As has been rumoured for a long time now, LG has officially unveiled their next flagship smartphone, the LG G6.
They unveiled it during a press event that they hosted at MWC 2017, featuring a sleek nearly bezel-free design (aside from the top and bottom sections) that allows it to fit a much larger display but in a smaller form factor. That display is LG’s main selling point for the smartphone, featuring a design that they are calling FullVision.
That FullVision display is sized at 5.7-inches that fits into a body that is just 5.2-inches, with an 18:9 aspect ratio for a better response when viewing video content on the smartphone, without the need for cropping and a view of exactly what the director wanted them to see.
On top of that, the LG G6 also comes with support for HDR 10 and Dolby Vision, two technologies that have previously been restricted to the television and that are sure to change the experience of viewing content on the phone, with enhanced detail and clarity right on your phone’s display, and Netflix and Amazon will be supporting streaming in Dolby Vision to mobile devices, beginning with the G6, so if you watch a lot of Netflix or Amazon Video then the LG G6 should definitely interest you. That said, you should probably wait for the other smartphone announcements to make your decision.
The overall design of the G6 is also pretty sleek, with a metal frame around the sides, with glass on both the front and back, all of which is waterproof/ dustproof to IP68 with a design to fit comfortably in a single hand, or as LG’s says it will. It also features curved edges, with an overall design that they hope will be more reliable.
To fit the software into this new one-handed design, LG has redesigned their UX design to create a new UI that fits right into the new ratio with a focus on a cleaner and more colourful design, from what we have seen it has a similar feel to what you get from stock Android, but with some obvious changes and a focus on using the phone with one hand.
We can see a dual-camera setup at the back with a fingerprint sensor just behind that, which some people may or may not agree is a better placement, personally, I prefer a fingerprint sensor on the home button.
That rear-facing sensor is 13-megapixel and features a wide-angle lens up to 120 degrees. On the front, there’s also an up to 100-degree wide angle lens for super wide selfies, all of which is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821 chipset.
The rear-facing camera can also shoot 4K video and it features smooth optical zoom, Qualcomm says it’s the first smartphone to do this.
It also features a 3,300mAh battery, with new heat pipes inside that are used to disperse heat away from the phone, with inbuilt Google Assistant compatibility that can be accessed by long-pressing the home button or by saying “Ok Google”.
Those who purchase the LG G6 will also get $200 worth of gaming content to try out the new phone, with games that are compatible with that 18:9 aspect ratio via the new LG G6 collection, which will also be available separately on the Google Play Store.
It will be available in three colours, Ice Platinum, white, and black.
LG hasn’t announced the pricing of the G6 yet, or a specific launch date, however, we will let you knwo when/if we hear more.