LG is one of the top 5 smartphone makers in the world today. They have been delivering high-quality smartphones at least for the last 7-8 years. But when it comes to competition with the market leader, Samsung, LG has always lagged behind them due to one reason or the other. They have been at the forefront of innovations in smartphone space, but have never been at the forefront of the market. They are hoping to change the status quo with their latest offering, the LG G6. They have made some radical changes in the more traditional aspects on the design front.
They have made the phone more pocketable and easier to operate with one hand by almost eliminating the side bezels. LG has fitted a 5.7-inch display in a device that has a footprint of a 5.2” display. They have achieved this by changing the traditional wide-screen aspect ratio of 16:9 to an unorthodox 18:9 aspect ratio, which means the screen is as wide as a 5.2” display, but it is taller than one. The LG G6 is available at a price of Rs. 39,018/- (Astro Black colour) in online stores. Let us take a closer look at this smartphone in the following review.
The LG G6 Phone is the cream of the crop when it comes to the hierarchy of the company’s models. LG have lavished their full care and attention on the design of this smartphone. The LG G6 is a unibody smartphone. It has a metal frame which is sandwiched between two sheets of Gorilla Glass 5. The frame surrounding the phone is quite thick and allows for a more secure grip on the phone in addition to giving it a more premium look. The edges of the phone are chamfered and the corners are rounded. The back panel is not completely flat but is sloping towards the sides.
These sloping edges help in maintaining a secure grip on the phone and also help when picking up the phone from a flat surface quite easily. At the back, there’s only the prominent G6 branding along with the dual camera set-up and the fingerprint reader. The dual cameras are set in a rectangular cut-out with rounded edges. The dual-LED flash sits between the two lenses. Below the camera setup lies the round fingerprint reader, which is a convenient place for unlocking while maintaining a secure grip on the phone.
The hybrid dual-SIM tray sits on the right edge of the phone. It can either take in two micro-SIM cards or one SIM card and one memory card. The volume rockers sit on the left edge of the phone. The USB type C port sits at the bottom of the single speaker and the primary microphone. The top edge carries the 3.5mm headphone jack along with the secondary noise-cancelling microphone. Over at the front, the 5.7” display is the centerpiece. It is a unique display because it features curved corners, unlike traditional displays with sharp corners. The earpiece sits over the display along with the 5.0-megapixel full HD selfie camera and the sensors.
There’s nothing in the space below the display as the Android navigation buttons are a part of the display. But the extra chin helps to maintain a secure grip on the phone and helps for better ergonomics while handling the phone. To top it off, the LG G6 comes with an IP68 certification for water and dust protection. Even if the phone is submerged into a pool up to 5 meters depth, it will still work after it is dried off. The design review of this phone points to a well-designed phone which can survive a dip in the water.
The LG G6 features a 5.7” quad HD display with a resolution of 1440 x 2880 pixels for a pixel density of 564PPI. It carries an unusual aspect ratio of 18:9 in order to accommodate the bigger display in a very compact form-factor. It is an IPS LCD display which boasts of brightness levels up to 468nits in the manual mode and a hundred more in auto mode.
The colours are rendered accurately with a slight inclination towards a bluish tint. The display on the LG G6 supports Dolby Vision and HDR10 standard which makes it capable of displaying 12-bit colours (or 68 billion colours). Overall, this is one of the best screens available on a mobile device today.
The LG G6 boasts of a dual camera setup. Both the cameras have a resolution of 13.0-megapixel and use the exact same sensor, but the regular camera has a 71° FOV with an aperture of f/1.8 while the other one has a 125° FOV with an aperture of f/2.4, for ultra-wide photos. The regular camera has OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) while the wide-angle camera does not have it. The dual-LED flash helps in extremely low-light situations.
The selfie camera is a 5.0-megapixel shooter which can also shoot 100° wide-angle photos. But this is achieved using only one sensor. It manages to capture a decent amount of details and the colours are rendered quite nicely. The selfies captures are not amazing, but they are usable. All-in-all, the focus here is on capturing high-quality images with the primary camera and not so much on the selfie camera.
The LG G6 is powered by the Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 821 quad-core processor which is supported by the Adreno 530 GPU. This is supported by 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. The storage can be increased up to 256GB, courtesy of the storage expansion slot. These are really high-end specifications and they power the phone to run smoothly in day-to-day as well as undertaking conditions such as high-end games.
In synthetic benchmark testing, the G6 does very well in CPU-intensive tasks and is below average in graphics-specific tests. But real-world experience is super smooth, with nary a hiccup or stutter in daily usage. Call quality is good and the call is clear at both the ends. It is a top of the class performer with no complaints regarding performance. With specifications as powerful as they are, nothing less was expected from the LG G6.
INSIDE THE BOX:
· LG G6 Handset
· Stereo Earphones
· Micro USB Cable
· SIM Ejector Tool
· User Manual and Quick Start Guide.
ü 3300 mAh. Li-Ion Battery (Non-Removable).
ü Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac; Bluetooth v4.2, A2DP, LE.
ü Primary dual-camera setup.
ü 5.7” IPS LCD HDR10 compliant display.
ü Fingerprint reader.
ü IP68 certified water and dust proof.
û Weak selfie camera.
The LG G6 is a flagship device which carries the best of what LG has to offer, at least until the next flagship comes along. It is a treat to use in day-to-day usage. The curved display and the metal frame give it a very premium look. The IP68 certification and the support for HDR10 are just the icings on top of the proverbial cake. All-in-all, the LG G6 is a strong contender for the phone of the year. This review has brought out the best of the LG G6 has to offer. It will surely give the best value for the buyer’s money.
· Performance: 4 Stars.
· Value for Money: 4 Stars.