Last week Samsung unveiled its flagship mobile phones to the world, and we must admit, they’re going to be pretty sweet. However, with the S8 retailing at $1,148 and the S8+ retailing at $1298, the phones will put a bigger hole in your pocket than LG’s contender. Introduced this week, the LG G6 will cost you a couple of hundred bucks less, retailing at $988, however, we’ll leave you to decide which suits you better, considering the phones are markedly different under the hood.
Hardware and Features
To be honest, I’ve never liked the aesthetic of LG phones. Over the years, I think Samsung and Apple have had the edge in this area, but I’m glad to say that the G6 is a thing of beauty. It’s 80 percent screen in the front, has a vibrant display, and sits comfortably in your hand.
It seems like bigger screens on smaller form factors are the trend this year because like Samsung, LG has also opted to move in that direction. The G6 features a 5.7” QHD+ (2880 x 1440 resolution) display with an 18:9 (or, 2:1 rather) screen aspect ratio. Most smartphones stick with a conventional 16:9 aspect ratio, but the G6’s 2:1 ratio means a taller panel in a smaller body, which looks great when you’re streaming videos and playing games. Even with this huge display, the G6 is encased in a body that is small and sleek enough to slip into your pocket perfectly.
The G6 utilizes a dual 13MP rear camera system that boasts a 125-degree wide angle lens, and while it is a step down from the G5’s 135-degree field of view, you will now get better quality pictures because LG has managed to reduce the fish-eye effect. This will be an exceptionally handy tool for when you want to take shots of sprawling landscapes when you’re on holiday.
The G6’s 5MP front camera also features a wide-angle lens with a 100-degree field of view, so you won’t need to carry that godawful selfie stick around anymore.
The G6’s camera software also offers some nifty tools like the Snap shot, Match shot, and Guide shot. Check out what each of these entails in the video below:
Unlike its predecessors, the LG G6 has achieved the IP68 rating so it is both waterproof and dustproof, hence you won’t have to worry about accidental spillages or dropping your phone in water – which happens more often than you’d expect it to.
We’ll bring you a more in-depth review soon, but for now, the technical specifications are listed below, and you can get more information at visit https://www.lg.com/sg/mobile-phones/lg-G6. Available islandwide, 14 April. RRP: $988.
Chipset: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 821 Processor
Display: 5.7-inch 18:9 QHD+ FullVision Display (2880 x 1440 / 564ppi)
SIM: Dual-SIM (4G/3G)
Memory: 4GB LPDDR4 RAM / 64GB UFS 2.0 ROM / MicroSD (up to 2TB)
Camera: Front 5MP Wide (F2.2 / 100°) Rear Dual: 13MP Wide (F2.4 / 125°) / 13MP Standard OIS 2.0 (F1.8 / 71°)
Battery: 3,300mAh (embedded)
Operating System: Android 7.0 Nougat
Size: 148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9mm
Network: LTE-A 3 Band CA
Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac / Bluetooth 4.2 BLE / NFC /
USB Type-C 2.0 (3.1 compatible)
Colors: Astro Black / Ice Platinum / Mystic White
Other: 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC / Water and Dust Resistant / Fingerprint Sensor / UX 6.0 / Dolby Vision™ / HDR10