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LG Q6 Review

LG Q6

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LG Q6 Review

Introduction


Call it the mini G6: the new mid-range LG Q6 looks and feels a lot like the company’s flagship phone. It has a similar bezel-less, immersive display and it’s got a nearly identical interface.

Of course, when you are talking about a mid-range phone like this new Q6 — sold at half the price of the LG G6 — you know some compromises have been made. Rather than having high-performance silicon under the hood, the Q6 is powered by the entry-level Snapdragon 435 system chip and it lacks the fancy dual camera system of the G6. It’s not water-protected either.

Also, it does not have a fingerprint scanner! Instead, it supports face recognition, but can it really replace the speed, convenience and accuracy of a fingerprint reader?

We look at this and all other interesting details around the new LG Q6 right below.

Design

A compact phone with a plastic back that scratches extremely easily.

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The LG Q6 looks a lot like the flagship G6, but it is not made of the same premium materials. Reassuringly, the frame is made of durable, series 7000 aluminum that definitely gives the phone a more solid feeling. The Q6 is MIL-STD-810G certified and LG emphasizes that its aluminum frame and some bezel is there to protect it from easily shattering and from damage on impact. Reassuringly, the Q6 has passed 12 MIL-STD-810G tests, including a transit drop test. However, the back is made of plastic and in real life it scratches extremely easily: on day 2 of our journey with the phone, the back was already badly scratched, and we never dropped it or did anything extreme to it.

What we really like about the Q6 is just how compact it feels for a phone with a 5.5-inch screen: it is just barely bigger than the 4.7-inch iPhone 7 in terms of physical dimensions! This new compact design might be all the rage with flagships, but when it comes to affordable phones, the Q6 is the only one to have such a feature.

The phone is available in a choice of four colors: Terra Gold, Ice Platinum, Mystic White, and Astro Black, and we have the black one up for review.

LG Q6
5.61 x 2.73 x 0.32 inches
142.5 x 69.3 x 8.1 mm
5.26 oz (149 g)

LG Q6

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

Apple iPhone 7
5.44 x 2.64 x 0.28 inches
138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm
4.87 oz (138 g)

Apple iPhone 7

Honor 9
5.8 x 2.79 x 0.29 inches
147.3 x 70.9 x 7.45 mm
5.47 oz (155 g)

Honor 9


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


Face Recognition

It’s completely useless in real life.

LG Q6 Review

It feels weird not having a fingerprint scanner on your phone in 2017, yet this is exactly the case with the LG Q6. It does not just leave you typing PIN codes the old-fashioned way, though: there is face recognition built in.

I was eager to test how this worked in real life: you don’t need to wake up the screen in order for face scanning to work on the Q6, the idea is that you can just pull out your phone from your pocket, look at it, and it unlocks. In theory.

Does it work in real life? Nope. In fact, it’s completely useless. My success rate with face unlock on the Q6 has been low to the point of frustration. The thing is that you need to hold the phone at the right angle and distance from your face for this feature to actually work, and you need enough light – face unlock simply does not work in the dark, or even at dusk. And even when conditions are optimal for it to do its thing, it can be slower than scanning a fingerprint, sometimes requiring seconds to detect that it's you.

With so many limitations, at the end of the day most people will sorely miss having a good old fingerprint scanner.

Display

5.5” 1080p LCD display with that bezel-less look on a mid-ranger! However, it is slightly oversharpened and colors are a bit dull.

LG Q6 Review

The LG Q6 features a 5.5-inch 18:9 LCD display with a 1080p resolution (1080 x 2160 pixels because it’s taller).

LG calls this a Full Vision display because of the minimal bezel around the sides and it is without a doubt the most impressive feature of the Q6. It feels immersive, futuristic, great. It’s a completely flat panel, there is no curve to it like on Samsung phone, and just like on the LG G6, the corners are very slightly rounded.

But there are a few ‘buts’: first and foremost, the screen is oversharpened in an artificial and very noticeable way. Back in the day, we had a similar issue with the LG G3, the effect looks similar. And then, color reproduction is far from perfect on the Q6. It has less lively colors than more expensive phones, and it is slightly bluish in terms of color balance.

The display also reaches maximum brightness level of 457 nits… which is about average. We tested the phone in real life, and it was a bit too reflective and not sufficiently bright for perfectly comfortable outdoor use.

