LG G6 Review

LG G6 Review
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  • Eye-catching look with thin bezels
  • Great build quality
  • 18:9 screen is fantastic
  • IP68 dust and water resistance
  • Unique wide-angle camera


  • Last year's chipset
  • Non-removable battery
  • Glass back prone to scratching
  • Unimpressive audio
LG G6 Review – The Big Screen that Fits in Your Hand.

Unlike other phones with a similar screen size, the large 5.7” display on LG G6 fits in your hand, giving you a big screen experience without the inconvenience of a big phone.
The LG G6 is sculpted from aluminum and glass and is available in platinum and black. The 18:9 FullVision display with rounded corners and narrow bezels conclude the harmonious design.

main competitors: Samsung Galaxy S8, Sony Xperia XZ PremiumiPhone 8 Plus | iPhone X


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Announced2017, February
Dimensions148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9 mm (5.86 x 2.83 x 0.31 in)
Weight163 g (5.75 oz)
BuildCorning Gorilla Glass 5 back panel
SIMSingle SIM (Nano-SIM) or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
- IP68 certified - dust/water proof over 1.5 meter and 30 minutes
- Water resistant up to 1 meter and 30 minutes
- MIL-STD-810G compliant
DisplayIPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
5.7 inches, 84.1 cm2 (~78.6% screen-to-body ratio)
1440 x 2880 pixels, 18:9 ratio (~564 ppi density)
Corning Gorilla Glass 3
- Dolby Vision/HDR10 compliant
- Always-on display
- LG UX 6.0 UI
OSAndroid 7.0 (Nougat)
ChipsetQualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 821
CPUQuad-core (2x2.35 GHz Kryo & 2x1.6 GHz Kryo)
GPUAdreno 530
Card slotmicroSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot) - dual SIM model only
Internal Memory32/64/128 GB, 4 GB RAM
Primary CameraDual 13 MP (f/1.8, OIS, 3-axis, phase detection AF) + 13 MP (f/2.4, no AF), dual-LED flash, check quality
1/3" sensor size, 1.12 µm pixel size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR
Video[email protected], [email protected]/60fps, HDR, 24-bit/192kHz stereo sound rec., check quality
Secondary Camera5 MP, f/2.2, 1080p
Alert typesVibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
3.5mm jackYes
- 32-bit/192kHz audio
- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
WLANWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot
Bluetooth4.2, A2DP, LE, aptX HD
RadioFM radio (market dependent)
USB3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go
SensorsFingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
BatteryNon-removable Li-Po 3300 mAh battery



So, when can you actually buy this phone? We’re not quite sure yet. LG hasn’t revealed all the pricing and availability details as of yet, but we do know it’s coming to the U.S. sometime this Spring. March 10 is when the handset is coming to Korea, and the current U.S. availability rumors have been pointing to an April 7 release date. We’ll be sure to keep you updated as more information arises.

After the failures of last year, and with the LG V20 still not available in Europe, LG desperately needed the G6 to restore some balance. To do this, they’ve gone back to basics and focused on the things that truly matter to create a solid all-round smartphone, and they’ve certainly nailed it with the LG G6.

It performs well, has an excellent camera, flagship-worthy battery life and features that people want, such as wireless charging and water resistance. The new 18:9 screen pushes the envelope of smartphone functionality and combined with the super slim bezels, LG has proven that a big display doesn’t have to mean a big phone.

2017 is shaping up to be a fantastic year for Android smartphones. With Samsung, Apple, Huawei and others all expected to bring the very best they have this year, the G6 needed to be a success. Luckily, it does just this, and by setting a new standard for flagships in 2017, LG has laid down a marker that other OEMs need to equal or surpass. Simply put, LG’s G6 represents the future of what we should expect from a flagship smartphone.

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Ditching the modular design of last year’s G5 was the correct move by LG – it was handled poorly, mis-communicated and failed miserably. With the G6, LG has a phone that I can see being much more successful.

It features all the parts of the G5 that I liked – basically, that decent camera setup – but now looks attractive, and the near-bezel-free design is eye-catching. Will the 18:9 (2:1) aspect ratio catch on? I don’t see why not, and now that Samsung has followed suit, I’m sure it will become the norm come 2018.

There are still a few niggles that stop me from believing the LG G6 is the “Phone of the Year” quite yet. Couldn’t it have waited for the Snapdragon 835? I know a CPU isn’t everything, but it instantly puts the LG G6 on the back foot. The same goes for those missing features in the European model – surely it wouldn’t have been so hard to add in wireless charging and the Quad DAC?

I believe this to be LG’s best phone in years, but with the competition improving too, it’s a tough call as to whether or not the G6 will stand up against the upcoming iPhone 8 or Samsung Galaxy S8.

If the price drops, and LG phones often do, then the G6 could become far more appealing.

