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High-end LG V10 and midrange G Vista 2 arrive in the US

LG's latest smartphones enter the pre-holiday frenzy of phones.


The V10 ushers in a new line of premium smartphones from LG.

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Smartphone shoppers will soon have a new pair of LG models to consider as the LG V10 and LG G Vista 2 are set to touch down. The Android-powered duo are slated to arrive at AT&T and T-Mobile starting November 6.

LG has seen more success in high-end phones than in selling midrange models. A new handset in each category will help cement its position in two tiers going into the highly competitive holiday season.

Announced in early October, the LG V10 ushers in a new line of smartphones and boasts a secondary shortcuts screen above the main display. The handset also includes two front-facing cameras, one of which has a wider-angle meant to capture shots of a group or landscape.

On the hardware front, the V10 goes beyond gimmicks to include a 64-bit hexa-core processor, 4GB RAM, a 16-megapixel rear camera and an impressive 64GB of internal storage with memory expandable by up to 2TB with its microSD card slot. These specs should put it near the top of the Android heap.

T-Mobile will sell the LG V10 starting October 28 with a full retail price of $600. Qualified customers can spread the phone's cost over 24 monthly payments of $25 each.

AT&T begins selling its version of the V10 on November 6 with an all-in cost of $700. Alternatively, subscribers who commit to a two-year service plan can procure the phone for $250. AT&T Next plans shake out to $23.34 (30 months), $29.17 (24 months) or $35 (20 months).

Read CNET's first LG V10 impressions here.

LG G Vista 2

The LG G Vista 2, as we learned last week, features incremental improvements over its year-old predecessor . Running Android 5.1 Lollipop, the phone's 5.7-inch display comes with an embedded stylus that can be used for handwriting and markups.

Drawing strength from the Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 octa-core processor with 2GB RAM, the G Vista 2 provides users with 16GB of on-board storage. The microSD card slot allows for up to 32GB of added space for pictures, movies and other files.

The back of the phone is outfitted with a 13-megapixel rear camera with laser auto-focus. Around front, the 5-megapixel shooter is enhanced with tools for better selfies.

The LG G Vista 2 comes exclusively to AT&T and will also launch on November 6 for $50 on a two-year contract, or $450 when you buy it outright. AT&T's Next plans break down to $14.97 (30 months), $18.71 (24 months) or $22.45 (20 months).