LG G6 has a shiny glass back, but does it scratch easily?

The LG G6 is in many ways a reset for LG: it's not modular, it does not feature a leather back, it's... well, more mainstream. It is trendy: it has a sturdy metal frame and a glass back, and while it might not be of the same design pedigree as the curved-screen Samsung phones or some others, it still looks good.

But with a glass back you inevitable start to wonder: won't this also scratch easily? After all, many people prefer using their phones without a case and nobody wants a scratched up phone in a month or two.

So let's take a knife and try to scratch up our brand new phone to test... said no one ever. Well, one person did: an adventurous tester that will settle the case once and for all, so that you don't need to damage your device just to feed your curiosity.

The answer is: no, it does not scratch easily. It won't scratch even when you try harder with a sharp knife. Keep in mind that we're talking about the back glass here: it's said to be Gorilla Glass 5 protected, while the camera is said to be covered in Gorilla Glass 4, while the front - allegedly to make it as thin as possible - is Gorilla Glass 3 protected. So there you have it, the LG G6 will not scratch easily. Now, if only we could know when will LG start selling it and what will be the price...

source: Gadgety

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1. maherk

Posts: 7029; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Is it confirmed that the front panel is GG3? I hope not, because that would be another stupid move by LG

2. zenun12

Posts: 205; Member since: Oct 31, 2016

The difference between GG3 and GG4 is that GG4 has an antimicrobial coating which makes it a bit thicker and a bit more susceptible to scratches. GG5 was developed to withstand higher drops but retains the same scratch resistance. So no big deal there. (unless you're totally concerned with your health)

5. maherk

Posts: 7029; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

It's a big deal considering all other OEMs will offer their flagships with more scratch resistant glass. I know the difference between GG3, 4, and 5, so you can save the lecture to someone else.

33. mrmessma

Posts: 271; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

I don't think he was rebuking you so much as just putting information out that most people don't know.

35. mikehunta727 unregistered

I am actually quite certain anti microbial gorilla glass and GG3 are different things https://www.corning.com/gorillaglass/worldwide/en/glass-types/antimicrobial-gorilla-glass.html There not the same

34. zachki17

Posts: 294; Member since: Sep 14, 2014

They are the same we are stupid me you iphonearena everybody is stupid this is just marketing s**t GG3 resist qcratch more then gg4 and 5 . gg5 made for drops gg4 is the best for camera lg did a good move its big company and s821 is good move to .. S835 is new generation its not. Tested maybe hav same isues like s810 no one knows

38. wipeout

Posts: 7; Member since: May 28, 2014

Thumps Up:)

6. mikehunta727 unregistered

http://files.shareholder.com/downloads/glw/0x0x806846/6c134d47-d450-4962-91f3-4519056c401d/Exhibit-Slides-Corning-Gorilla-Glass.pdf GG4 Has 2x improved drop performance vs GG3 "Up to 2x improved drop performance on rough surfaces" Also tad bit more scratch resistant, and is also slightly thinner sheet of glass so displays can give off higher brightness/etc with no improvements to actual display itself because the glass is higher quality and thinner, more light shines through Also: >2x improvement in damage resistance at the same thickness - >25% reduction in thickness for the same retained strength - Gorilla Glass 4 at 0.55mm has the same retained strength as Gorilla Glass 3 at 0.8mm (>40% reduction in thickness) Basically LG went with GG3 on the front because of $$$

8. maherk

Posts: 7029; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

It'll be fun to see his comeback after your reply :D

13. Z.....

Posts: 355; Member since: Feb 01, 2017

It was really fun when Kumar123 slammed you several off times....Troll.

16. maherk

Posts: 7029; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Fun for you, but it was heartbreaking to me, I was ready to kill myself the last time it happened

37. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

-said no one ever.

30. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

I'm sure that it was mentioned somewhere that LG chose GG3 because of it being 'a thinner glass'. Anyways, the G6 is a big disappoitment for me... No Quad DAC, no SD835 and worst of all that 2015 1/3" sensor :(

32. mikehunta727 unregistered

GG4 can be just as thin but provide 40% better drop protection vs GG3

19. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Mike you discredit yourself.. you say its 2 time more resiliant to drop and thinner sheet of glass but then give the real spec and its clearly say at same thickness its give 2 time the drop protection lol. Also GG3 can be ordered in much thinner format than GG4 and GG5. my LG G5 front glass is very very thin more than almost all others phone i ever used ( you can see it when you press a bit hard ) thats a two edged sword.. pro is its make the screen much more sensible. con is its more fragile. So i use a tempered glass screen protector thats its.

