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.


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

LG Q6

Dimensions

5.61 x 2.73 x 0.32 inches

142.5 x 69.3 x 8.1 mm

Weight

5.26 oz (149 g)

LG G6

LG G6

Dimensions

5.86 x 2.83 x 0.31 inches

148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9 mm

Weight

5.75 oz (163 g)

Apple iPhone 7

Apple iPhone 7

Dimensions

5.44 x 2.64 x 0.28 inches

138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm

Weight

4.87 oz (138 g)

Honor 9

Honor 9

Dimensions

5.8 x 2.79 x 0.29 inches

147.3 x 70.9 x 7.45 mm

Weight

5.47 oz (155 g)

LG Q6

LG Q6

Dimensions

5.61 x 2.73 x 0.32 inches

142.5 x 69.3 x 8.1 mm

Weight

5.26 oz (149 g)

LG G6

LG G6

Dimensions

5.86 x 2.83 x 0.31 inches

148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9 mm

Weight

5.75 oz (163 g)

Apple iPhone 7

Apple iPhone 7

Dimensions

5.44 x 2.64 x 0.28 inches

138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm

Weight

4.87 oz (138 g)

Honor 9

Honor 9

Dimensions

5.8 x 2.79 x 0.29 inches

147.3 x 70.9 x 7.45 mm

Weight

5.47 oz (155 g)

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.


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.


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.



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30 Comments

1. WAusJackBauer

Posts: 455; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Those cons are hilarious, especially the keyboard one.

6. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

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

16. sgodsell

Posts: 7451; Member since: Mar 16, 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.

17. kiko007

Posts: 7517; Member since: Feb 17, 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?

20. sgodsell

Posts: 7451; Member since: Mar 16, 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.

28. dazed1

Posts: 805; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

Why you must defend Apple in every post you make?

19. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

You're fake news.

29. FerneyZan

Posts: 114; Member since: Jul 21, 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..

26. WPX00

Posts: 511; Member since: Aug 15, 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)

2. blkkobra

Posts: 43; Member since: Jan 22, 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.

21. may_czos

Posts: 955; Member since: Nov 22, 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).

3. jellmoo

Posts: 2628; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

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

4. adi90

Posts: 554; Member since: Dec 21, 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.

7. jellmoo

Posts: 2628; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

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

9. adi90

Posts: 554; Member since: Dec 21, 2015

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

10. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

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

11. jellmoo

Posts: 2628; Member since: Oct 31, 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.

22. may_czos

Posts: 955; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

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

5. Spyro

Posts: 334; Member since: Mar 29, 2017

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

8. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

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

23. may_czos

Posts: 955; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

LG Q6 costs €379, Honor 9 costs €390.

12. PhoneInQuestion

Posts: 496; Member since: Aug 20, 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.

13. libra89

Posts: 2298; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

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

14. redmd

Posts: 1943; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

So Excellent battery life is not a Pro?

15. fyah_king unregistered

I do like the loud speaker.

18. ajit1

Posts: 9; Member since: Aug 24, 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..........

24. may_czos

Posts: 955; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

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

25. Stappy3

Posts: 108; Member since: Dec 09, 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"?

27. fastfreddy123

Posts: 67; Member since: Mar 25, 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.

30. ltavaress

Posts: 32; Member since: Feb 20, 2012

I own this phone and I curiously came here to see what Phone Arena has to say, only because I love it and it's one of the best phones I owned in a long time! I used to own only flagships for the past 8 years or so, and now I couldn't be happier with this mid ranger. Who the f* needs fingerprint scanner and other blablablas?? I'm shocked to see such a low score. I paid only 200$ to get it. Best phone ever! Flagship design with sufficient specs and friendly price ;)
Q6
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 2160 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 435, Octa-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh

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