The LG G6 will officially use the Snapdragon 821 instead of the 835, and it's a brilliant move


LG's G6 flagship smartphone is expected to be officially unveiled later this month on February 26, and all signs are pointing to a very interesting piece of tech. LG is expected to ditch the modular design of 2016's G5 in favor of a more traditional approach with a near bezel-less display. Other expected features include the likes of a dual-camera setup and LG's own mobile payment system, but one aspect of the phone that's been up for a bit of debate is the processor that will be powering it.

Samsung is mass-producing the Snapdragon 835 processor for Qualcomm this time around, and because of this partnership, we've heard reports indicating that Samsung will be hogging the 835 for its upcoming Galaxy S8 handset that's expected to debut a few weeks after the G6. Some parties have been holding out hope the these rumors would turn out to be false and that the G6 would, in fact, get the latest and greatest from Qualcomm, but this has just been confirmed to not be the case. Likely to the dismay of many of our readers, LG's G6 will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor.


This confirmation comes by way of a photo that was taken at CES 2017 of a confidential LG presentation slide (see above), but while the 821 is no slouch, why would LG decide to outfit its main flagship smartphone with a piece of silicon from last year? The answer is actually quite interesting. Based off of Samsung's anticipated sales for the Galaxy S8 during its first few weeks of availability, any OEM that wants to equip its handset with the Snapdragon 835 will have to wait to release it around either late May or early June. So, if LG wanted to hold out and equip the G6 with the 835, they'd have to wait to release its phone weeks after the Galaxy S8 has been out in the wild. Some consumers may have been willing to wait a couple more months for the G6's release if it meant getting the latest and greatest from Qualcomm, but from a business perspective, opting for the 821 was a very smart move on LG's part.


Most consumers aren't overly concerned with what processor is powering their phone, as all they care about is whether or not their device is fast for sending out Tweets and Snaps. The Snapdragon 821 is still a very capable piece of silicon, and by not waiting around for the 835 to be available and out of the clutches of Samsung, LG has secured a nice head start over old Sammy. The LG G6 is expected to be available for purchase as early as March after it's announcement on February 26, and if all of this lines up the way we're anticipating, that means the G6 will have about six weeks or so of market availability ahead of the Galaxy S8 over in South Korea - arguably the biggest and most important area for both companies. 

In addition to the confirmation of the Snapdragon 821, the leaked photo also reveals that the LG G6 will feature a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, dust and water-resistance, a quad DAC, and that its display will be named "Full Vision." The G6 may be launching with a slightly less powerful chipset as compared to the Galaxy S8, but that's not nearly enough to knock the device off of our watchlist. The G6 is still one of the most anticipated phones of 2017, and if releasing its phone a few weeks ahead of Samsung can give the company an edge in sales over the S8, LG may be looking at the head start it needs to beat out one of its fiercest opponents.

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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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152 Comments

1. John-Knotts

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

What the hell did I just read?

10. ThE_fLaSh

Posts: 26; Member since: Dec 10, 2016

Well maybe a 400 dollar flagship then!!!

26. Alter

Posts: 231; Member since: Mar 25, 2016

Yeah when they called it a “brilliant move” in the title I was hoping for a better reason that the simple fact that they can release it sooner. Lower price would be such a reason. Maybe it will end up being a good phone, who knows?

34. sgodsell

Posts: 7419; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Well it it has the new QHD+ display, with waterproofing, updated dual cameras. Newer sensors for Daydream VR, IR blaster, maybe wireless charging this time. Then I don't see this smartphone starting at $400. The OnePlus 3T only has a 1080p display, and no Daydream VR.

74. rubyonrails3

Posts: 375; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

No daydream support. It's an LCD display and it's not OnePlus so $650 or above a d SD835 will start from $750 and will goes up to $1000

90. sgodsell

Posts: 7419; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Show me a link where it proves that this new QHD+ display is IPS LCD display.

92. sgodsell

Posts: 7419; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Also LG's new G6 QHD+ display is low persistent, so can support a high refresh rate, which is needed for Daydream VR.

41. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2427; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

In order for the G6 to come out on top it would have to make up for the lack of the latest processor with some other important area for consumers. That would pretty much leave just the camera and screen as areas where they could upstage Samsung. I just don't see them introducing a camera that is going to blow the socks off the competition. And while LG makes the best OLED TV on the market right now, they haven't translated that over to their mobile phones yet. This is not turning out to be a great year for LG or HTC. Surprisingly it looks like Nokia and Blackberry may be making a strong return.

