LG G6 official with dual 13-megapixel rear cameras, Google Assistant built

LG G6 official with dual 13-megapixel rear cameras, Google Assistant built

DesignAnother year, another change in concepts for LG. The specs of the LG V30 includes sporting a Snapdragon 835 processor, which is now hogged by Samsung for its Galaxy S8. Looks like that's true.

As expected, LG has just revealed its flagship smartphone for the first half of the year, the G6. That said, it is worth noting that pricing details have not been revealed as of yet, but we do know that the device will be available in the USA starting in April 2017.

That said, like Samsung, LG has opted to include removable storage as an option on the G6.

The device runs on the latest Android 7.0 Nougat with the LG UX 6.0 UI laid on top. Google Assistant was first launched with the company's own Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones in late a year ago. Wireless charging on the G6 will be a USA exclusive (LG gave some wishy-washy reasons for this, but my guess it is boils down to U.S. customers asking for it). You have full support for Google Assistant here which is good.

Interestingly, LG has chosen to move away from the modular design of the G5. The 100-degree field of view camera comes in at 5MP and is wide enough to make sure you won't need a selfie stick.

The company certainly did its part to hype the G6 in recent weeks, capitalizing on a handful of leaks by talking up what sounded to be what it deemed a "FullVision display," coupled with a new interface created to capitalize on the new dimensions. For this, the company has installed heat pipes, which is made from the thermal conductor for transferring heat away from the processor. I wonder if that has anything to do with LG refusing to make its excellent OLED displays available for its phones. I attribute that mostly as a result of the display's aspect ratio.

But LG beat them to 18:9/2:1 (both the S7 and iPhone 7 are 16:9, for the record).

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Immediately noticeable is the 5.7-inch, 18:9 ratio screen, dominating the front of the phone and pushing out the bezels to the very fringes.

But really the selling point of the G6 is its display; the resolution might not be hitting anything beyond that of other flagship phones, but a sharp 564ppi density, strong colours and contrast, and an aspect ratio of 18:9, means the G6 is being presented as the phone to view videos and movies as the way they were intended on a smartphone.

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An 18:9 ratio allowed LG to make a larger display, which people seem to want, while keeping it narrow and easier to hold. Again, we'll wait for our full review to see just exactly how one-handed this thing actually is. It also supports HDR 10. It will be available in three different color variants - Ice Platinum / Mystic White / Astro Black.

It's not the only design trick LG has pulled. This is impressive news, and it fills in the gap left by Samsung's Note 7, which offered HDR, but not Dolby Vision.

The LG G6 is both dust- and water-resistant. It can be be immersed in up to 1.5 meters of water for as long as 30 minutes. It captures panoramic shots you can't get on other phones.

The G6 will be getting wireless functionality here in the States - functionality it will apparently be lacking in the rest of the world. It has a fingerprint sensor and 32bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC.



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