LG’s next big phone will debut in Barcelona on February 26

Why it issues to you

Success is significant for LG’s subsequent flagship telephone — G6 — after the G5’s modular gamble did not repay.

LG guess all of it on mods with the G5, however its “Pals” ecosystem hasn’t been a winner, and the corporate has not launched further modules to assist construct the vary and entice utilization. Rumors that the modular system can be dropped are already spreading. In consequence, LG will actually need to blow the competitors out of the water with its subsequent flagship telephone, which we anticipate might be referred to as the G6.

Right here’s every little thing we expect we all know concerning the LG G6.

Design and show

The LG G6’s aesthetics are not a thriller. LG Show, the division in command of mass-producing smartphone panels, TVs, and screens of each form in-between, offered a picture of the upcoming smartphone’s topmost bezel and sides to The Verge.

LG has confirmed that the G6 could have a 5.7-inch Quad HD+ show with a decision of two,880 x 1,440 pixels, however what’s distinctive is the 18:9 facet ratio — which means the gadget is probably going extra elongated than typical units with that facet ratio. And the corporate says the display is impressively lower than 1mm thick.

Extra: LG V20 review

One among 2017’s smartphone developments would be the gradual elimination of the bezel, and LG says it has decreased the bezel on the highest of the G6 by 20 %, in addition to 10 % on the edges. The general display-to-bezel ratio is claimed to be larger than ninety %, with the underside bezel measuring barely taller than the highest. The show, which is probably going OLED, might be 10 % extra seen in daylight and can expend 30 % much less battery life.

A purported render of the G6, courtesy of @OnLeaks, exhibits a 360-diploma video of what the telephone will find yourself wanting like. The render falls according to different leaks we’ve seen, and has an analogous design to the G5, though barely extra refined. It additionally seems as if LG will cast off modularity within the G6, and it seems to be like the three.5mm headphone jack will stick round in LG’s flagship, a minimum of for now. The leaks additionally present what look like shiny finishes, following the brand new design development set by Apple with the jet black model of the iPhone 7.

Android Authority has additionally managed to get its arms on what seems to be very early renders, displaying that the telephone may have an virtually equivalent design to its predecessor, the LG G5. For instance, it can have the identical twin-digital camera module placement, the identical middle-mounted fingerprint sensor, and the identical button placement, on the proper of the gadget. There can be a couple of variations, nevertheless — the G6 is predicted to slim down somewhat to seventy two.43mm, which is barely thinner than the G5’s seventy three.9mm, though barely sufficient to note a distinction.

Android Authority has up to date its publish to say that the renders are a particularly early design, so it’s attainable (and even probably) that the ultimate design will change earlier than the discharge of the G6.

An older processor

The LG G6 won’t function a prime-of-the-line processor. In response to Forbes, Samsung’s getting first dibs on the Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 835, leaving rivals like LG with older chips. The G6 is claimed to function the Snapdragon 821, the identical processor as HTC’s U Extremely.

“The Snapdragon 835 gained’t be obtainable in giant portions till after the Galaxy S8 launches,” the Forbes supply stated.

It isn’t the primary time LG’s opted to make use of an older processor in a flagship telephone. Two years in the past, it sourced the Snapdragon 808 as an alternative of the 810 due to availability considerations. LG executives advised Forbes that the corporate most popular, “confirmed [chip] that they will check completely than the newest [and] quickest” — an element that probably performed an element within the choice.

Digital assistant(s)

It seems to be just like the LG G6 might be one of many smartest smartphones on the market. To date, the Google Pixel and Pixel XL are the one telephones with Google Assistant, Google’s new digital assistant. Based on a report from Business Korea, nevertheless, the LG G6 might have it too — making the G6 the primary non-Google-branded telephone to get the brand new assistant.

The report says LG might even go a step additional than that — the corporate might load the G6 with each Assistant and Amazon’s Alexa, making it solely the second smartphone, behind the Huawei Mate 9, to function Alexa. LG has built-in Alexa into a few of its different merchandise, such because the InstaView fridge, so a continued partnership would make sense.

The transfer might make the G6 considerably of a battleground for Google and Amazon’s assistants, and it is going to be fascinating to see how the 2 work together with one another, if in any respect.

