Sunday , October 22 2017

LG announces the long-anticipated LG G6 at MWC 2017 in Barcelona

It’s a beautiful sunny Sunday here in Barcelona, and while it’s a bit cold outside, we’re nice and warm inside at the colourfully appointed Sant Jordi Club for LG’s G6 announcement event, dubbed simply the LG G6 Day. This will make the third LG launch event Ausdroid has attended overseas, and this phone promises to be perhaps the best yet.

After weeks of leaks, some undoubtedly originating from LG themselves, and others from case manufacturers and others, the LG G6 is finally official, and we can now share everything we know about the phone itself.

Most of the specifications have been comprehensively leaked already, so let’s confirm the major talking points: LG G6 will feature the Snapdragon 821 SoC made popular in last year’s Google Pixel. LG knows its an unexpected move, going with an older processor than the current generation SD835, but they don’t see an issue with this — cautiously, neither do we, just yet. There’s 4GB of RAM on board, which was widely expected, and 32GB of on-board storage. In this day and age, that just doesn’t seem remarkable, except to say that perhaps 64GB should be the standard these days.

This internal storage probably doesn’t matter too much, though, with MicroSD support included to add up to 2TB of extra storage. In other hardware news, USB-C remains the go-to standard, the 3.5mm headphone jack makes a courageous reappearance, and a nice big 3,300 mAh battery as well.

Here’s a spec table with all the details we’ve got at hand:

Key Specifications:LG G6
Release dateFebruary 2017
Screen size5.7-inch
Screen technologyLCD
Resolution2,880 x 1,440
PPI564
Rear camera13MP Wide (125°) + 13MP Standard (71°)
Front camera5MP
ChipsetSnapdragon 821
Core config-
RAM4GB
Storage
  • 32GB
  • 64GB
MicroSDYes, up to 2TB
Battery3,300 mAh
Battery removable
ConnectorUSB C
Headphone PortYes
Headphone LocationTop
Speaker ConfigurationBottom
Android OSAndroid 7 Nougat
Vendor skinLG UX 6.0
Dimensions148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9mm
Weight163g
Colours
  • Astro Black
  • Ice Platinum
  • Mystic White

While bearing some resemblance to last year’s LG G5, the G6 features a unibody design that eschews the removable battery for a more cohesive, less cheap-feeling look, and frankly it looks rather good. Unlike some competitors, the camera bump is virtually non existent, meaning you’re less likely to scratch up your lens resting it on a table surface, for example.

Slim bezels are in, and they’re here too. They might not be a slim as what some others are rumoured to be doing, but we’d argue this isn’t a bad thing; you need somewhere to hold the phone, and as the S6 Edge and S7 Edge aptly demonstrated, accidental touches at the edge of the display are a significant barrier to productivity.

Display-wise, LG haven’t been able to secure an OLED-based display, instead opting for a 2,880 x 1,440 QHD+ LCD display. This will give us a super wide 18:9 display ratio, which should be great for consuming media, lining up the perfect photo, and delivering a great user experience. At a staggering 564 pixels per inch, this screen is going to be right up there amongst the best we’ve seen, including standards like Dolby Vision and HDR 10. I can’t wait to see the Interstellar demos on this screen.

Mr Juno Cho, the head of LG Mobile, told the assembled press of the larger display:

We’re proud to have made an effort with the LG G5, but this year we need to do more. The competition today is in usability, and we have been learning from our customers.

People want a larger display, but they don’t want a larger phone. We’ve delivered just such a phone with the LG G6, which features a 18:9 display on a phone that easily fits in your hand.

LG spent most of their press conference talking about the quality of the display and the 18:9 ratio, and so were very excited how all this hype translates into quality in the hand.

On that camera, the same dual-camera setup on the rear is back this year, with improved twin 13MP sensors which are identical behind both lens setups, though unlike some other dual cameras, these are both colour, with one featuring a wide-angle lens, and one with a faster aperture (f/1.8) better suited for every day photos. We had some great fun with the 125° camera on the G5, so we expect great things this year too.

The front-facing 5MP camera has received an upgrade as well, featuring a 100° wide-angle lens now which should make for some pretty dynamic selfies, including more of the background, more of your mates, or whatever you prefer. The camera software has been appropriately updated to take full advantage of the new camera options.

The last word on hardware, and this is a big one, is that the LG G6 is now (finally) IP68 rated, meaning you can take it into the water up to 1.5 metres for up to 30 minutes. With the inclusion of heat pipes and a metal frame, the LG G6 should dissipate heat like no other, keeping it nice and cool even under heavy use.

