LG says the G6 is very, very tough. Here's why


A smartphone, and especially a flagship-grade one, is an expensive gadget. One that we carry around with us throughout the day, on a trek, hike, or adventure, when out on a pub crawl, or when hitting the gym. Basically, there are many, many chances for you to drop your handset every single day, and according to every law in Murphy's book, it usually hits the least desirable surfaces — concrete, metal, et cetera. Breaking your phone hurts, especially if it's long before you are eligible for an upgrade.

So, naturally, users would be pleased to invest in handsets that can withstand a drop or ten. That's what drew many to the “indestructibleMoto Z Force, and it's also one of the reasons why the LG G6 might pique consumers' interest.

LG has spent a lot of time trying to toughen up its handset and make sure it would survive the risks of being a daily driver for the active user. First, the company did a number of drop tests to figure out which parts of the device are most likely to take the hit when meeting with the concrete.


As expected, it's usually one of the corners of the handset. As per LG, a phone has a 26% chance to land on its front, 20% to land on its back, just 1% to meet the ground with one of its sides, and 5% to land on its top or bottom. So, there's a 48% probability that, if dropped, a handset will hit one of its corners. By boosting the device's durability in those locations, LG hopes to improve overall endurance and minimize stress caused to the screen's glass, meaning less chance of a slit or crack to occur. According to LG's internal testing, the G6 is 35% less likely to get damaged after two consecutive 1-meter drops, when compared to a competitor's flagship in the same scenario.



Equally important, the new phone also gets ingress protection — rated for IP 68, the LG G6 should be able to survive after being submerged at a depth of 1.5 m for up to 30 minutes. It is also entirely dust-proof. To achieve this, especially on a device with such thin bezels, LG had to develop a new bond with a higher viscosity rating that holds the display panel and metal body tighter together.

Will all these improvements make the G6 a tank? The thin bezels might make it look brittle, but it appears that there's more to the phone than what meets the eye. We are pretty sure that there will be drop tests out in the wild once the phone hits the market, and for anyone that buys the G6 and happens to drop it once or twice — fingers crossed that the promise of durability holds!

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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)

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15 Comments

1. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

Excellent news. Happy to know that finally a new manufacturer is taking this seriously. Tired of the cheap fragile slim phones that started to trend since 2007 and even more in 2010.

2. RajRicardo

Posts: 490; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

Exactly. My S7 edge broke after landing on its side and it is very expensive to get it repaired. Still rocking my loyal Z3. It survived 3-4 serious drops in the 2 years I had it, each time shattering only the tempered glass. This is a worthy replacement to my beloved Z3.

4. androiduser

Posts: 510; Member since: Jun 18, 2014

Had a note 5, dropped it over 200 times till it finally got damaged and stopped working. Really tough phone, didn't even have a case on it which is why i dropped it a lot.. It's so slippery

3. Highside

Posts: 197; Member since: Jan 31, 2017

It makes me shake my head at people who brag about the durability of a phone afer it's GLASS SHATTERS.

6. 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.

7. Guaire

Posts: 885; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

Complete plastic body is the solution. Plastic back, plastic OLED display and plastic touch screen.

17. zenun12

Posts: 205; Member since: Oct 31, 2016

Like the Nokia Lumia series.

8. notfair

Posts: 719; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

@ 6. Highside, dude, can you stop already with the removable batteries? you're pathetic.

10. Highside

Posts: 197; Member since: Jan 31, 2017

PATHETIC = people who can't think for themselves. Like YOU

9. iCloud

Posts: 124; Member since: May 15, 2014

(My opinion for myself) I don't really care about how fragile or strong a phone is. I'd have to say i've dropped a phone only once. To me if I drop a phone and breaks or gets a scratch it's the same thing for me. A scratch will bug me so much that I would get sell and buy something else. Even if I put a case on it, I know the scratch/dent or whatever it is, it is still there. That's just me though.

12. killer7D

Posts: 550; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

Good Job Lg.. I believe I am in..

13. diggie32

Posts: 388; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

Haha they have a machine to simulate American butts. Complete with a pair of Levis.

14. mikehunta727 unregistered

This device is defitnetly more durable then the S7/etc, esepcially since it doesn't have easy to scratch plastic painted on home button and cheap plastic flash lens on the back, also reinforced corners unlike the S7/Note

15. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Hope so. They said V20 is strong but camera lens on back cracked just being in your pocket. Guess we will see.

16. Shubham1221

Posts: 153; Member since: Jul 29, 2015

I wonder if anyone wants to build a tough phone then why used a glass back for it.I think Lg must stick with metal back.The idea of using glass backs is really so impractical and horrible experiance if it breaks.Also almost everyone used protective cover which ultimately kills the beauty of glass back.

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