Rumored for months the LG G6 finally has become official at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Just as expected the LG has resigned from the experimental modular design and instead released a phablet sporting a stylish metal body with super tiny bezels. Except for that the phone comes with tons of new features that may help it conquer hearts of customers worldwide. Here’s what you will love and hate about the new LG G6.
LG unveils its newest flagship for 2017. The LG G6 is a premium looking phablet, sporting cool ‘full-screen’ design and water resistant body shell but it has also some cavities.
LG couldn’t have a better timing. Releasing its spec-packed, water resistant metal G6 at the MWC 2017 gives the company an opportunity to prove that after the little success of the G5 they aren’t afraid of their biggest rival, Samsung. For the first time in many years, it looks like LG stands a chance. The G5’s futuristic fancy modular design is gone and replaced by a slim, metal-and-glass shell. Furthermore, the phone houses a package full of cutting-edge specs, giving us many reasons to be excited about.
What to love about the LG G6?
Water resistant supreme body
To start from the external design, the LG G6 comes with a beautiful shiny body made out of glass and metal. Tagged with IP68 military certificate the phone features the highest water and dust resistance standard. In practice it means that it will survive being dropped into the pool for 30 minutes, you may also use it while it rains or event take it to the shower to listen to your favorite music.
Finished with almost invisible bezels the phone houses a massive 5.7-inch screen panel that is tall and narrow with an aspect ratio of 2:1. The large IPS QuadHD display takes up nearly 80 percent of the screen front, which is around 10 percent more than usual. Although the new aspect ratio makes it impossible to view majority of 16:9 videos in good quality, it also opens new possibilities and LG designed the phone’s interface around it. Wondering why LG haven’t implemented the so popular recently curved screen panel? According to the company curved displays are more prone to shatter, while flat screen and less rounded edges deliver structural strength and guarantee that the display is less likely to crack if you incidentally drop it.
Moreover, the new LG G6 screen also features two wider color standards HDR 10 and Dolby Vision. Both terms come from the TV business, and even if HDR displays are nothing new in the mobile industry, the LG G6 is the first phone to offer Dolby Vision which provides more colors, better contrast and more dynamic screen optimization.
Moving on to the optics, the LG G6 arrives with a 5MP front-facing shooter and two 13 MP cameras settled on its back, with the secondary sensor being a wide-angle lens that delivers a field of view almost identical to that of a GoPro. The applied technology provides the G6’s users with really impressive panoramic photos with a single shot, taking pictures in small spaces and creative videos with a fish-eye-like look.
Interestingly enough, the wider lens have a bit wider viewing angle than a human eye which sees the surrounding world in 120 degrees, meanwhile the phone’s lens supports 125-degree viewing angle. In addition, to enhance the photo experience LG equipped the phone in a new camera app that allows to create collages straight from the app or make perfectly square images – a features that should draw attention of all Instagram addicts.
Google Assistant comes baked in
Running Android 7.1 Nougat the LG G6 is the first non-Google-made phone to carry the Google’s signature AI, Assistant baked in. The technology uses Google’s search database and supports voice recognition. Except for chatting with the device, you can even control the lights in your home or set the thermostat providing that you own smart-home devices.
What’s not to like about the LG G6?
Will a 3,300 mAh battery be enough?
Kept alive by a 3,300 mAh non-removable battery the phone uses the latest Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 tech, allowing to fully charge the device in just an hour. This means that after just 30 minutes of charging the battery reaches 50 percent of power. But is the battery of this size powerful enough to feed this almost 6-inch screen for a whole day?
Quad DACs and 64GB storage unavailable in the States
Except for all those great specs we mention in the sections above, the LG G6 has some additional special features like 64GB built-in storage option or Quad DACs for immersive audio, but we won’t see them in the US-oriented model. Crisper sound experience and bigger storage are reserved for Asian markets. Luckily enough, the all variants of the LG G6 support micro SD expansion allowing you to add as much storage as you need.
Snapdragon 821 instead of Snapdragon 835
No matter how great the presented above features are, spec nerds may be disappointed of the fact that the G6 runs Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821 (coupled with 4GB RAM) instead of the 835, which is smaller, faster and noticeably quicker when it comes to recharging batteries. But, if you don’t need to be on the absolute edge of the technology, the last year’s processor should be sufficient enough to deliver undisturbed multitasking mode and smooth performance. The truth is that although on the paper the difference seems huge, in practice both processors are almost identical.
The LG G6 is represents the new wave of “full-screen” smartphones. Being the first of its kind the phablet is more than likely to achieve a big commercial success. It doesn’t only speak premium design, offer sharp optics, but is also a power-beast whose surprisingly compact body as for such a massive screen is easy to use with one hand.
In the States the phone will be distributed by all major carriers including the Big Four (Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T and Sprint). Scheduled to hit the market in spring this NFC- and LTE-capable phone will be available in two color options: platinum and black. As for pricing details, they still require official confirmation.