While there’s a healthy bit of competition between the Korean giants LG and Samsung, one thing LG absolutely doesn’t want to compete on are phone failures, and in the wake of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 failure and recall, LG are doing literally everything they can to ensure their next top-shelf phone is as safe as can be.
“We will significantly improve the safety and quality of our new flagship smartphones as more consumers seek safe smartphones,” Lee Seok-jong from LG Electronics’ mobile communication operation group said.
In order to safeguard their phones, LG is reportedly running extensive testing on its batteries to make sure they won’t overheat, expand, explode, or worse, hurt anyone. LG’s tests include exposing the batteries to heat 15% higher than standards require, amongst other torture tests like dropping from extreme heights and puncturing the battery cells.
The Korean Herald has reported LG representatives as stating the G6 will feature copper ‘heat pipes’ (which we’ve seen in other recent devices) to conduct as much heat away from the phone’s battery as possible. This is new ground for LG, though as noted, we have seen heat pipes in other devices, including phones from Sony’s Xperia Z5 range, and even Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 (though it didn’t help there).
This latest rumour is added to the rather short list of things we know or suspect about the upcoming LG G6, which now includes an 18:9 ratio QHD+ display, and physical appearance that looks something like the LG G5, but without the modularity / removable base.
It’s not long until MWC when we should hear all about LG’s next big announcement.