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Head-to-Head: LG Q6 VS Huawei GR5 2017

Let them fight!

Unbox is here to fulfill a recent request from some of our readers – a Head-to-Head battle involving LG’s newest mid-range FullVision darling, the LG Q6. Today, we’ll be pitting the Q6 against Huawei’s dual-camera darling, the GR5 2017. It’s a battle of media darlings, folks! Who’ll come up top? Let’s find out.


  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 octa-core processor
  • Qualcomm Adreno 505 graphics unit
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 5.5-inch Full HD+ IPS FullVision display, 2160 x 1080 resolution, 18:9 aspect ratio
  • 32GB of expandable storage, up to 256GB via microSD
  • 13-megapixel rear camera, with AF, LED flash
  • 5-megapixel front camera, wide-angle
  • Dual SIM, with 4G LTE, LTE-A
  • WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
  • Facial recognition
  • 3000mAh battery
  • Android 7.1.1 Nougat, with LG UX
  • Price: Php 13,990

Review: LG Q6 Unboxing, Quick Review: Finally, LG’s Stunning FullVision Tech For The Mid-range

Huawei GR5 2017

  • HiSilicon Kirin 655 octa-core processor
  • ARM Mali-T830 MP2 graphics unit
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 5.5-inch Full HD IPS display, 1920 x 1080 resolution
  • 32GB of expandable storage, up to 256GB via microSD
  • 12-megapixel primary rear camera, color sensor, with PDAF, LED flash
  • 2-megapixel secondary rear camera, depth sensor
  • 8-megapixel front camera
  • Dual SIM, with 4G LTE, LTE-A
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • 3,340mAh battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow, with EMUI
  • Price: Php 11,990

Review: Huawei GR5 2017 Review: Dual-cam Mid-range Winner

Core Hardware: A Case of Priorities

The Huawei GR5 2017 features a snappy, mid-range HiSilicon Kirin 655 chipset. The LG Q6 comes with a budget-tier Snapdragon 435. There’s no question that the GR5 2017 outplays the Q6 when it comes to processing power.

What the LG Q6 has over the GR5 2017 is its snazzy Full HD+ FullVision display. The Q6, with its 2160 x 1080 resolution and unique 18:9 aspect ratio, feels larger than the regular 5.5-inch phablet. In comparison, Huawei’s handset only has a vanilla-flavored Full HD IPS screen.

The Huawei GR5 2017 also has a fingerprint sensor, while the Q6 unusually doesn’t come with one. What it has as a replacement is facial recognition technology, which sounds like an iffy inconvenience compared to a simple fingerprint scanner.

If you’re looking for a more powerful, more versatile smartphone, the GR5 2017 is your best bet. If you’re hankering for a sexier handset with a gorgeous FullVision display, then the Q6 is the choice.

Camera Choice: The GR5 2017 pulls ahead, but not by much.

Huawei’s dual-cam darling boasts two rear snappers – a 12-megapixel color sensor working with a 2-megapixel depth sensor. As such, the GR5 2017 can create decent artificial bokeh via software means.

Meanwhile, the LG Q6 runs with a standard 13-megapixel camera with AF and LED flash. There’s literally nothing else to say about the Q6’s snappers except that.

Considering both handsets’ front cameras are nothing to write home about, we’ll side with the GR5 2017 on this one.

Wrapping Up: The choice is actually simple.

There’s a Php 2K price difference between the Huawei GR5 2017 and the LG Q6, with the latter being the more expensive option. That’s a big factor when it comes to choosing mid-range handsets.

Huawei’s GR5 2017 is the more appealing choice if you’re looking for a cheaper, more robust smartphone. It even comes with a dual rear camera setup to help you out in capturing the best bokeh’d shots. The handset also has a larger battery pack and should have better uptime thanks to its efficient Kirin SoC.

On the other hand, the LG Q6’s main – and arguably only – appeal is its sexy FullVision panel. It doesn’t have a fingerprint sensor, but to compensate, it packs facial recognition technology. The Q6 is also more expensive. If you’re into stylish phones that look different from the usual lot, then go with LG’s phone.

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