Photo of the LG G6 in the wild shows its glossy back

Photo of the LG G6 in the wild shows its glossy back
If MWC 2017 gives out a "most leaked smartphone" award, it has to go to the LG G6. Specs, renders, prototypes – we have it all. We are at the point where someone gets to casually whip out the unreleased smartphone while cruising in their ride and take a photo of it, just because they can. Next thing we know, people will be catching the LG G6 running amok in their neighborhoods and stopping to take pictures. It's out of control!

While it can't be confirmed that this is the smartphone's final form, it looks a lot glossier and inviting than the prototype we saw earlier. We are pretty sure that's a glass-covered back panel, a design aspect that's been long-rumored but is only yet breaking cover. The dual camera and fingerprint scanner are known from past leaks, though.

LG is dropping the removable battery and modular design of the LG G5, both clever ideas that stemmed from actual customer feedback, but weren't the kind to whisk attention away from the latest Galaxy or iPhone. The small layers of complexity they added probably put off the public that's been conditioned to expect seamless operation. And LG didn't present compelling accessories to showcase the concept's possibilities.

It's now going for a sealed metal and glass-build, a formula that's still relevant but well worn-out by Samsung and Sony. We can tell that LG is offering customers things it knows they will like, but it has given up the ambition to differentiate, which made the LG G6's predecessors quite memorable.

It's hard to fault LG for that, because creating memorable smartphones comes secondary to making ones that sell. But if all the handset has to offer is somewhat conventional design and performance parity with most phones in its price range, it's simply going to get lost in the crowd. Hopefully, our pessimistic outlook will turn out to be uncalled for.



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36 Comments

1. Dejan92

Posts: 141; Member since: Feb 06, 2014

dbrand will fix that back..

20. peace247 unregistered

Damn height of the phone looks perfect. 18:9 here i come. (Pun intended)

33. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Looks like they'll be relying solely on phase detect/dual pixel for focusing. Good, just make sure the pixels are big enough and it'll work well enough in the dark.

2. bossman

Posts: 264; Member since: Jan 27, 2016

It looks nice, but it's also looking like a jet black iPhone 7.

7. sissy246

Posts: 7065; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Oh my God, it looks nothing like a f**king iphone 7.

23. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

just the glossy part... but it's not like apple invent black color anyway

29. iampun33t

Posts: 134; Member since: Apr 17, 2013

Just wait till these phones come out with a Shiny, Glossy Black Finish and Apple will be suing them left, right and center.. Claiming that they "patent" the shiny black-ish paint finish or something, and that others are infringing on their "innovation"..!!!

30. amasog

Posts: 552; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

Too old comment. Nothing new? Hihihi!

32. HomerS

Posts: 419; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

The black S6 and S7 were glossy way before that.

28. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 926; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

It does. It even has the finger print sensor on the back just like the iphone 7.

10. sissy246

Posts: 7065; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Not that you care but I do. I need to just say sorry I went off. I take care of my 82 year old mom and soon to be 88 year old dad. It's been a bad day here. Then my husband comes home with some upsetting news to that my son and wife to be has decided to move away, It's only about 4 hours away but still sucks. Anyway didn't mean to go off.

11. bossman

Posts: 264; Member since: Jan 27, 2016

I have no words.

19. Papa_Ji

Posts: 829; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

'Jet Black iPhone 7' It is just a copy of 'SAMSUNG GALAXY S7 EDGE INJUSTICE EDITION' which was released back on 27 MAY, 2016....

24. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

or Galaxy S3 black color.. yeah it's plastic, but still glossy... :D

22. JC557

Posts: 1918; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

But maybe LG will use a different process or paint to make it scratch resistant... At least I would hope so, though the Jet Black iPhone 7 doesn't look too bad when it inevitably ends up with micro scratches.

3. Lenny86

Posts: 301; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

Does not match the renders, which has metal frame. I hate glassy back on a phone, not for me.

8. aegislash

Posts: 1475; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

You can't even see the sides of it in this photo? The metal frame might sit flush with the body and not protrude, hence why it isn't visible.

4. salami1980

Posts: 80; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

it does looks like a black cat

5. Emmanuelz

Posts: 222; Member since: Aug 01, 2013

That 821 tho

35. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

thats 821 is faster than my 820 in my G5 and its super fast and smooth and never lag. play all game even most demanding at 60 fps second. So its fine.

6. gnppw

Posts: 95; Member since: Jan 28, 2014

it. is. ugly with the price hike, it should come with sd835

9. aegislash

Posts: 1475; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Okay...this is sexy. I haven't said that about an LG device since the G2, but god damn this looks so nice. I can't wait to see the front side; the 90% screen to body ratio is going to look marvelous. If the S8 doesn't excite me enough, this very well might end up being my next phone.

17. sissy246

Posts: 7065; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Yeah it looks like it may be nice, But hard to tell forsure.

12. jesus_sheep

Posts: 279; Member since: Apr 18, 2015

Only an iPhone can catch a person's imagination. LG can try but as they say "If it's not an iPhone it's not an iPhone."

14. John-Knotts

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

And what's so imaginative about an iPhone, which looks the same every year?

25. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

that's why you should use your imagination...

16. sissy246

Posts: 7065; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Pretty sure your wrong.

18. Alpha1

Posts: 100; Member since: Jul 06, 2016

If it's not a loser, it's an iPhone loser.

13. monoke

Posts: 1156; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Quite interesting how all major oems are now going with glass back while Sony is just going metal with xz. Was the exact opposite for the longest time.

15. Lenny86

Posts: 301; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

Yeah like tne new HTCs.

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