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REVIEW: How Good Is The New LG G6

Australia was supposed to be the first Country in the world after Korea to get the new G6 smartphone, now it appears that LG Korea, is more interested in overseas reviews, than ones generated in Australia ahead of the OZ launch.

On Friday several leading publications ran a review of the new G6 which is due to be released in Australia on the 27th of March.

What LG Australia claim is that the overseas reviews are “pre-production” running software that is not the final version.

Trusted Reviews said that it appears that the LG G6 is likely to be far more successful than previously failed LG module smartphones.

They said that the first thing you’ll notice about the LG G6 is its peculiar display. Like the Xiaomi Mi Mix – a China-only phone released in late 2016 – the screen is stretched to nearly every corner of the device.

Rather than the typical 16:9 aspect ratio seen on almost every other smartphone, LG opts for an 18:9 ratio display (basically 2:1) that provides a taller display in a smaller body.

The 5.7-inch display – a sizeable increase from the 5.2-inch panel of the G5 – sits inside a shell that’s barely bigger than its predecessor and noticeably smaller than the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.

Pocket-Lint described the device as “The first truly great flagship phone for 2017”.

They concluded “Despite its up-and-down G-series history, LG has knocked it out of the park with the G6. Enough to make us half forget the modular “Friends” approach of last year’s G5.

The software is lightweight and easy to customise, the dual camera system offers a lot of versatility and is of comparable quality to the Google Pixel and Samsung Galaxy S7 edge.

Of its premier features the 1:2 aspect ratio screen might sound bonkers, but its the perfect companion for watching Netflix in HDR with no black borders and, given the design, almost no bezel to get in the way either. The aspect ratio does cause one or two issues with some games and apps, but rescaling them can overcome these teething issues.

All in all the LG G6 is a great phone that’s every bit the flagship. It’ll give the forthcoming competition a run for their money over the course of 2017 and with Samsung’s history dented due to the Note 7 debacle, the stage is set for quite the showdown against the imminent Galaxy S8.

C-Net reviewers said that ‘Spec nerds may notice that the G6 features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor, which is the same CPU in last year’s OnePlus 3T and Google Pixels. Compared to the 821 processor, the 835 is measurably smaller, faster and quicker at recharging mobile batteries”

Unless you want to be on the absolute edge of technology, the idea of having “last year’s” processor shouldn’t be a huge deal, and the advantages of the 835 processor may not be that dramatic. On paper and in benchmark tests it’ll gain the edge, but in the real world, the usual differences between one superfast processor and another are hardly discernible”.
As was heavily rumoured, the LG G6 uses last year’s Snapdragon 821 CPU – looks like Samsung did snap up those initial runs of the 835 – with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of basic storage. There’s a microSD slot, but I’d have much preferred to see 64GB as the starting point.

The 821 is a great processor, with plenty of oomph and good efficiency. We don’t really yet know all the benefits of the 835 in day-to-day use, but it’s still a shame not to see the latest silicon here, especially if this phone is going to retail at the same price as the Samsung Galaxy S8.
Tech Radar claimed that LG’s G6 camera is a 13MP dual-lens snapper, one of which is a wide-angle lens with a 125 degree field of view. The main change there from the G5 is that the wide-angle lens is the same quality as the normal one, up from just 8MP on the G5.

LG has also made the selfie camera wide-angle, with a 100 degree field of view.

The news may upset those hoping for a boost in the camera performance from LG, as the sensor itself can’t take much better pictures than before. The idea behind making it two 13MP sensors was to remove the jump when switching between focused and wide-angle pictures, but the lack of a sensor upgrade is down to a design decision.

Making the camera sensor smaller means no bump – clearly LG thinks the snaps it can create are good enough.

The camera app itself has been overhauled to make use of the 18:9 display, with two squares stacked on top of one another providing all manner of options: collages, a live preview of your photos or just an extra strip to see all your recent snaps.

At this stage It’s not known why LG Australia did provide Australian media with early review samples similar to overseas media. In the past the G4 was launched in Australia six months after the decice was made available to overseas retailers.

We will conduct our own review late in March 2017 according to LG PR.

To view the overseas reviews for the LG G6 go to:

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 2880 (QHD+)
CPU: Snapdragon 821
Battery: Non-removable, 3200mAh
Rear camera: dual-lens
– Fingerprint scanner
– Wireless charging
– Headphone jack