On the software front, LG has been hard at work upgrading its LG UX skin to version 6.0, which is paired with the latest Android version 7.1. One of the most notable new inclusions is Google’s Assistant, making the LG G6 the first phone outside Google’s Pixel line to feature the increasingly popular Google AI. OK Google, how’s the weather outside? LG G6 will know the answer and share it with ease. Another key feature of the new software is a smarter camera UX (which we touched on above) which features Square Camera (which we wrote about the other day) and a new Food Mode for those that just can’t help but catalogue their meals.

What is square camera? Basically it takes advantage of the 18:9 display to give you an Instagram-like layout, showing you an instant preview of your photos below the live camera view. The instant snap and review process looks pretty sharp, but it is optional — you have to enable it, otherwise you get a more standard interface that you’d be more familiar with. Take a look at the demo video to get a better idea what we mean:

As an added incentive for LG G6 buyers, LG.will be offering a full $200 of game credit to be used for in app purchases for a collection of games, including :

  • Temple Run 2
  • Spiderman Unlimited
  • Cookie Jam
  • Games&Gems
  • Crossy Road
  • SimCity Buildit

We’re off now to the demo area to take a further look at the LG G6 in the hand, and we’ll be back to you with a hands-on report (hopefully with video) in the next day or so, so that you can decide whether the LG G6 might be your next, as well.

 

Chris Rowland   Editor and Publisher

Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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22 Comments on "LG announces the long-anticipated LG G6 at MWC 2017 in Barcelona"

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“This internal storage probably doesn’t matter too much, though, with MicroSD support included to add up to 2TB of extra storage.”

The SD card reader recently crapped out on my LG G3, one of the reasons I’m looking for a new phone…. so I’m veering more towards the camp of bulk internal storage these days. Having the card slot is nice, but I don’t want to have to rely on it.

Joshua Hill
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Joshua Hill

I’m waiting for a mini or compact version of this or the S8. 5″ screen in the same size body as a Sony Xperia Z3 compact. I would purchase a phone like that on pre-order. Not expecting Sony to deliver a flagship compact as they haven’t done that recently and even if they did LG and Samsung have now made Sony’s bezels unacceptable for me. Other manufacturers sometimes release mini’s with nice bodies but substantially cut down specs. Oh well, one can dream 🙂

AzuraPanda
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AzuraPanda

Thanks for the good work lads! If you could find out about release dates, price and which carriers would be offering them in a plan, that would be awesome!

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I really wish they would put headphone sockets at the bottom of the phone, but maybe there isn’t really room, given the charging stuff going on down there.

Jamie S
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Jamie S

Why have a glass back if all the models aren’t going to have wireless charging. I just don’t understand the logic in LG making decisions to only include certain features depending on the region. Can anyone explain why they would do this? I’m still scratching my head..

Joshua Hill
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Joshua Hill

Perhaps the US regulations around wireless charging were easier to satisfy? Or the cost of getting the device approved for wireless charging in markets like Australia was to high compared to the projected number of units they will sell here???

Jamie S
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Jamie S

Yeah, you’re probably right on both accounts there. If it actually makes the device cheaper here I’d be OK with that, but unfortunately I don’t think it will be any cheaper, not initially anyway.

Cameron Jones
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Cameron Jones

From what I understand Americans love wireless charging and is huge over there, but in other countries it’s not that big of a thing so they only made us models to have wireless, reason it won’t have DAC is they only had room for 1 or the other. So I think that Aus will get the DAC 🙂 (fingers crossed)

Joshua Hill
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Joshua Hill

I’d like both but having neither wouldn’t stop me buying a phone. Assuming a wireless charging pad was included I think I’d prefer that over the DAC and if you see my response to Fred I consider myself an audiophile.

In terms of the US and wireless if it was a deal breaker for their consumers then I assume Apple would have adopted it already and if not then why the break from tradition by LG? I feel like that might be part of the answer but there must be other reasons too???

montalbert_scott
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montalbert_scott

having used the DAC on the V20, if you use wired headphones with your phone it is well and truly worth it and tbh I expect the battery to be long lasting anyway, and the fast charging is enough to plug in for 15min and be good to go. Not a fan of Qi anymore now that fast charging is so good now.

