LG has opted for a complete redesign over their last iteration of the G series of smartphones, and the G6 brings to the table a lot of new features wrapped in a beautiful industrial design.
The first thing that meets the eye when looking at the LG G6 is the big and tall 5.7-inch display with an uncommon combination of rounded corners and an 18:9 (2:1) aspect ratio. The panel itself has a resolution of 1440 x 2880 pixels and 600-nit max brightness, and while it’s an IPS panel, LG is very proud to show its HDR capabilities with deep blacks and high contrast.
Aside from being able to take more space from the footprint of the phone without making it too big, the 18:9 aspect ratio gives an interesting property to this display since it is divided into two perfect squares when split in half, which has given LG the opportunity of redesigning most of their UI elements and interfaces to fit harmoniously with this new proportions. Likewise, the rounded corners of the display aren’t only for aesthetic purposes but also they bring extra structural stability to the display by cutting the corners at a 45-degree angle, making the whole panel more resistant to shocks.
Build and Features
It’s no secret that the modular design of last year’s LG G5 was somewhat of a failure, so it didn’t come as a surprise to anyone when we discovered that the G6 would ditch the modularity and removable back in favour of a more premium build and a more industrial and overall mainstream look, with the now standard sandwich design with metal and glass. This turn in design also allows the G6 to have very thin bezels all around the frame, and in the end, that’s what makes it possible to have the 18:9 aspect ratio without it exceeding in width. LG’s signature power button (with embedded fingerprint sensor) stays on the back of the phone, while the volume keys rest on the left side. There is a headphone jack at the top, and at the bottom lies the USB-C port with Quick Charge 3.0 charging capabilities, as well as a downward-facing speaker. There is also a version of the G6 with a Quad-DAC included, but it will be exclusive to certain Asian markets, while the US variant will be the only version to feature wireless charging.
The LG G6 has the usual high-end specs of any flagship phone these days, however with Samsung holding all of the Snapdragon 835 chips for its upcoming Galaxy S8, LG was forced to go with last year’s Snapdragon 821 CPU paired with the Adreno 530 GPU, 4 GB of RAM, and 32 or 64 GB of onboard memory, with the ability to expand it up to 256 GB via microSD. The dual camera is a large improvement over the G5’s approach, with a more “standard” lens featuring OIS paired with a secondary wide-angle lens, this time around featuring the same 13 MP resolution as the primary camera.
LG has shown everybody that they don’t want to make the mistakes they did in the past and that they want to offer the best possible experience both with hardware and with software. That is why they have reimagined their entire user interface just for the G6, with the focus on their new aspect ratio that allows the screen to be split evenly into two squares, and this can be appreciated from the lock screen to many applications and other UI elements. The major drawback to this is that since LG has decided to make their own experience out of Android 7.0, it will generally take longer to receive the official updates, but that’s really nothing new. The LG G6 will also be the first non-Pixel phone to ship with the Google Assistant integrated, though that won’t be for long.
So what are your thoughts on the new LG G6? Do you think LG has made the right decisions? Let us know in the comments below!