Well, here it is. The LG G6. Last year I was here to see the modular G5 and all the additional toys getting shown off, but this year the idea of plug-in peripherals seems to have taken a back seat.
LG spoke about the “ideal smartphone” and told us that people want a one handed grip on their phones – even with a big screen, which is something else people love. This LG brings us a 5.7″ display with an “evolutionary aspect ratio” of 18:9. If you look closely enough you’ll see that LG have added curved corners to their display. These rounded edges are designed to reduce the risk of display damage when the handset is dropped. LG call their new screen a “FullVision Display”, and have decided not to go for the edge display that Samsung are famed for as it causes “tired hand muscles” and can crack easily. You also get Dolby Vision and HDR10 support which gives better contrast, richer colours and deeper blacks.
That FullVision Display means that you get more detail within apps and the extra real estate is utilised better in camera preview windows and so on. It’ll mean you can see the recently taken photos without entering the Gallery app.
Here in video is a little look into how that works. LG have also added some clever camera tricks that let you blend both lenses together into one shot..
The LG G6 is both water and dust resistant, so you have the confidence of knowing that it can be dunked in 1.5m of water for up to 30 minutes. The LG G5 wasn’t really a phone that you’d want to put in water, especially with that slide-out battery.
The US version gets wireless charging, and this is something I’ve missed in Europe since the LG G3. There’s also an upgraded front camera and the rear camera lenses have been altered slightly. Optical zoom on the rear comes courtesy of a wide zoom lens sitting next to a standard one. It gives you more options when snapping a photo and, as a G5 user with a similar lens arrangement on the rear, I’m quite a big fan. This time though, they’ve changed the wide-angle 8 megapixel camera found on the G5 with a 13 megapixel one. The 16 megapixel G5 standard lens has been dropped down to 13 megapixel but, as you’ll have already noticed – it means that you get consistent photo quality by matching the resolutions on both wide and the normal angle cameras.
It’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 CPU, which means quicker boot times, a more responsive interface, power improvements (up to 10% power savings) and the Adreno 530 GPU for more graphics horsepower. You also get Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 and a higher capacity battery – 3,300 mAh instead of the 2,800 mAh unit in the G5.
The full specs then, it’s an MSM8996 Quad Core CPU, 5.7″ 18:9 QHD+ (2880×1440) screen, 32GB of internal storage, 4GB RAM, 5 megapixel selfie shooter, 13 megapixel front, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, GPS and 3,300mAh battery.
Oh, and one little surprise for you. All of the shots taken during our LG G6 live blog were snapped on an LG G6 :)
Vodafone have confirmed that they will carry it, as have EE. They’ve told us that it’ll have Wi-Fi Calling, 4G Calling and the UK’s fastest 4G in more places than any other. Head to www.ee.co.uk/comingsoon. Currently EE has the most network capacity as well as the fastest upload and download speeds. They’re aiming for 4G coverage to reach 95% of the UK landmass by 2020.
EE TO OFFER LG G6 WITH WIFI CALLING AND 4G CALLING ON THE UK’S BIGGEST AND FASTEST NETWORK
26 February, London. EE has today confirmed LG’s new flagship smartphone, the LG G6, will be available on EE – the UK’s biggest and fastest mobile network.
The all new LG G6 is packed full of the latest in mobile technology, including a striking 5.7” Full Vision display and is the first smartphone to feature Dolby Vision™, perfect for watching movies and TV shows. With this big screen still fitting easily in one hand, it couldn’t be easier to use the dual 13-megapixel wide angle camera, enhanced with an array of features to instantly make any photo social media ready. Meanwhile the 100-degree wide angle front-facing camera is perfect those group selfies.
Customers who purchase the LG G6 from EE’s direct retail channels will be able to make calls and send texts in more places across the UK with WiFi Calling. EE customers can also stay connected to superfast 4G, even when making calls, thanks to 4G Calling.
Download a full 1080p HD film in a flash, or track down the next adventure using Google Maps instantly, on EE’s superfast network. The LG G6 can take advantage of EE’s unique double-speed 4G network to get the UK’s fastest download speeds, providing the ultimate in 4G connectivity and performance.
Pre-orders for the LG G6 will be announced in due course. For further information on the LG G6, including full details of EE’s price plans when available, customers can register for updates at www.ee.co.uk/comingsoon
LG UNVEILS NEW G6 WITH A LARGE FULLVISION
DISPLAY TAILORED TO FIT IN ONE-HAND
Flagship Smartphone Features Bold New Screen Aspect Ratio,
Ergonomic Excellence, Minimalist Design and Superb Durability
BARCELONA, Feb. 26, 2017 — LG Electronics (LG) today unveiled the G6 smartphone, the newest smartphone that features a bold new display format complimented by a cinematic viewing experience, exceptional screen to body ratio, wide angle camera and more. Designed in response to consumer feedback and user opinions, the G6 is a back-to-basics approach to premium smartphones, with a focus on the features consumers want, most notably a big screen that actually fits in one hand.
The Big Screen That Actually Fits in Your Hand
The LG G6 comes with a 5.7-inch QHD+ (2,880 x 1,440 resolution) FullVision display, and for the first time ever in a smartphone, an 18:9 screen aspect ratio. Compared to conventional 16:9 aspect ratio displays, the 18:9 format offers more viewing space and a more immersive experience when streaming videos and playing games. In a G6 Game Collection promotion for G6 buyers, in-game content with a retail value of up to a total of US$200 for six games – Temple Run 2, Spider-Man Unlimited, Crossy Road, SimCity BuildIt, Cookie Jam and Genies & Gems – on Google Play, are offered for free. The games take full advantage of the G6’s immersive FullVision display and single-handed ease of use.
