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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152 Comments

80. dimas

Posts: 3322; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

I don't mind sd821 since it's fast already. Just solve the boot loop update issues after few months of use and give g6 a massive tank battery for it's huge QHD display. Goddamnit lg, those are the only things that hold me back from buying your flagship phones since g4. Your marketing people should stop with gimmicks, go back to the basics then innovate when you already give them what they need.

82. Xperia14

Posts: 1206; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

LG (and others) got f*cked by anti-competitive Qualcomm and Samsung. I really hope that the SD835 overheats so badly that it will make the S8 explode.

88. fonephreak

Posts: 24; Member since: Feb 11, 2017

wait what??? I get it its an advertorial.. it screams advertorial.. but thats got to be one of the most illogical and weirdest argument anyone can give

93. Dejan92

Posts: 141; Member since: Feb 06, 2014

Why doesn't LG build two models like Samsung does. Smaller and bigger device with same design and specs. They would have a lot more sales..

101. fyah_king unregistered

They do and it's called the G5 and V20. This year it will be the G6 and possibly V30.

102. Dejan92

Posts: 141; Member since: Feb 06, 2014

I said the same device different size, V20 had nothing with G5. V20 is like Samsung's Note series. But S class exists in 2 sizes.

95. Bondurant

Posts: 780; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

99% of real world consumers don't bother to notice if its SD835 or 831.

100. hazard1

Posts: 231; Member since: Feb 11, 2017

This is not a "brilliant move." But I think LG had two moves, obviously: 1) wait and release it after the GS8/8+. That hasn't worked (although they screwed things up with other bad decisions); 2) release it earlier with the older chip. Of course the older chip puts them at a bit of a disadvantage. The 835 is an improvement over the 821 in all areas, including improvements in energy efficiency. But I am guessing LG weighed the pros and cons and figured most consumers, unlike most users here, will not know the difference between the 821 and 835. Additionally, LG will not win the PR battle, even if the G6 is as good as or better than the S8/S8+. Option 2 was simply the lesser of two evils. They can hope to gain some traction before the Samsung tidal wave. I am just looking forward to both releases. I will likely buy one of them. It seems a lifetime ago when the script was reversed: the G2 was the better specced and better phone than the GS4. I loved that phone.

115. jimv1983

Posts: 60; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

The difference between the 821 and 835 won't be very noticeable anyways. And compared to how much power that 2880x1440 screen will be sucking up the energy efficiency improvement is pretty much irrelevant. The biggest energy efficiency improvement will likely be during idle which is already excellent.

153. hazard1

Posts: 231; Member since: Feb 11, 2017

And that's why I look forward to the G6. I wont rule it out because of the processor.

109. Tondern

Posts: 164; Member since: Feb 23, 2015

Expecting it not to be available in mainland Europe anytime soon, if ever. It also feels somewhat like a snapdragon 808 vs 810 decision they made back in 2015 for the LG G4 and V10, a decision which came back and bit them in their behinds.

110. Gsmalltheway

Posts: 275; Member since: Aug 15, 2009

The snapdragon 821 is still a beast and in my pixel handles anything i throw at it. I dont mind it does not have the 835

151. HomerS

Posts: 419; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

111. Gibscreen

Posts: 32; Member since: Jun 03, 2014

Oh I get it. It's brilliant because you say so. Got it.

114. jimv1983

Posts: 60; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

I don't get it. I see all these people making a big deal about LG using the 821 instead of the 835 when the difference won't even be noticeable in normal use. Only a benchmark app would show a difference. Plus the fact that the average consumer doesn't even know what processor their phone has. As the article said, "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." All this fuss and no mention of the thing that really matters, how big is the BATTERY? That spec will have more impact on actual usage than any other spec.

