Speculations, rumors, and leaks are the center of attention at the tail end of the year as we anxiously await to see what 2017 has in store for us. The start of the new year is particularly exciting for mobile enthusiasts as Consumer Electronics Show happens in early January with Mobile World Congress following soon after in late February. Despite the fact that CES is just a couple of short weeks away, we still tend to hold ourselves over with the comfort (and sometimes discomfort) of the ever-churning rumor mill.
According to an article over at XDA Developers, a new rumor suggests that underdog LG may be revealing its G6 flagship a month earlier than anticipated in order to beat the competition to the punch and maximize sales. For reference, the modular LG G5 was announced during MWC 2016, which was also when the Galaxy S7 was announced, so the G6 may appear sometime in January.
Overall, I would say it’s a bold but smart strategy. The G6 so far is a complete mystery. It may continue the G5’s modular legacy, but the design was also underwhelming and LG has given very little clue as to what the G6 will actually be like. Not only are we captivated by its uncertainty, but when you also factor in the rumor that Samsung may be unveiling the S8 later than usual, LG may very well give its new flagship a 1 or 2-month window before other flagships start showing up (unless, of course, HTC is attempting to do something similar with its equally mysterious “HTC U” event).
Still, the G5’s modular design and nearly coinciding release date with the Galaxy S7 last year aren’t the only things that have held LG back. “Bootloop” is a phrase that frequently accompanies any mention of LG, with the infamous issue starting with the LG G4 back in 2015. Other reports have surfaced claiming that other LG devices, such as the V10 and Nexus 5X, suffer from the same issue, but LG has only acknowledged and offered repair for the G4 thus far. It is, of course, impossible to tell whether the G6 will also suffer from bootloop issues, but here’s hoping that it doesn’t. I wouldn’t blame people for remaining skeptical given how widespread this issue appears to be on multiple LG devices, and although it’s not as dangerous as a phone exploding, the bootloop issue does render the phone useless and is, therefore, cause for legitimate concern.
On the other hand, LG also has a few noteworthy good things going for it as well. LG has a good track record of keeping the microSD card slot on board and is one of the last remaining manufacturers that has also kept the removable battery. I don’t think it would be too far-fetched to assume that they’ll probably keep the 3.5mm headphone jack around as well despite the growing number of companies that have decided to do away with it. On top of all that, LG has made some unique (yet subtle) changes to its smartphone designs that make them worth noticing, such as moving the volume buttons and fingerprint sensor on the back and adding a small, secondary display in the V10 and V20.
I don’t think rushing things is ever a good thing, but I suppose if LG feels confident enough in their phone that they can release it early without issues then it’s probably the best opportunity to do so. Plus, it’s only a month. Even so, it’s not a bad idea to wait until initial reviews to come out before officially deciding to buy the phone – just to make sure.
Readers, what are your thoughts on an early G6 release? Do you think this would help LG, or do you think an early release isn’t necessary the best move? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!