LG G6 release date, news and features

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The LG G6 is the LG’s flagship smartphone for 2017.The huge display on the front is complemented by huge battery, water-resistant chassis and new interface. The LG G6 was launched at MWC 2017 on February 26 and would be  released on March 10th in Korea and early April in US

LG G6 SPECS

Dimensions: 148.8 x 72.3 x 8.3mm

OS: Android 7 Nougat

Screen size: 5.7-inch with 18:9 aspect ratio

Resolution: 1440 x 2880 (QHD+)

CPU: Snapdragon 821

Battery: Non-removable, 3200mAh

Rear camera: dual-lens

– Fingerprint scanner

– Wireless charging

– Headphone jack

LG G6 price

According to LG, the G6 will have a similar price to the LG G5, so that means it’s likely coming in at $500-$600 (around £400-£490/AU$685-AU$820), but still not had official word on that just yet.

LG G6 design

Water-resistant metal and glass body

Front of phone is mostly screen, with slender bezels

No longer modular

18:9 longer display

One of the most obvious changes to the LG G6 from the G5 is the lack of modular design, but instead we get a sleek and sophisticated-looking handset.

It’s water resistant, uses Gorilla Glass 5 on the rear and a metallic rim to hold it all together.

It’ll be coming in platinum, black and white color choices, although only the platinum version is going to pack the shimmer that makes it look attractive on the table when placed face down.

The rear of the phone is devoid of a camera bump, with the camera slimmed down, rather than powered up to a larger sensor, to accommodate the new design language.

There’s USB Type-C on the bottom (along with the single speaker), with the headphone jack still present and correct at the top – this is a phone with a sleek body and lovely lines that feels great in the hand.

The fingerprint sensor and power button combo is on the rear of the phone, landing right under the index finger.

Overall, this is a premium-looking phone that’ll put LG in the same conversation as Samsung and Apple – and that’s exactly what the brand will have been looking to do.

LG G6 display

5.7-inch QHD+ display

Ultra-wide 18:9 aspect ratio

Resolution of 1440 x 2880, pixel density of 564ppi

The LG G6 packs a 5.7-inch, FullVision QHD+ screen with an ultra-wide 18:9 aspect ratio. That means you’ll get a screen resolution of 1440 x 2880, and a pixel density of 564 pixels per inch.

The 18:9 aspect ratio also makes it longer than most smartphone screens, which means it’s ideal for split-screen apps and movie playback.

It’s also apparently 30% less power hungry than the previous generation of LG QHD displays, as well as having smaller bezels, better touch performance, and being easier to view in direct sunlight.

If you’re worried about the way apps will look on the longer screen, you’ll have had the same consternation as us – but thankfully there’s an option to extend apps further down the screen, and it seems very fluid.

The LG G6 screen also maintains an always-on mode, permanently showing the time and some notifications just like it did on the LG G5.

LG G6 camera and battery

Dual-lens 13MP camera with focused and wide sensors

f/1.8 and f/2.4 aperture respectively

A non-removable battery

3,300mAh battery size

LG’s G6 camera is a 13MP dual-lens snapper, one of which is a wide-angle lens with a 125 degree field of view. The main change there from the G5 is that the wide-angle lens is the same quality as the normal one, up from just 8MP on the G5.

LG has also made the selfie camera wide-angle, with a 100 degree field of view.

The news may upset those hoping for a boost in the camera performance from LG, as the sensor itself can’t take much better pictures than before. The idea behind making it two 13MP sensors was to remove the jump when switching between focused and wide-angle pictures, but the lack of a sensor upgrade is down to a design decision.

Making the camera sensor smaller means no bump – clearly LG thinks the snaps it can create are good enough.

The camera app itself has been overhauled to make use of the 18:9 display, with two squares stacked on top of one another providing all manner of options: collages, a live preview of your photos or just an extra strip to see all your recent snaps.

The battery is no longer removable, which will upset a small subset of LG fans, as the brand was the last main holdout of the feature among the mainstream phone manufacturers.

However, the encased unit can last longer and be thinner, improving the design and allowing the phone to be made water resistant – so you’ll need to join the other battery pack-toting masses if you like the idea of being battery safe.

It’s a 3,300mAh battery pack in there too, and LG’s promised that the G6 will be able to keep working for longer by modulating the charge at the right time to not overwork the power pack.

LG G6 OS and power

Android Nougat overlaid with the new LG UX 6.0

Powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821 chipset

The LG G6 specs call for a powerful chipset, but it’s the Snapdragon 821 that’s used in this phone, which also appears inside the Google Pixel, Google Pixel XL and OnePlus 3T.

It’s plenty powerful and capable of running many tasks, but it’s been dethroned by the better-equipped Snapdragon 835 chipset.

The LG G6 has got 4GB of RAM on board, and Android Nougat is coated in the firm’s UX 6.0.

LG’s UX 6.0 focuses on advanced multi-tasking, an enhanced camera experience and a better way to enjoy games, films and applications with side-by-side app layouts creating square applications on screen.

LG G6 other features

Super speedy wireless charging

USB-C port for charging

Google Assistant

LG had already confirmed a new Quad DAC (digital-to-analog converter) for the phone, which will apparently lead to almost no distortion or loss of acoustic information, as well as offering balanced sound so all of your audio is at its best.

The charging module can pump your phone battery up to 50% in 30 minutes, the same charging rate we see from fast chargers on phones like the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge.

But the bad news globally is that this phone won’t be able to wirelessly charge anywhere other than the US, where it’s nabbed the Samsung Galaxy S7’s ability to charge off both PMA and Qi wireless standards.

And great news! The LG G6 has a headphone port!

LG also uses Google Assistant in the G6, which is odd as it’s not running Android 7.1… we’re not sure how it’s managed that, but it’s a nice feature to have on the phone and shows that LG is thinking about how users want the latest features now.

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