LG was determined to smash the competition this year. That’s clear after seeing the abundance of camera features and the attention poured into the design of their newest LG G6 mobile. All of these things, coupled with the surprising display choice, made the device the innovator this year, at MWC #mobilemagic
Remember the LG G5, last year’s Mobile World Congress offering? The company scratched that modular design and started with a clean slate this time around. That means you’re stuck with the 3,300 mAh battery and most of the parts, except the microSD tray and Nano SIM space. That also makes the IP68 water and dust-resistance of the device possible.
The lack of a modular design gave LG the freedom to experiment with the display. In the end, a long, 18:9 Full Vision display graces the front of the phone, while the old fingerprint sensor and camera module appear unchanged on the back, this time made from Gorilla Glass 5 with metal frames. The 5.7-inch IPS screen at a resolution of 2,880 x 1,440 with reduced bezels on the top and bottom means you’re getting bigger display on a decent body footprint which snugs comfortably in your hands.
The innovation in display size enables a bunch of camera features you might have dreamed of, if you’re a heavy Instagram user. You can use the match shot mode for a hilarious collage of two square photos, the grid shot to make a four photos collage and the guide shot if you want to take several photos using the same shooting style. The dual 13MP IMX258 rear cameras, with the f/1.8 + 71-degree field of view main camera and the f/2.4 + 125-degrees field of view wide camera, can take great wide angle photos. The front 5MP camera has a feature similar to the adaptive selfie mode seen at Huawei P10, using its f/2.2 aperture and 100-degree field of view to take better-looking selfie group shots.
The 18:9 aspect ratio also meant adjustments at native app level, which LG took care of. It’s going to feel weird at first but believe me, after a while you’ll love the interface changes.
LG also packed some features for those less inclined to take selfies and more aware of the functionality and audio quality of a phone. LG G6 comes with Android Nougat 7.0 and Google Assistant from the get-go, while offering Hi-Fi Quad DAC with the models prepared for the Asian market.
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chipset
- 4GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage
- microSD expansion
- Quick Charge 3.0, USB-C cable
- built-in wireless charging available only on the US models
- 64GB model and dual-SIM variant only on the Asian models
- Snapdragon 835’s camera zoom transition feature can be seen in both stills and video
The LG G6 phone comes in three colors, dubbed “Ice Platinum”, “Astro Black” and “Mystic White”. There’s no info regarding availability and prices for now but we’ll keep you updated, especially since LG has really nailed their smartphone design line and capability focus now.