LG G6 specs review


With the announcement of the G6, LG seems to be sending out a very clear statement: the modular smartphone is dead. After the indisputable market failure known as the G5, the Korean giant seems to have completely pulled out of the race to make the idea of a smartphone with interchangeable parts a reality, and is again pursuing the dream of the conventional flagship. From what we've seen so far, that dream has mostly come true: the newly-announced G6 is certainly a capable device, but also one that doesn't completely shy away from trying out new ideas. That mix of the expected and unexpected elevates it above being just another paint-by-numbers smartphone, but still keeps it suitable for the everyday consumer, instead of catering exclusively to enthusiasts.

To prove that, we've decided to do a specs review of the LG G6, which will hopefully give you an idea of what the device will be like in real life. So let's dive right in:

Design



When it comes to looks, LG has certainly gone the conventional route this time: the G6's metal frame sandwiched between the all-glass front and back panels is certainly a flashy exterior, but is nothing we haven't seen before. On the back of the device one can find the dual-camera setup with an LED flash, along with the fingerprint sensor placed slightly below them. LG has once again foregone its tradition of putting the volume buttons on the back of the device, and they are positioned on the phone's left side instead. The power button, too, hasn't moved, and can be found embedded into the fingerprint scanner. Also worth noting is the fact that the camera setup is completely flush with the back panel, which is completely flat as a result.

The front of the device is almost exclusively dominated by its screen, with minimal screen bezels and no physical buttons present. Above it sit the front camera, sensors, and earpiece, while the space below is empty, save for the LG logo. The bottom edge houses a USB Type-C port and a speaker grille, while the top plays host to a 3.5 mm headphone jack. The G6 comes in one of three different color variations: Mystic White, Astro Black, and Ice Platinum, with the latter featuring a sleek faux brushed metal design. The phone measures 148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9 mm, dimensions almost identical to that of last year's Samsung Galaxy S7

Perhaps the biggest problem of the G6's design is its glass back panel, which can be a dealbreaker for some. Glass is notorious for being both a scratch and fingerprint magnet, which can quickly kill the device's sleek looks. Also, while LG has put considerable effort into minimizing screen cracking, it doesn't appear to have given as much attention to the back panel, which could easily turn out to be prone to breaking, despite being made out of Gorilla Glass 5. While real-life usage is yet to validate such concerns, they're still well worth mentioning.

Display



The newest trend when it comes to flagships is apparently cramming in taller displays, and the G6 is at its forefront. The 18:9 (or 2:1 if you will) IPS LCD panel measures at 5.7", and features a QuadHD+ (2880 x 1440) resolution. The first thing one notices when looking at it, however, isn't its size or resolution, but rather its curved corners, a feature LG advertises as significantly helping against cracked screens. The front panel also features Gorilla Glass 4, which should further help prevent this problem. While LG promises its UI will take good advantage of the unusual aspect ratio, it remains to be seen how good third-party support will be.

The display supports the Dolby Vision HDR technology, which lets it display up to 64 billion colors, provided you have access to a video in a compatible format. With the G6, LG has opted not to go the curved edge route like its main competitor, the Galaxy S8, claiming such phones are uncomfortable to hold and prone to cracking. Bezels are thankfully very thin, though the effect is slightly diminished by the unusual screen edge design.

Hardware

Top-of-the-line specs, but for a 2016 flagship

In a somewhat controversial move, LG has chosen to equip its newest flagship with Qualcomm's older Snapdragon 821, rather than the upcoming 835, in a bid to gain some market advantage over its main competitor, the Galaxy S8, by means of simply launching earlier. While some argue this was, in fact, a brilliant move, it remains to be seen whether it will have the desired effect. As a result, the device comes equipped with a quad-core processor and 4 GB of RAM, which should be more than enough for most people, but may displease some of the power users out there.