136. Instigator

Posts: 39; Member since: Feb 11, 2017

You don't get it because you don't want to get it. You're trying to convince yourself, along with others, that it doesn't matter, but it does. You're either shilling or you're a fanboy. You have no proof that consumers don't care about specs. Most young people do care about specs, and they do read reviews and look at specs before buying. It's generally older people who don't know about specs and walk into a shop and believe a sales assistant. Some people who buy iPhones probably care less about specs and more about the brand, especially as a lot of young girls and effeminate boys buy the. But with Android most go by specs. Everyone I know is savvy about the tech in phones. Even my brother just bought a phone the other day and he researched about it, and he usually doesn't care about tech. The other nonsense you keep posting is about power consumption. Yes, the screen is a big draw on power, but the processor does make a difference. Check the battery consumption of the S7 with SD820 and the S7 with the Exynos 8890, it's a considerable difference. The fact is that LG want to get to market before Samsung, and they put that before waiting. They won't cut the price, it will be the same price it would have been with the 835. They are putting a strategy and business decision ahead of customers. LG are becoming the new Apple with all the money they are handing out to the tech media for favourable articles.

140. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

You are being very myopic and seeing things through your own eyes. I remember being at a party where my phone was brought up because well it's a lumia 950xl. No one knew what it was naturally. And everyone there basically said they usually buy phones because the brand is known for high quality and because of the design and apps. A. lot of them bought iphone because they can imessage with friends and things like that. None of them had a clue what was inside and they didn't care. Advertising and consumer perception is all that matters. You think because you are young and a techie and you have friends who share the same passions (gee go figure) that everyone does too. The majority of people don't. This is why phones only became popular when the tech stuff became transparent and they became an easy to use device regardless of your knowledge. This is why Apple made it big and everyone followed.

130. Lenny86

Posts: 301; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

At least will not cost a fortune. Very look forward to get the compact version.

133. WiZARD7

Posts: 7; Member since: Sep 12, 2016

I wouldn't buy a "flagship" phone, with last years tech... Certainly not for flagship price. But would be happy to wait 1-2 month for a flagship.

134. Babert

Posts: 165; Member since: May 08, 2013

I like the LG and it's effort to grab as much of the market share as possible. but either it has to come with a very, very wallet friendly price tag or else I'm not gonna shell out a premium device money for an underdog!

135. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

"piece of silicon from last year"... come on guys, it's just 4 months old!

138. TechGirl90 unregistered

That's not good enough though, I MUST have the latest and greatest SOC! /s Goes to show how little research is done in the Mobile Space, the Snapdragon 821 was announced by Qualcomm on July of 2016, the first device with the SD821 being commercially available was the ASUS Zenfone 3 Deluxe ( zs570kl ) that came out August 2016.

142. cc2400

Posts: 74; Member since: Aug 21, 2014

the 821 is just a slightly clocked 820. when did the 820 come out?

137. Lememurilo

Posts: 50; Member since: Oct 13, 2014

If it was about Samsung: "The Samsung Galaxy S8 will officially use the Snapdragon 821 instead of the 835, and it's a SHAME"

139. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

if samsung builds enough hype, people will wait.

141. cc2400

Posts: 74; Member since: Aug 21, 2014

the 821 is just a tiny-bit higher clocked 820. Hope LG releases a G6 Plus later in the year.

144. BootloaderLG

Posts: 7; Member since: Nov 14, 2016

LG hasn't produced a quality flagship smartphone in eons... No matter what this new phone has in specs it might also continue the bootloop legacy that began with the G3 and and has been an destructive bug in every leading LG phone since. Not every manufacturered flagship LG phone dies but enough of them do (which LG has not properly addressed the issue). No more LG products for me.

145. Theonick

Posts: 17; Member since: Aug 24, 2015

The title in contrast to the articles content, made me cringe.

147. irossdrummer

Posts: 366; Member since: Jan 17, 2015

So from what I read, it is only a brilliant move because they will release it before the S8 and there's no other good reason...? They really made a short statement into an entire article... Usually I don't ridicule dumb articles but this is such a dumb clickbait article

149. Nebice

Posts: 68; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

hmm i wonder if it isnt better to get a G5 (which im thinking about) not G5 SE since they seem to remove the LG-Keyfeature aka replaceable battery. I still have a 2 year old Letv (Leeco) One Pro with a Snapdragon 810 and i never had performance problems... what i did have were storage problems (since i cant use a SD card) and a weak battery (1 charge barely lasts a day on low-medicore use). But if waterproof and qhd+ is important then i guess its fine for some...
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