62. kamejoko

Posts: 252; Member since: Nov 10, 2011

oled on lg tv is woking likes lcd. It's need color filter (only have white oled diot backlight pixel). No true OLED

75. Guaire

Posts: 890; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

It's true OLED with additional white sub-pixel.

122. jimv1983

Posts: 61; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

The difference is that each subpixel has its own OLED backlight pixel. Even an LCD with FALD still has many subpixels being backlit by the same light. That means if you have one pixel that is supposed to be bright near a pixel that is supposed to be black the over that is supposed to be black will seem grayish and a large bright object on the screen surrounded by darkness (like the moon) will have a halo effect. Since LG OLED TVs have a white OLED for each subpixel that allows each subpixel to be turned on and off independently. You get true blacks and none of the other side effects of a whole screen backlight. As an owner of a LG OLED I can say from experience that it's better than any LCD I have ever seen.

89. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

If it's priced affordably, then sells good, why would it be a fail? IRL there is a minute difference between 820 and 835.

152. Furbal unregistered

Hoping for ~549 launch price.

106. Acuratl

Posts: 21; Member since: Oct 25, 2016

400?? You are such a Samsung sheep again this phone its everything needed in this market. Samsung and iphone same crap every year. Doesn't matter what chip the s8 have the phone still going to lag like the s7 s6 s5 note 7 note 5 etc

146. Theonick

Posts: 17; Member since: Aug 24, 2015

What is this "lag" your speak of?

112. jimv1983

Posts: 61; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

That would be a huge cut of LG's profit. No way would LG do that. It's not like LG is saving a huge amount of money by using last year's top end processor. The 821 is around $60. Even if LG could get 50% off because it's old (which is unlikely) that's still only a savings of $30. No way would it be $400.

18. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

G6 is missing new image processing, new DAC, more powerful and power-efficient processor, faster GPU, faster X16 modem (LTE cat.13/16), quick charge 4.0 and other features.. "brilliant move" indeed..

35. combatmedic870

Posts: 986; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

Everyone keeps forgetting Bluetooth 5.0. 4x the distance, 4 times lower power, 4x more bandwidth.

36. yonith

Posts: 228; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

Why I don't care: New Image Processing - my GS7 (SD820) is plenty fast New DAC - dont care I only use Bluetooth CPU/GPU - doubt speed difference will be noticeable. See reason 1. Modem - Makes no difference here in the USA Quick Charge 4 - meh quick charge 3 is already hella fast Hopefully it will be cheap enough to compete with the mighty Samsung.

79. w1000i

Posts: 250; Member since: Jul 22, 2015

The wifi/bluetooth chip 4 times lower in consumption. that is the only real benefit from 835. other things only minor to give it a new name

98. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

If the whole world thought like you, we'd make no advancements. There would be no Moore's Law. Call me crazy but I think waiting a month or two to add a year's worth of processing improvements makes sense.

113. jimv1983

Posts: 61; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

It wouldn't be just a month or two. LG would have to just not release a flagship phone this year.

105. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 968; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

Only enthusiast super fanboys care about the processor, RAM, and LTE modem speed. Every customer I've ever sold a phone to has ignored such specs. They're more interested in battery life, camera, size, design, and sometimes durability. LG choosing to stick with the SD821 won't affect sales.

37. combatmedic870

Posts: 986; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

I just want Bluetooth 5.0

65. VasiliS7

Posts: 202; Member since: Jan 10, 2017

Yes Bluetooth 5. It is very useful if you have a Bluetooth 5 enabled smartwatch.

97. DurTeeDee

Posts: 151; Member since: Sep 05, 2014

Denial the article.

104. ebilcake

Posts: 1231; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

Joe's an idiot....Or maybe we are for reading this crap.

2. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2265; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

smart move LG, sammy all it wants to be top and bad a$$ with top notch specs.. and in return their devices ending up with a huge problem,like..

9. sgodsell

Posts: 7419; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The SD 821 was first introduced with the Pixel smartphones that came out in November 2016. That SoC is still a very fast SoC, especially when you look at Daydream VR which can sustain 60 fps using a QHD display. So busbunny there is no problem with using the SD 821.

17. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Yet people will complain, as usual, lots of idiots here who only care about specs.

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