Snapdragon 808 processor with 4GB of RAM, which should provide extremely speedy performance. Meanwhile, the phone's already-generous 64GB of internal storage can be expanded with a microSD card, which is nice if you need to take a lot of large files with you.
Workers should also appreciate how durable the V10 feels. The textured, silicone back — LG calls it "Dura Skin" — feels like it can take a beating, and the phone's stainless-steel frame adds an extra layer of protection. LG says this phone was built to withstand drops up to 4 feet, which is a big perk if you rely on your smartphone to do your job.
Like on most LG smartphones, the V10's power and volume buttons are located on the back of the device. A fingerprint scanner is embedded in the home button, which can unlock your phone with a quick tap of your finger. That means you can keep your work phone locked down without fussing with a password screen every time you turn the device on.
The V10 is set to roll out on all major U.S. carriers in mid-November. Check back for a full review of the LG V10 as soon as we get our hands on it, or check out our picks for the best smartphones for business currently on the market.