21. mikehunta727 unregistered

I havent discredited my self at all. You clearly didn't read what I wrote then(which was copied from the PDF I linked actually) I said that it is both 2X more durable from drops and thinner. It can be up to 40% thinner then a GG3 sheet of glass and retain same peformanxe in being dropped. GG4 It is thinner and stronger per mm of glaas vs GG3. Manufacturers can do whatever in terms of deciding if they want it to be stronger drop protection and still be thinner or go full drop protection that is 40% better then GG3 at same mm of glass and make the glass a little thicker GG4 is superior to GG3. It can be both thinner and nearly 2X double drop performance durability vs GG3. And most phones if you press on the screen you will cause some effect. G5 is using better GG4 on the front vs worse GG3 on the front of the G6 I also use Tempered glass protectors too. I actually love them on flat screen devices, gives me a ton of comfort knowing that it does offer a level of drop protection, and it absolutely helps with preventing scratchez on the actual display

24. mikehunta727 unregistered

And of course they can order thinner GG3, itll just be even weaker though vs drops. GG4 is superior in every way, can be both thinner (which makes displays brighter naturally and more vivid) and more drop impact resistant then GG3...so what is your point marorun? You try so hard to always "discredit" me but you never do

12. hungpakto

Posts: 48; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

the back cover just like the Silver GalaxyNote2

39. Highside

Posts: 197; Member since: Jan 31, 2017


3. Gustavoar

Posts: 22; Member since: Jan 13, 2016

Knifes aren't the proper way to test scratch resistance. Everybody knows that the glass from gorila glass is harder than steel, so it won't scratch. They should have tested with other things, like sand.

4. kiko007

Posts: 7521; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"Everybody knows that the glass from gorila glass is harder than steel, so it won't scratch." That is almost certainly inaccurate......

7. maherk

Posts: 7029; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I get his point, he just didn't represent it in the best way possible. He is saying that knifes aren't the best way to show how scratch resistant the glass is, since knifes couldn't even scratch GG3 glass. A more proper testing would've been conducted using picks like jerryrigeverything does.

10. kiko007

Posts: 7521; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Thanks.... I got confused by the way he framed it.

9. mikehunta727 unregistered

Lol sand would scratch it no question very much. You'd pretty much need a sapphire display to not get scratches by sand

11. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Micro scratches drive me insane.....debris in my pocket sand/dirt is my biggest problem and just the environment I work in......I had an otterbox and hated the size and the dirt and dust that would constantly get under the so called sceeen protector....... the slight curve on the regular S7 has made it impossible to find a glass protector.....the hd dry from Zagg is ok but its not glass....but it does protect the screen

23. mikehunta727 unregistered

Ya I know, the phones with curved edges on the flat screen make it harder to put a TGSP on and have it cover almost everything. Debris and grit is absolutely in our pockets and everywhere we go that can easily scratch displays on a phone no matter how good you take care of it. Periodic cleaning of your phone case and phone will help fight this although won't 100% prevent it. Many people get scratches in their phones by their actual cases they put on, many people don't even bother to clean their case and phone for months then wonder why their phone has permanent scratches and marks on it

15. hungpakto

Posts: 48; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

but will easily cracked by floor


Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Sand is typically quartz, and has a hardness of 7-7.5, so technically a topaz screen could withstand that. And for the record, many people think that sandpaper is sand, but it is actually made up of crushed aluminum oxide AKA sapphire.

26. mikehunta727 unregistered

True. And that's interesting..i personally never thought it was actual sand on sand paper lol

14. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

This doesn't prove anything. GG3, GG4 and GG5 are all hard enough to resist a knife. PA trying its hardest to really make the G6 seem like a big deal. A knife won't scratch my Note 7 either, but shoving it in a pocket with sand particles will scratch it and any other phone.

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