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LG G6 said to scrap plans for curved OLED and wireless charging

by Andrew Evers | September 30, 2016September 30, 2016 2:45 pm PDT

We still don’t know what to expect from the LG G6, which could debut early next year, but a new report out of Korea outlines of a few major features that apparently won’t make the cut. LG allegedly hoped to include a curved OLED display and next-gen wireless charging in the device, but it may have already scrapped those plans.

According to ChosunBiz and its anonymous industry sources, the LG G6 will stick with a flat LCD display. LG Display, which supplies the panels, apparently isn’t ready to mass-produce OLED for a flagship phone. The company mostly makes smaller OLED panels used for the Apple Watch and LG’s smartwatches.

As for wireless charging, LG is reportedly working on a new version of the technology that offers faster speeds and transmits at a distance of up to 7 centimeters (roughly 3 inches) away. However, the new system may not be ready in time for the G6. ChosunBiz notes that it could debut in 2018 with the LG G7 instead.

Finally, the company was reportedly developing a new full-metal design with a “tempered glass finish.” That would be a nice step up from the plasticky aluminum used for the LG G5, but it sounds like LG is reconsidering those plans as well.

LG never publicly promised any of these features, which means we can’t really complain if they aren’t included in the G6. We’d also treat this entire report with a grain of salt for now, though it’s still interesting to get an alleged look behind the curtain at the company’s development process.

ChosunBiz ZDNet

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