Update: The LG G6 price could be higher than the G5’s according to a new rumor, while names of possible variants of the handset have also leaked.
The LG G6 will be the South Korean firm’s flagship smartphone for 2017, taking over from the questionable G5.
The LG G5 certainly wasn’t boring though. With two rear cameras and an accessory slot that allowed you to modify the hardware it was a phone that really thought outside the box.
But while these extras were great, it didn’t nail all the basics and failed to sell well, so there’s plenty of room for improvement for the LG G6.
Rumors for what LG is planning on its next flagship phone are growing steadily – here’s everything we know so far about the LG G6.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? The next flagship phone from LG
- When’s it out? Launch on February 26 at MWC 2017
- What will it cost? Likely around £490/$600/AU$820 SIM free
LG G6 release date
- LG G6 launch set for February 26
- LG G6 release date rumored for March
LG G6 rumored specs
Dimensions: 148.8 x 72.3 x 8.3mm
OS: Android 7 Nougat
Screen size: 5.7-inch with 18:9 aspect ratio
Resolution: 1440 x 2560
CPU: Snapdragon 821
Rear camera: dual-lens
– Fingerprint scanner
– Wireless charging
– Headphone jack
The LG G6 release date is almost certainly February 26, as the company’s press conference is scheduled for noon in Barcelona.
LG’s actually spells out the time and date without mentioning the new phone, but it does frame the invite in a hint-driven 18:9 aspect ratio – the same as the rumored LG G6 extra-wide screen.
Furthermore, a YouTube video direct from LG confirmed it will be launching in February 2017.
The video doesn’t confirm it’s the LG G6 either, but it would make sense as the LG G5 was announced in February 2016 and launched in April. The LG G4 also landed in April, so April 2017 seems a good bet for release date of LG G6.
If it’s launched in February, it may not take two months to come out as LG said the G6 is launching “in the very near future.”
A report from “industry insiders” also suggests the company wants to release the LG G6 closer to the announcement date and will push to get the phone on sale in late February or early March.
LG G6 design
- A luxurious look
- A glass or metal body
- No modules
LG G6 leaks hint at a more stylish look and solid build quality than we’ve seen from LG’s previous phone. An anonymous source told Korean site ChosunBiz LG will be using a tempered glass back on the new flagship.
The contrasts with the LG G5, which had a painted aluminum body that some didn’t like. Being glass, it may not be as durable as a full-metal jacket would be, but that may be the price we pay for a better looking phone from LG.
Then again, LG might not be moving away from metal after all, with another source claiming the G6 will have “a highly reflective metallic material on the rear.”
Although we haven’t spotted leaked images of the back of the handset, we have seen the front in a leaked photo, and it’s showing a near bezel-less screen.
The closest we’ve come to getting a look at the back of the phone are screen renders from @OnLeaks that are supposedly based on an official factory CAD.
The leak adds that the dimensions are apparently be 148.8 x 72.3 x 8.3mm, which would make it a similar size to the LG G5, but marginally thicker.
Whatever design it gets, the focus according to LG is on “aesthetics and usability.”
The interchangeable modules – or what LG calls “friends” – are out by the sounds of things, with LG’s chief technologist Skott Ahn saying that LG is moving away from modular designs.
It’s a decision we’ve been expecting, with an earlier report from the Electronic Times in Korea saying the same thing, while another source claimed the decision had been made in order to make the LG G6 waterproof.
LG’s first teaser video for the G6 features the word waterproof, so we can expect this to be the first phone from LG to feature a water tight design.
TechRadar’s take: LG is sure to be putting a lot of focus on the design of the G6, so expect something shiny and stylish.
LG G6 display
- Large, 5.7-inch Quad HD display
- Minimal bezels around the screen
- An ultra-wide 18:9 aspect ratio
There aren’t too many mysteries surrounding the LG G6’s screen, as LG Display itself has said that the company’s next smartphone (believed to be the G6) will have a 5.7-inch QHD LCD display.
They add that it has an 18:9 aspect ratio, so it’s longer than most screens, which makes it ideal for split-screen apps.
We’ve seen the top half of this display in a recent LG G6 photo leak, which backs up claims that it’ll have a 90% screen-to-body ratio with minimal bezel.
