LG has launched its LG G6! Take a closer look at what makes this phone tick...

Described by Gareth Beavis at Tech Radar as “potentially game-changing” the new LG G6 has caused a bit of a stir at Mobile World Congress. Having ditched the modular design of its predecessor the G5, the G6 is a bit more traditional but no less intriguing. Here’s everything you need to know about the LG G6…

Specs at a glance

• 5.7-inch screen
• 18:9 quad-HD display
• Dolby Vision Technology and HDR 10
• Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 821 Processor
• Dual 13MP rear cameras
• 5MP front camera
• IP68 water and dust resistant
• Google Assistant built-in

First look

At first look the LG G6 appears to take a back-to-basics approach to smartphone development. With a heavy focus on the features users actually want, LG states that customer feedback played a major role in the G6’s design. And they seem to have nailed one key request – a big screen that’s easy to hold.

In fact, the LG G6 is ideal for gaming and watching TV on the go. Its 18:9 aspect ratio offers more viewing space in a slim-line design, resulting in a more immersive experience when streaming videos or playing games, but one that’s still easy to use with one hand. Pleasingly, the phone’s low on bezels and big on display. Clever camera positioning has allowed LG to minimise the upper bezel, while the phone’s rounded corners offer greater protection should you happen to drop it.

Overall? The G6 is an attractive, yet understated handset – less about innovation for innovation’s sake and more about providing an exceptional all-round experience for its users.

The screen

That unusual 18:9 ratio display in a 5.7-inch screen is a major feature of the G6. But despite its massive dimensions on paper, the G6’s body is barely bigger than its predecessor, and notably smaller than the iPhone 7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. LG’s cleverly managed to minimise the upper bezel in the G6 by rearranging the camera, sensor and speaker in a row on the front upper side. And the impact of all that screen space is pretty striking when you turn the phone on.

Dolby Vision and support for HDR 10, meanwhile, allow for High Dynamic Range (HDR) viewing. This technology allows for a wider range of colour and luminosity, making both dark and bright areas more vivid. And, although the pickings will be fairly slim when the G6 first hits the market, LG is working with Netflix and Amazon to increase availability of HDR, 18:9 ratio content on their mobile apps – an exciting prospect for viewing on the move.

The cameras

Dual cameras are the order of the day here, as LG bumps both its rear cameras up to 13-Megapixels, including a 125mm lens on the wide angle one to help capture better panoramic shots. The new display size has also enabled LG to add a square picture mode that allows you to review and even edit your would-be Instagram pics as you snap, rather than having to flick between camera mode and your gallery. This mode divides the 18:9 display into two identical squares and you can even create great GIFs by stitching together up to 100 images from your gallery.

Moving through to the front, the G6’s 5-megapixel camera has you covered for those all-important selfies or wefies (group selfies) – its expanded 100-degree field of view reduces the need for a selfie stick, while also killing off edge distortion for more natural-looking snaps.

Durability and design

As much as we try to look after our smartphones, truth is they’re an extension of ourselves, so they need to be a bit hardy. Thankfully, the IP68 water and dust-resistance of the G6 will go some way to setting your mind at ease – LG says the phone can be safely immersed in water up to a depth of 1.5 metres for as long as 30 minutes. It’s also been built with rounded edges to disperse the impact of those butter finger days, and Gorilla Glass 5 on the back to stave off chips and scratches.

But, while the emphasis here is on function, LG hasn’t abandoned form. Sculpted from aluminium and glass, the LG G6 features a minimalist design that’s sleek all-round and smooth to the touch. The metal frame that wraps around the phone imparts solidity in style with a soft matte finish, and the back is perfectly flat, with no camera bump to have to avoid or protect.

Under the hood

Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 Processor and running Android 7.0 Nougat, the G6 should provide plenty of oomph and performance. There’s also been a boost in battery capacity, from the 2800mAh cell seen in the G5 to 3300mAh in the G6. And with LG known for optimising battery life like pros, that extra power should go a long way.

The G6 offers 4GB RAM and 32GB of basic storage, but there’s also a MicroSD slot for up to 2TB more, so you won’t be lacking in space.

It’s also the first non-Google phone to feature Google Assistant to help you find answers quickly, search more efficiently, manage everyday tasks and make the most of your apps as AI creates a more personalised experience.

Order yours now… Grab your LG G6 from Vodafone UK!