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There’s no doubt about it: The G6 represents some of LG’s best smartphone work ever. Sure, it’s not perfect: Audio is pretty weak, and so is the battery. None of that takes away from the fact that LG has built a phone that feels ready to compete with the best of the best for the first time in ages. Whether it has what it takes to beat those rivals, though, is a matter of opinion.

I’ve enjoyed my time with the G6 but you can’t underestimate the power of a visceral thrill, and that’s one thing the G6 never managed to deliver. Deep down, I can’t help but wonder if this year will go LG’s way. The Galaxy S8 and Apple’s 10th anniversary iPhone are poised to suck the air out of the room, and it’d be a shame to see LG’s effort overshadowed simply because other companies are better at generating hype. If you’re looking for a shiny new smartphone, the G6 definitely deserves a close look … but you might want to wait until we see what the full field of competitors looks like.

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The LG G6 is a phone for those that like the look of the Samsung Galaxy S8 with its bezel-less (ish) screen, and don’t want to pay quite as much. That’s a niche audience, but we suspect LG isn’t too bothered about riding Samsung’s coat-tails here.

There’s nothing wrong with this phone, and you’ll enjoy the ergonomic way it’s put together and the sheer amount of screen on offer.

The camera and general interface are quick to work and snappy to use, and while the battery life isn’t great, in the US particularly you’re not short of options to charge it.

It’s also running the latest version of Android and has some cute usability tricks… if you’re willing to make a bit of a change with your phone, the G6 could be a nice place to start.

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Tech fans and phone buffs often complain about the lack of smartphone innovation. But when companies experiment with something novel, their efforts often flop or fold. Meanwhile, incremental iterations of familiar handsets like the iPhone 7 and Galaxy S7 remain big hits.

LG took a chance with the G5 and when that became a dud, it switched gears and made the LG G6 like every other flagship you see now (and will probably keep seeing throughout 2017). That’s not exactly a bad thing though. By going with a simple, sleek design, a water-resistant body and a feature-packed camera, LG is giving phone users what they want. Covering the basics may be boring, but it works when you do it right (and even better when you can do it for a cheaper price). In the case of the LG G6, while it doesn’t have anything novel or buzzworthy, it’s LG’s most marketable and widely-appealing phone yet.

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LG has had to withstand two strong blows with its last flagships. As we know the LG G5 has been far from a success, ending the good reputation the company had come to rely on since releasing the G3 or the G4. With the LG G6, its plain to see that the South Korean manufacturer is seeking to regain user confidence, by hopefully delivering everything one would want in a smartphone.

The LG G6 has left a very good impression on us. It has a few key points that you can boast about, such as its display (with the unique ratio), audio quality (even without Quad DAC) and battery (with wireless charging in the US). The design and water resistance make it a even more attractive choice. It has some criticisms, though, like only 32 GB of internal storage and no removable battery.

Although it’s a good smartphone, it doesn’t have the latest processor and still carries a high-end price tag. In any case, the price of LG smartphones usually falls after a few months anyway, so that’s when it will be the best value.

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When I look back on many of the gimmicks LG has tried to use to sell smartphones over the years, the most striking thing about the G6 is how this time the focus is on just making a good, balanced phone that does most thing really well, and a few things. As much as you could argue that the taller display is indeed a gimmick, LG’s doing enough with it that it’s not just there for the sake of it.

Most importantly, the core experience of the LG G6 is flagship-class across the board, with a good-looking design, top-notch display, solid performance and battery life — and that’s complemented by a surprisingly great camera setup with some really fun features. The G6 isn’t exactly cutting edge in every area — LG tells me it deliberately isn’t playing the spec game this time.

Even so, its success is going to depend on its price tag, especially when you consider the Galaxy S8 is just a couple of months away. And should it be priced within striking distance of the Samsung flagship, it may be a hard sell for LG.

Regardless, right now, the LG G6 is a solid phone that I can absolutely recommend. The Korean firm hasn’t achieved perfection here. Instead, it’s a return to form.

Welcome back, LG.

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The LG G6 is not only a simple update of the high-end smartphone, but it follows a completely new concept compared to the LG G5. The plan worked and LG offers a great smartphone, which convinces with its design, good battery runtimes, great cameras, and its sturdy chassis. LG also implemented really good microphones.

LG unfortunately uses a slightly older SoC instead of the new Snapdragon 835, so we do not get features like Gigabit LTE or Bluetooth 5.0 in the G6, either. The manufacturer saved some money at other parts, too. The LG G5 was still equipped with an IR blaster and supported HDMI video output via USB, but both features are missing on the new G6. The regional differences are also annoying, because customers in Europe do not get the improved audio chip, wireless charging is not supported, and you only get half of the storage.

The LG G6 is still a big step in the right direction and is also available at a lower price compared to many rivals. However, important specs like the camera and the battery runtime do not have to hide behind the competition; especially the video features are unrivaled in the Android camp, and only the slightly outdated Lumia 950 XL is even better in this respect.

All in all, the LG G6 is a real smartphone highlight this year and the competition will have a hard time beating it.

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