More to See, Less to Hold
Even with the large screen featured on the G6, the smartphone is easy to hold. And unlike other phones with a similar screen size, the LG G6 fits comfortably in one hand, giving you a big screen experience without the inconvenience of a big phone. In fact, ergonomics research teams led by Dr. Andris Freivalds at Pennsylvania State University and Dr. Ji Yong-gu at Yonsei University tested the LG G6 for stability when holding the phone, comfort in various postures and actions, as well as muscle fatigue when using the smartphone for long periods. The LG G6 received the highest marks in all test categories.
Attractive and Mostly Screen
Sculpted from aluminium and glass, which comes in black, platinum and white, the LG G6 features a minimalist design that’s sleek all-round and perfectly smooth to the touch. The metal frame that wraps around the perimeter of the phone imparts solidity in style with a soft matte finish and the back is perfectly flat, with no camera bump to avoid or protect. Complimented by narrow bezels, the upper bezel was minimized by rearranging the camera, sensor and speaker in a row on the front upper side. The rounded corners of both the body and display not only unify the design but also dispersing the impact if the phone is dropped.
Transform Your Mobile Viewing Experience with Dolby Vision
The LG G6 is the first smartphone to feature Dolby Vision technology. But not only does it support Dolby Vision, the G6 also supports HDR 10, both of which are standards for High Dynamic Range (HDR), the picture quality technology which allows for a wider range of colour and luminosity, wherein both the darkest and the brightest areas are more vivid, revealing greater detail for a truly immersive viewing experience.
With smartphone screen sizes getting bigger and the speed of the Internet becoming faster, LG decided to support two HDR standards for viewers to have access to as much content as possible. With HDR content from Netflix and Amazon on the rise, watch popular shows in stunning HDR quality on the LG G6. Amazon will also increasingly create 18:9 content for a cinematic viewing experience on the 18:9 QHD+ display.
Get More In, Leave Nothing Out
With the LG G6, you don’t need to ask people in the picture to reposition, cram together or find another place to stand in order to get everything in, simply choose between standard and wide angle settings. And with dual 13MP rear cameras, including a 125-degree lens on the wide angle, the LG G6 captures panoramic shots that regular phones cameras can’t. The G6 delivers an outstanding and unique camera experience by creating seamless transitions when zooming in and out between the wide-angle and standard camera lenses even during 4K video capture. The G6 also comes with an expanded 100-degree field of view with its 5MP front camera, which means users can take selfies or wefies without the need for a selfie stick. Plus, the wide angle camera reduces edge distortion, which makes for more natural images.
Square Up and Share
And to view selfies, wefies, wide angle pictures and even the ones in the new Square Camera Mode, recent LG G6 photos appear in one window in film mode which means users don’t need to move to their gallery to review them. The G6 provides a Square Camera function which divides the 18:9 ratio display into two identical squares. The LG G6 can also take perfectly square photos in 1:1 ratio, ideal for Instagram, Snapchat and other social media apps. Users can also choose other ratios, such as 4:3, 16:9 and 18:9. Users can also take pictures in 1:1 ratio in one window, while checking, editing and uploading pictures in another window immediately after shooting. What’s more, users can create GIFs by combining between 2 and 100 photos from the gallery.
Built for the Unexpected
The LG G6 can go just about anywhere without worry thanks to its IP68 water and dust resistance that makes it safe to be immersed in up to 1.5 meters of water for as long as 30 minutes. And you can worry less about accidental drops and other rough environments during everyday use because the LG G6 has been designed and built to be dependable even when the going gets rough.
And the LG G6 not only meets international testing standards but also endures further tests for high temperatures and nail penetration and uses a proprietary technology that dissipates heat via an internal heat pipe, the first in an LG smartphone. And to further disperse heat inside the unit, LG engineers positioned the components most prone to overheating as far from each other as possible.
A Helping Voice with the Google Assistant
The LG G6 has Google Assistant built-in. LG worked closely with Google to make sure the Google Assistant experience is great right out of the box. It works seamlessly and intuitively with LG apps, empowering users to get fast answers, manage everyday tasks, enjoy the best music and videos and search the G6 more quickly and efficiently than ever. And with the remote after-service utilising artificial intelligence, the more Google Assistant is used, the more personalised it becomes because it knows more about the user.
“The LG G6 offers users new visual and manual experiences, as it marries an expanded screen with the convenience of one-handed use,” said Juno Cho, president of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “LG will continue to lead smartphone innovation with a focus on convenience and reliability in order to exceed consumer expectations.”
Key Specifications: *
Chipset: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 821 Processor
Display: 5.7-inch 18:9 QHD+ FullVision Display (2880 x 1440 / 564ppi)
Memory: 4GB LPDDR4 RAM / 32GB or 64GB UFS 2.0 ROM / MicroSD (up to 2TB)
Front 5MP Wide (F2.2 / 100°)
Rear Dual: 13MP Wide (F2.4 / 125°) / 13MP Standard OIS 2.0 (F1.8 / 71°)
Battery: 3,300mAh (embedded)
Operating System: Android 7.0 Nougat
Size: 148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9mm
Network: LTE-A 3 Band CA
Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac / Bluetooth 4.2 BLE / NFC / USB Type-C 2.0 (3.1 compatible)
Colours: Astro Black / Ice Platinum / Mystic White
Other: Water and Dust Resistant / Fingerprint Sensor / UX 6.0 / Dolby Vision™ / HDR10 / Qualcomm Quick Charge™ 3.0