LG unveils the LG G6 with “Full Vision” display
LG’s premium phone goes heavily down the style path to sell.
LG’s strategy of late for announcing any new product has been to strongly tease most features prior to their arrival. As such, the actual announcement of the LG G6 bore relatively few surprises. At Mobile World Congress 2017, LG has formally raised the curtain off the phone that it hopes will revitalise its smartphone fortunes following the generally tepid reaction to the LG G5.
The LG G6 will be a 5.7-inch screen phone with a QHD+ (1,440×2,880) display and the rather unusual screen ratio of 18:9. LG’s pitch for this is that it’s a more natural fit for a phone with inbuilt multitasking, which the LG G6 picks up by way of running Android 7.0, aka “Nougat”. Keeping in the Google family, the LG G6 will be the first phone after the Pixel and Pixel XL to include Google Assistant.
Unlike the Apple iPhone 7 Plus or the HTC U Ultra, LG hasn’t opted to drop the headphone socket, which sits at the top of the phone, while the base houses USB C for charging.
As promised in its teaser video, the LG G6 will be IP68 water-resistant, which means that it also seals in the battery. Previous LG G series phones have featured removable batteries, so it’s largely a question of tradeoffs there.
The LG G6 runs on Android 7.0 and joins Google’s own Pixel in running Google’s Assistant app for AI-driven, voice-activated commands. On the camera front the LG G6 houses a dual 13MP camera array with one wide-angle secondary lens, while the front 5MP camera is also a wide-angle model.
The LG G6 will be available in white, black and silver, or if you prefer marketing names, mystic white, astro black and ice platinum. Local pricing and availability was not announced, but it's been rumoured that the phone may go on sale by late March.
LG Australia is yet to confirm absolute local availability and pricing, although it’s been widely rumoured that the first run of G6 phones will go on sale on 10 March 2017. Whether that includes Australia remains to be seen, as does whether we’ll see every colour here.
What we do know is that in carrier terms Telstra has grabbed the exclusive on the LG G6. It hasn't revealed contact pricing but expects to do so in the coming weeks.
We’re on the ground at Mobile World Congress 2017, so stay tuned for our hands-on impressions of LG’s latest smartphone.
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