The LG G6 is one of the flagship smartphones that we’re looking forward to seeing in 2017, but the device’s design may have leaked out before 2016’s end.
Images that claim to show the design of the LG G6 have surfaced. Specifically, they show the rear and back of a device. The images have been posted by Android Authority and journalist Shai Mizrachi, who has leaked other Android devices in the past, including the design of last year’s LG G5.
As for the LG G6, the device doesn’t look too dissimilar from the G5 (shown below). There’s an elongated cutout on its rear that’d presumably be home to a dual camera system, just like the G5, and below that is likely where a rear fingerprint reader would go. Up top there’s a hole for what looks to be a 3.5mm headphone jack.
What’s different here is that this alleged LG G6 appears to have corners that are a bit less round than those on the LG G5. There’s also no separation line near the bottom of this G6, which seemingly supports the rumor that the module system of the LG G5 won’t carry over to the LG G6.
In other LG G6 news, a new report claims that LG will launch its new flagship earlier in the year than the G5, which was released in April. Sources tell ETNews that LG is now aiming to launch the G6 at the end of February or the start of march.
The goal of this earlier release, say sources, is to give the LG G6 a sales boost by getting the device onto shelves before its competitors.
Rumors have suggested that Samsung is planning to launch its Galaxy S8 later than usual, targeting an April debut. Meanwhile, the HTC 10 was announced in April 2016, so it’s possible that we could see its successor in April 2017.
If Samsung and HTC’s new devices do indeed debut in April and launch later in that month, that could give the LG G6 a good month-and-a-half to two months as the latest Android flagship on the market. That doesn’t guarantee that LG will see huge sales of the G6 — that depends on entirely if the G6 is actually a good phone — but being the new device on the block for that time wouldn’t hurt.