LG have been trying to gain ground on its better performing competitors in recent years. The G4 was widely praised but never a huge success like competing products. The G5 pushed the boat out with wacky features including a modular design but was met with quite a lot of criticism and very little 3rd party module development.
The G6 has now been announced and this seems to be a return to normality with an attempt at creating just a good phone with features the accommodate most people’s needs.
They have gone for a large form factor with a 5.7-inch IPS screen and 2,880 x 1,440 resolution. The panel is covered by a flat sheet of Gorilla Glass 3 which sits flush with the metallic frame — a design choice made to protect the display from scratches and drops. They have kept the bezel small, meaning it isn’t huge for a 5.7-inch screen.
It runs Android 7.0 (pre-loaded with Google Assistant) and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chipset (MSM8996AC), 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM, 32GB of UFS 2.0 storage, microSD expansion, dual microphones, USB 3.1, NFC and LTE downlink of up to 600 Mbps.
LG have also made the G6 dust and water proof with an IP68 rating. LG have tested the phone extensively including salt water tests, so you shouldn’t see any repeats of Sony’s waterproofing incidents. Unfortunately, this does mean that the battery is not removable but it does use a 3,300 mAh lithium polymer cell and has Quick Charge 3.0 so you shouldn’t have too many issues.
G6's dual-camera module is powered by Sony's 13-megapixel IMX258, with the f/1.8 main camera featuring optical stabilisation plus a 71-degree field of view, and the f/2.4 wide camera looking at 125 degrees. On the other side, the 5-megapixel selfie camera has a f/2.2 aperture and 100-degree field of view.
Following Samsung’s embarrassment in the past 12 months, LG has decided to extensively test the batteries durability and design the phone to make sure there will be no concerns over it setting on fire. This could be quite a selling feature for some buyers.
There is no word on pricing or availability just yet.
Overall, the phone looks great, and as always, I hope LG do well with it. They seem to make good phones but never really get a break in the market. Hopefully, I can score a review sample at some point.