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LG G6 review: Can LG's bezel-less competitor challenge the Samsung Galaxy S8?
By James Lu - 7 May 2017
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Overview and Design


 

Overview

Everyone want larger displays, but no-one wants the extra bulk that goes with them. Enter: the LG G6 (and also the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+), which packs a huge 5.7-inch display into a body that's smaller than last year's 5.3-inch G5. LG has done this by stretching the display out, giving it an 18:9 aspect ratio, and eliminating wasted space at the top and bottom. The end result is a gorgeous, modern-looking phone.

But is it enough to carry LG to the top of the flagship smartphone market? Let's find out.

  LG G6
  LG G6
Launch SRP
  • From S$988
Latest Price
  • From S$670
Operating system
  • Android 7.0 Nougat with LG UX 6.0
Processor
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 quad-core (2 x 2.35GHz Kryo & 2 x 1.6GHz Kryo)
Built-in Memory
  • 4GB RAM
Display
  • 5.7-inch / 2,880 x 1,440 pixels (564ppi) / IPS LCD / FullVision Display
  • Always-on Display
Camera
  • Rear: Dual 13-megapixel, f/1.8, OIS, 3-axis, phase detection AF + 13-megapixel, f/2.4, 125-degree wide-angle, dual-LED flash
  • Front: 5-megapixel, f/2.2, 100-degree FOV
Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, DLNA, WiFi Direct, Bluetooth v4.2, NFC
Storage Type
  • 64GB internal storage
  • Expandable up to 256GB via microSD
Battery
  • 3,300mAh
Dimensions
  • 148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9 mm
Weight
  • 163g

Design

The first thing you'll notice about the G6 is its massive display. The 5.7-inch display has a stretched 18:9 aspect ratio, which makes it taller and thinner than the 16:9 aspect ratio displays found on most other phones, but also keeps the G6 compact and easy to use one-handed. Samsung's S8 and S8+ use a very similar 18.5:9 aspect ratio. 

Design-wise, the G6 is fairly blocky, with a slab-like form factor that makes the phone feel a lot chunkier than Samsung's S8. The G6 is actually 0.1mm thinner than the S8, but it feels thicker due to the S8's tapered edges. In terms of overall size, the G6 is quite similar in size to last year's G5 (it's actually slightly shorter and narrower, but 0.2mm thicker).

The rear of the phone has a Gorilla Glass 5 panel which is slightly curved at the edges. Interestingly, the front panel is only Gorilla Glass 3, which might make it slightly more susceptible to breaking than the rear (if an unfortunate mishandling incident occurs). As is generally the case with glass-rear phones, the back of the G6 is a bit of a fingerprint magnet and more-so if you choose a darker colored model.

This is also the first LG phone in a long time that hasn't had a removable rear (or in the case of the G5 a removable bottom). That means the battery can't be removed or replaced. On the plus side, it also means LG has been able to make the G6 IP68 certified, which means it can withstand up to 1.5 meters of water submersion for up to 30 minutes at a time. So weathering the elements is finally a feature on LG's flagship phone.

The one-piece aluminum frame that runs around the edge of the phone houses the antennas and makes the phone feel solid and rigid. The edges of the frame are chamfered, which is a style that's looking a bit dated now, and clashes with the otherwise modern-looking design of the huge display.

On the rear, there's a fingerprint sensor that doubles up as a power button (similar to how the G5, V10 and V20 handle) below the dual-lens camera module. Notably improved is that both the fingerprint scanner and camera module are now completely flush with the surface of the phone.

The volume buttons can be found on the left side, with the dual nano-SIM card tray on the right. The second SIM slot doubles up as a microSD card slot that is compatible with cards up to 256GB in capacity. Internally, you get 64GB storage.

On the bottom of the phone is a USB Type-C port and a single downward-firing speaker.

And on top, there's a standard 3.5mm headphone jack.

Our review model is the gorgeous platinum color, but the G6 is also available in black and white. 

8.0
  • Design 8.5
  • Features 8.5
  • User-Friendliness 8.5
  • Performance 7
  • Value 7.5
The Good
Huge 5.7-inch QHD display in a small form factor
Dolby Vision HDR certified display
Square Camera feature
Excellent 32-bit Quad DAC
IP68 build
FM Radio
The Bad
Outdated Snapdragon 821 processor
Underperforming battery
Dual-camera setup about the same as last year
Front camera is only a 5MP sensor
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