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

Although the possibility of the LG G6 featuring a Snapdragon 835 processor was already quite slim, it's now officially confirmed that it'll be powered by the slightly less powerful Snapdragon 821...
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49. leon.adrian

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 24, 2015

"LG may be looking at the head start it needs to beat out one of its fiercest opponents." LG G6 might be a good phone, but market share and sales figures don't suggest that LG is competing directly to samsung.

50. checkmymike

Posts: 218; Member since: Dec 28, 2011

Lols @ brilliant.

52. johnh3

Posts: 142; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

If they can keep the price down compared to the new Samsung Galaxy S8 then it might be a good move to use the older processor. Many rumours says the S8 will be priced around $900, it are very expensive even for those people who want the latest and greatest.

54. Zylam

Posts: 1813; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

I fully agree. In the real world, this thing could launch with an 820 and it wouldn't make a difference. Most people just use their phones for typical phone stuff like social media, taking photos, messaging, reading ebooks, the internet, music, games etc. The 821 is no slouch, it's more than capable of handling every single one of those tasks. Plus most people get their phones on contract and just get whatever's "new", they couldn't care less about when the next great phone is launching or what processor upgrade it brings. If their contract is up, they go to their carrier and sign up again, and LG phones are usually cheaper than Galaxies and iPhones, which makes them attractive to alot of people. If the G6 is the only new phone on the block, it will sell just because of that, not because it has "xxx" processor. Only the phone arena comments section cares about the following: - Death to Apple - QHD/4K - 835 - Bezels - Death to Apple - Samsung is the greatest - Android updates - Stock Android - Death to Apple - Benchmarks - Removable battery/storage - Samsung is the greatest - iOS limitations - Launch dates - Exact battery mAH - Build materials - OEM Skins - Android versions - And all the other pointless spec based p!$$ing competitions here. Out in the real world, none of this stuff matters.

58. Quicksword_Phantom

Posts: 180; Member since: Jun 15, 2015

The even sadder part is how much time you've spent researching and reading comments on here and actually giving a s**t about them then coming up with retarded ifanboy conclusions about said comments.

84. Zylam

Posts: 1813; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

I didn't have to research anything, I've been into phones for over a decade, and have been coming to phone arena since the days of the Nseries. Phones and tech are a hobby for me. A lot what of I said applies to me too, I care about specs and stock Android and updates just as much as the next guy here. But the difference between me and the sad fanbois here is I defend the tech and don't have some personal vested interest in specific platforms or Oems. I use all the OS's (even windows phone) and I call out good and the bad on everything. But the real reason why I attack the comments section here is because I just haven't figured out what sin phone area committed in its past to be cursed with the cancer "Samsung fanboy's" who think they are savours of humanity because they have some how resisted the indoctrination of Apple and that everyone that uses Apple products is a brainless zombie. Samsung phones have flaws and advantages just as much as any of the other OEM's, but the fanboy's are the venom of this place and I can rip their comments to shreds Also my comment was more than valid for the article at hand, just because I'm really into tech and care about specs, doesn't mean I'm naive and think that "tech" people represent the majority of the phone buyers. More than 80% of the people buying phones these days couldn't care less about the specs or any of the points I listed above, so all that "freaking out" saying LG G6 is dead in the water because of the 821 is over blown by everyone here. Its alrite everyone here can believe the G6 is DOA because of 821, we'll all find out in a few months and see exactly how much the 835 matters to the mass market.

60. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

people isn't that gullible, most of them search for review and comparing it with other product first before buying new phone (not just limited to phone, but actually all kind of products, especially that cost more than $500).. I know there are some blind fanboy who's willing to lined up for hours in front of store, to get a new phone, even if he isn't sure the difference between his new and old phone

86. Zylam

Posts: 1813; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

The reviews are not going to throw the G6 to the sharks because of the 821. You're right, people will look up reviews and such for the G6 and what they'll find is that the camera, screen, social media apps, Youtube, ebooks reader, music, games and play store are all unaffected by the difference between a 821 and 835. Most games dont even max out the 821, you think a 835 is going to give you 30 extra frames per second in Asphalt vs a 821? The difference will be barely noticeable, if there even is one. The G6 will launch with the newest snapdragon, it will get superseded by the S8 a month later and so what? What you think that the day the S8 launchs, all the developers on the play store are suddenly going to update all their apps to use the added horsepower of the 835? The only real difference is the GPU and like I said the 821 hasn't been Maxed yet, so the newer 835 still has months to go before it becomes relevant. What the reviewers will find is that the camera, sound quality, screen and all the regular stuff people use their phones for on the G6 is perfectly fine.

72. raky_b

Posts: 370; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

On top of all you have wrote, give me one reason not to spend 100$ more for S8 or even 300$ less, and buy One+3, S7 or even G5 instead of G6 with same hardware?

85. Zylam

Posts: 1813; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

I couldn't care less about what phone you want to buy. Buy whatever you want. I'm not saying the G6 is the best phone on the market. If spending more for a S8 makes sense to you, go get one. I was just pointing out to everyone, who all seem to think that just because of the 821, the G6 is DOA. That's not going to be the case, because like I said above, the major of buyers won't even know what a 821 or 835 is.

94. raky_b

Posts: 370; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

well, my question was retorical. you shouldn't care less what would i or someone else buy (i see you are not one of blindfolded fans that every brand has), but LG's marketing team should....and same qustion goes to them, how would the convince me or other potential buyer to buy their product and not just a little more expencive S8 that has newer hardware or why would i give that much money for a device that is almost the same as last years S7, HTC 10 or G5 that will cost some 300$ less!? off course it is not DOA, but if prices as rumors are saying, it will be sold even worse than G5, and that is big slap in a LG's mobile devision face.

