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LG G6 vs LG G5

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LG G6 vs LG G5

Introduction


Note: This comparison was made using a pre-production LG G6 running close-to-final software. While not much is expected to change for the final version of the phone, we've still decided not to display any benchmark results or charts. We'll update the comparison as necessary once we receive the finalized software release.


If I had a dime for every time I saw someone using an LG G5 in public, I doubt I’d have enough cash to get me a bottle of soju. The phone didn’t sell as well as its maker hoped, and even though technically it wasn’t a poorly made device, its modular design didn’t strike a chord with the average consumer. That’s probably why the new and much-refined LG G6 skips on modules entirely, instead focusing on bringing practical improvements that the majority can benefit from – a move in the right direction, I’d say. So, why even bother with this comparison then? Well, because there’s a few very good reasons why a G5 is still worth considering.

Design


LG G6 vs LG G5
LG G6 vs LG G5
LG G6 vs LG G5
LG G6 vs LG G5

But design probably isn’t one of these reasons. Placed next to the LG G6, the LG G5 does indeed look like a last-generation product, seeing how the newer model makes much better use of the real estate up its front. Although the G6’s screen is 0.4 inches larger in diagonal, both handsets have pretty much the same footprint.

While looks are a subjective matter, I’m going to go ahead and say that the G6 is the more appealing handset. True, there’s already more than enough phones combining a glass back with a metal frame, but the look achieved by LG for its new flagship feels modern and stylish, especially with how the camera hump has been practically eliminated.

LG G6 vs LG G5

With its silvery surface and contrasting black front, the LG G5 reminds me of Eva from Wall-e, which can’t be a bad thing. Its metal construction means that there’s less glass surfaces that can scratch or crack, while the removable battery is a feature a small fraction of users still demand. But I’ll take the G6’s waterproofing and bigger battery over the ability to swap cells any day.

As for the LG G5’s modular design, that’s hardly a selling point right now. Out of the two (yes, two) modules LG released for the phone – a Hi-Fi audio DAC+amp combo and a camera grip with extra battery – only the latter made it to the US, and it’s not like you can’t take awesome photos without its help.

LG G6
5.86 x 2.83 x 0.31 inches
148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9 mm
5.75 oz (163 g)

LG G6

LG G5
5.88 x 2.91 x 0.29 inches
149.4 x 73.9 x 7.3 mm
5.61 oz (159 g)

LG G5


To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.


Display


LG G6 vs LG G5

Notice something unusual about the G6’s display? It is special in many ways, and not only with its curved corners. The phone’s so-called FullVision display employs an unusual aspect ratio of 18:9 as opposed to the traditional 16:9 ratio used by most other phones, including the LG G5. In other words, it is slightly narrower, but also taller than other screens of similar size.

Always-on displays - LG G6 vs LG G5

Always-on displays

There are several benefits to LG breaking the status quo, the most important of them being that the new display proportions allow the G6 to provide a large display area while remaining easy to operate single-handedly. On the downside, most online video content isn’t optimized for these new proportions, while some apps and games might not be able to fill the screen properly without manual tweaks. That’s why the G5’s traditional 16:9 display is still relevant, and will be for many years to come.

On the technical side of things, the two displays are equally sharp and detailed, packing a very similar number of pixels per inch. But the G6’s screen has the benefit of being brighter, thus potentially easier to use outdoors. It also has Comfort View – a blue light filtering feature intended to be used at night to reduce the strain on your eyes and mind. The screen is also capable of displaying HDR video content, which is something I’ll cover in depth in the Multimedia section of this comparison.

One more thing I have to mention: LG introduced its Always-on Display solution on the LG G5, allowing the time, date, and notification icons to be displayed on the screen even while the phone is in stand-by. The feature is also present on the LG G6, now displaying information in a larger font for increased legibility, and with the option to increase the maximum brightness. But as convenient as they are, you should also know that both Always-on Display implementations have an impact on battery life, so feel free to turn them off if you’d like to extend that.

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posted on 24 Mar 2017, 11:07 2

1. PHYCLOPSH (Posts: 534; Member since: 28 Jun 2014)


Yes, the G6 is more aesthetically appealing. Unfortunately the internals are rather near-identical (G6 sans the removable battery, 16MP camera, and IR blaster). Considering both devices are also running the latest software, I'll take a G5 at half the price any day.

posted on 24 Mar 2017, 11:19

4. sgodsell (Posts: 4754; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


There are some major differences internally. Not only is the screen a lot larger and more vibrant. The cameras different. The G6 has cat 12 LTE vs the G5 cat 9 LTE. The SD 821 also supports USB 3.1 transfer speeds vs the SD 820 only supports USB 3.0 transfers speed.

