LG today unveiled the LG G6 smartphone, featuring a bold new display format complimented by a cinematic-like 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 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.
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 G6 fits comfortably in one hand, giving you a big screen experience without the inconvenience of a big phone.
Sculpted from aluminum and glass, which comes in black and platinum, the 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 disperse the impact if the phone is dropped.
The G6 is the first smartphone to feature Dolby Vision technology. Not only does it support Dolby Vision, the G6 also supports HDR 10, both of which are standards for High Dynamic Range (HDR). This picture quality technology allows for a wider range of color and luminosity, wherein both the darkest and the brightest areas are more vivid, revealing greater detail for a truly immersive viewing experience.
And with the 18:9 QHD+ display, the G6 produces a cinematic-like viewing experience for streaming content from Netflix, Amazon and more that are increasingly creating HDR content. That’s why LG decided to support two HDR standards for viewers to have access to as much content as possible.
With the 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. With dual 13MP rear cameras, including a 125-degree lens on the wide angle, the G6 captures panoramic shots that regular phone 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 without the need for a selfie stick. Plus, the wide angle camera reduces edge distortion, which makes for more natural images.
To view recent selfies, wide angle pictures and ones in the new Square Camera Mode, users don’t need to open their gallery. Instead, users can view photos in one window via film mode. Not only does the G6 provide a Square Camera function which divides the 18:9 ratio display into two identical squares, the G6 can also take perfectly square photos in 1:1 ratio, ideal for Instagram and other social media apps.
Regardless of ratio selected (18:9, 16:9, 4:3, 1:1), users can take pictures in one window, while checking, editing and uploading pictures in another window immediately after shooting. What’s more, users can also create GIFs by combining between 2 and 100 photos from the gallery.
The 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 G6 has been designed and built to be dependable even when the going gets rough.
The 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. To further disperse heat inside the unit, LG engineers positioned the components most prone to overheating as far from each other as possible.
The G6 has Google Assistant built-in and LG has 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 utilizing artificial intelligence, the more Google Assistant is used, the more personalized 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.”
LG G6 Specifications:
What will annoy a lot of peope is that their is only 32GB storage in Europe and the US and wireless charging is exclusive to the U.S.
|Operating System||Android 7.0 Nougat|
Gorilla Glass 3
Dolby Vision, HDR10
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 (MSM8996)|
|Storage||32GB (U.S., Europe)|
64GB (Asia, Korea, Hong Kong, India, CiS)
|Expandable||microSD up to 2TB|
|Camera (Main)||13MP (IMX258), 1.12µm pixels, f/1.8, OIS|
71-degree lens, phase-detect AF
|Camera (Wide)||13MP (IMX258), 1.12µm pixels, f/2.4|
125-degree lens, fixed focus
|Front Camera||5MP, f/2.2|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2 LE, NFC|
|Audio||32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC (Asia only)|
Quick Charge 3.0
Qi wireless (U.S.)
|Security||One-touch fingerprint sensor|
|Dimensions||148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9 mm|
|Colors||Black, white, platinum|