LG to release a G6 Plus and G6 Pro by the end of June, report claims

The good ol' LG G6 in Platinum and Black

The good ol' LG G6 in Platinum and Black


It's been just a couple of months after the launch of the LG G6, but the company is already looking forward to launching a successor. Well, kind of – a report from Korean-language publication etnews claims LG is planning to release two new 'derivative' devices under the G6 name: G6 Plus and G6 Pro.

But don't expect to see an upgraded G6 with a Snapdragon 835 SoC – the bombastic names of the two handsets are only a façade for what are otherwise pretty mundane changes. The G6 Plus is said to offer 128 GB of internal memory and wireless charging (which the regular G6 lacks), while G6 Pro will actually cut the G6's storage in half to a measly 32 GB. The only other major differences are the prices: the G6 Plus will reportedly cost about 1 million won (~$890), while the G6 Pro will be 790,000 won (~$700). For reference, the regular G6 costs 900,000 won (~800) in Korea.

But this is just part of the company's product line restructuring: the yet-unannounced LG V30 is also said to get a derivative model by the end of the year. Also, the company's upcoming low-end offerings will all be sold under the X line so as not to be confused with the high-end ones.

So the big question here is: why give them separate names when, from what we can see, the only differences are minor ones? Whether this is just a marketing trick, or there may actually be other, unknown reasons for the decision remains to be seen. In any case, the two new variants of the G6 are said to launch by the end of the month. Also, they will not be a Korea-only affair, with the report claiming they'll be released worldwide.

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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

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17 Comments

1. TechGirl90 unregistered

I really don't agree with all these variations that are just toned down versions of the Flagships, it saturates an already oversaturated market. Stick with the G Series and the V Series for the Flagship Category. The Stylo and K Series help fill in that gap y'all need to attract that are looking for Entry-Level and Midrange Devices. Just because you have the money doesn't mean you should recklessly spend it without thinking. And IMO, I feel this is reckless and unnecessary.

2. torr310

Posts: 1609; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Why bother? Focus on making the V30 awesome is more important!

3. bucknassty

Posts: 1263; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

Just confusing people, and adding green to the bottom line

4. hazard1

Posts: 229; Member since: Feb 11, 2017

I am conflicted. My biggest gripe with the G6 was the decision to limit storage to 32 GB. And now they seem to be addressing it. But if they are going to go through all the trouble of releasing an updated phone, why not go all the way? Update the chip. But I agree with the prior comments above. Why bother? LG should have just made 64 GB standard from the get go and left it alone.

5. baldilocks

Posts: 1425; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

I have the unlocked 64GB version. More than enough storage with a 1TB card.

6. Myphoneisonfire

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 05, 2016

Oh my God , so your'e the ONE who bought the LG G6. You are one brave man !!

12. fyah_king unregistered

Make that 2 and 3. :)

11. combatmedic870

Posts: 982; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

Hahaha! And where did you find a 1tb micro sd card? SanDisk just released a 1tb SD card. I dont think their are any 1tb micro SD cards!

7. Cat97

Posts: 1677; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

This article doesn't make sense. There has to be something more.

8. shield

Posts: 784; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

LG No! No big price pls, LG Serie G2 and G4 Best Price/Performance.

9. salami1980

Posts: 77; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

just provide clear Amoled display with big battery and you are good LG

10. jellmoo

Posts: 2526; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Why confuse your customers and create challenges for you carrier partners by creating new SKUs for the same device? LG just likes to make boneheaded moves...

13. NJSteve

Posts: 42; Member since: Aug 25, 2015

the new versions aren't available in the US!

14. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2251; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

the regular G6 (US) has wireless charging...

16. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

US - 32GB storage + wireless charging S.Korea - 64GB storage + Quad-DAC the rest of the planet - 32GB storage

15. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

no wonder they keep falling.. :-/ they should use this chance to release proper 2017's flagship... G6 pro ($700) = SD835, 128GB storage, wireless charge, and quad-DAC.. and a sub-flagship G6 lite ($500) = SD660, 64GB storage, and quad-DAC

17. Ibiza

Posts: 14; Member since: Jun 01, 2017

I was considering upgrading from my iPhone 6+ to any of these newer devices. I held the Lg G6 and then the S8. Maaannnnn the S8 feels so so good in hand compared to the G6. Anyway.....Finally I ended up buying a 7 Plus . LOL. The S8 is one good looking phone but the fingerprint scanner location stopped me from buying it.

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