Launch date

Wanting ahead to a brand new smartphone from LG? Good, as a result of put together to get excited. The corporate will maintain a special event on February 26 in Barcelona, Spain, the place it’s more likely to present the G6 smartphone. The gathering takes place the day earlier than Cellular World Congress opens its doorways within the metropolis. The invitation consists of the tagline, “See extra, play extra,” which continues on from the “play extra” theme launched with the G5, and should play on the potential bigger, larger decision display function on the brand new telephone.

It’s additionally spreading the phrase by way of LG social media accounts. On Twitter, LG posted a shorter model of the teaser video launched earlier in January, the place it asks members of the general public to explain their ultimate telephone. The dream gadget is seemingly water-proof, has an enormous display, can be utilized with one hand, and has an ideal digital camera. LG closes the video telling us to think about our needs got here true, then flashed a “February, 2017” date up on the display.

The tweet, posted on January 18, says “Every part you need is on its approach,” which signifies the above wishlist of options shall be a part of the G6.

The LG G collection has historically been launched at Cellular World Congress, so it’s not a shock the G6 may also arrive on the present. What might change, nevertheless, is the supply date after the system is launched. The G5 was first unveiled at MWC in February 2016, however it wasn’t till April that buyers might truly purchase it. Based on the South Korea-based ETNews the G6 could possibly be made out there a full month earlier than its predecessor.

Why the change in availability? Nicely, 2016 wasn’t precisely LG’s greatest yr. The G5 largely did not seize the imaginations of shoppers, and whereas the LG V20 was an incredible gadget, it additionally didn’t promote like LG may need hoped. Within the new yr, LG needs to shake issues up somewhat — which suggests beating out the competitors by releasing flagships just a little early.

Water resistance over modules and a detachable battery?

LG’s Pals vary of modules for the G5 didn’t catch on, regardless of being an uncommon function with loads of potential. This lack of success might imply LG drops the function for the G6. As an alternative, it might add water resistance to the G6. Corporations that provide waterproof adhesives are apparently bidding for the job of maintaining the moist stuff out of the G6, based on ET News. Moreover, LG’s new teaser video which can check with the G6 talks about water resistance as an typically requested function.

LG G5 FriendsSealing up the telephone means not having detachable sections for brand spanking new modules or a alternative battery, one other facet that made the G5 standout from the competitors. Beforehand, ET News reported that LG just isn’t constructing modular elements for the G6, and didn’t add them to the LG V20. The Japanese model of the V20, named the Isai Beat regionally, included water resistance, however not the detachable battery — two options that may’t work collectively.

In December, a tweet from David Ruddock of Android Police notes the G6 won’t, in reality, have a detachable battery. It is going to, nevertheless, function an all-glass design, and can maintain its headphone jack (in contrast to the iPhone and rumored Samsung S8).

It will not be the top for LG Associates, and LG has stated it isn’t abandoning the modular ecosystem, in accordance with CNET. Maybe LG will return with a stronger vary for the G7, or a by-product vary just for modules. It’s hypothesis for now, however ought to LG drop modules for the subsequent main releases, it’s going to be a blow to LG shoppers that personal the G5 as it might imply they spent cash on supplementary merchandise that aren’t reusable with future units.

Iris scanner

Following reviews of an LG Pay cellular funds system, LG might introduce heightened safety on the G6, within the type of an iris scanner. LG Innotek, a division of LG that produces elements and different know-how, has proven a standard double-digital camera iris scanner, and a brand new single module with an iris scanner and a selfie digital camera inside, at a current know-how present.

This has prompted rumors LG might take one of many modules and combine it into the G6, though LG Innotek has issued a press release saying no deal exists. The corporate provides elements to many producers.

MST funds

If there’s one function Samsung has a leg up on in comparison with Google, LG, Apple, and different smartphone rivals, it’s Samsung Pay. The place different cellular cost options use NFC, or close to subject communication, to supply a faucet-and-pay expertise, Samsung makes use of Magnetic Safe Transmission (MST). This implies it replicates a card swipe — so it really works wherever you need to use your bank card.

That’s much better than on the lookout for NFC terminals. LG is now rumored to be including MST know-how into the G6 to supply an identical cost service to rival Samsung, according to ET News. The corporate was supposed to launch LG Pay at the beginning of the yr, however the plans have been scrapped. We may even see it for the primary time on the G6.

Extra: LG G5 review

We’ll proceed to replace this publish as we study extra details about the rumored system.

Article initially revealed on 10-28-2016. Up to date on 01-23-2017 by Kyle Wiggers: Added leaked picture of the LG G6 and rumor that it won’t function Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor.

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