It was hard to avoid comparing new LG G6 with Samsung Galaxy S8 as these are two brightest launches made recently. Since some of the reviews are unnecessarily critical of LG, largely due to timing, LG G6 can still compete with the Galaxy S8. To put it short, the LG G6 is a beautifully-designed, premium Android Nougat-driven smartphone.
LG first unveiled its G6 in February but at that time the company wasn’t ready to come up with final production units. Having made necessary updates and refinements, LG has just officially begun shipping the phone via all major carriers.
The first great feature about LG G6, just as in most launches recently, is display. It has an ultra-thin side, top and bottom bezels and a rather unorthodox 2880×1440 resolution. This is what’s known as an 18:9 aspect ratio, loosely based on the film format called Univisum. The ratio is a 2 to 1 (2:1) with the horizontal view twice as wide as the vertical height, if you hold a device in landscape mode, for example.
Users may feel the device is too expansive and “tall” especially when scrolling down the web browser or social media feed. If particular apps and games don’t take full advantage of the ratio, black bars will appear on the sides of the display even at full screen. You can find an “app scaling” option in settings of some apps.
LG has equipped its G6 with three cameras – dual rear-facing 13MP shooters – one standard view 70º f1.8 with optical image stabilization and a second wide-angle 125º camera with f2.4 aperture and no OIS. The standard camera can also boast of a laser, phase-detect and contrast auto-focus capability. The front camera is a 100º wide-angle shooter with f2.2 aperture.
LG G6 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821. Even though the recently-launched Snapdragon 835 is powering the Galaxy S8 series, its previous version is by no means worse. It’s very stable at this point and supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 technology. That’s all backed up by 32GB of storage, 4GB of RAM and a 3300 mAh battery, which is the only config option for the device.
The LG G6 comes with a quick charger with USB Type-C cable, lit pack and sim extractor tool. You will simply get through the full day without having to plug the phone in while rival phones like the Pixel XL and iPhone 7 Plus can allow for nearly a day and a half. The obvious advantage of G6 here is that fast-charging tech lets the battery jump from 10% to 50% in about a half-hour, making overall battery life less of an issue.
The G6 also comes with Google Assistant, the search giant’s new digital aide. The price with major carriers like AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile ranges from $650 to $720.
The LG G6 is a nice option for Android fans who want a bigger screen without a phone that’s physically larger. But you shouldn’t wait for considerable difference from rival Android flagships.