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LG G6 launched with 5.7-inch FullVision screen at MWC 2017

by Mark Tyson on 27 February 2017, 11:01

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LG has launched the highly anticipated LG G6 at MWC. From prior teasers and analysis we pretty much knew what to expect and that is what LG delivered. In summary it’s a large screened smartphone which is still comfortable in the hand, it has lots of cute photography tricks due to the 2:1 screen and camera hardware packed in by LG, and many users will appreciate its water and dust resistance.

If the LG G6 is a success the firm can thank consumer feedback and opinions which were behind the design of this year's flagship. The new G6 is said to be a "back to basics" approach focussing upon features that consumers actually want and these, according to LG, are:

  • A big screen (5.7-inch) that fits in one hand.
  • A flexible camera for close ups and wide angle shots.
  • A way to view and review photos while you are still taking shots - LG Square Camera mode.
  • Built for unexpected accidents it is IP68 certified for water and dust resistance, plus resistant to accidental knocks and drops.

LG reckons it has achieved to tick the above boxes by creating its smartphone with the specs as listed below:

  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 Processor
  • Display: 5.7-inch 18:9 QHD+ FullVision Display (2880 x 1440 / 564ppi)
  • Memory: 4GB LPDDR4 RAM / 32GB or 64GB UFS 2.0 ROM / MicroSD (up to 2TB)
  • Camera: Front 5MP Wide (F2.2 / 100°), Rear Dual: 13MP Wide (F2.4 / 125°) / 13MP Standard OIS 2.0 (F1.8 / 71°)
  • Audio: two high AOP mics and high-fidelity recording capability
  • Battery: 3,300mAh (embedded)
  • Operating System: Android 7.0 Nougat
  • Size: 148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9mm
  • Weight: 163g
  • Network: LTE-A 3 Band CA
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac / Bluetooth 4.2 BLE / NFC /
  • USB Type-C 2.0 (3.1 compatible)
  • Colours: Astro Black / Ice Platinum / Mystic White
  • Other: Water and Dust Resistant / Fingerprint Sensor / UX 6.0 / Dolby Vision / HDR10 / Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0

Niceties among the above specs we haven't talked about previously include; the high PPI offered by the display which supports Dolby Vision and HDR10, a good amount of RAM, fast built-in UFS storage, and the flexible array of imaging options thanks to its trio of camera lenses and sensors.

On the software side, LG's new G6 comes with Android 7 installed and key signature apps that make the most of the dual-square multi-tasking possibilities in-app and with dual apps. Watching the promo video gives some good examples of Square camera and landscape modes in action. LG boasts the G6 offers Vulkan support and it Game Battery Saver can help you game for longer. The voice activated Google Assistant is built-in for hands-free help.

LG's water and dust resistance looks quite useful. It's not just splash-proof, LG says the phone can be submerged in up to 1.5 meters of water for as long as 30 minutes. Helping the phone's durability further is the build design with consideration given to temperatures and impact accidents. For example there's an internal heatpipe and heat generating components are placed as far apart as is possible.

LG is yet to confirm pricing but a number of UK operators have said they will stock the smartphone when it becomes available and have pre-registration forms.

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I don't know whose hands it is going to fit into at a height just shy of 15 cm, but it certainly aren't mine. And I have quite large hands. Maybe I'm just holding things wrong… ;)
The size isn't that bad, I had the G5 and while it was big it was easy enough to manage.

Overall was hoping for a bit more from the G6, the stupid regional variations are a bit ridiculous. US gets wireless charging, no where else does. Some European models are 64GB, UK is 32GB. Korea(I think) gets a quad-DAC, everywhere else normal. Just seems a bit odd as none of those features change the overall look of the device and seems a lot of messing around when they could have had an all singing device for everyone.

And its still using the 821 processor.

Before the launch I was 100% getting one, now I am 50/50 and to be honest waiting to see what the S8 brings.
BTW, why is the first YouTube video marked as private?
And its still using the 821 processor.

Bloody hell, wasn't there a shorter version of that story :) But yes interesting read