LG G6 will be one of the first flagship smartphones to be released in 2017. There is no doubt that LG G6 will have to offer the best performance to be considered an alternative to Samsung Galaxy S8. LG has also said that LG G6 will not build on the modular design that was first introduced in LG G5. This means that LG G6 will be a straightforward phone with few tricks up its sleeves.
LG G5 paved the way for modular design on smartphones, although it did not do a good job itself. This is the reason LG will offer a far conventional design this year. To take a look at what LG has to say about LG G6 at this point, take a look at the following teaser video.
From the teaser, one thing is clear: LG G6 will definitely have a bigger screen in a comfortable form factor. LG G6 is expected to feature a 5.7in Quad HD+ display, with an aspect ratio of 18:9. The resolution of the screen will be 2880 x 1440 pixels. Furthermore, the ‘reliable’ part of the teaser could indicate to a significantly improved battery life.
LG G6 — Release Date
Although there is no concrete information as to when the LG G6 will be released, there is a very high likelihood that LG will do what it does every year. Like previous generation flagships, LG G6 is expected to be unveiled at the Mobile World Congress, 2017.
LG G5 was announced towards February end, and was available to the customers by April. However, LG is expected to hasten the launch of LG G6 to get a competitive advantage over Samsung. This fits perfectly with the timeline of all the rumors. Also, this news report from ETNews also indicates at an early March launch.
LG G6 — Design
According to multiple reports, LG G6 will feature a more conventional design in comparison to its predecessor. LG is bidding farewell to the modular design language and removable battery with its LG G6. LG G6 will rely heavily on a metal unibody or glass-metal combo design.
The ‘sealed’ design does make room for the addition of numerous features like water and dust resistance. LG G6 is also expected to come with a dual camera setup, along with better fingerprint sensor and higher screen to body ratio.
A leakster with an accurate track record released his render of LG G6. He has been surprisingly precise in the past – the only inaccuracies being the final finish or the color scheme. His renders can be seen in the following video.
In terms of overall look, LG G6 looks like a premium phone. The combination of metal and glass will give LG G6 the design edge that previous flagships lacked. This design will also put LG G6 in Galaxy S8’s crosshairs.
LG G6 — Specs
Rumors about what LG G6 will carry under the hood have been thin. However, most of the flagship phones in a particular year tend to have similar specs. On that basis, the following specs are likely to be featured in LG G6:
- 5.7in Quad HD+ Display with a resolution of 2880 x 1440 pixels
- Snapdragon 835 with 6GB RAM
- Android 7.1.1 with LG UI
- Dual camera setup: 16MP main sensor, and an additional zoom or wide angle lens
- 8MP front camera with OIS
- USB Type-C port
We will update the spec sheet as soon as new information surfaces. Make sure to check back again!
The 3.5mm headphone jack will most likely persist in LG G6. This could be a differentiating factor from other top players like Apple, Motorola and Samsung who have already (or are rumored to) bade farewell to the headphone jack.
LG G6 — Safety Testing
Following the Galaxy Note 7 debacle, LG is taking additional steps to ensure that LG G6 is not a dangerous piece of hardware for the consumers. According to LG, the phone is undergoing heavy testing – and at a rate that is far above normal usage.
This is being done to ensure that LG G6 is safe for the consumers irrespective of the usage. It is understandable that no company would want a recall of their device – something that caused huge embarrassment to Samsung.
Furthermore, LG is also rumored to have added a heat pipe in LG G6. This will make the heat dissipation in LG G6 must faster and more effective. Drop tests and damage tests are also being done to make a device that is sufficiently rugged, and at the same time, safe in the hands of consumers.
It is evident that LG G6 is a flagship smartphone to look out for this year. LG did promise to continue developing the modular design language, but LG G6 will clearly not be the device it uses to develop it. A sealed design, combined with sublime improvements and an early launch date could give LG G6 a head start it needs against the Galaxy S8.