The South Korean brand LG has launched its newest flagship smartphone at an event in New Delhi. The model will be carrying the name LG G6. Pre-bookings have already been laid open for the smartphone–a great offering of a Rs 7,000 cashback and a discount on its LG Tone Active + HBS-A100 wireless headset is tied to the pre-booking.
The LG G6 will be priced at Rs 51,990 or 806 USD and will officially go on sale on April 29. The price may vary upon release. The LG G6 was unveiled at MWC 2017 and runs an Android 7.0 Nougat OS. It sports a 5.7-inch QHD+ (1440×2880 pixels) FullVision display and highlights a near bezel-less front with an 18:9 (or 2:1) aspect ratio. Powering the smartphone is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC coupled with 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM. The LG G6 is offered in 32GB and 64GB storage options, with support for expandability via microSD card (up to 2TB).
As for the cameras, the LG G6 sports a dual-camera setup on the back with two 13-megapixel sensors – one for wide-angle shots with 125-degree lens and f/2.4 aperture, and the other for regular shots with 71-degree lens and OIS 2.0. Over at the front you get a 5-megapixel wide-angle lens with f/2.2 aperture and 100-degree lens.
Connectivity options for the LG G6 include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth v4.2, NFC, and USB Type-C 2.0. It also supports LTE-A 3 Band CA network. The handset houses a a non-removable 3300mAh battery, measures 148.9×71.9×7.9mm and weighs in at 163 grams. It will be available in Astro Black, Ice Platinum, and Mystic White color options. Additionally, the LG G6 features a 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC (digital to analogue converter) for enhanced audio playback and has has passed the MIL-STD 810G military standard certification for durability.
People certainly can’t wait to get their hands on this new piece of technology. We’ve got a closer look at this mobile and have our own thoughts.
It certainly has a great display with bold colors plus there’s very little delay in responsiveness. We’re liking the unique wide-angle camera–this means that we’ll be able to score some pretty stellar shots. The design of the smartphone is sleek and definitely eye-catching!
However, we’re a tad disappointed that the internal devices aren’t anything new.
One side effect of cramming a bigger screen into a shell of this size is that the corners of the panel are now rounded, rather than at right angles. It’s a little odd at first, but easy to becomes accustomed to.
It matches the overall curviness of the phone, but looks best on the black model. On the white review unit, the black border between the panel and bezel is fairly prominent, and the corner curves aren’t perfectly circular. It’s a small issue, but once you’ve noticed it, it’s hard to forget.
The other issue is black bars. Remember when Apple switched the iPhone from a 4-inch to a 5-inch screen? It led to months (maybe years) of apps not fitting the display properly, with many requiring thick black bars at the top and bottom to work. Something similar is happening here, but not to quite the same level of annoyance.
For instance, videos from YouTube – which are almost universally 16:9 – have black bars on either side, and media from Amazon’s Prime app has one large bar running along the bottom. Using software trickery it is possible to extend video in certain apps – Netflix, for example – so that films take up most of the screen. Regular apps are fine, thanks to Android’s native re-scaling features, but games will either need to be updated or played with black bars at the bottom. It’s annoying, but thankfully not too distracting. All of LG’s own apps have been updated, and since the aspect ratio is 2:1, the design theme for the UI is two squares on top of each other. This helps Android 7’s native split-screen multi-tasking, providing more space for each app.
For the first time we can remember, LG has crafted a phone that looks attractive. The lack of a thick bezel instantly draws the eye, and LG has also ditched that dodgy metal-sprayed plastic that caused so much controversy on the G5. There’s a slab of Gorillas Glass 5 on the rear (interestingly, it’s only Gorilla Glass 3 on the front), and a metal rim running around the sides, which LG claims adds some much-needed rigidity that’s lost with the unorthodox screen.
So the LG G6 is an attractive phone, once you get over the wide-aspect screen. But we worry this novelty will wear thin. We’re bound to see a greater number of phones using this aspect screen this year, as the Galaxy S8 proves, and the G6 lacks the wow factor of Samsung’s curved edges.
We’ll definitely keep our fingers crossed for the improvement of the LG brand!