Unique features of the LG G6 that set it apart from the current competition
With the G6, LG boldly ditches the current standard screen aspect ratio of 9:16 in favor of a beautiful new 9:18 “FullVision” display, that is both substantially bigger than that of the G5, and yet utilized so efficiently as to keep the new phone about the same size as its predecessor. The 9:18 screen aspect ratio is further employed throughout the phone's brand new UI, coming off as particularly useful, for example, while running two apps side-by-side (or on top of each other) in multi-window mode.
G6's “FullVision” display is truly a game changer, so let's see what else it brings to the table, apart from fulfilling LG's “big screen, small phone” idea, and look at some other unique features of the G6 that really make it stand out from the rest.
Dolby Vision technology brings the best of Hollywood on the small screen
The LG G6 supports both the Dolby Vision and HDR 10 formats, meaning that its display is capable of reproducing up to 64 billion colors (12 bits) when displaying Dolby Vision content, LG claims. This means not only a heck of a lot of colors being displayed at on the screen at the same time, but also more accurate color reproduction, brighter whites, deeper blacks, and other bells and whistles, such as Dynamic Scene Optimization and Color Rendering Performance.
The LG G6 also supports the HDR 10 format (1 billion colors, 10 bits), which is a smart move on part of the Korean tech giant, as currently there is more content in HDR 10 than Dolby Vision available on major streaming services, although the scales are sure to tip the other way in the near future.
Further, the wider 18:9 screen (that's when you are holding the phone in landscape mode) lends itself perfectly to watching movies, as big productions are usually shot in wider aspect ratios.
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Overhauled user interface that is designed around the “FullVision” display
It is improvements to the user experience like these that could facilitate an industry-wide transition to the new aspect ratio, but phone makers will have to put significant effort into showcasing what can be done before app developers begin implementing similar conveniences into their apps. It's a safe bet that this will take some time, but slow beginnings are not necessarily a bad thing if they lead to something positive in the end.
The G6 is the first non-Pixel phone to come with Google Assistant out of the box
Clever camera setup on the back
The LG G6 is a distinctly unique and interesting device at this point, but other major phone makers will release products with a similar approach to design in the very near future. How the G6 will hold up against the fierce competition, especially against the impending juggernaut that will be the Galaxy S8, remains to be seen. But for now, we'd just rather enjoy the G6 for what it is – a well-rounded and peculiar device, a harbinger for things to come.