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LG Q6 Review

LG Q6

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Call Quality


Call quality on the LG Q6 is about average. While we had no major issues: voices in the earpiece do sound a bit on the quiet side, and our voice comes out slightly distorted on the other side.

Battery life

The LG Q6 battery life is enough to last you a full day, but not much more.

LG Q6 Review

The LG Q6 features a 3,000mAh, non-removable battery.

In our real world use of the device, we found that it is a solid one-day performer that will get you through even those longer days, but not much more than that.

On our custom test, the LG Q6 scored an above average 8 hours and 26 minutes, outscoring the LG G6 significantly. That is not a tall order as the G6 barely lasts a full day, though. You can check out how the Q6 compares to other phones right below. Keep in mind that before testing battery life we set all phones to a brightness level of 200 nits, comfortable for indoor use, to level the playing field.

Battery Benchmarks

Battery life (hours)
Higher is better
LG Q6 8h 26 min (Excellent)
Nokia 6 8h 52 min (Excellent)
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) 11h 9 min (Excellent)
Honor 9 8h 1 min (Excellent)
Charging time (minutes)
Lower is better
LG Q6 140
Nokia 6 171
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) 91
Honor 9 104
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Price and alternatives


The LG Q6 is priced at up to €350 in Europe, but interestingly enough it costs only €200 in India! Further complicating the picture is the price in the United Kingdom (£250) and Australia (A$400), which is somewhere in-between. It’s the first time we see such a huge discrepancy in the price of the same phone in different markets.

This, of course, makes it hard to judge the LG Q6: it’s a great value in India, and a mid-ranger with many more capable competitors in Europe. Since we are based closer to the European market, we will take the higher base price as reference. Here are the closest rivals to the LG Q6 based on that:

Huawei Nova 2: the phone retails for €400 euro, and looks slightly more premium in terms of build quality, plus it features a more promising dual camera system

Honor 9: the successor to the popular Honor 8 comes at a price of €390 and features a sleek, flagship-grade design, a very powerful processor and a capable dual camera system.

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) is a water-proof affordable phone that can be found for less than the LG Q6 and offers a more alluring design and an enviable battery life

Apple iPhone SE can now be had for just €320 and it offers a vastly more powerful system chip, better camera with 4K video and the power of iOS with all the great apps that come with it.

Conclusion


LG Q6 Review

At the end of the day, the LG Q6 is a unique phone: it’s the only affordable phone with a bezel-less screen. That is a game-changer and it’s an important feature, but it’s not the only feature that matters.

The LG Q6 feels a bit underpowered, its plastic back scratches extremely easily, its display is oversharpened and it’s noticeable, and its camera is nothing more than average and does not record 4K video.

Worst of all, the lack of a fingerprint scanner and the poorly performing face recognition are very annoying for a modern, 2017 phone.

At its price of €200 in India and at the lower prices in the UK and Australia, we can easily overlook the phone’s flaws (well, it’s hard to forgive the lack of a fingerprint scanner…) and blame it all on the cost, but at the €350 full retail price in Europe, there are far better options out there.



Pros

  • Immersive, bezel-less screen
  • Compact and good-looking

Cons

  • No fingerprint scanner!
  • Face recognition is useless
  • Plastic back easy to scratch
  • Built-in keyboard is not as accurate as on other phones
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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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