The battery has a 3300 mAh capacity, which should be enough to last a day or so, but is unfortunately non-removable. In a direct jab at Samsung and the Note 7 fiasco, LG also flaunts the extensive testing of the device's battery, claiming it's much more reliable. As part of the Snapdragon 821 chipset comes compatibility with Qualcomm's Quick Charge 3.0 standard, with promises of a 50 percent charge in just 32 minutes. The US version of the device will be the only one with support for wireless charging, courtesy of Qualcomm's WiPower standard, while the previously rumored Quad DAC will be included in only select few markets, which exclude the States and Europe. A cool feature LG borrowed from the Google Pixel is the gesture-enabled fingerprint scanner, which lets users navigate more easily with one hand. The phone is also IP68 certified, meaning it's both dust and water resistant, which is good news for people prone to spilling.

A big problem for some could be the inclusion of only 32 GB of internal storage (64 GB in some Asian countries). While the phone does include an SD card slot, external storage is still a tad slower than built-in one. This problem has been somewhat rectified by the option to format an SD card as internal memory, which was introduced in Android Marshmallow, but it's still a clunky and imperfect solution. While not many people need that much storage, it could still prove problematic for those who do, so keep that in mind.

Camera

An impressive solution looking for a problem

Another recent trend we've noticed in high-end phones has been the inclusion of dual-camera setups. The G6 isn't LG's first venture into the technology, however: the G5, too had two rear cameras, though the difference here, however, is that rather than use different sensors, the company has chosen to equip the G6 with two identical, 13 MP ones instead, resulting in a wide, 125-degree angle similar to the human field of view. The feature is, thankfully, optional, as some people might not like the somewhat distorted-looking results. The front shooter, too, features a wide-angle lens, measured at 100 degrees, but the sensor is an otherwise unimpressive 5 MP. The rear camera also supports the HDR10 format, letting users take photos with a much larger dynamic range.


The bundled camera app takes advantage of the device's 2:1 screen, offering a number of special shooting modes, called Snap shot, Match shot, Grid shot, and Guide shot. All of them use square photos, but with different results: Snap shot displays the last photo next to the one being taken right now; Match shot stitches two photos, one on top of the other; Grid shot makes a 2x2 square collage; and Guide shot overlaps a portion of an image over the camera preview.

Expectations


The G6 reveals a lot about LG's strategy regarding its smartphone business – while its predecessor aimed at radically changing the industry, the company's half-hearted approach to the idea of modularity and the lack of consumer approach ultimately doomed it. The G6, however, strives for subtlety instead – it features no groundbreaking features, but instead presents a familiar-looking phone with a few extra bells and whistles. This, combined with the device's early launch window, show the company is willing to tackle its competitors head-on, rather than try to subvert expectations with unnecessary gimmicks. Whether this tactic will be successful is up to a number of factors, so we'll just have to wait and see.

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G6
  • 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)

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40 Comments

1. Nopers unregistered

"Ordinary"? I'm sorry I didn't realise rounded corners on displays and 90% screen to body ratio came standard mower days.

22. hasggha

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 26, 2017

The G6 has a 78.6% screen to body ratio actually.

39. Highside

Posts: 197; Member since: Jan 31, 2017

COMPLETE ALUMINUM build with a REMOVABLE BATTERY is the solution. NO REMOVABLE BATTERY = FAIL GLASS BUILD = FAIL LG just committed suicide. F THEM. The G4/G5 were great, then LG copied craApple. The S5 was awesome, then Samsuck copied craApple. Now, every phone is a insult to everyone who can think for themselves.

23. keithtae

Posts: 564; Member since: Mar 25, 2015

90%? Im sorry, the G6's screen-body ratio is not even close to 80%

24. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

78% actually! still one of the best.

2. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 926; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

No SD 835, no 4000 removable battery, no 6Gb of Ram, no 4k display, no 128Gb of storage. What the hell were LG thinking?

5. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

stfu.

10. amasog

Posts: 552; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

Where do you need the 835 and 4k display and 6gb ram? Lols!

15. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 926; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

Sorry its 2017 here. 8k Display and 8GB of Ram?

25. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I f**king agree, even the S8 only has one of those things on his list, the G6 would have it to, if Sammy wasn't stealing them all.

