After months of leaks and teasers, the most anticipated smartphone of this year’s Mobile World Congress, LG’s sixth-generation flagship, G6 is finally official. The new handset is unquestionably more powerful, beefier than before, features a completely overhauled software, ditches the finicky modular build as seen on the G5, and packs a dual camera setup that LG claims is unprecedented.
LG is primarily touting the new G6’s rear optics which houses two 13MP f/1.8 and f/2.4 lenses capable of capturing a 125-degree wide-angle field of view. LG has also bundled a 3-axis OIS system which should theoretically ensure your shaky hands don’t result in a blurry shot, and of course, there’s dual-LED flash too. Furthermore, on the front, the G6 sports a 12MP 100-degree wide-angle f/2.2 shooter as well. Also, no camera bump!
In terms of design, LG has this time, opted for a gently curved all-glass back with an aluminum chassis. Additionally, it comes with a 5.7-inch IPS always-on FullVision display with a resolution of 1440 x 2880 pixels (~565 ppi pixel density), and a cinematic aspect ratio of 18:9 which is specifically optimized for the software it runs on. For protection, the G6 has a layer of Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5. The near bezel-less nature of the display allows the phone to fit in your hands comfortably when compared to other phones with 5.7-inch panels. The screen on the G6, additionally, embeds Dolby Vision and HDR 10 for relatively better picture quality.
As far as internals are concerned, the G6 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 quad-core processor instead of the latest 835 mainly because Samsung bought called dibs first, and grabbed the rights on the SoC’s initial release. Other than that, the G6 features 4GB of RAM, Adreno 530 GPU, 32GB UFS 2.0 internal storage with support for MicroSD expansion, and a non-removable (sigh) 3300mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0. The G6, in terms of underlying software, debuts LG’s new UX 6.0 which runs on Android Nougat. Along with the visual changes in the skin, the G6 will also be the first Android smartphone after the Google Pixel to come with the Google Assistant.
Moreover, there’s a rear-mounted fingerprint reader, and the phone is water as well as dust resistant (IP68 certification). On the connectivity front, G6 has support for Bluetooth 4.2, 4G LTE, USB Type-C, and NFC. LG has also paid keen attention to the audio performance, and hence, the G6 comes with an improved 32-bit Quad DAC. Oh, and fortunately, it does rock a regular 3.5mm headphone jack.
The LG G6 will be available in three color options – Mystic white, Astro black (*cough*Jet Black*cough*), and Ice platinum. The company will be also bundling $200 Google Play credit for six games including Crossy Road, Temple Run, Spider-man Unlimited, and more.
LG G6 Specifications
- 5.7-inch display, Resolution of 1440 x 2880 pixels, 565 ppi pixel density, Corning Gorilla Glass 5(Back), Gorilla Glass 3(display), Gorilla Glass4(lens) and 18:9 aspect ratio
- Dimensions: 148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9mm, Weight: 163g
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 Quad-core (2×2.35 GHz Kryo & 2×1.6 GHz Kryo) processor, Adreno 530 GPU
- 4GB RAM, 32GB of UFS 2.0 Internal Storage, MicroSD expansion up to 2TB
- Android Nougat, LG UX 6.0
- 3300mAh battery, Quick Charge 3.0
- Rear Camera: 13+13MP, Dual-LED flash, f/1.8+f/2.4 aperture, 125-degree wide-angle view, OIS
- Front Camera: 12MP, f/2.2, 100-degree wide-angle view
- Fingerprint scanner, USB Type-C, 32-bit Quad DAC
- NFC, Bluetooth 4.2, 4G LTE