117. jimv1983

Posts: 60; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

A reason to buy the LG G6 over the Galaxy S8. I can do it with one word.... TouchWiz.

124. ebilcake

Posts: 1221; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

Yes, because Samsung is the only other phone that's going to be released in 2017 with SD835......... The average user doesn't give a s**t about touchwiz vs stock android,. many of them don't even know what stock android looks like.

131. jimv1983

Posts: 60; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

I disagree on some of those points. Bezels. Small bezels have a real life application of improving one handed use and comfortable pocketability. You don't have to be a tech enthusiast like the commenters on Phone Arena to appreciate slim bezels. Build material. Build material can have an impact on how a device feels and how durable it is. It influences a lot of people's decision. Launch date. This matters to not iPhone users than Android. Think of how many people wait in line or preorder as soon as they can. Launch date means a lot to them and most of them probably aren't on sites like this. QHD. Oddly this does seem to matter but I don't understand why. The rest of the stuff I agree with. I wish exact mAh was something that the average consumer looked at. Then maybe companies would focus on including bigger batteries instead of making thinner and thinner phones.

59. Mrmark

Posts: 378; Member since: Jan 26, 2013

The first respected phone to come out with SD 821 was the OP3T and that was Nov 22 . I don't get why people are saying last year's chipset like it's been a year to date with the SD 821 . And only two respected phones have this chipset inside Google Pixel and OP3T

61. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

SD821 is just slightly overclocked SD820.. and SD821's successor is coming really soon, with tons of new features

64. arming

Posts: 65; Member since: Jul 23, 2016

only price will tell if it's a smart move

66. VasiliS7

Posts: 196; Member since: Jan 10, 2017

Don't you care much about the processor. The only problem will be the energy efficient. In terms of specs SD821 and 835 will have almost the same specs. If LG give to market a more cheaper flagship device with a bigger battery at start, it has a chance to have better sales.

67. athos07m

Posts: 137; Member since: Apr 22, 2012

I don't get all the hate just because of the SD821. Until now the SD835 benchmark results were only marginally better than the SD821 results, even Qualcomm only promised 25% more GPU power, and they promise NO INCREASE IN CPU POWER! All their original press release is about VR, some reduction in power draw, better GPS accuracy, this kind of stuff. The Adreno 530 is already 30-50% faster than the MALI G71-MP8 in Kirin 960... In this light, the G6 with SD821, water proofing, MST mobile payment, full frontal display, very nice design, maybe even FM radio, wireless charger - sounds like a great deal.

70. mixedfish

Posts: 1547; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

It's not about being more powerful, the SD835 will be more power efficient for the same task that SD821 will do. That leads to better battery life and less heat created. The fact that the LG G6 is more or less confirmed to have a larger screen with more pixels to drive, means the SD821 will be more stressed. But overall I could not care less about the specs, I think phones are fast enough and it is time to consider design instead.

118. jimv1983

Posts: 60; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

What you don't realize is that the power efficiency of the processor doesn't have a very big impact on battery life. I haven't heard anything about the size of the battery in the G6 but given the trend from LG and the size of the phone it seems like 3,000-3,200mAh is reasonably likely. With a 2880x1440 screen and that small of a battery the battery life is going to be crap no matter what processor is used. To get defect battery life from a phone with the G6's screen will need a 3,600mAh battery... MINIMUM. Preferably 4,000mAh and, again, the same would be true even with the Snapdragon 835.

68. cc2400

Posts: 74; Member since: Aug 21, 2014

"the 821 is no slouch" (the 835 is going to curb stomp the s**t out of it) If I am going to pay 6-700 for something I expect the latest and greatest, not last years hardware

87. Zylam

Posts: 1813; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Then buy the S8 and stay away from the G6. Congratulations.

119. jimv1983

Posts: 60; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

Curb stop the sh*t out of it? Maybe if all you do is run benchmark apps.

73. Guaire

Posts: 870; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

If I couldn't get Snapdragon 835 timely I would go for Helio X30.

76. whattabetch

Posts: 22; Member since: Jan 27, 2016

Not really sure why there is an entire article dedicated to this subject. If Samsung is hoarding all the 835's, and we obviously expect LG to want a chance at selling their phone, common sense would tell one that they'd be usIng the next best chip. It doesn't matter anyway. Only phone geeks freak out over having the latest chip. Like Android is gonna suddenly start performing better with a new chip. It's like this every year. "New OS update! New chip! Better performance! Better battery life!" No Average Joe has any idea about what chip is in his phone. And I guarantee you he can't tell the difference between 820 and 835.

120. jimv1983

Posts: 60; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

Sadly they never seem to deliver on the better battery life promise.

77. Amir123a

Posts: 125; Member since: Aug 27, 2016

Dear LG, get this to your head: No oled=No buy. Fix this first then i'll consider your flags.

78. A_A_A

Posts: 221; Member since: Jan 23, 2017

Fake news. There is no any brilliant move. The only brilliant move for consumers to accept generation old cpu is good price. Priced below 500 usd this phone could count on some relative success. But personally myself need compact version with 4.6-4.7 inch screen.

116. jimv1983

Posts: 60; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

So you think LG would take a large cut in profit just because it couldn't get the 835? I think all phones should be $500 at most but phone makers are corporations are out to make a profit. They will suck as much money as possible out of the consumer. No way would LG give up close to $200 in profit when most people don't even know what processor is in their phone. LG, like all other corporations, is greedy. It isn't stupid.
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