LG G6

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As Mo­bile World Con­gress (MWC) got un­der­way in Barcelona, Spain, there were thou­sands of com­pa­nies vy­ing for your at­ten­tion. One that tries to do so ev­ery year is LG, and this year it has gone big – lit­er­ally – with its lat­est high-end hand­set, the LG G6.

LG has lagged be­hind the pop­u­lar­ity of fel­low South Korean ri­val Sam­sung in re­cent years, and with no Gal­axy S8 in Barcelona, LG is des­per­ate to make sure the G6 takes all the head­lines, thought it faces stiff com­pe­ti­tion from Sony and even Nokia this year.

The de­sign has been over­hauled again fol­low­ing the leather-clad G4 and the mod­u­lar G5 to a

de­bat­ably more uni­form metal and glass af­fair. LG’s Friends didn’t last long, did they? But the G6 looks stun­ning and per­forms just as well as the best smart­phones on the mar­ket af­ter our ini­tial tests.

Price

Mo­bileFun has re­vealed the UK price of the LG G6: £699. You can pre-or­der the LG G6 from its site now. The re­lease date is un­con­firmed, though we ex­pect it to be in April or May, and we ex­pect it to be avail­able on all four ma­jor UK net­works.

De­sign

So LG has gone big, but it’s the screen, not the hand­set it­self, that’s grown. The G6 has an 18:9 screen, ex­pand­ing the dis­play from the tra­di­tional con­fines of 16:9. This leaves it with a 5.7in Quad HD dis­play. It looks se­ri­ously good.

Along­side that won­der­ful dis­play is a de­sign that con­forms, un­like the mod­u­lar G5 and the leather-clad G4. The G6 takes a leaf out of the iPhone 4’s book with a solid alu­minium frame and Go­rilla Glass on the front and back. It comes in white, plat­inum and black, with only the lat­ter be­ing a true fin­ger­print mag­net.

The re­fined de­sign is sim­pler and more el­e­gant, with the dual rear cam­eras and fin­ger­print sen­sor that acts as the power/lock but­ton sit­ting flush with the body. The bot­tom edge houses the USB-C port (fully wa­ter­proof), sin­gle speaker and mic. The right edge is smooth and clear save for the SIM tray, while the left edge has the two vol­ume keys. The top edge has that very wel­come 3.5mm head­phone jack.

Even though the metal and glass frame isn’t en­tirely orig­i­nal, the rounded de­sign is made all the more strik­ing thanks to the rounded cor­ners of the ac­tual dis­play as well. It’s a clever de­tail that doesn’t neg­a­tively af­fect use while ac­cen­tu­at­ing the hand­set’s thin bezels and un­usu­ally tall screen. It works re­ally well.

LG said that its goal with the G6, af­ter ex­ten­sive cus­tomer re­search, was to make a phone with a huge screen but that you could still com­fort­able use with one hand. The prob­lem here is that this is ba­si­cally im­pos­si­ble, even for those with large hands. Where the com­pany has suc­ceeded though is by mak­ing the G6 per­fectly pocket friendly while pack­ing in a screen that it’s easy to scroll through and hold with a sin­gle paw.

This might sound easy to achieve, but it can be rare to find on ph­ablets like the LG G6. The iPhone 7 Plus, for ex­am­ple, is a through and through two-handed de­vice, and the LG suc­ceeds in fit­ting a larger screen than that phone into a smaller over­all body.

Hard­ware

Pro­ces­sor One point of con­tention among the tech com­mu­nity is LG’s de­ci­sion to go with Qual­comm’s Snap­dragon 821 pro­ces­sor rather than its lat­est 835 that we ex­pect to see in the Gal­axy S8.

The 821 is in its third gen­er­a­tion, and LG told us in an in­ter­view that it there­fore has more ex­per­tise in how to op­ti­mise the user ex­pe­ri­ence (UX) and im­plied the 835 wouldn’t have brought any more no­tice­able advantages.

We hope that the as yet unan­nounced price will re­flect this. LG needs to un­der­cut its ri­vals some­where, some­thing HTC failed to do with its over­priced HTC U Ul­tra, an­other phone with the 821 pro­ces­sor. We aren’t too wor­ried about per­for­mance, though.

Dis­play The dis­play is a 5.7in Quad HD dis­play with a res­o­lu­tion of 2880x1440 – it’s stun­ning. Aside from the 564ppi, the ex­tra height of the 18:9 as­pect means the whole ex­pe­ri­ence of us­ing the G6 is im­proved from the G5. If that sounds a bit too vague, it’s be­cause you re­ally need to get your hands on it to see what we mean. This im­pres­sion is also in­trin­si­cally linked with the changes to the soft­ware, which we’ll come on to. The screen also re­tains the al­ways-on func­tion­al­ity from the G5, with a slightly al­tered setup lower down on the screen with a new de­fault

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