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LG Officially Unveils The G6

LG’s possibly worst kept secret, their new flagship G6 smartphone, is now official. The Korean company has officially taken off the wraps the G6 at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona today, and since we’ve been seeing glimpses of the phone in some form or another in the past few weeks, nothing in LG’s unveil has surprised us in the slightest.

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

The G6 comes at the heels of a rather underwhelming flagship from last year, so LG’s gone to great lengths to try and make the phone stand out against the competition. The biggest change is the display – the LG G6 now has a massive 5.7-inch display that dwarfs the 5.3-inch panel on the G5. That display isn’t just bigger as it has a unique aspect ratio of 18:9 (or 2:1) making it a bit taller than your typical 16:9 display. That gives it more real-estate to multitask, as the display’s QHD+ resolution packs 1,440 x 2,880 pixels. In addition, the bezels on the phone are tiny – being less than 1mm thick, giving you more screen than ever before. The G6 has HDR and Dolby Vision technology, two standards that was previously seen on 4K TVs. LG’s claiming that they’re the first company to put both technologies in a phone.

New for this year is IP68 certification, which means the LG G6 is now dust and water resistant, much like the offering of Samsung’s flagships. LG has also abandoned the modular aspect of their phone to achieve that though, but that’s not really a big deal considering the lack of accessories for the G5. Anyway, the G6 uses a full metal body with a Gorilla Glass back that actually looks the part, with a curved back that’s reminiscent of their Korean rival’s design language. What’s nice about the new design is that the twin rear cameras on the back sits flush on the body – no more scratched camera lenses guys.

Speaking of cameras the LG G6 still has two rear cameras much like the G5, but now both cameras are the same, at least on the sensor level – both are 13-megapixel shooters capable of shooting at 125-degree angles, though one can shoot in an even wider angle to take photos of sweeping panoramic vistas. The 5-megapixel front camera takes selfies at around 80-degrees, so you can fit more people into your photos than ever before.

Despite the rumors of the G6 being the recepient of Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon chipset, future owners of the phone will have to settle for last year’s Snapdragon 821 processor. It’s kind of a bummer sure, but the Snapdragon 821 is still a pretty capable chipset on its own. Just like their V20, the G6 has a quad DAC system for superior audio – something that’s increasingly seeing demanded from flagship smartphones.

The G6 is one of the first phones to come out with Google’s Assistant pre-installed. Google’s Assistant is an ai-driven, natural language capable digital assistant that understands how you talk, without needing to parse it in a particular way.

LG’s saying that the G6 is their most reliable phone ever, and have taken several steps to make it withstand the rigors of daily use. The battery went through a reinforced testing process to ensure that it doesn’t blow up because of manufacturing defects. LG’s also increased the battery of the phone to 3300mAh, which is a big jump from last year’s offering.

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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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