It’s a new year and as customary to the mobile phone industry, new hardware is released to keep up with the technology advancements. LG is prepping up to announce their flag bearer for 2017, the LG G6, it’s the successor to the very innovative LG G5. The phone is scheduled to be unveiled this coming Sunday, 26th February, at the Mobile World Conference in Barcelona . Many rumors and leaks have cropped up as the day of the announcement nears, we have gathered all the information you need to know to paint a clear picture of what to expect that day.
Just as the LG G5 last year, the new LG G6 will also come in a full metal unibody. LG went ahead to include a brushed rear surface to give the phone a more premium feel to the hand. Speaking of the rear, the company designed the fingerprint sensor to reside at this location, it will also double as a power button.
The phone will come with a new display named FullVision, it’s a 5.7 inch QHD+ display with a resolution of 2880 * 1440. The most appealing feature of the display is its super slim bezels, the thinnest of any LG made phone. The minimal bezels have made it possible for LG to fit a 5.7 inch screen on a body form factor that will have no trouble fitting on the average sized hands. The display comes with a rather unusual 18:9 aspect ratio that Juno Cho, president of LG Electronics Mobile Communication Company, says it is the perfect format for watching cinematic content as recommended by the movie industry.
LG G6 maintains the dual camera legacy of recent LG high end devices. It comes with dual 13MP rear camera one of which has a 125 degrees wide field of view for covering more objects within the shots. The front camera is rumored to be 13MP with a 100 degrees wide field of view to make sure all your friends fit in the selfie.
The best offering from Qualcomm so far is the Snapdragon 835, unfortunately, Samsung has reserved all of these chipsets for the Galaxy S8 and the S8+; this leaves the LG G6 to settle for the Snapdragon 821 but with a whopping 6GB RAM. This chipset is already powering some already released smartphones such as the Xiaomi Mi 5s and 5S Plus as well as the Google Pixel and the Pixel XL. The chipset has been documented to be a powerful option despite having only 4 cores; LG fans should not take it as a deal breaker since it can handle pretty much all applications and games that android has to offer.
Since LG has already launched a phone with the latest android 7.0 nougat, the LG G6 is expected to build up on that development. The G6 is rumored to put a high emphasis on Artificial Intelligence this year through a partnership with Amazon for its Alexa voice assistant. The software will also be made in a way that utilizes the 18:9 screen ratio. This screen ratio makes it possible to have perfect squares during split screen multitasking and camera modes.
Unlike the LG G5, the G6 will have a non-removable battery. This is a first from LG which has maintained removable batteries since the dawn of android and it will be interesting to see how legacy LG fans will react from the move. Fortunately, there are signs that the G6 will come with wireless charging owing to the fact that LG released a charging pad in October yet none of its devices utilizes it .
LG G6 has been confirmed to come with IP68 water and dust resistance by a teaser video released by LG. Additionally, the company will introduce the perfect audio capabilities of the V series line to the G6 through a 32bit Quad DAC chip and tuning by Bang and Olufsen (B&O), and yes, the 3.5mm jack will remain intact unlike the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.
Price and Release date
The LG G6 will be announced at February but will be in stores at April as per the rumors. The price has been pegged at 60,000 or $600 which is about the same as LG G5 at the time of its release.