LG has unveiled G6, the company’s latest flagship smartphone, at MWC 2017 in Barcelona, Spain. Firstly, LG unconditionally ditched the modular system, which was introduced with G5 last year and went with much more traditional way. There are no moving parts this time around and no removable battery either. It has got a taller 5.7-inch display with 18:9 (2:1) aspect ratio that looks outstanding. Let’s get right into the full details.
LG has finally chosen to go with a traditional unibody design with glass and metal combination. The front and back of the devices are covered with different versions of gorilla glasses (front Gorilla Glass 3 and back Gorilla Glass 5), and there is also a ring running around the handset that should provide you great in-hand feel. The biggest step forward would be the integration of almost bezel-less display at the front. It is not as edgier as Xiaomi Mi MIX but scales at 5.7-inch in diagonal with 2880 x 1440 pixels resolution. It still uses IPS technology not OLED so that you will miss out some of the deepest black levels. In addition to stretching out the display to its boundaries, LG has also made the display rounded on the four corners. According to the company, it is supposed to improve aesthetics of the device and also prevent cracking screen after accidental drops.
Under the hood, LG failed to opt for Snapdragon 835 SoC, supposedly due to the unavailability, so it has chosen to go with Snapdragon 821 SoC clocked at 2.31GHz. The device gets 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage with microSD slot for cheaper storage expansion. It runs Android 7.0 Nougat with LG UX 6.0 UI on top. LG has done an incredible job in taking advantage of that extra screen real estate provided by the unusual 18:9 aspect ratio. As a result, you will see image previews on the left side even while playing with viewfinder; there are more improvements onboard. Unfortunately, the taller display may become uncomfortable to watch videos recorded in 16:9, so you will end up having black bars on both sides of the video. LG is going to include Wireless Charging for the US-bound models, whereas, rest of the world will be getting Quad DAC feature instead of Wireless Charging, LG said it was due to the region based demand. LG G6 offers flagship level connectivity options, so you will not miss out anything in this segment.
On the rear side, LG has gone with familiar dual lens camera setup, but both sensors have got 13MP resolution instead of 16MP + 8MP found in G5. The conventional sensor has f/1.8 aperture while the wide-angle 13MP sensor offers f/2.4 aperture. On the front side, there is a 5MP shooter with f/2.2 aperture. Finally, it packs 3300mAh battery with Quick Charging and Wireless Charging technologies. The device measures 148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9 mm (5.86 x 2.83 x 0.31 in) and weighs in at 163g.
LG will be putting the G6 up for sale in early March. Mr. Cho from LG Electronics USA said, “We will make new investments for promotional activities in April and May before the phone’s full-scale shipment starts in the third quarter,” He also added, “The phone will hit the Korean market first on March 10, the price starts at 899,800 won (US$796.85)”. The final pricing varies based on the region.