Joshua Hill
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Joshua Hill
I have noticed a difference on HTC and LG phones advertised with premium sound but the difference to my ears between them and regular premium smartphones is miniscule compared to the difference of a proper home audiophile setup. If the DACs or sound quality are the only difference between two phones I’ll obviously pick the better sounding one but in the real world there are much more significant differences in smartphones to me than sound quality. Mind you I don’t own a pair of headphones or earphones I’m all that happy with and I’ve been through a few cheaper to… Read more »
James Z
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James Z

finding it really annoy how the usa version manage to get wireless charging while in australia we dont i mean wireless charging on phone seems to be the standard nowdays theres an article on gsmarena mentioning that the DAC on the lg g6 is only available to its home country korea but would love for ausdroid to confirm that

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Can Ausdroid confirm that Aus won’t be getting DAC, wireless charging or 64gb model? Hearing reports that some stuff won’t make it down here.

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Dean Rosolen

Wireless charging is definitely out as reported by Android Central (US only). Not sure about the other two as the country listings seem vague.

Fred
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Fred

Very very daft – simply no reason for such unforced errors.

This looks to be another bust, with nothing to really to make you buy it. They even managed to screw up the 2:1 screen – ideal for VR, but they then didn’t put in the AMOLED or just plain OLED that would be needed.

On the plus side, 6P screen in a 5X size – and it makes the Pixels look even more ridiculous.

It had better be cheap; if it’s not to gather dust on the shelves when pitched against the forthcoming competition.

Joshua Hill
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Joshua Hill

I agree on the storage front though. Flagships really should have 64gb minimum. However, given we only just eradicated 16gb as a minimum storage option on flagships I can settle for 32gb being the new minimum.

One can hope it’s quickly succedded by 64gb.

Joshua Hill
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Joshua Hill
See my reply to Jamie S for reasons not to have wireless charging. The DAC I have no idea about. I consider myself an audiophile. Have multiple speakers, class A and A/b valve stereo amplifiers, stand alone hi-fi DACs with outboard power supply units, e.t.c. but I don’t really care about these gimmicky features on smartphones. They’re still not audiophile quality even with quad DACs etc. It’s mostly for marketing. Availability of OLED screens probably made it impossible for LG to include them, just the same as Apple. Plenty of reasons for your complaints. Very very daft not to consider… Read more »
Cameron Jones
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Cameron Jones
Fred what are you on about. I think the screen is perfect from the videos I have seen. Yeah it’s a shame they didn’t do oled as there oled TV are amazing. But the colours and brightness don’t seem to bad, mind you yet to see what it’s like in the sun but from what I have seen quite bright. Also the phone looks sexy as, with the 18:9 ratio it gives it that great look and actually looks big but not at same time I think it’s a great feat. We still have to wait for the s8 and… Read more »
Fred
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Fred

My understanding is that straight LCD screens don’t hit the minimum spec for Daydream – but 2:1 screens main use is for that (two square screens for each eye).

And frankly I don’t buy any of the excuses for the lack of Qi charging (it’s a few dollars and the phone already has the space), or quad DACs (not sure it makes a difference, but at least it would be something to market).

Time will tell, but I’d bet they will be under AU$500 before the iphone launches.

Joshua Hill
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Joshua Hill

According to Google’s Amit Singh, Vice President of Business and Operations for Google VR there is nothing stopping LCD screens from getting certified. It has to do with latency and ghosting minimums Google set but they are currently working with Huawei and their LCD screens in an attempt to get them certified. He also stated there is no 1440p minimum res and that a 1080p panel could be certified.

Fred
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Fred
Yeah, but the current LCD screens aren’t – and given that the AMOLED/OLED are, it’s another unforced error. I think the thing that annoys me most is that it’s not that complex to work out what the optimum design of a phone is within the current paradigm. We’ve had enough reviews now, of enough permutations, that you ought to be able to sketch out the ‘ideal’ phone from what’s been said. And it’s not as if the desires are mutually contradictory either (screen size and small phone where, but squashing the bezels saw to that) – they could be producing… Read more »
Joshua Hill
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Joshua Hill

OLED screens don’t automatically get certified.
If you can’t actually purchase or produce something yourself then not including it is NOT an unforced error. To use your parlance at worst it is a forced error. We’ve already discussed this!

It seems you don’t really know the exact details of what you’re talking about and like to exaggerate or use hyperbole to overstate your opinion. That’s your choice but I’m choosing not to continue the discussion with you if that’s how you are going to continue to conduct it.

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