The yearly cycle of phone releases is starting to rev up again. Many rumors are swirling about the two phones nearest on the horizon: the LG G6 and Samsung Galaxy S8. But if the rumors are to be believed, the G6 will the first major smartphone release of 2017. So, what can we expect from LG’s latest and greatest smartphone?
We alredy know a fair share of information about the phone due to some leaks. There were even some images that show what phone will look like. The early leaks portray a good picture for LG, who has been having a hard time competing with Samsung over Android supremacy. It needs a hit with the G6 badly. Who knows if it will be that, but it certainly sounds like a great phone if the rumors and leaks are to be believed.
Given that there is a lot of information about the G6 floating around, we decided to grab all the rumors and leaks and combined them into one place and let you know exactly (based on rumors) what the G6 will include. Will it feature a radical redesign? An improved display? A headphone jack? A crazy new processor? You’ve come to the right place to find out.
Judging from the leaked images, the G6 will be a complete redesign from the G5. The display will account for 90% of the front panel, meaning it will be nearly bezel-less. It will also be made of metal and glass, giving it a much more premium build that its predecessor. This was an area where it sorely fell behind Samsung’s gorgeous phones, but it’s stepping up its game this year.
Hello, headphone jack
The headphone jack is slowly becoming something of the past, but LG is refusing to be another company that’s stabbing it in the back by keeping it in its latest flagship. Wireless headphones are the future, but we are nowhere near a seamless experience with Bluetooth, making wired headphones much more practical. Just plug and play; no need to sync, locate or dive into your settings menu. LG is keeping the headphone jack alive, at least for another year.
No more modularity
The biggest casualty of the shift towards a premium build is the modular concept the G5 introduced last year. While sort-of cool, the implementation was nowhere near as easy to use as with the Moto Mods. Having to pull out the battery to add a “Friend,” as LG called the accessories, made adding Friends an annoying and cumbersome experience. I’m sure LG’s Friends had some fans out there, but for the most part, most future G6 buyers won’t be missing them while they’re coralling their beautiful metal and glass phone.
No Snapdragon 835
This rumor is not a good one. Samsung’s large need for Snapdragon 835 processors (presumably for the Galaxy S8) has left none for its competition. This means the G6 won’t come equipped with the latest Snapdragon processor. This omission is a big one, given that by the time the S8 comes out, the G6 will already have an outdated processor, making it that much harder to compete with its biggest rival.
Beautiful QHD+ display
No Snapdragon 835 is a bad thing, but a bigger display is not, especially when you don’t add to the footprint of the device. The G6 will reportedly feature what LG is calling QHD+ display. This display will have an aspect ratio of 18:9, abandoning the old standby of 16:9. Past QHD displays have had a resolution of 2560 x 1440, but the G6’s display will be 2880 x 1440. This extra space will be better for multi-tasking windows, especially when you have them side by side.
Coming very soon
When are we going see the LG G6 officially? February 26 at Mobile World Congress, to be exact. LG already sent out invitations with the date, so in less than a month, we’ll know all the specs and final design of the G6. Expect that phone to go on sell shortly after, some time in March.
In conclusion, the LG G6 will kick off what is to be a great year in smartphones. Not too long ago, we stated the reasons why you should not buy a new phone right now. The short version is that there are a ton of great smartphones coming out this year, so just wait. The LG G6, which sounds like it’ll be a beautiful phone, will be the first one, but it certainly won’t be the last.
Check out the video above to see more info about the LG G6.