LG’s highly anticipated flagship is due to be unveiled on February 26 at MWC 2017, but the company itself and several leakers have revealed plenty of information ahead of the G6’s debut. There has been a steady supply of image leaks that give us a clear idea of the G6’s design.
The big reveal will be at noon on February 26 in Barcelona at MWC 2017, but we already have plenty of information about the device through leaks and official details from LG. VentureBeat has obtained “planning material” regarding the LG G6 that reveals the upcoming flagship’s US launch date, April 7. This would mean the G6 will be available for purchase in the US before its rival, the Samsung Galaxy S8, which is expected to go on sale later in the month. In terms of pricing, we’ve not seen any leaks yet, though it’s likely that the smartphone will be a premium model at around $699.
There’s no shortage of leaked images of the G6 showing off its design. Thanks to the famous leaker Evan Blass, we can see all the sides of the LG G6 in these leaked press renders.
— Evan Blass (@evleaks)
February 22, 2017
A new image leak shows what the back of the device may look like through a clear case. If this is real, it would mean that the LG G6 will have a brushed metal rear, like one of the previously leaked images you can see below from UnderKG. The images are of the G6 with a clear Ringke-brand bumper cover, so it gives us a good look at the design.
The leaked images show the two rear cameras on each side of the flash, with the fingerprint reader below. At the very bottom, we find a G6 logo. On the front, there are no buttons. The bottom has a USB Type-C post, but the top still features a headphone jack anyway.
The LG G6 was recently spotted in the wild, someone shot a picture of the unreleased smartphone while driving and leaked it for all to see. What this new picture of the LG G6 shows is that it appears a lot glossier than other leaks we’d previously seen, featured in a glossy black casing with rounded edges made of metal and covered in glass. We also have a good view of the fingerprint scanner and the dual camera lens, though this was already known from previous leaks. The LG G6 being the most leaked device of this year’s MWC, we’re sure more will come until the company’s schedule event at the MWC on February 26. Below you’ll find all of the other leaks we’ve already gotten wind of for the LG G6.
A leak published on the Korean site UnderKG, revealed another side view of the G6. Specifically, it showed the side of the device opposite the volume control. What you can see is the large SIM and MicroSD card slot on the side. And, on the front, you can see the selfie camera next to the speaker. The device is a grey silver, but undoubtedly other colors will be made available.
Forget about leaks, as LG itself has also begun slowly trickling more information about the G6. To tease the public, the company has released a new video asking people to share the attributes of their ideal smartphone. In the video, they mention wanting water resistance, a quality camera and a large display that’s not too big to operate with one hand. Since LG released the video, it has confirmed the specs of the display, so we expect water resistance and camera specs to live up to the hype too. Check out the full video below:
As the teaser video above indicated, LG has now confirmed the display specs of the G6. The QHD+ display will be 5.7 inches, and have a 2,880 x 1,440 resolution and an unusual 18:9 aspect ratio. The sheer size of the display means there won’t be much of a bezel, and LG has dubbed this “FullVision”.
This unique aspect ratio paired with Android 7.0 Nougat, will allow users to run apps side-by-side in multi-window mode as perfect squares. We will let you know in our review of the device if this really makes for a better multi-tasking experience.
One interesting thing to note about the press image above, apart from the multi-window feature, is the rounded corners. This might be hinting that the device’s screen will have rounded corners, as we saw in the leaked image from the Verge.
Last year, LG based its G5 on the modularity principle, which allows for the addition of modules attached directly via the bottom of the smartphone. While the idea is good, the approach was complicated and required a restart of the smartphone when you swap Mods, in addition to the time needed to remove the battery. It’s definitely not as simple as Lenovo’s Moto Mods for the Moto Z.
According to the Wall Street Journal who spoke with an LG representative, the company is moving away from modularity with the G6 because customers aren’t interested in it. Instead LG will focus on aesthetics and usability. From what we see from the various leaks, LG it seems wants to stop paying the price of failed creativity and instead focus on a smartphone that fans will find simple and actually like.
The G6 will run LG’s mobile UX 6.0, based on Android 7.0 Nougat. This means the G6 will be capable of supporting the multi-window mode. With the 18:9 aspect ratio of the screen, this means apps can run side-by-side as two perfect squares. You can see a preview of the new UX in the teaser video below.
The LG G6 is rumored to have a Snapdragon 821 processor, as some Geekbench results have emerged online suggesting this and there are reports that Samsung is keeping all the 835 processors for themselves. Given that its predecessor, the G5, had 4 GB of RAM, the G6 will have at least 4 GB, if not 6 GB.
LG intends to make sound quality a priority with the G6, just like the V20. The new 32-bit Quad DAC for the LG G6 manages the right and left channels separately to offer a more balanced sound. The new DAC should also be able to bring down distortion levels to 0.0002 percent.
The South Korean manufacturer has published a blog confirming a rear dual 13 MP camera with a 125 degree viewing angle, similar to a human’s field of view. The brand pointed out that the standard rear lens as well as the wide-angle lens will offer the same quality images. It also confirmed a front camera with a 100 degree viewing angle.
LG is integrating new photography features to complement the improved lenses and FullVision 18:9 display. The camera will shoot square images for Instagram, plus it can make GIFs from photos in your gallery and take 360 degree panorama shots. There are new filters for selfies, and a food mode that increases saturation and color for those obsessed with taking pictures of their meals.
According to PhoneArena, LG is considering getting rid of its removable battery design, which would be a shame given the unique differentiator it gives the company in comparison to other all-metal smartphones.
What would you like to see for the next LG flagship? Are you excited about the large display?