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Head-to-head: LG G6 VS. LG G5

LG has finally taken off the wraps off of their brand-new flagship, the G6. While we’re waiting to get our hands on the thing to give you our first impressions of the tall, 18:9 aspect ratio phone, let’s compare this year’s flagship with last year’s offering. What does the tale of the tape look like? Let’s take a peek:

Read: LG G5 review

LG G5 specs

  • 2.15 Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 5.3-inch QHD IPS Quantum dot display, 1440 x 2560
  • 32GB of expandable storage
  • 16-megapixel rear camera, 75 degree FOV, 1/2.5? sensor size, laser AF, OIS/8-megapixel rear camera, 85 degree FOV,
  • 8-megapixel front camera
  • Optional Dual SIM
  • 3G, LTE
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS, USB Type-C, NFC
  • 2800mAh battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow

LG G6 Specs

  • 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 quad-core processor
  • Qualcomm Adreno 530 GPU
  • 4GB RAM
  • 5.7-inch QHD+ Fullvisison display , 2880×1440 resolution, Gorilla Glass 3 protection
  • 32GB/64GB expandable storage, via microSD
  • Twin 13-megapixel rear camera, f/1.8 aperture, OIS, LED flash
  • 5-megapixel front camera
  • Dual SIM
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Fingerprint scanner, IP68 certification
  • 3300mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat

Okay, first off design. There’s a significant change in the design language of the G6 from the G5, and while that means that you won’t be getting a removable battery and the loss of the G5’s “friends” the trade-off is worth it. LG’s implementation of the modular accessory system wasn’t really all that great, and considering you’re getting IP68 certification with the loss of the modular accessory system, it’s a move we welcome with open arms.

The G6 is a little taller though to accommodate that ultra-wide 5.7-inch QHD+ FullVision display, but not by much, and the G6 isn’t that much wider than a regular G5.

The G6 is far superior to the G5 in the camera front as well, since both rear cameras are now using a 13-megapixel, f/1.8 aperture cameras compared to the G5’s 16-megapixel/8-megapixel combo. The rear cameras on the G6 still function much like the G5’s though – one is a variable zoom camera while the other is a fixed focus camera that shoots 125-degrees.

The only thing that the G5 has over the G6 is the processor. While the G6 technically uses a faster Snapdragon 821 processor compared to last year’s model, the speed increase is negligible if you ask us. RAM is still the same at 4GB with storage options being the same story, at 32GB. Each region gets their own storage version and we’re not sure if the Philippines will get either 32GB or 64Gb option, though in our opinion no flagship launched in 2017 should have 32GB at the get go – the base model should be 64GB at the start.

Battery on the G6 has been improved to 3300mAh versus the 2800mAh battery from last year’s model. From experience that 3300mAh battery should be able to last you a day which is far better than what the G5 was capable of doing based on our tests.

Anyway, that’s pretty much it. While the LG G6 sports slightly similar hardware compared to last year’s model, everything else has been revamped by LG. Their new gimmick-less G6 should be a solid hitter if the company prices it right – we’ll have to see how local pricing goes in that regard.

John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

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