Another leak of a prototype adds extra evidence the LG G6 will be slimming down the bezel further than ever before, as well as including chamfered edges.
Credit: Droid Life
Dubbed QHD+, this screen is 1440 x 2880, for a pixel density of 564 pixels per inch. It’s also apparently 30% less power hungry than the previous generation of LG QHD displays, as well as having smaller bezels, better touch performance, and being easier to view in direct sunlight.
That would make for a big change from the 5.3-inch QHD screen in the LG G5, but then changing things up is no bad thing.
However, it’s not 100% confirmed that this screen is coming to the G6, and it’s at odds with earlier rumors, including one which suggested LG is looking to make an OLED panel for its smartphones in the future, and maybe even curved ones.
LG already produces OLED displays for TVs as well as the Apple Watch Series 2, so it would make sense if the company installed one on the G6 – but it looks like it won’t be ready in time.
Another earlier leak, this time from Gear India, which includes renders of the phone, states the LG G6 will have a 5.3-inch QHD display, just like the LG G5.
TechRadar’s take: A 5.7-inch QHD screen has been all but confirmed, so that’s what we expect to see.
LG G6 camera and battery
- A dual-lens camera
- A removable battery
- Heat pipes to keep the battery cool
There aren’t any camera rumors yet, other than leaked renders which show a dual-lens snapper, just like the LG G5. Expect to see a return of both standard and wide-angle lenses, but likely with improvements – perhaps a higher megapixel count or greater optical zoom.
The main thing we’ve heard about the battery is that it may be removable, but not everyone agrees.
It shouldn’t be in any danger of overheating though, as LG has confirmed that it’s using heat pipes to pull heat away from the battery and other core components, as well as putting the battery through rigorous tests to ensure its safety.
LG G6 OS and power
- Powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821 chipset
- This chip is at heart of the Google Pixel, OnePlus 3T
The LG G6 specs call for a powerful Snapdragon 821 chipset, which also appears inside the Google Pixel, Google Pixel XL and OnePlus 3T.
It’s plenty powerful and capable of running Google Daydream View VR games, but it’s soon to be dethroned by the better-equipped Snapdragon 835 chipset.
Why not go with the absolute best chip? Samsung is manufacturing Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 and likely hogged the first 10nm chips for the Galaxy S8.
A minimum of 4GB of RAM is sure to be included too, as the LG G5 has that much, but a boost is likely, given that already some phones have 6GB.
LG G6 other features
- Super speedy wireless charging
- A headphone port
- USB-C port for charging
LG announced a brand new wireless charging transmission module a few days after it revealed the LG G5.
The charging module can pump your phone battery up to 50% in 30 minutes, the same charging rate we see from fast chargers on phones like the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge.
This may mean we see the introduction of wireless charging on the LG G6, but the same sources speaking to ChosunBiz suggest it won’t be ready for the next flagship phone.
But since then LG has made the tech available to the public, which suggests that it could be ready after all. Plus another industry source has also suggested it will be ready in time for the LG G6, so cross your fingers.
We’ve also heard that the LG G6 will have a headphone port. This isn’t particularly surprising, but now that Apple’s ditched the port from the iPhone 7 it is worth mentioning.
Finally, this almost goes without saying, but a fingerprint scanner is a very likely inclusion, especially as leaked renders show the LG G6 with one.
It might not just be the LG G6 that makes an appearance in Barcelona though, as names of eight possible variants of the G6 have also appeared including the G6 Compact, G6 Lite, G6 Prix, G6 Fit and G6 Sense. We wonder if the last two there could be wearables rather smartphones – but we’ll have to wait an see.
TechRadar’s take: We doubt LG will ditch the headphone port just yet. Fast wireless charging meanwhile could be a significant selling point, so LG is likely to want to include it.
LG G6 price
According to LG, the G6 will have a similar price to the LG G5, likely coming in at $500-$600 (around £400-£490/AU$685-AU$820).
However, a more recent rumor suggests LG will hike the retail price by around $50 (around £40, AU$65) because of all the extra tech the firm is packing into the G6.
There silver lining is that the LG G5 dropped in price pretty quickly, so if you’re patient you may be able to get yourself a better deal if you wait a couple of months.