1LG Crafts G6 With Look and Feel of High-End Smartphones
With Mobile World Congress starting Feb. 27, the smartphone update season has begun in earnest. LG Electronics fired the first salvo during the show with the LG G6, a high-end device that boasts a large screen and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor. The way is clear for LG at MWC because Samsung isn’t scheduled to introduce its high-end handset, the Galaxy S8, until a March 29 media briefing and Apple won’t showcase its latest iPhones until September. However, the LG G6 has a new design concept that could be remarkably similar to the Galaxy S8. The G6 promises to be an attractive option for many smartphone buyers this year. But the handset has some limitations that may hinder it from being a serious rival to the Galaxy S8 and iPhone 8. This slide show will cover the reasons why the LG G6 could be a top popular model in 2017 and a few reasons why it might disappoint buyers.
2Where Did the Physical Home Button Go?
In a sign of things to come, LG has eliminated the physical home button in the G6. Instead, the device has virtual buttons on the home screen and a fingerprint sensor on the back. Samsung is said to be planning the same feature in the Galaxy S8 and Apple, too, could remove the Touch ID button in the iPhone 8.
3LG Touts the Display
4There’s Dual Lenses on the Back
5It’s Built to Resist Shocks, Water Immersion
6The G6 Will Support Google Assistant
7But It Runs Last Year’s Snapdragon
8The Removable Battery Is Gone
9On-Board Storage is Unimpressive
10There an Improved Fingerprint Sensor, Quick Charging
Beyond the highlights, the LG G6 has several critical supporting features, including a more responsive fingerprint sensor. The device is compatible with Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 technology for faster battery-charging and supports Bluetooth 4.2. It also supports mobile payments through Android Pay.
11LG G6 Sales Will Start in South Korea on March 10
LG has confirmed it will release the G6 in South Korea first on March 10 for just under $800, and then begin rolling out the smartphone to other markets, including the United States. In a statement, LG said it anticipates “full-scale” availability in the third quarter of 2017.