LG G6 starting price said to be $50 higher than G5 because of these leaked specs

LG G6 starting price said to be $50 higher than G5 because of these leaked specs

Korean media is awash in LG G6-specific rumors these days, and we are slowly getting confirmation on speculations that have been bandied about regarding LG's next big thing from the venerable "supply chain" insiders. The latest reports reiterate a glass sandwich chassis with a sealed battery compartment, which is a departure from the usual swappable battery design of yesteryear for LG. The reason cited, is that the G6 will be the first LG flagship with IP68 certification, letting it withstand submergence in up to five feet of water for up to half an hour.

The other rumor, for a 5.7" 1440x2880 pixels LCD panel is not a rumor anymore, as LG itself said that this screen with the unorthodox 2:1 Univisium aspect ratio will be the window to the G6's soul. The top and bottom bezels will allegedly be shrunk to take up only 4mm of space at the front in total, adding to the "all-screen" roster that will seemingly be a trend this year. The phone will apparently have a dual camera setup (duh) and a fingerprint scanner (double duh). The 32-bit audio DAC from the V20 is also being planted to the G6 as well, claims the source.


An interesting twist is that LG has decided not to offer all features in all markets, but mix and match where it makes sense. A wireless charging coil, for instance, will be installed in the overseas LG G6 models, but a Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST) chip will be for domestic consumption only, as MST-processed mobile payments haven't really caught on apart from Samsung Pay which is ubiquitous in Korea. In fact, a Samsung Pay Mini app will be released in the Korean Play Store that will allow any Android phone to do these transactions. Korean customers, however, won't be getting the wireless charging models, as there is seemingly sparse usage of the option there.

With this feature mix strategy, LG is reportedly trying to keep the costs down, as the G6, with all these new features and premium design materials, is already with a starting price of W870,000 ~ W890,000, which is about $770, on its home turf. That is more expensive than the launch tag of the G5 there ($720), though arguably the phone is also introducing plenty of new features to the G-line as well. An LG analyst said that a $40-$50 higher price tag compared to the G5 won't be a problem, as the G6 is convincing enough, adding that both Samsung and Apple will be jacking up the price tags of their unorthodox Galaxy S8 and iPhone 8 editions this year as well. This statement might serve as a tangential proof to the rumors that the S8 will command a higher price than the S7 at launch, but we'll have to wait two months to hear what it is. Fortunately, we won't have to wait as much for the G6, as we've already been invited to its unveiling February 26, on the cusp of the MWC expo in Barcelona.

source: ETNews (1),(2) (translated) & CNET Korea (translated)

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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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25 Comments

1. Bankz

Posts: 2491; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

and still no mention of the battery size? the G6 is really shaping up to be a monster tbh

3. shaineql

Posts: 521; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

No its not :D

22. Darkkracker

Posts: 255; Member since: Jun 11, 2016

in yours motherz pantz iz a munster!!!yikes!!!

2. Bankz

Posts: 2491; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

I'm very curious to know why smartphones generally skimp on stereo speakers, let alone front facing ones. it's quite absurd I must say. btw, does this article basically confirm wireless charging, and lg pay? hmm, who knows lg might be prepping an their all in one Iris scanner from the looks of things.

4. phonester

Posts: 30; Member since: Oct 27, 2016

It looks like a Pixel with smaller bezels.

5. sachouba

Posts: 263; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

Still LCD? That's disappointing...

12. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

Bettr stick with lcd ... Their oled is trash :p

17. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Says who? LG TVs ate the best out there. Samsungs are just modest.

21. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

Lol tv's panels and smartphone panels are different Lg tv's are indeed better , but their oled for smartphone are crappy

24. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Their only OLED is Flex and its not so bad either. You're just so hard to please.

19. belosava

Posts: 127; Member since: Apr 14, 2014

Amoled burn in

6. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

LG should wait for sd835. Performance vs power draw is great in sd835.

7. athos07m

Posts: 137; Member since: Apr 22, 2012

If they keep the FM radio, this will be the most feature-rich flagship, even with SD821. And I love how narrow it is with such a huge display. 71mm width was 5,2" display territory just last year. I'm happy to see 70mm wide flagships return as the 76mm+ norm of yesteryear is just a bit too wide for my taste. I can't wait to have the two Samsungs compared with this G6.

8. Xperia14

Posts: 1205; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

+1 for FM radio. I still wish that they would wait for the SD835 though. It's sad that QC and Samsung limit the first batch to Samsung phones only.

9. Sil80

Posts: 6; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

Android Phone manufactures should just resort to making iPhones since nothing really sets an Android phone apart from Apple anymore except Google. Really sad in my opinion, but I guess it's Google who is to blame.

25. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

"...nothing really sets an Android phone apart from Apple anymore except Google." Umm...What? First, they can't make iPhones because Apple is the only one who can make iPhones. They don't license iOS to other phone manufacturers like Google does with Android. Second, the only thing that sets Android apart from Apple is Google? NSS. That's like saying Microsoft should start making Macbooks because nothing really sets a Windows laptop apart from Apple except Microsoft.

10. fancollo

Posts: 130; Member since: Dec 30, 2015

rumors..so... anyway, if the camera etc remains the same, just go an buy a G4...if the G-series is becoming the new Xperia Z/X series, then it's boring..

11. Sprissy

Posts: 193; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

All I have to say is that it better have a bigger battery, like 4000mag if it is sealed....LG isn't known for optimizing their battery in their phones....I have to charge my G4 at least twice a day unless I swap the battery out which is convenient when I am not at home. I really don't care about water resistance so LG why not have 2 phones one with removable battery and one with water resistance.....then we will see which one outsales the other?

13. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

I heard the s8 will come with dual DAC CONVERTER :o

14. raky_b

Posts: 369; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

So, they will make price based on LG's biggest mistake!? Doesn't they have any idea that G5 was already overprised for what it offers, and now they think if they finally do right thing with a device, that it must have even steeper price!? I could understand if it comes with 50$ bigger pruce that g5 currently has, but 770$ for en LG??? They have lost it... They are not premium player any more, they had a thing with G2, and they gave missed opportunity to keep rolling with g3... Now, they are not even close to Samsung and Apple, but still they think they are... Just like Sony and HTC, they will soon be in big problems, they are lucky that they get profits from home devices, so theit mobile division can pley and lose money.. But for how long!? 770$ for a device without sd835? I know i won't be buying that, or even think about it.

15. Syracuse

Posts: 69; Member since: Aug 26, 2015

Snapdragon 821 while asking more initially then the G5. No thank you, I predict another slow year for LG.

16. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

$200 price drop when the big boy (S8) coming... :D

18. tangbunna

Posts: 457; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

Still a phone? That's disappointing...

20. RoryBreaker

Posts: 196; Member since: Oct 11, 2015

Starting to look like my next phone

23. Darkkracker

Posts: 255; Member since: Jun 11, 2016

I will wait three months and then catch it on CL or ebay for half price! lg resale sux bad.

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