LG has always been bold when it came to their flagship phones. From the leatherback G4 to the modular G5, LG has tried it all. This year, though, LG has decided to keep it simple and excel at the basics that make a flagship smartphone desirable. Gone are the experimental features that made it stood apart from the competition. Instead, LG has managed to pack a premium smartphone experience in a beautiful package. Let’s take a look at 6 basic things done right, that make LG G6 a weapon of choice in 2017.
A modern day smartphone is all about its display as it is not only the output but also the input mode for every user. LG’s G6 features a rounded-edge 5.7 inch LCD with a resolution of 2880 x 1440 pixels. The screen covers 80% of the front fascia. With minimum bezels and 18:9 or 2:1 screen ratio, LG has innovated the display size to have two perfect squares while using the phone in split screen mode.
This perfectly symmetrical display break up has allowed LG to come up with interesting themes and display extra content in their native apps. The screen also supports HDR and is one of the first to do so. The curved display aids screen protection in case of a corner impact if the phone is dropped as it can spread the impact over a larger area.
LG made it clear that it does not want to enter the specs competition. The G6 is powered by a Snapdragon 821 SoC coupled with 4GB RAM and 32/64 GB ROM based on the geographic availability of the phone. Last seen in the Google Pixel phones and OnePlus 3T, the Snapdragon 821 is one of Snapdragon’s finest. LG has been consistent when it comes to performance on their flagship phones and with the Snapdragon 821, we can be assured that this phone is no slouch.
LG has stuck to dual camera setup but unlike the different megapixel (MP) counts on the G5, the new G6 gets dual 13 MP cameras. One camera shoots at 125-degree wide angle and the other shoots at a standard 71-degrees. LG has worked with Qualcomm to create a seamless transition from one lens to another.
The front 5 MP camera also features a 100-degree wide angle. Rear cameras get f/1.8 aperture for the standard lens and f/2.4 for the wide angle lens, whereas the front camera lens gets a f/2.2 aperture. The phone can shoot 4k video in HDR at 30fps along with the normal modes available on most flagship devices. It also gets manual video shooting mode, earlier seen on LG’s ‘V’ series phones.
Every flagship phone in the market is a combination of some sort of metal and glass. LG has paid special attention to the ruggedness of the device and mixed a series of Gorilla Glass all around the phone. The front display is covered with Gorilla Glass 3, camera lenses are protected with Gorilla Glass 4 while the curved rear is made of Gorilla Glass 5. This is the first LG flagship to feature a non-removable battery.
At 7.9 mm thin, the G6 feels sleek and premium while sporting a 3300 mAh battery unit. The sealed design also makes the G6 water and dust resistant as per IP 68 certifications. Overall, with a larger display, thin profile, Gorilla Glass protection and smaller footprint, the LG G6 is elegant and sturdy.
The G6 runs Android Nougat 7.1.1 with LG’s customised OS running on top. The icons get an overhaul to match the display’s curved design and LG adds several other functional apps to the mix. From easy multi-window access to Square camera app that allows users to utilise one-half of the screen for image capture and another half for a quick preview, LG has optimised user experience.
It is also the only phone, apart from Pixel phones, to natively support Google’s voice-based assistant. The layout is simple and aids user interactions with added functionality.
6. Wireless Charging or High-Quality DAC
Based on where you are placed on the planet, LG will provide their G6 phones with wireless charging or a quad DAC for high-quality music playback or none. LG says they will tailor make their new G6 phones to suit demand of markets across the globe. Which of these features will make its way to India is yet to be known.
Best LG flagship till date
One look at the LG G6 and you know LG has applied a winning combination. The phone looks gorgeous with minimal bezels and smooth edged display. LG has nailed the basic this time around and this will surely translate into added figures to LG’s bottom line. Your move, Samsung and Apple!