LG G6 goes official: stylish and durable 5.7-inch full-screen design in a surprisingly small body

The LG G6 is now finally official and it feels like a reset for LG, away from the previous experimental designs the company was known for. Gone are modular phones and leather backs: instead, the LG G6 is a stylish and durable phone with a trendy glass body and a metal frame. It's also the first of an upcoming wave of futuristic-looking 'full-screen' phones with tiny bezels, and it features the highest level of water and dust protection.

There is a ton of new features about the LG G6, but a lot of them center around the new 5.7-inch display that is now taller and narrower, with a new 2:1 aspect ratio. LG has somehow managed to cram this display into a phone that is actually smaller than the 5.3-inch LG G5, and the new screen has opened up new possibilities for interaction. In fact, there are so many changes in the LG G6 interface that the company has even introduced a new name for this new software look. It runs on top of Android 7.1 Nougat and allows you to do more: see bigger previews of your photos in the camera app, see more appointments in the calendar, better manage your email, see a more informative and richer weather forecast, and so on.

But before we dive in the details of the LG G6, let's first look at its specs and how they compare to its immediate predecessor, the LG G5.

PlatformLG UX 6.0
Android 7.1 Nougat
LG UX 5.0
Android 6.0 > to 7 Nougat
Dimensions148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9 mm
163 g
149.4 x 73.9 x 7.3 mm
159 g
Display5.7" IPS LCD, 18:9 aspect ratio
1440 x 2880p (Quad HD+)
~78% screen-to-body
Dolby Vision / HDR 10 support
5.3" IPS LCD, 16:9 aspect ratio
1440 x 2560p (Quad HD)
~70% screen-to-body
Processor, RAMQualcomm Snapdragon 821
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
Camera13MP + 13MP dual rear cam
(71° and 125°)
5MP front camera (100°)
16MP + 8MP dual rear cam
(78° and 135°)
5MP front camera (100°)
Storage32 GB + microSD32 GB + microSD
Battery3,300 mAh (non-removable)
Quick Charge 3.0, Wireless charging
2,800 mAh (removable)
Quick Charge 2.0
Special featuresIP 68 water protectionModular design

Full-screen design and water protection

A lot of the excitement around the LG G6 is about the new display. The 5.7" IPS LCD Quad HD screen is tall and narrow, with a new aspect ratio of 2:1. Most videos will not fit perfectly with their 16:9 ratio, but this extra screen space also opens up other possibilities and LG has designed its new interface around it. Gone is that wasted space for the bezel: the display itself takes up nearly 80% of the screen front, a massive improvement over current phones that take up around 70% of the front or less. The screen is not curved for a reason, as LG believes that curved screen are more tiresome to handle and prone to shattering easier. In fact, the flat screen and less rounded edges provide additional structural strength to the G6 and ensure the screen is less likely to crack if you drop the phone.

The new LG G6 display also supports two wider color standards: Dolby Vision and HDR 10. The terms actually come from the TV world and while we've had HDR display phones, the LG G6 is the first with support for Dolby Vision which brings out more colors, better contrast and dynamic scene optimization in video. You can find a few Netflix and Amazon Video productions supporting this new standard, and more content will be coming in the near future.

The LG G6 is also a looker: the shiny glass back looks beautiful, and the cameras are now flush with the body, so that the phone does not wobble when you lay it flat. The G6 is also IP68 certified, meaning it's water and dust resistant to the highest standard, so you can take it with you at that pool party in the summer, use it while it rains and take it to the shower to get some tunes to sing along to.

Improved cameras

The LG G6 features two cameras on its back (now flush with the back), but instead of a telephoto lens like on the iPhone, the secondary one is a wide-angle one that gives you a field of view similar to that of a GoPro. This opens up a ton of possibilities: stunning panoramic images with a single shot, photographing in tiny spaces and creative videos with a fish-eye-like look. In fact, the wider lens sees a bit more than the human eye: it has a 125-degree viewing angle, while the human eye sees about 120 degrees.