We should also note that the display is protected by Gorilla Glass 3, so it is not as durable as other modern phones.

Display measurements and quality

Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better Contrast Higher is better Color temperature (Kelvins) Gamma Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better Delta E grayscale Lower is better
LG Q6 457
(Good)
3
(Excellent)
1:1863
(Excellent)
7954
(Average)
2.43
3
(Good)
6.17
(Average)
Nokia 6 539
(Excellent)
2
(Excellent)
1:1511
(Excellent)
7685
(Average)
2.1
4.77
(Average)
5.87
(Average)
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) 556
(Excellent)
1.8
(Excellent)
unmeasurable
(Excellent)
6725
(Excellent)
2.02
2.37
(Good)
7.25
(Average)
Honor 9 554
(Excellent)
3
(Excellent)
1:1405
(Excellent)
8353
(Poor)
2.27
4.37
(Average)
6.56
(Average)
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posted on 25 Aug 2017, 08:40 8

1. WAusJackBauer (Posts: 324; Member since: 22 Mar 2015)


Those cons are hilarious, especially the keyboard one.

posted on 25 Aug 2017, 09:31 7

6. maple_mak (banned) (Posts: 953; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)


"Face recognition is useless"
True, but over biased.

posted on 25 Aug 2017, 13:55 3

16. sgodsell (Posts: 5057; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


This device is not a flagship or even priced as such. If it was a flagship device then give it a 6.5. But this smartphone is not positioned as a flagship device. It even has a SD 435 SoC which is low down there. Yet they are giving you a large bezel less 5.5" display that is the same size as the iPhone 7 plus display. Yet in your own words this device is the same physical size as the iPhone 7. The iPhone 7 got a 9. If the iPhone 7s gets a 9 again. Then clearly this site is biased, and definitely deserves the name iPhonearena.

posted on 25 Aug 2017, 14:23

17. kiko007 (Posts: 5733; Member since: 17 Feb 2016)


You realize there's more to a phone than physical size, right? And why must you bring up Apple in every post you make?

posted on 26 Aug 2017, 07:54 5

20. sgodsell (Posts: 5057; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


I bring up? Victor brought up the iPhone 7 in this article. Why? Clearly he is comparing it to an iPhone 7. That is what he wrote. Oh, and I certainly do realize that there is more to physical size. If Victor stops trying to compare cheaper non flagship devices to others. Do you understand you moron kiko007.

posted on 04 Sep 2017, 07:13

28. dazed1 (Posts: 585; Member since: 28 Jul 2015)


Why you must defend Apple in every post you make?

posted on 26 Aug 2017, 02:58

19. Nine1Sickness (Posts: 432; Member since: 30 Jan 2011)


You're fake news.

posted on 07 Sep 2017, 11:28

29. FerneyZan (Posts: 103; Member since: 21 Jul 2010)


Dude, no where in this article was mention that this is a FLAGSHIP phone at all. It was stated over and over that this is just a Mid-Range phone, and that is exactly what it is..

posted on 29 Aug 2017, 07:15

26. WPX00 (Posts: 474; Member since: 15 Aug 2015)


If the FR was as good as the S8's, I'd be willing to overlook the lack of an FPS. (And even the S8's doesn't work perfectly for everyone)

posted on 25 Aug 2017, 08:45 9

2. blkkobra (Posts: 10; Member since: 22 Jan 2014)


Comparing this phone to devices that cost almost twice as much in the review seems a bit slanted. Something I see a lot on this site is midrangers in the $200-300 price range bring compared to $700-800 flagships and something just doesn't seem right about that. It's like giving a Ford Focus a 6.5 because it's not as fast or well-built as a BMW M4.

posted on 26 Aug 2017, 20:50

21. may_czos (Posts: 856; Member since: 22 Nov 2014)


Thing is - Q6 doesn't cost €200 like Snapdragon 435 may suggest. LG charges €379 for it which is €10 less than Honor 9 (and more than iPhone SE).

posted on 25 Aug 2017, 09:04 1

3. jellmoo (Posts: 2117; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


Um... maybe compare it to devices like the Nokia 6, Honor 6x and G5/Plus?

posted on 25 Aug 2017, 09:13

4. adi90 (Posts: 554; Member since: 21 Dec 2015)


