Last year’s LG G5 flagship turned heads with its unique modular design, but the company’s stint with modularity didn’t make the lasting impression it was hoping to, ultimately leading to a short-lived life as today’s unveiling of the G6 confirms that this year’s flagship would revert to a more familiar style.
The LG G6 features a large 5.7-inch “Full Vision” display with an 18:9 “Univisium” aspect ratio, 1440 x 2880 resolution (QHD+) display, and Dolby Vision support. The G6 is the first in what’s expected to be a long list of phones to cut down on the bezels this year, which just might be a defining design element of 2017.
The device is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821. If you’re wondering why it isn’t running on the latest 835 chipset, rumor has it that Samsung has “first dibs” on having the first phone on the market with the processor. While it may not be the latest and greatest, it’s still a powerful processor.
The G6 also features 4GB of RAM, an Adreno 530 GPU, 13-megapixel dual-lens rear-facing camera (wide angle, standard OIS 2.0, f/1.8), 5-megapixel wide-angle front-facing camera, a non-removable 3,300 mAh battery, fingerprint scanner on the back of the device, Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0, IP68 waterproofing and dustproofing, and a headphone jack. It will come out of the box with Android Nougat, and integrates Google Assistant.
The G6 has a metal frame and glass back, and will come in colors Mystic White, Astro Black, and Ice Platinum.
While perhaps not as unique as last year’s G5, the G6 does have quite a few areas it appears to excel in. It will be interesting to see if the decision to omit the removable battery, a feature which LG typically embraces, will affect sales in any way. LG also stressed that they’re putting a major focus on “reliability” with the G6, specifically stating that the phone’s battery and structural integrity have been extensively tested.
Information on and pricing and availability were not disclosed during the event, but we will update the article with that information once it becomes available. In the meantime, if you're looking for some visual representation of the LG G6, you can check out Marco's first impressions of the device.
Readers, what are your thoughts on the G6? Is LG’s latest flagship on your radar for your next upgrade?