LG has optimized the cameras with the G6 and both rear shooters are now 13 megapixels in resolution, so the image quality does not suffer as was the case when shooting with the lower-res secondary camera on earlier LG models. The field of view on the wide-angle camera is also a bit narrower, so you don't get as much distortion towards the edges of your images.

There is a new camera app that goes along with the bigger G6 display, and it makes clever use of it: you can use it to align images and create collages straight from the app, and you can see large thumbnails of your most recent images right in the camera app when you shoot.

The fly in the ointment: Snapdragon 821, not 835

The Snapdragon 835 might be the latest and most powerful system chip available, but it is in very restricted supply and rather than fight an uphill last-minute battle to get it, LG has decided to optimize the slightly older Snapdragon 821. This is the same chip used on phones like the Google Pixel, which is the most fluid running Android phone that we have ever seen, so we have high hopes for the LG G6 as well. LG has also changed the place of the chip towards the center of the phone and fine tuned the cooling pipes, so that the phone does not get too hot when you push it to its limits.

Will a 3,300 mAh battery be enough?

The G6 features a 3,300 mAh battery that is not removable. It supports the latest Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 standard as well, meaning that it takes just around an hour and a half to get fully recharged, and you can get a zero-to-50% charge in just half an hour. We still have plenty of questions about battery life: would a battery of this size be sufficient to support this large of a screen for a full day? We're looking forward to the answers.

Quad DACs for crisper audio and 64GB storage... just not in the U.S.

The LG G6 has some special features, but... you are not getting them in the United States. In some markets like Asia, LG equips the G6 with Quad DACs (digital-to-analog converters), a move that makes crisper, higher-quality sound possible, but the U.S. model is not getting that feature. Yet still, other markets will get a 64GB model of the LG G6 as the default, but the U.S. model is shipping with 32GB of on-board storage. Luckily, you do get a microSD card slot, so you can plug in your card and easily get more storage in case you need it.

LG G6 expectations, price and release date

The LG G6 is the first of a new wave of 'full-screen' phones. Being first is not a guarantee for success, but in this case, the LG G6 not only is the first, it looks genuinely thoroughly considered and meticulously crafted. It has an unquestionably beautiful, stylish design (it's a bit thick, though), it is surpsiringly small and easy to use in one hand for a phone with such a large display, and it looks plenty powerful and with cameras that hold a ton of promise.

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  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2880 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, Quad-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3300 mAh(20.5h talk time)



1. haruken

Posts: 308; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

Doesn't look like it's going to be able to compete with the Galaxy S8 and Oled iPhone.

10. Jishnusur

Posts: 175; Member since: Oct 07, 2013

Yes true. Atleast they won't blast. Lol

16. strawhat67 unregistered

Galaxy S8 and iPhone 8 are gonna destroy this phone...RIP LG

23. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

You forgot... "In my opinion". There... I fixed it for you. Everyone isn't an Apple or Samsung fanboy. You should get used to that.

37. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

I dont want bad quality product. S7 overheat like crazy compare to LG G5. its throttle as well my G5 dont. Picture are more realistic and less artificial on LG phone as well. As for speed well my G5 never lag or slowdown or stutter. Play all games at 60 fps. ( my friend S7 edge lag like a bitch after 15-30 min of gaming and my phone dont ) So go for the spec sheet i will go for quality.

11. manojmcn

Posts: 634; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

True. They just do not have anything to highlight other than the bigger display. Funny thing is, G6 comes with an inferior GPU & SOC than S8 and other flagships to follow.

27. liberalsnowflake

Posts: 273; Member since: Feb 24, 2017

Samsung s8 will definitely blast your a$$

43. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

More like explode on your @ss.

35. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 970; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

We don't yet know the full scope of what the iPhone 7S/8/X is going to bring (don't even know its name yet), which may either rock the smartphone world or just be another iPhone 7. S8 on the other hand has room to grow from the S7 Edge, including less-drastic curved glass, better battery life, strong stereo speakers, and a stronger back glass. If phablets are supposed to be eating away at the tablet market, they could at least come with stereo speakers by default.

12. raky_b

Posts: 420; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

how do you mean that? compete in what? not in sales numbers, but it seam it will be even better in some other things...first of which is price.

