Mobile World Congress has arrived and the first device to open it is the LG’s flagship for 2017, the exceptional Android handset, LG G6. LG was unlucky because the company planned its flagship to be the first to run the Snapdragon 835, but its G6 phone got penalized by Samsung since before launch. Qualcomm was unable to supply LG and Samsung with its latest mobile processor units, so the entire stock went for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. With limited resources to provide upgrades regarding performance, LG focused on improving the display quality of G6.
LG G6’s touchscreen display makes most of the phone’s front panel, and this is what LG calls as FullVision. The display has an unusual 18:9 screen-to-body ratio (2:1 mathematically) and features a 5.7-inch QHD resolution that allows it to add more pixels from a standard QHD. So, instead of having 2560 x 1400 pixel resolution, the LG G6 brings a higher amount of pixels that total at 2880 x 1440 pixels.
LG launched G6 at MWC as its first G-series of phones to be waterproof and dust resistant. The handset has an IP68 certification to back it up as well. It has a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 material on the back of the phone and 3rd generation of Corning Gorilla Glass on the front panel. Both Corning Gorilla glass panels are sandwiched together by an aluminum framing. LG claims that the phone provides a durability from drops.
Regarding smartphone photography, the LG G6 sports two 13MP units on the back with a wide angle view of 125 degrees. The rear cameras and fingerprint sensor no longer have a bump on the back side, they are placed on the flat back side and offer a better artistic view. Main cameras of the G6 are made of by a 13MP unit with f/1.8 aperture lens, 125-degree wide angle view, and optical image stabilization and another 13MP camera unit with f/2.4 aperture and a 71-degree field of view. The combination of both cameras allows the LG G6 to record 4K videos at 2160 pixels. Selfie camera is a 5MP unit with a large field of view of 100 degrees for recording FHD videos at 1080p.
As the only way for LG to launch the G6 with Snapdragon 835 SoC was to delay the launch for a later time, the company went for the next best thing to it. The Snapdragon 821 chipset. And that’s what officially powers the LG G6. It comes backed by 4GB of RAM and Android 7.0 Nougat operating system with LG’s customized Full-screen UX 6.1 UI on top to match the 2:1 screen-to-body ratio of the device. LG firstly launched the G6 with 32GB of storage version but there will be a 64GB storage edition to join in the following weeks. For both editions of the LG G6 phone, the expandable storage will be supported by up to 256GB.
LG G6 will be available in single SIM and dual SIM versions, it supports 4G LTE network, dual-band WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, USB 3.1, USB Type-C, and the rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. It gets powered by a 3,300 mAh battery that supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 technology and requires around 96 minutes to be charged from flat to full. The device will be available in Mystic White, Ice Platinum, and Astro Black colors. Pricing and availability are yet to be announced.