If there’s one smartphone of this generation that everyone remembers, it’s LG G5. LG’s courage to try something new and release an attractive modular smartphone that people actually want to use has paid off, and we are all anxiously awaiting the launch of its successor, LG G6.
So far, information has been scarce, but we have done some pretty diligent detective work and pieced together a list of leaks and rumors about the upcoming flagship smartphone from LG. Let us tell you right now: LG G6 will be worth the wait.
Nobody knows what the real release date will be, but, looking at the release dates of previous LG G smartphones, we can make an educated guess. The G3 was announced in May 2014 and released in June of the same year. The G4 was both announced and released in April 2015, and G5 was announced in February 2016 and released in April.
The fact that Mobile World Congress 2017, the world’s largest gathering for the mobile industry, organized by the GSMA and held in the Mobile World Capital Barcelona, will take place between 27 February and 2 March 2017 suggests that LG will likely use it as an opportunity to announce their new smartphone. The actual release could then happen during mid-spring or early summer. If they somehow miss Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, there’s always Mobile World Congress Shanghai happening at the end of June.
One thing is certain: LG is taking a step back from the innovative but somewhat dull design of G5. Instead, they want to show the whole world that their flagship smartphone can be just as stunning and premium-looking as what their competition puts out.
Rumors are flying that G6 will either have a tempered glass or highly reflective metallic material back. In either case, the smartphone will likely be gorgeous. In a world where hardware specifications are becoming increasingly less relevant, that’s something that many customers will likely appreciate.
The previous model featured a 5.3-inch display with a 1440p resolution. Given that Google requires Daydream-ready devices to have an OLED screen, it would make sense for LG to adopt this technology for G6 and, possibly, even up the resolution to 4K. Unfortunately, certain South Korean tech reporters have spoken about production problems, so we must wait and see how it turns out.
One thing we know for sure is that LG G6 will feature Snapdragon 835 from Qualcomm. “Qualcomm has announced that its next-generation flagship processor will be the Snapdragon 835, not the Snapdragon 830 and it will be made in partnership with Samsung with a 10nm method,” reports PC Advisor. According to Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 835 processor is now in production and will start to be seen in devices during the first half of 2017. A processor like this deserves an adequate amount of RAM, and we would be surprised to see anything less than 6 GB of memory.
All people who were lucky enough to test LG G5 thoughtfully enjoyed the dual-camera setup on the back of the phone. A standard 16-megapixel shooter was paired with a wide-angle 8-megapixel camera, giving users multiple options how to capture beautiful images. Let’s hope that LG will follow the saying “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
Even though the modular design of G5 was interesting and fun, it wasn’t what most customers wanted from their smartphones. It seems that waterproofing is all the rage today, and it will be a priority for the G6 as well. To compensate for the non-removable battery, the company has announced a new wireless charging transmission module, which can charge up to 50% in 30 minutes. Oh, and there’s nothing that would suggest a removal of the headphone port, allowing you to charge the battery and listen to music without drowning in dongles and adapters.
There’s currently no concrete information about the price of LG G6, but we know that the previous model launched back in April at around $650. To be more precise, Verizon offered it at $624, T-Mobile at $629, and AT&T at $688. If the new smartphone brings with it any significant improvements, it could realistically cost more than $700. That being said, LG will probably do their best to price it lower than Samsung’s flagship devices.