Overall Build and Feel
At first glance, the phone appears sleek, owing to it’s Corning Gorilla Glass 5 back panel and CGC 3 front. However, once picked up, it’s pretty obvious that the phone is thicker and heavier than other phones in the segment. However, as you will read later in this article, the LG G6 is definitely at the top of it’s class. At the top is an ambient microphone, specifically for noise cancellation, followed by a regular 3.5mm AUX output. The volume rockers are placed at a convenient position on the left side of the G6. The power/lock-unlock button doubles as the fingerprint scanner and is places under the dual camera setup at the back panel; thus leaving the right edge of the device bare. At the bottom there’s a microphone for voice, a USB 3.1 connector (Type-C 1.0) with support for OTG, and the loudspeaker. Another mention is that the device is IP68 certified dust and water proof for 1.5m and 30minutes. LG has also added the MIL-STD-810G certificate (for more details on this certification, check LG’s official page here).
Under the hood, the G6 hosts the Snapdragon 821 SoC, specifically the MSM8996. To dive deeper, it’s a quad core, all 4 cores being Kryo’s, two clocked at 2.35GHz and the other two at 1.6GHz thus giving it an excellent performance to battery ratio. The GPU used is the native of this SoC, i.e. the Adreno 530.
The LG G6 sports a 5.7” IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with a whopping pixel density of up to 564ppi. It has a rather unusual screen resolution of 1440 x 2880 pixels thus giving it an aspect ratio of 18:9. This may seem awkward to some, but with the rounded edge display of the device, it seems to be a match made in heaven. Since many applications do not support the 18:9 aspect ratio, LG in their wisdom, have provided a tool to scale applications to suit the screen, if the app doesn’t work too well with 18:9, feel free to shift back to 16:9. Overall the display is pretty crisp and vibrant owing to the Dolby Vision technology incorporated with the device.
Although the device has multiple variants, the only one available to Indian citizens as of now, comes with 64GB of internal storage coupled with 4GB of RAM. An SD card of up to 256GB can be used, replacing the second SIM card. That’s right, no dedicated slot.
I for one am pretty pleased with the battery performance of the G6. It hosts a non-removable Li-Po 3300mah battery that lasts for an average of about 18 hours with moderate to high usage. It also supports native Quick Charge 3.0 raising it’s battery up to 50% in just 30min.
The LG G6 comes with the latest in WiFi supporting up to 802.11 ac dual band, WiFi Direct, DLNA and tethering. On the more Bluetooth front, it’s a Bluetooth 4.2 with support for AD2P, LE (Low Energy particularly used for headsets, IoT etc), and aptX HD (HD Audio/Video Transmission). Unnecessary, but to state the obvious, it supports NFC.
The Fingerprint sensor used is the FPC1035 by renowned company, “Fingerprints”. Although this particular scanner seems to support accurate scanning in both wet and dry conditions, when wet the scanner is pretty ineffective. It takes an average time of 0.75s to unlock with the FPS when dry. Besides using the FPS, LG has a knock code sequence that can be configured to unlock the device. Quite ingenious if you ask me.
Runs Android Nougat 7.0 out of the box and comes preloaded with a suite of LG apps and the basic stuff to get you going. Being in the top line-up of LG devices, it’s sure to maintain a steady flow of updates for at least a few years to come. The G6 comes with an Always-on display, showing you the time in a customisable clock. A worthy mention is the degree of customization that can be done – from the soft navigation bar to the status bar, it’s pretty open to native customization options.
LG sticks with the G5’s dual-camera concept with two 1/3” 13MP sensors. The wide-angle lens comes with a 71 degree angle of view and F1.8 aperture along with phase detection AF while the super-wide-angle offers 125 degrees and a slower F2.4 aperture and no AF. OIS is available on the wide-angle. 4K video capture with stereo sound recording is also possible. Not to mention a Dual LED flash. The native camera app supports a wide variety of modes and filter including a dedicated Food mode for the Instagram buffs, a time-lapse mode, slo-mo and many more. There’s also a Pro mode for the professional photographers giving one control over the focus, aperture, ISO etc.
At the front, the camera isn’t the greatest sporting a 5MP sensor with F2.2 aperture and up to 1080p resolution. The front cam does well like most others in well-lit conditions but performs at a sub-par level during darker moments.
Before buying the LG G6, I was comparing it to the OnePlus 5, considering the two have a similar price. However, the OP5 doesn’t have an expandable memory nor is it waterproof. On the plus side, it’s front cam is better and it’s surely sleeker. However, I picked the G6 from the line-up, considering the plus points of it being waterproof and having an expandable memory.