LG is fixing to make a comeback with its newest flagship. But does it bring enough heat to counter the cold reception that the G5 has got? In brief, yeah!
The LG G6 has been unveiled at the MWC 2017, Barcelona in the company’s launch event. LG is playing it much safer this year. They are very specific that the G6 should not be compared against the G5 or the V20. The company wants to re-write the rules and that’s why its really interesting to see what changes LG has made this year in its new flagship. So let’s jump in and take a look at everything you need to know about the newly announced LG G6.
Design and build
There is a plenty of good news in the hardware frontier. LG’s signature dual rear camera along with the fingerprint sensor at the back makes a return. The metal back is gone, replaced by glass, a trend that samsung really pushed forward. This time, LG has concentrated more on refining things rather than pushing new ideas. The half-baked modular approach is gone as well, replaced with a super solid build available in three colours that seems to revel in its brick-like nature. There is no attempt to pinch down the sides to fool your hand into thinking that this thing is terribly thin. Rather they went for chamfered edges which makes this phone feel and look super-premium. The removable battery is no longer present and LG diehards will definitely lament at the loss of this.
Dual-mode wireless charging finally makes its entry, but its available in the US models only. If you care more about a hi-fi DAC, you better hope that you dont have the US version because its for the overseas model only. It’s also worth mentioning that, unlike some of its rivals, LG isn’t ditching the headphone jack anytime soon.
The LG G6 is attractive enough and the addition of IP68 water and dust resistance ensures that it doesn’t fall behind the other competitors.
Hardware and specs
The round cornered display is taller than usual having an aspect ratio of 18:9. Being called the Univisium aspect ratio, LG says cinemas, TV, and smartphones will all be moving towards this new ratio. To match the stretched display, the resolution here sits at 2880 x 1440. The screen itself is a Quad-HD IPS LCD that can kick out over 600 nits to overcome bright daylight. The colours are vivid and blacks are deep . It’s the first phone with Dolby Vision support and like the dearly-departed Note 7, it’s HDR 10 enabled too. Impressive!
Sounds continues to be a big part of the LG experience with the G6. The LG G6 employs a Hi-Fi Quad DAC, but with a catch: It will only come with this in select markets, including Korea. For those wondering, the US and Europe both won’t get this support. Still, even without the quad DAC, we expect the audio experience to be solid here just because LG’s reputation in terms of audio output is quite good.
As far as the battery life is concerned, its equipped with 3300 mAh battery. That should be enough to power up the last year’s snapdragon 821. Yes its the last year’s snapdragon 821 and not the truly bleeding edge 835 which is expected to power up the Galaxy S8. So we have to wait a bit more to see smartphones powered by the 835.
Now lets come back to the funky dual lens camera. Its much the same setup from the LG G5, and here that’s actually a good news. We loved the ability to choose between the standard and wide-angle lens dependng on my need. The G5 used an inferior wide-angle sensor which resulted in loss of quality and washed out photos. the G6 uses the same exact sensor behind both the lens which should mean, no loss in quality. We said “should” because the camera has not been tested yet and the software is not final as well. So we have to wait for the retail unit to come up before we can put the camera into extreme tests.
So lets just get the specs-sheet over with now. Shall we?
|Display||5.7” Quad HD 18:9 (2880×1440)|
|Processor||Snapdragon 821 quad-core|
|GPU||Adreno 530 GPU|
|MicroSD||Yes, expandable up to 2TB|
|Cameras||Rear: 13MP dual (71 degrees + 125 degrees), 1.12µm pixel size, Aperture (wide – f/2.4, normal – f/1.8)|
Front: 5MP 100 degrees, 1.12µm pixel size, f/2.4
|Battery||3,300mAh, non-removable, wireless charging|
|Connectivity||USB Type-C, NFC|
|Software||Android 7.0 Nougat|
|Colors||titan, black and white|
The LG G6 is running Android 7.0 Nougat, with the latest version of LG’s UI on top.
The updated user interface features a refreshing new look with natural and vivid colors which can be seen throughout many of the apps and the included set of wallpapers. Due to the unique screen size, LG found it could basically divide the interface into two grid squares (2:1 aspect ratio) that come together seamlessly, and so you’ll notice this ‘grid-like’ setup in a lot of LG’s apps. LG has also updated icons for better uniformity, rounded corners for its background folders, and other small touches that make the UI stand out just a little bit more.
Another standout software addition to the LG G6 is Google Assistant. That’s right, the G6 is the very first non-Pixel device to fully support Assistant out of the box.
Lastly, LG also made quite a few changes to its camera app. This is another one of LG’s apps that have been updated to take advantage of the 2:1 aspect ratio. LG has used the extra horizontal space available to offer previews of multiple shots that you’ve taken, instead of the single latest one that is available with most other camera apps. LG also took the opportunity to throw in a manual mode for video in the camera app this time around.
Pricing and Availability
The LG G6 will first go on sale in South Korea on March 9th, with other regions to follow later. The phone will likely hit the rest of the market sometime in April. As per the pricing, Unfortunately, LG chose not to detail the LG G6 price. We’ll update you as soon as we know more. Until then, check out our other posts as well.