LG G6 teardown reveals all its secrets


The LG G6 is two things: the first of an upcoming wave of 'full-screen' phones and a complete reset for LG after the wanky modular G5. While you probably already know most things you need to know about the LG G6, there are a few things under its hood that remain a secret. In order to learn about them, we need a teardown, and JerryRigEverything is the first person to pry open the G6 for the public in a very detailed and informative teardown video.

After releasing a few devices with a easily removable batteries, LG has gone with style over this particular functionality: what we mean is that the LG G6 is sealed, so that users cannot easily open it up to swap batteries. Its sleek glass back cover is held to the body of the phone with a solid layer of glue, and you need to heat up the phone with a heat gun and use a prying tool to pop it open. It's not a terribly complicated task, but not something that most users would want to try.

Once you do that, you get to look inside the LG G6: you can see a clever new pipe system that cools down the processor more effectively, which is a great thing for productivity. The LG G6 is also a water-resistant phone. These days, this is what you expect of a high-end phone and you can see how LG has carefully sealed the device, and even the loudspeaker chamber is completely isolated from other parts of the phone, so it's impossible for water to enter it.

Great news is that LG has gone the extra mile to ensure that the battery in the G6 is extra safe: it's a completely flat cell (the exploding S7 and S7 Edge battery was slightly curved at the ends, which was one of the reasons for the problems with it), and even when you do the extremely stupid thing of puncturing it, you don't see any flames, but instead just a bit of smoke comes out. Put simply, the battery looks safer than on most other phones.

Interestingly, the teardown also let's you see how the main camera of the G6 wobbles around. This is due to the optical image stabilization (OIS), which allows it to float in its compartment, and makes for more stable imagery. The wider-angle camera does not have OIS, but keep in mind that a wider lens is intrinsically more stable, so this might not be that much of an issue.

Meanwhile, LG has still not announced the official price and release date information for its brand new LG G6. What we do know is that the phone will be available on all four major U.S. carriers, and across all major markets worldwide, but when? We can only hope it will not be too long. After all, that Galaxy S8 is already lurking in the shadows.


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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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20 Comments

1. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Everyone who claims curved phones are harder to hold are full of crap. If you don't like curved displays, then just don't like. But giving lame duck excuses is just lame.

3. jellmoo

Posts: 2562; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

I think that the amount of curve is important to note. The curve on the S7 edge does lead to a lot of accidental touches for me. I switch between it and an Axon 7, and the difference is pretty noticeable.

18. sachouba

Posts: 266; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

I almost never have accidental touches on my S7 Edge, its palm rejection works great. I have the Exynos version of it.

5. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

They are not as convenient. almost bezel less phone are almost as worst. on my G5 i had a otterbox.. Removed it to put a spigen transparent case ( still military grade but much smaller ) Now i find my phone harder to hold and i droped it 3 time just this week-end ( thanks god the case do a good job and i got tempered glass screen protector ) But its still way easier to drop. curved screen also had a challenge for case maker to make a good protective case thats wont end up been too bulky. You are lame for not taking into account we all have different needs.

6. Z.....

Posts: 355; Member since: Feb 01, 2017

I have nothing against curved display, my hate is the curved designs. Just an example, the Xiaomi Mi5 and S6E has less curves and smooth edges. This G6 and S8 I find them super ugly. Also the inner screen display that normally has edge-to-edge screen has been cutter off. A big no noooo.

17. mixedfish

Posts: 1551; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Nope, your just in huge denial.

19. fsmanchies

Posts: 7; Member since: Feb 27, 2017

me too. i dislike curved screen

2. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Loved the Apple pun though. Like Galaxy S5/7/Note 7, the G6 has a headphone jack, wireless charging capabilities, and expandable memory and they still managed to make a better overall design vs Apple. Even with a sealed home button, no headphone jack, and never having had expandable storage, the iPhone still only managed to get a IP67 rating which is what the S5 had a;most 4 years ago, while the S7 has a IP68 rating. That .5 meter could make a different between the life of death of your phone, if you purposely/accidentally drop it in a pool, lake or ocean. Apple you really need to step[ up your game. LG seems ot have did a decent job. Ugly PCB though compared to teardowns of other phone like the Galaxy or iPhone. They look far more cleaner and organized inside. Who will be the first OEM to just use a dual glass design and no film or paint inside to hide the parts? I remember when translucent electronics were a thing in the late 80's & early 90's.

4. Z.....

Posts: 355; Member since: Feb 01, 2017

My major criticism of Apple isn’t that it charges a lot for its products — rather, it’s that in addition to charging a lot for its products, it also finds ways to shamelessly nickel-and-dime customers by charging extra money for things that it should include as part of the product. I was reminded of this earlier this week when I read the rumor about Apple potentially ditching the headphone jack for the iPhone 7 and considered the prospect of paying extra for an adapter just so my headphones would still be usable with my phone. Apple is a hipster brand, not a electronic technology company.

11. AlikMalix unregistered

I thought I was reading an article about LG, not iPhone. Your passion for iPhones really showing techie. Careful, people gonna start calling you an isheep... But since you're so interested in iPhones - quick search on the net will prove you that iPhone 7 that you mentioned survived in deeper water than Samsung. And so far every galaxy waterproof phone had reports of failing it's IP rating especially the "active" brand.

13. Z.....

Posts: 355; Member since: Feb 01, 2017

Lmfao lmao I$heep. God I hate that word. Drives me nuts when people calls me that....

15. AlikMalix unregistered

I've been called that even by close relatives (in-laws) since my first iPhone 3GS.

7. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

2015 1/3" sensor is a dealbreaker for me.

9. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

But you gotta give credit, that 2015 sensor still kicks 2016 sensors ass or even 2017.

10. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

We'll see. They also got rid of their laser AF and color sensor..

12. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Yup, I'm as well pissed to see that the Color Spectrum sensor has been gotten rid of from the G6.. It's a big letdown indeed.

8. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Man thats phone look pretty easy to repair ( once you can open back cover ) As he said its like lego lol . LG G6 not modular? not from the outside but inside its very modular!

14. Sondae

Posts: 291; Member since: Jan 02, 2013

I am still amazed that lg is making it easy to repair. Then the battery didn't burn up and just smoke.

16. Shubham1221

Posts: 153; Member since: Jul 29, 2015

Inclusion of heat pipe and one of the safest batteries is really nice things to have.

20. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

"comparing it to apple, is like comparing a swiss army knife and a nail clipper" lol, nice one..

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