LG, a company never afraid to flirt with new ideas and concepts, is ready to hit the markets with its exciting new flagship, the LG G6. In its latest offering, the G6 is competing head to head with the big boys of smartphone industry, and with its impressive new features, is ready to give its competitors a run for their money.
Rumored to be launched in April 2017, is the G6 really in a position to make its mark and measure up to the already high expectations? How much of an impact are the new features expected to make? Find out in our analysis below.
- Taller display (18:9)
- Wireless Charging (Region Specific)
- Dual Rear Cameras (Wide Angle Shots)
- Non-Removable Battery
- Certain Features Region Specific
The design team at LG has poured their heart out to come up with an extraordinary exterior for LG G6. Whilst enlarging the display up to 5.7 inches, the overall dimensions and weight has been kept unchanged in comparison with the G5 which housed a 5.3-inch display in similar physical specs.
The rounded, chamfered design of LG G6 is in stark contrast to the modular G5. The optimized exterior makes for a thinner bezel and maximizes the quad HD display to an impressive 78.6% screen-to-body ratio. The display has been upgraded from the customary 16:9 to 18:9 for enhanced viewing experience.
The rear-mounted fingerprint sensor is flushed within the glass back – a welcome change from the troublesome, humped sensor design of the G5.
The body is a combination of metal and glass, and with a taller display that stands out, presents a sleek and remarkable look. A flagship standard these days, G6 is waterproof (IP68 certified). The phone is available in three colors.
LG G6 comes with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821 instead of the latest 835 processor, a move that has raised many eyebrows. Even though it is top of the line, and according to LG, the performance difference is barely noticeable, one would still have expected the latest core in a flagship product. LG insists that it has considerable expertise in optimizing the 821 which is now in its 3rd generation. How well this fares in wake of Samsung’s much-anticipated S8 powered by the 835 remains to be seen.
In the photography department, the G6 inherits pretty much all of G5’s specs such as the impressive concept of dual rear cameras making for wide angle (125 degrees) shots and optical image stabilization (for the standard camera). The picture quality is excellent, and low light photography also yields more than satisfactory results. Full HD recording at 60fps makes it a formidable camera setup.
LG has certain region-specific features which is mind boggling. For instance, the tremendously convenient wireless charging feature is for the US market only. Similarly, the Hi-Fi Quad DAC is exclusively for Asia. Strangely, the European market is deprived of both these features.
The Battery has been upgraded to a reasonable 3300mAh and, disappointingly for some, is non-removable. Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 fires it up to 50% in about 30 minutes.
Other features are almost standard and make for a decent flagship pitching.
LG G6 is powered by the Andriod 7.0 (Nougat). LG does a commendable job in optimizing software in order to fully exploit the lanky display design. Attention to detail seems to be the hallmark of the development team that ensures maximization of information on the display. The innovative feature of dividing many apps into two distinct square sections makes multitasking easier and vastly improves user experience.
The camera software also makes use of the tall screen and, in landscape mode, displays a camera roll of quite a few image previews in place of just the standard, single image preview.
We are interested in how LG intends to make its 18:9 display compatible for content made for the standard 16:9 aspect ratio as well as for apps working outside its own user interface. This issue if remained unresolved, could mean unsightly black bars in landscape mode. We are sure LG is already on top of it and would ensure that this small quirk doesn’t ruin their flagship product.
The Bottom Line
The LG G6 has flagship class written all over it. With a neat, catchy and striking design, the G6 settles comfortably in the palm. Laced with a metal and glass combo, the G6 exudes a premier feel. A revamped exterior, cutting edge processor core along with highly optimized software makes for a meaningful upgrade over the G5.
Last, but not the least, since LG is competing with big-time players churning their flagships day in day out, all eyes will be on its price tag. While users are almost always willing to cough up extra bucks for big names like Samsung, many might shy away for doing the same for LG. However, it is clear that LG has gone all out to show that they mean business, and have done a commendable job with this feature rich and attractive flagship smartphone.