14. haruken

Posts: 308; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

LCD screen while everyone else is going oled. 2016 processor, no comment. 80% ratio vs over 90% for the S8. This phone feels like an extensive midranger.

19. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

So what? Full Vision is just fine. Since it been already stated that Samsung is hogging all of the current batch of 835's, ad nauseum, your comment is irrelevant here. Your trolling here is what seems extensively like a midranger.

31. LegionNate

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 26, 2017


32. LegionNate

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 26, 2017

Because, technically, it is a mid ranger. It's significantly cheaper than the S8's expected MSRP. By around $150-$200. I'm willing to bet that that 90% screen ratio is based on the fact that it's a curved screen. I'd rather have an 80% phone with a flat screen than a 90% phone with a curved screen. More susceptible to damage, harder to hold, more expensive to produce, not to mention the glare problems. I mean, the S8 looks nice on paper, but I'd rather have a cheaper phone that better fits my preferences.

38. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

S8 have same size screen but you loose around 15% usable space because of the crappy curves its also make the phone look way to tall. the final nail in the coffin is its also make the phone more prone to breaking up when drop and harder to protect with case and screen protector. Bad move samsung.

36. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 970; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

Do you consider the Pixel XL to be a midranger just because it has a processor from 2016? CPU performance isn't an issue these days, it's battery life. Still.

46. BTICronox

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 06, 2017

Rather have a reliable LCD screen without typical AMOLED problems like possible permanent burn in, guaranteed yellow color shift and loss of brightness etc. 2017 Processor not available, blame Samsung or buy a device in September if you don't want Samsung (which I have a good dozens of reasons for). Rather have a reliable screen with 80% ratio than an unreliable one that shatters if you already look at it (Galaxy S7 Edge >_> and the S8 will have "Edge" on both models, which is bulls**t).

2. josephnero

Posts: 788; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

front cam only 5 mp? 8 MP should be the norm for FF in flagships.

7. amasog

Posts: 552; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

So what?

9. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

Better low-light images > more megapixels

39. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Agreed also 5 to 8 mp is like comparing 16 to 13...

4. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

It would looks comical if this phone compared side by side with Sony or HTC LOL

6. Hyperreal

Posts: 361; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

For your information LG G5 has worse screen to body ratio then HTC 10 which also has fingerprint sensor on the front and capacitive buttons not onscreen like G5. Go check the dimensions yourself if you still dont believe. LG G6 great screen to body ratio is mainly achieved by new 2:1 screen and i actually like this trend and wish HTC creates a phone with a screen like this before they are dead or leave smartfonie market.

8. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

Yeah I don't care about G5. But this phone look awesome just from the bezel-less design.

40. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Love my G5 amazing phone. only two thing thats make the G6 a dangerous choice for me is : 1- waterproofing because beside Sony no one was able to make a waterproof phone thats dont overheat or throttle even iphone 7 throttle.. 2- smaller camera sensor ( remain to be seen if its will badly affect it )

5. salami1980

Posts: 80; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Glass & Metal, I knew that, so I decided to get an LG G5, a cool smartphone with replaceable battery. I think the LG G5 & the LG V20 will be last flagships with replaceable battery. LG G5 was really something special, maybe one day LG will get back with another iconic modeler smartphone.

20. davthom123

Posts: 121; Member since: Mar 02, 2015

maybe lg will keep some of those stuff for the v30,at least with their v line nobody is putting as part of the main reason to get it

21. davthom123

Posts: 121; Member since: Mar 02, 2015

expecting design as part of

22. TaK_Tran

Posts: 4; Member since: Aug 25, 2016

LG G6 is for proving LG could make smartphones that have nice looking and trendy features (Non-removable battery, waterproofing, sleek design (at least for Iphone and Samsung Galaxy Edge lovers)). And snap 821 is a nice move to keep the price lower and of course G6 is not going to compete with S8 for sure. But I think V30 is a more expected phone for who love LG for a long time (like me)

13. Dejan92

Posts: 141; Member since: Feb 06, 2014

If you look closely on YT hands-on videos, corners aren't rounded but look to be cut at 45°. Hope Samsung pulls rounded corners how it should be done.

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