LG is lining up a serious premium contender in the LG G6.
It’s fair to say that the market didn’t go LG’s way with the LG G5. Its bold modular design had plenty of promise, but difficulty with endlessly swapping batteries and a very small array of plug-in devices left it rather wanting compared to 2016’s other premium flagships. LG has learnt its lessons from the G5, and is lining up the LG G6 as its successor.
LG G6: What is it?
Following disappointing sales from the LG G5 and its modular design, LG has returned to the more sedate, sealed form of the LG G4 for its 2017 flagship. The LG G6 introduces some new design elements and features, but does away with the LG G5’s very modular approach.
As you’d expect from a 2017 flagship device, the LG G6 will run Google’s latest Android OS, Android 7.0, AKA "Nougat". The LG G6's Android 7.0 integration will include the Google Assistant currently only found on Google’s Pixel phones. The LG G6 will be the first phone outside of Google’s own family to feature the AI assistant.
The LG G6 runs on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 821, the same SoC also used to power the Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones. That’s still a very capable and well-tested chip, albeit not the cutting edge of the Snapdragon 835.
LG hyped up what the G6, by way of a YouTube video that promised enhanced durability as a keystone feature for the new phone. It's an IP68 rated phone, which means it can take a serious immersion or two without too much worry, although serious scuba diving should be off your radar.
The LG G6 will feature a 5.7 inch QHD+ (1,440×2,880) display with an 18:9 ratio. The pitch there is that the "full vision" 18:9 aspect ratio will allow for better multitasking across the entire screen display. That’s a key feature of Android 7.0 although it’s likely that some other 2016 flagships may see Nougat before the LG G6 hits store shelves.
On the camera front, the LG G6 employs dual 13MP sensors on the back, and like the G5 before it, one of those lenses is a widescreen camera. On the front, there's a 5MP selfie camera that also employs a wide shooting angle.
LG G6: Australian release date
LG has confirmed that the LG G6 will be available to Telstra customers on 28 March. It announced the LG G6 at Mobile World Congress 2017 on 26 February 2017. That's an impressive launch window from announcement to availability in Australia, which is something typically only seen from Samsung or Apple in the past.
The Australian launch sees the G6 being available to Australians the day before the Samsung Galaxy S8 is even officially announced, which is a huge feather in the cap for the South Korean company, especially following last year's disappointing G5 performance.
LG G6: Price
At launch, the LG G6 will only be available through Telstra, whether you want it outright or on contract. For outright purchases you'll pay a flat $1,008 price through Telstra. LG expects to land the LG G6 with other retailers in the Australian market within weeks of launch, and it's likely that pricing will remain around that level.
The LG G6 is also available on contract with Telstra as the exclusive launch carrier of the phone from 28 March. Plan pricing is as indicated in the table above.
LG G6 Review
LG's G6 impressed us in our review simply due to the fact that LG returned to the basics of what makes a really great smartphone without much in the way of unnecessary flash.
...this is more of a Rolls Royce phone than a Lamborghini, although it’s also quite a fast contender when you push it hard.
LG G6 Specifications:
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 821|