7. androiduser

Posts: 510; Member since: Jun 18, 2014

Good choice on not having 4k since you seriously won't be able to tell a difference between it and a QHD display, no need for 6gb of ram and it will drain the battery quicker, no need for a 4000 mah removable battery. The only thing that is disappointing is no SD 835 so im with you on that

30. KParks23

Posts: 722; Member since: Oct 13, 2010

Stop feeding us this BS reason that the reason they went with the 821 was to beat them to market! It's not like they released 3 months earlier there what a couple weeks??? A Snapdragon 821 means a instant no buy from me I want 2017 flagship specs not 2016.

35. Jishnusur

Posts: 173; Member since: Oct 07, 2013

Bro i hope you were sarcastic :P

40. Highside

Posts: 197; Member since: Jan 31, 2017

Everyone who can think for themselves agrees with Blueblaster.

3. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

I like the phone a lot. It ticks most boxes I want in a phone. However, the specs are super-underwhelming. SD821 + 4GB RAM + 32 GB ROM isn't even the best by even 2016 levels, let alone 2017. And I heard surprisingly little about the screen calibration and the camera. I watched the whole keynote, and all they talked about was the screen aspect ratio and the UI features. They are certainly nice to have, but not must have by a long shot. On top of it, their UI is still ugly IMO. I'm not hating on the phone. It is a really well rounded device but let's be real here. No one is going to pay 700$+ for these internals in 2017. You need to nail the basics like performance, battery life, camera quality, screen and design. They nailed the design, but that's about it. You can get better in other departments from even 2016 phones. Maybe it's just me, but I want OLED screen which is color calibrated, the top of the line processor(or at least the most efficient one), chart topping battery life, 64GB UFS 2.1 storage and at least 6GB of RAM(okay, 6GB is useless) in a phone to pay 700$

13. maherk

Posts: 6770; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Add to that the fact that wireless charging, 64GB storage, and the HIFI DAC are market dependant is beyond stupid imo.

20. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

This is the same crap LG used to pull earlier like theme store will be region dependent. Then again, I didn't expect much from this phone anyway. They clearly rushed this phone to get ahead of the S8, and it shows.

16. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 926; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

I agree with what you said but then would you have waited and launched after the Galaxy S8? That would be risky too.

19. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

They could have still fit in a bigger battery, 6GB RAM, 64 GB storage and other goodies which we should expect from a 2017 phone, much more a flagship. 3300 mAh for a 5.7" QHD+ screen is a bit too small. Add to that the fact that 821 isn't great for battery life.

26. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

LG does a good job optimizing battery life for SD chip, I'd bet money the battery life will surprise you, in a good way of course lol.

27. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

The G5 had mediocre battery life on the same platform. Yes, the battery capacity has been bumped by around 17%, but the screen also increased by about the same amount in area. There is no way SD821 can even come close to the efficiency of chipsets like kirin 960 or exynos 8890, let alone the monsters that are yet to arrive. Even if we extrapolate the battery life of G5 linearly assuming that the bigger display consumes the same amount of power, the figures are not good. Anyway, let's wait and see. The reviews are coming soon.

38. PryvateiDz

Posts: 443; Member since: Jul 31, 2011

I think this thing deleted my whole comment, lol.

36. PryvateiDz

Posts: 443; Member since: Jul 31, 2011

@Tyrion_Lannister

4. luigi0824

Posts: 49; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I'm pretty sure the price of this phone will go down much faster because of the snapdragon 821

6. gmaximus

Posts: 29; Member since: Feb 05, 2017

> 148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9 mm, dimensions almost identical to that of last year's Samsung Galaxy S7. Well, no. Galaxy S7 is more comfortable at 69.6mm of width. >two identical, 13 MP ones instead, resulting in a wide, 125-degree angle similar to the human field of view. The feature is, thankfully, optional, as some people might not like the somewhat distorted-looking results. What do you smoke, guys?

21. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

The dimensions are the same as S7 edge. I guess PA did a typo.

8. Jason2k13

Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

The thing that made LG flagship phones special was removable battery, I dont know what excuses the fanboys would make now unless it wasn't important in the first place but just bragging rights.

9. surethom

Posts: 1662; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Hopefully you can change the home grids, so can have 5 icons wide not the 4 shown.

11. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

asymmetrical bezels kill the design a lot.

12. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

"which lets it display up to 64 billion colors" my eyes aren't ready :-/ but I guess mantis shrimp will love this display :D

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