LG has finally unveiled its flagship smartphone for 2017, the LG G6, at an even in Barcelona, Spain ahead of MWC 2017. LG has ditched the LG G5’s concept of modularity, and is now going ahead with a unibody design with the LG G6, just like most other smartphone brands. Compared to the LG G5, the LG G6 offers a bigger and better display, improved audio quality, an interesting camera setup, better protection from accidental drops and slips, and a faster software. All these improvements result into a phone that offers a more refined user experience.
Let us now dive straight into features and specifications of the LG G6.
LG G6: Official Specifications
- Operating System: Android 7.0 Nougat with LG UX 6.0
- Display: 5.7-inch 18:9 QHD+ FullVision® Display (2880 x 1440 / 564ppi), HDR, Dolby Vision, HDR10
- Audio: 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC
- Processing Chipset: Qualcomm® Snapdragon 821 Processor
- Memory: 4GB LPDDR4 RAM
- Storage: 32GB UFS 2.0 ROM / MicroSD (up to 2TB)
- Rear-Facing Camera: 13MP Wide (F2.4 / 125°) + 13MP Standard OIS 2.0 (F1.8 / 71°)
- Front-Facing Camera: Front 5MP Wide (F2.2 / 100°)
- Network & Connectivity: LTE-A 3 Band CA, Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac / Bluetooth 4.2 BLE / NFC / USB Type-C 2.0 (3.1 compatible)
- Sensors: Accelerometer, Ambient Light Sensor, Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro, Proximity Sensor
- Battery: 3,300mAh (embedded) with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0
- Physical Protection: IP68-Certified for dust and water resistance
- Size: 148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9mm
- Weight: 163g
- Colours: Ice Platinum / Mystic White / Astro Black
5.7-inch QHD+ Display with HDR
The LG G6 features a larger 5.7-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 2880 x 1440 pixels, aspect ratio of 18:9, and curved corners. LG is calling it a “FullVision” display as it covers most of the front of the G6, resulting in a screen-to-body ratio of 80 percent. What’s the improvement in actual image quality, you might ask. Well, it is capable of playing back HDR content (meaning that it can go quite bright when needed), thanks to Dolby Vision and HDR 10 certification. If you don’t know it already, Dolby Vision is considered to be the most high-profile HDR standard out there.
The smartphone is also equipped with a 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad-DAC for improved audio quality, both from headphones and the loudspeaker. The phone doesn’t feature stereo loudspeakers, though, killing some expectations from consumers.
13MP Dual Cameras & 5MP Selfie Camera
The LG G6 is equipped with a dual-camera setup at its back. Both these cameras have a resolution of 13 megapixels. The standard camera features OIS, F1.8 aperture, and 71-degree FoV. The wide-angle camera features F2.4 aperture, 125-degree wide-angle lens, but misses out on optical image stabilisation. The rear-facing cameras can record 4K videos as well as slow-motion videos. The front-facing camera on the LG G6 has a resolution of 5 megapixels, F2.2 aperture, and 100-degree FoV. There’s also a Square Camera function that divides the screen into two squares, one area dedicated as a camera viewfinder, while the other part of the UI can be used as a one-stop shop to edit and upload pictures on social media.
Metal-and-glass design with water & dust resistance
The LG G6 is sculpted from aluminium and glass, and the company says that it is easy to hold even though it has a large 5.7-inch display. The company claims that a team led by Dr. Andris Freivalds at the Pennsylvania State University tested the LG G6 for stability when holding the phone. According to LG, the phone feels comfortable in various postures and actions when using the smartphone for longer periods. LG claims that the G6 received the highest marks in all test categories.
The phone has a perfectly flat design on the front and the back, without any camera bump. The phone is IP68-certified, so it is dust and water resistant (up to 1.5 meters of water for as long as 30 minutes). LG also claims that “the G6 passed 14 different military-standard 810G tests,” which means that it is fairly resistant to damage in case of accidental drops or rough environments. The phone is 7.9mm thin, weighs 163 grams, and comes in three colours: Astro Black, Ice Platinum, and Mystic White.
Snapdragon 821, Android 7.0, and 3300 mAh battery
The LG G6 runs Android 7.0-based LG UX 6.0 software. Surprisingly, LG has not utilised the latest Snapdragon 835 octa-core chipset from Qualcomm, and went on to use last year’s Snapdragon 821 quad-core processor. There’s 4GB LPDDR4 RAM, 32GB of UFS 2.0 internal storage, and a microSD card slot (which supports up to 2TB cards).
It is the first non-Pixel phone to come preloaded with Google Assistant. The company says that all of G6’s stock apps work seamlessly with the Google Assistant feature. The phone can stream and playback HDR content from Amazon Prime and Netflix. The company is also offering six games – Cookie Jam, Crossy Road, Genies & Gems, SimCity BuildIt, Spiderman Unlimited, and Temple Run 2 – with a retail value of over $200 with the G6.
Connectivity options include LTE-A with 3CA, dual-band Wi-Fi ac/a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.1 with LE, NFC, GPS, and USB Type-C port. You’ll be relieved to know that LG isn’t dropping the 3.5mm headphone jack from its smartphones as the G6 has one. There’s a fingerprint scanner on the back, which is used for user authentication. Gone is the removable battery, which LG used to be proud of. The G6 comes packed with a 3,300mAh non-removable battery, which is compatible with Quick Charge 3.0.
Juno Cho, president of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company, said, “The G6 offers users new visual and manual experiences, as it marries an expanded screen with the convenience of one-handed use. LG will continue to lead smartphone innovation with a focus on convenience and reliability in order to exceed consumer expectations.”