LG G6 will be available outright in Australia this Thursday
It's not inexpensive, to put it politely.
When LG launched the LG G6 in Australia, it did so with Telstra as the exclusive launch partner. Usually when that happens a single telco has the lock on contract sales for a phone, but retail sales also happen at the same time. That didn’t happen with Telstra, where the phone was offered on a range of plans, some of which came with a free LG 43" TV for a limited time.
Telstra also put the phone up for sale at $1,008 outright, sans the free telly, and if you wanted an LG G6 early, that was your only option initially. Now LG has announced that the LG G6 will go on sale through JB Hi-Fi and Harvey Norman from 13 April at an outright price of $1,199, which means it matches the outright price of handsets such as the HTC U Ultra and Samsung Galaxy S8.
You might also notice that it’s markedly higher than the Telstra outright price of $1,008 for what appears to ostensibly be the same handset. There are some differences in the retail model, however. The onboard storage doubles to 64GB, you get a Hi-Fi Quad DAC built in for added audio clarity, and the model sold is a Dual SIM variant where Telstra’s model is distinctly single SIM, with the secondary slot activated for microSD card expansion only.
That’s a slightly tough sell unless the DAC or Dual SIM compatibility is important to you, because you could easily add 32GB or more to the Telstra model for way less than the $191 price differential.
If you're keen on the LG G6, you can read our full review here, and if that outright pricing is a bit too rich for you, you can peruse Telstra's contract pricing below: