The LG G6, launched in India on Monday, is successor to last year’s modular G5 and comes with an unusual 18:9 Full Vision display — instead of a regular 16:9 — and a wide-angle 13-megapixel dual rear camera system. Just like the Samsung Galaxy S8 (and Galaxy S8+) the LG G6 strips the screen off bezels and gives you a clean front sans any physical buttons.
The idea is to offer more real estate — just over 80 per cent screen-to-body ratio in the case of the G6 — in a compact form factor. Which means even though the G6 is a 5.7-inch phone, it actually makes up for a much smaller footprint when in the hands. Here’s a closer look at LG’s new flagship phone.
Processor: The LG G6 is powered by a 2.35GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor clubbed with Adreno 530 GPU.
RAM: It comes with 4GB of RAM.
Internal storage: The LG G6 comes with 64GB of internal memory which is expandable by up to 256GB via a micro-SD card.
Screen: The G6 comes with what LG calls as a Full Vision display. The phone boasts of an edge-to-edge screen and an unusual 18:9 (2:1) aspect ratio instead of a regular 16:9. It comes with a 5.7-inch QHD+ IPS LCD display with a 2,880×1,400 pixel resolution. The phone, in addition, also supports always-on functionality.
Rear camera: The LG G6 comes with a dual camera system on the rear, consisting of two 13-megapixel sensors — offering a 125-degree wide angle — with one working ‘specifically’ to offer the wider field of view. The rear camera system is further assisted with f/1.8 aperture, 3-axis Optical Image Stabilisation, phase detection auto-focus and dual-LED flash.
Front camera: On the front, the LG G6 sports a 5-megapixel camera with f/2.2 aperture.
Software: The LG G6 runs Android 7.0 Nougat-based UX 6.0 out-of-the-box.
Battery: The G6 is backed by a 3,300mAh battery and supports fast charging.
— The LG G6 comes with a ‘minimalist’ design consisting of Corning Gorilla Glass 5 (Gorilla Glass 3 on the front) and metal — with chamfered edges and rounded corners — and a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. It is also IP68-certified for dust and water resistance.
— The USP of the G6, according to LG, is its ‘big screen that fits.’ The phone comes with ridiculously slim bezels allowing the display to take up over 80 per cent of its front side: a concept also seen in Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are however a lot more curvier in comparison, and also they offer more screen-to-body ratio — an 83 per cent — than LG’s phone.
— The Full Vision display of the G6 when combined with LG’s UX 6.0 software allows users to run apps in two perfectly square windows side by side. The feature, which seems to be a gradual progression of Android Nougat’s split-screen multitasking capabilities, has been extended to the camera software as well.
— The camera app in the case of the LG G6 comes with a specialised Square mode that has been designed to make best use of the phone’s one-of-a-kind aspect ratio. It allows users to take a picture and then simultaneously review the same in a square — 1:1 — identical to the one offered by the view-finder.
— In the LG G5, while one of the rear cameras has what you can call a regular lens, the other one has a wider lens. A wider lens means the phone’s rear snapper can cover a larger area with a distinct fish-eye effect on the edges. It kind of gives you a 3D-like panorama sweep of what you’re clicking without having you to move your phone in a certain manner. It shouldn’t be confused with an actual panorama shot though.
— The LG G6 is also notably the world’s first smartphone to support Dolby Vision (and HDR 10) for enhanced videos, a feature which was until now limited to high-end TVs.
India price and availability: LG has launched the G6 in India at a price of Rs 51,990. The LG G6 will be available for buying starting Tuesday from Amazon India. LG will be offering a Rs 10,000 cashback for the G6 on HDFC and SBI credit cards, it announced. Also, Reliance Jio users will be eligible for 100GB additional 4G data till March 18 on purchase of the G6.