I will miss the IR blaster on the G5. I wish they didn't get rid of that on the G6. Samsung use to put it on their smartphones as well. Now nobody is installing it blasters on their smartphones. I love having a universal remote in my smartphone as well. Please somebody put that back in your smartphones.

posted on 24 Mar 2017, 11:27

5. PHYCLOPSH (Posts: 534; Member since: 28 Jun 2014)


If Samsung was clever right now they'd pull a nasty Jekyll and Hyde move - slap a removable battery and IR blaster in the S8. Unfortunately (because I like LG) that would probably kill LG's flagship division in one fall swoop..

posted on 24 Mar 2017, 12:43

7. Highside (Posts: 165; Member since: 31 Jan 2017)


A removable battery should be an OBVIOUS decision for Samsung after the Note 7 battery disaster.
LG committed suicide by sealing the battery and going to fragile glass. LG is dead. (and I'm a happy G5 owner)

posted on 01 Jun 2017, 12:40

15. baldilocks (Posts: 813; Member since: 14 Dec 2008)


((As the G6 outsells the G5 3 to 1..............))

posted on 06 Jun 2017, 01:50

16. Highside (Posts: 165; Member since: 31 Jan 2017)


Who cares? Apple sells a ton of phones....to morons. The G6 abandoned the only selling features that LG had. Removable battery and aluminum construction.

posted on 24 Mar 2017, 12:41

6. Highside (Posts: 165; Member since: 31 Jan 2017)


Removable battery and aluminum = WIN
Sealed battery & fragile glass = FAIL

posted on 24 Mar 2017, 11:09

2. Plasticsh1t (Posts: 2062; Member since: 01 Sep 2014)


The G-Unit. Where is the rest of the G-gang?

posted on 24 Mar 2017, 11:16 2

3. PHYCLOPSH (Posts: 534; Member since: 28 Jun 2014)


Still banging in the hood - JB, KK, and 'Mello 4 life...
Don't forget all G's got a place in heaven too (CM)

posted on 26 Mar 2017, 19:14

12. Highside (Posts: 165; Member since: 31 Jan 2017)


We're talking about Gs, not Ns.

posted on 24 Mar 2017, 14:07

8. Unordinary (unregistered)


Great phone

posted on 24 Mar 2017, 17:38

9. medtxa (Posts: 1325; Member since: 02 Jun 2014)


That G5 module looks wonky.

posted on 24 Mar 2017, 19:35

10. Cat97 (Posts: 305; Member since: 02 Mar 2017)


The G5 isnt't even worth considering. It's just too flawed and there is much better competition at the same price point.

posted on 25 Mar 2017, 00:35 1

11. fastfreddy123 (Posts: 13; Member since: 25 Mar 2017)


I think a more fair comparison would be the Lg v20 vs the LG g6.
TMOBILE Dropped the price on the LG V20 by 300 to 480 when the LG G6 came out.
I picked one up and glad I did. The processor is the 820 4 gig of ram 64 rom camera is good and personally I dont think LG G6 is worth almost 200 more then the LG V20

posted on 01 Apr 2017, 23:07

13. beyondcr (Posts: 1; Member since: 01 Apr 2017)


I did the same, I hope they keep up the trend.

posted on 11 Apr 2017, 02:12

14. saybyte (Posts: 13; Member since: 26 Feb 2017)


I like LG G6 more than LG G5.

posted on 08 Jun 2017, 11:11

17. wiccangel2010 (Posts: 4; Member since: 08 Jun 2017)


I have a lg airstrip do mot anyone get one unless u get a awesome case to cover it

posted on 08 Jun 2017, 11:22

18. wiccangel2010 (Posts: 4; Member since: 08 Jun 2017)


Aristro

posted on 08 Jun 2017, 11:24

19. wiccangel2010 (Posts: 4; Member since: 08 Jun 2017)


My screen on this phone lasted two weeks so get insurance and a case

posted on 08 Jun 2017, 11:28

20. wiccangel2010 (Posts: 4; Member since: 08 Jun 2017)


Tag will not cover fixing it by the warranty they say they don't cover cracks but when I read the whole warranty it said it would only cover it if it had a factory defect which I figured out they had to put to cheap of a screen in these phones because I found out from a few ppl they had the same problem with theres

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