LG G6: A 5.7-inch Android flagship smartphone that fits in your hand
Vinu Varughese Oommen
Departing from the modular design of their previous flagship, LG has given a fresh new look and feel for their very latest Android smartphone. Let’s find out how good is the LG G6.
Design and Specifications
While the latest smartphones come with large-sized displays, they are often hard to hold and use for those who prefer one-handed operations. That’s why LG has decided to bring out a device that not only has fewer bezels and larger display area. The result is a smartphone with a large display that easily fits in one hand. The 5.7-inch screen isn’t your average display that you normally see on the market. LG has stepped up the aspect ratio of the IPS display to 18:9. However, you can still scale the applications to fit the standard 16:9. There is no doubt that the 18:9 FullVision display’s aspect ratio brings in a larger screen estate in the palm of your hands, and it looks fantastic. The resolution is 1440 x 2880 and with a pixel density of 564 ppi. This is by far the best display on an LG smartphone. The screen is protected by Gorilla Glass 3. Oh, and did we mention that the LG G6’s display is one of the first in the market to offer HDR10 and Dolby Visions support for HDR video content.
LG has also added the much-needed metal frames that make the G6 strong, rigid, and most importantly makes it feel premium. We also love the chiseled cuts on either side of the frame. The smartphone has a thickness of 7.9mm and weighs 163g (quite lightweight for a device that holds a large screen).
On the left side is the volume rocker buttons that’s well built. On the right side is the SIM card slot, the 3.5mm audio jack on the top, and the USB Type-C port on the bottom, along with the single speaker grill. There are two mics on the top and bottom. On the rear side is the neatly designed back panel which appears to be made of plastic with a smooth hairline finish. The dual lens camera on the rear is at the upper middle portion, along with the fingerprint scanner that’s rightly placed on the bottom of the camera module. I could easily reach the fingerprint scanner and unlock the device instantly with my index finger. Before we proceed to the specifications, we should mention that the LG G6 is the company’s first ever Android smartphone to come with IP68 water and dust resistance certification.
Under the hood is the Snapdragon 821 quad-core processor and 4GB RAM to easily handle the jobs on the Android 7.0 OS. The smartphone that we got for review, has 32GB of internal storage, which can also be expanded via a MicroSD card (uses either of the nano SIM slots).
You also get great software features such as split-screen support (not supported by all apps) and pin app on the recent app list so it doesn’t get cleared. But the biggest software highlight of the LG G6 is the integration of Google Assistant, Mountain View’s latest edition of their smart assistant for conversational inquiries on the palm of your hands.
We also found the performance of the LG G6 to be great. We didn’t come across any sort of lags and the experience is smooth with the new LG UX 6.0 UI. Unfortunately, the LG G6 review unit that we got wasn’t letting us benchmark the device for some reason.
There is one thing that concerned us. Since the display has an aspect ratio of 18:9, most of the video content from YouTube does not take the full advantage of the screen estate, leaving a lot of black borders. It could take time until the new aspect ratio becomes the norm for online streaming, and we are fine with that.
One of the main highlights of the LG G6 is the dual 13MP camera setup on the rear. One of the lenses is meant for standard shots with f1.8 aperture, and the other is for wide-angle photography with f2.4 aperture. The wide-angle lens has a coverage of 125-degrees. From the images we shot, the quality is quite good in both the modes. We also tried out the manual mode that lets us control the shutter speed and ISO. This is the perfect camera configuration for anyone who wants to travel and take some great standard and wide-angle images. Additionally, the camera brings the support of phase detection autofocus for fast and precise focusing speed and the optical image stabilization.
The main camera also comes with nifty features such as the Snapshot mode that divides one-half of the screen for the live viewfinder and the other half as the preview for the shot that you just clicked. This way, you don’t need to leave the camera app and go to the gallery to review the image. The Guide Shot helps users to overlay their shots with other situations. You can also create a 2 x 2 grid file of photos and videos: For example, a birthday wishes with different videos in a grid style from different users. You can also combine different shots to bring out the best of your editing creativity. The square camera mode is perfect for those who wants to
The main camera is also capable of recording videos up to 4K resolutions with Steady Record 2.0, slow-motion video recording up to 120fps, time-lapse and more. That’s not just it. The front 5MP camera can take both standard and wide-angle selfie modes as well. However, the quality of the front camera is just decent when we tried to take selfies during evening time.
The LG G6 packs a large 3300 mAh battery with support for Quick Charge 3.0 via the USB Type-C port. The battery is capable of charging up to 50% in half an hour. The smartphone is capable of running at idle situations and WiFi on for 3-4 days without much use. On a daily basis, the battery is able to last the whole day while using the camera, LTE connectivity, video content, IM chats and more.
LG has definitely stepped up their game in the premium smartphone market with regards to design, performance, and camera. When most of their competitors are releasing waterproof smartphones, it was obvious that LG will also design the G6 to be IP68 certified. The new design which allows users to hold the smartphone and operate it is a big deal for many. The main camera performance has slightly improved. However, we wish that the selfie camera had a better sensor and aperture. The LG G6 is a good choice for anyone looking for a great flagship smartphone.