I don't think lg q6 stand a chance with nokia 6, honor 6x or moto g5 plus.
After all apart from display, there is nothing else to look forward to in lg q6.

posted on 25 Aug 2017, 09:32 1

7. jellmoo (Posts: 2117; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


I don't disagree, but the comparison would be better than using the G6, iPhone 7 and Honor 9...

posted on 25 Aug 2017, 09:43 2

9. adi90 (Posts: 554; Member since: 21 Dec 2015)


Who cares about phonearena's rating? Do you really believe in their reviews?

posted on 25 Aug 2017, 09:50 2

10. NoToFanboys (Posts: 3149; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


I read PA's reviews' pros and cons and ratings for comic relief.

posted on 25 Aug 2017, 10:07 1

11. jellmoo (Posts: 2117; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


No, but I can hope that offering constructive criticism will help them improve their review process. I'd prefer they not use a numerical rating at all, but at the same time I feel as though comparing a low tier device to flagships in your comparisons is ridiculous.

posted on 26 Aug 2017, 20:51

22. may_czos (Posts: 856; Member since: 22 Nov 2014)


@ jellmoo
I'd agree but LG charges as much money for the Q6, as Honor wants for the 9.

posted on 25 Aug 2017, 09:25

5. Spyro (Posts: 333; Member since: 29 Mar 2017)


Well that's disappointing. This could've been a good "flagship killer" if they put their heart into it.

posted on 25 Aug 2017, 09:33 1

8. maple_mak (banned) (Posts: 953; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)


Wow, compare low-spec with high-spec+expensive(except Honor 9), just like compare Nokia 3 with Xperia XZ Premium.

Nice job iBiasArena.

posted on 26 Aug 2017, 20:52

23. may_czos (Posts: 856; Member since: 22 Nov 2014)


LG Q6 costs €379, Honor 9 costs €390.

posted on 25 Aug 2017, 10:08 1

12. PhoneInQuestion (Posts: 214; Member since: 20 Aug 2017)


Learn to actually compare phones within their category Victor, this is just another slant piece with the 'review' tag slapped on for good measure.

posted on 25 Aug 2017, 10:10

13. libra89 (Posts: 1012; Member since: 15 Apr 2016)


Glad I wasn't really into this as much. Will gladly pass and hold on the SE and A3 that I currently have.

posted on 25 Aug 2017, 10:34 5

14. redmd (Posts: 1398; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


So Excellent battery life is not a Pro?

posted on 25 Aug 2017, 10:48

15. fyah_king (Posts: 1149; Member since: 22 Jul 2013)


I do like the loud speaker.

posted on 26 Aug 2017, 02:13

18. ajit1 (Posts: 9; Member since: 24 Aug 2016)


LG still failing to give All in 1 package at a competitive price range.....they always misses some of 1 function in each n every phone and this time truly they missed on fingerprint sensor.........still they going wrong strategically..........

posted on 26 Aug 2017, 20:53

24. may_czos (Posts: 856; Member since: 22 Nov 2014)


Thing is - this time they only gave 1 function that stands out, the rest of the phone is totally mediocre.

posted on 28 Aug 2017, 14:39

25. Stappy3 (Posts: 63; Member since: 09 Dec 2015)


So does the plastic back on this phone scratch easier than other plastic back phones? If not then what is the point of this "con"?

posted on 02 Sep 2017, 23:04

27. fastfreddy123 (Posts: 21; Member since: 25 Mar 2017)


Blah , Phonearena Has ALWAYS had there head up Apples ass its a given but some of these commenters are just as ridiculous. The fact is even the top tier phone companies are going to be moving away from the FPS. Thats why there including face recognition. That LG on there low end phones doesnt have it doesnt faze me. [ Neither does Sony].
The writer doesnt like the keyboard I would suggest [Smart keyboard ] and Nova Launcher.
Hes nitpicking so that he gets more then statistics and a byline.

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LG Q6

LG Q6

OS: Android 7.1
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PhoneArena rating:
6.5Good
Display5.5 inches, 1080 x 2160 pixels (439 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera13 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon 435, Octa-core, 1400 MHz, ARM Cortex-A53 processor
3 GB RAM
Size5.61 x 2.73 x 0.32 inches
(142.5 x 69.3 x 8.1 mm)
5.26 oz  (149 g)

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