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LG officially unveils its new G6 flagship smartphone

by on26 February 2017

5.7-inch screen packed in a 5.2-inch body

During its scheduled pre-MWC 2017 event, LG has officially unveiled its new G6 flagship smartphone, coming with a FullVision 18:9 aspect-ratio 5.7-inch screen and powered by Qualcomm's well-known Snapdragon 821 SoC.

The big portion of the presentation was focused on a 5.7-inch IPS LCD panel with 18:9 aspect ratio (or simply 2:1), which LG calls FullVision. It has a 2880x1440 resolution, which adds up to a pixel density of 565ppi. The 2:1 aspect ratio is not a novelty as such Univisium format has been used for shooting several movies, allowing directors to fit more scene in the frame.

LG also talked and invested a lot of research in the ergonomics part of the new LG G6 flagship, claiming that it has managed to squeeze in a 5.7-inch screen in a 5.2-inch size smartphone, measuring at 148.9x71.9x7.9mm, which is quite an achievement. The LG G6 ends up with around 78 percent body-to-screen ratio, which is not half bad.

In order to make the smartphone more durable, LG used round corners and placed the screen behind Gorilla Glass 3. The frame is made of aluminum and the back is coated with Gorilla Glass 5. The LG G6 is also the first LG G-series smartphone that is both water and dust resistant, coming with IP68-rating. This also means that the battery is no longer removable.

Specification wise, the LG G6 uses well-known Snapdragon 821 SoC, which is an octa-core part with two Kryo clusters and Adreno 530 GPU. The Snapdragon 821 SoC is backed by 4GB of RAM and it will be available in 32GB and 64GB storage options, expandable via microSD card slot.

This also confirmed earlier rumors that Samsung scored all Snapdragon 835 SoC orders. LG also put a lot of attention to cooling, so it will be cooled with an "advanced heatpipe" design and a copper baseplate.

LG also updated the camera module so it comes with two rear cameras, similar to the G5 and V20. This time around, LG decided to use two 13-megapixel cameras, one with wide-angle 125-degree f/2.4 lens and one with a standard 71-degree lens. Only the normal one has OIS and autofocus but it should provide good pictures, at least according to first shots.

On the front, LG G6 comes with a 5-megapixel camera with 100-degree lens, which should be enough for most selfies.

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The LG G6 comes with a non-removable 3,300mAh battery, with QuickCharge 3.0, allowing it to charge up to full-charge in 96 minutes and half-charge in 32 minutes. LG also talked a bit about the Quad-DAC for audio but it appears that this would be only available on versions sold in Korea. The US version of the LG G6 smartphone will be getting wireless charging.

As expected it uses USB 3.1 Type-C connector, comes with rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, all the usual connectivity options like 802.11ac dual-band WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2, FM radio and runs on Android 7.0 Nougat OS with LG's own "full-screen" UX 6.0 UI on top of it, which should make best of the new 18:9 aspect ratio.

According to known details, LG G6 will be available in Astro Black, Mystic White and Ice Platinum color options and should be available for pre-order sometime in March with a yet to be announced price tag. You can check out more pictures as well as LG's own official video of the LG G6 which outlines most of the features, right below.

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