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With the LG G6, the brand has di­alled down the ‘out-there’ in­no­va­tion of the G5, and gone for a more qui­etly re­fined de­sign, while do­ing enough to make it feel like an all-new phone; a fit war­rior for the great smart­phone bat­tle of 2017.

The G6 is a much more con­ser­va­tive de­sign than its pre­de­ces­sor, tak­ing the form of a sealed unit that drops the re­mov­able bat­tery, re­plac­ing it with a larg­er­ca­pac­ity power pack and wa­ter­proof shell.

The screen is, re­ally, the main area of in­no­va­tion, with the longer 18:9 dis­play giv­ing more real es­tate, and in­tro­duc­ing some clever lit­tle changes to the user in­ter­face to ex­ploit the ex­tra pix­els. The per­ma­nent Al­ways On Dis­play of the G5 re­mains, en­abling you to quickly check the time, and any no­ti­fi­ca­tions you might have, at a glance.

The G6 is cov­ered in a mix of glass and metal, with two sheets of Go­rilla Glass – weirdly, it’s Go­rilla Glass 5 on the rear, and the older Go­rilla Glass 3 on the front – framed with a rim of alu­minium. What’s im­pres­sive is how lit­tle bezel there is. The rear of the phone is smooth, with no pro­trud­ing cam­era bump, which LG says it achieved us­ing slim­mer sen­sors rather than more ad­vanced lens tech.

At the bot­tom of the phone is a USB-C con­nec­tor, which sup­ports Quick Charge 3.0 – and LG has kept a

tra­di­tional head­phone jack at the top. Aus­tralian mod­els score the Quad Hi-Fi DAC, pro­duc­ing rich, crisp au­dio for wired head­phones. We also get 64GB of stor­age, so there’s plenty of room for those space­hun­gry au­dio files.

Un­like the G5, the bat­tery is sealed into the hand­set. The power pack’s in­creased in size to 3300mAh within the slim­mer 7.9mm frame – a good move.

With a Snap­dragon 821 pro­ces­sor in­side, LG might not be us­ing the lat­est and great­est tech, but it has op­ti­mised it (us­ing its ex­pe­ri­ence with the 821) to bring greater power, whilst main­tain­ing a healthy bat­tery life.

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