At the Mobile World Congress this week LG unveiled their latest flagship phone, the LG G6. In the past the company has offered many bells and whistles with their devices, however this time around the company has gone back to basics.
LG’s previous flagship devices have offered all sorts of gimmicks, from self-healing casing to modulation, however the LG G6 has none of that, instead the company seems to have focused on working on what makes their products great, even greater. One of the company’s focuses on the LG G6 is the screen.
For a while now LG have always tried to give its users as much screen real estate as possible making bezels thinner than previous. This time around, it looks like they’ve managed to achieve both an incredibly large screen while also making it easy to use with a single hand. How? By stretching the screen both vertically and horizontally.
Usually smartphones focus on the diagonal aspect ratio, however by bringing both the length and width out a little more, LG have created a much more even display with minimal bezels perfect for one-handed use. The 5.7-inch LCD has a resolution of 2880 x 1440, giving it a taller 18:9 aspect ratio.
As for the design, LG seem to have opted for a similar design to the Samsung Galaxy S7, that being said, both the screen and the phone itself have rounded corners, an intentional design, as the LCD itself has been rounded off to allow for much better structural integrity, which is impressive.
The cameras on the device are another area in which LG have focused on. While it continues to have the dual camera set up, one of which is a standard lens and the other a wideangle, the resolutions have been matched up, so now both have 13-megapixel sensors. The only real difference is the aperture with the standard lens having f/1.8 with optical image stabilisation, and the wide angle having a slower f/2.4.
LG has also focused more on the software for the camera with a new “Fullscreen UX” feature. This is because the new larger aspect ratio allows two identical squares to appear on the screen which allows for a number of square Instagram-ready 1:1 photos. This of course would have been useful before Instagram added support for landscape images, but the sentiment is still there. The UX also adds features such as having the previous photo appear directly below the camera to compare framing and there’s even the ability to onionskin to directly compare shots with the one you’re about to take.
The user interface has also been overhauled, which is demonstrated in the video bellow:
Other specifications for the phone are equally as impressive, as the LG G6 offers a 3300mAh battery which can be fully charged in a little over an hour and a half. The battery is however the first in recent times to not be removable. This is something LG says is necessary to allow for waterproofing.
The device also comes powered by a Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821, which may seem odd considering Qualcomm’s latest chip is the Snapdragon 825, however LG insist that this choice has been made due to the engineers being more familiar with this chip and have made the phone more reliable. It’ll also boast 4GB RAM, and upto 64GB on-board storage with support for microSD cards.
There’s currently no word on when the LG G6 will launch in the UK or how much it’ll cost, however it’ll launch in Korea on March 9 with the US market getting the phone on April, so we expect the European release to be around the same time.