LG G6 was supposed to arrive with a curved OLED display, but a recent report from Korea indicates that LG has shelved the idea.
New update: LG to debut new Mobile UX 6.0 with G6 at MWC
LG today revealed that LG G6 will feature the company's new mobile UX 6.0 to maximise the benefits of the 5.7-inch FullVision display which will field an aspect ratio of 18:9 and will fill the phone's face almost entirely.
Through a press release, the company today waxed lyrical about the benefits of the new mobile UX. Thanks to a 18:9 aspect screen, the G6' Camera UX will divide the screen into two squares to let users shoot 1:1 pictures and review them in adjacent windows. The new Camera UX will let users capture images using Food Mode which delivers high quality images and saturation mode ideal for food pictures.
The new mobile UX will also afford more surface area to users while browsing, playing video games or reading e-books. The new aspect ratio will also facilitate viewing existing 16:9 ratio content and will support a wide range of films, apps and games tailored to the ratio in the coming months.
“The LG G6 with FullVision was inspired by the philosophy of experts in the movie industry who believe that an 18:9 ratio screen would be the best solution for viewing both old and new cinematic content in the digital age. We’ve not only embraced that philosophy in our newest smartphone but taken it to a whole new level by incorporating the 18:9 format in many other ways. I think users will appreciate the many ways we’ve made the LG G6 more productive,” said Juno Cho, president of LG Mobile.
LG will also explain in detail other advantages of mobile UX 6.0 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on February 26th. These may include usage of more apps on multi-window mode, creating Collage Wallpapers and using calendar and schedules at the same time.
LG G6 to feature 32-bit Quad DAC audio, confirms LG
The V20 was the first handset from LG to feature Quad DAC audio support, which was a much improved version of the 32 bit Hi-Fi DAC by ESS Technology in the V10. Sadly, the V20 didn't reach the shores of Britain, forcing buyers to look elsewhere to enjoy premium mobile audio experience.
In a great news for LG fans, LG recently confirmed in Korea that the 32-bit Quad DAC designed by ESS Technology will feature in the upcoming LG G6 as well. The new 32-bit Quad DAC audio tech will replicate the experience offered by professional home-audio systems when you connect the G6 with compatible wired headphones and will also reduce ambient noise levels by up to 50%.
The V20 was embedded with B&O PLAY's audio technology as well to help the handset deliver a 'natural and balanced sound', the quality of which, said B&O PLAY President Henrik Taudorf Lorensen, people had never experienced before. As a result, V20 handsets were shipped with special pairs of B&O PLAY earphones in the box to let users experience the best in audio technology. It will be interesting to see if LG will use a similar approach with the G6 to increase its popularity.
LG teases edge to edge screen on G6 in invites
LG have finally sent out official invites for the launch of their upcoming flagship phone, the G6. The event will take place on 26th February at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and at the event, we may witness the arrival of an all-metal design, a large display with minimal bezels, curved edges along with glossy black and matte black variants.
According to the invite sent out by LG, the G6 will feature a large edge-to-edge display which will boast of an enormous surface area, but at the same time, will fit smoothly in your palm because of lack of bezels. The shape of the display also suggests that there won't be a home button but we cannot state that for sure until we've seen the phone at first hand. LG have decided to name 26th February as "LG G6 Day" so it is safe to believe that the company may not launch any other products or accessories aside from the G6 on the day.
Glossy black LG G6 variant spotted in recent leak
A few days ago, we came across a few pictures of an LG G6 handset with a matte black finish. However, Business Insider got their hands around a new G6 model with a glossy black finish. Will LG do an Apple and release both variants? Possibly yes, if both leaks are true.
Aside from the glossy black finish, the new image shows two LED flashes on the phone's back flanked by two rear cameras and a fingerprint sensor below it. The edges curve smoothly inside both at the top and on the sides, thus confirming what we have seen and heard so far from existing rumours, leaks and images.
The glossy black version looks sleek and premium but may suffer from fingerprints and visible scratches once it gets old. The model looks more like featuring a shiny metal instead of a glass finish but the latter could also be true. We only have to wait till February 26th to find out.
Leaked LG G6 images suggest matte black variant, single speaker grills
Thanks to Droid-Life, we now have three new images of LG's upcoming G6 but with a new revelation- LG may launch a matte black variant of the G6 similar to what Apple did with the iPhone 7. The images not only reveal the new texture, but also a single speaker grill at the bottom, a USB Type-C port, a near bezel-free display, twin-rear cameras like in the G5 and a fingerprint sensor below the cameras.
The images look like those of a prototype which is undergoing testing but based on what we see here, we can deduce that the G6 will be a tall and slim competitor, rivalling the iPhone 7 and Galaxy S8 in terms of looks, even though the lack of a Snapdragon 835 chip may rob it of the uber-performance tag. Nevertheless, existing leaks suggest it will be among the best ones to be launched this year and going by its looks, it will surely attract many more eyeballs than what its predecessor could achieve.
LG G6 will feature water resistance thanks to a non-removable battery
While we all know that LG G6 will not feature a modular design, something which has already been confirmed through various leaks, what has now come to light is that the G6 will be the first LG flagship phone not to feature a removable battery and will thus be water-resistant like the Galaxy S7 and the iPhone 7.
According to CNET who broke the news, LG has decided to ditch the removable battery concept and make the G6 waterproof to allow the phone to compete effectively with other water-resistant flagships. Poor sales of the LG G5 cost the company as much as $220 million last year and LG seems intent not to repeat its mistakes.
LG will be fielding the Snapdragon 821 processor instead of the new Snapdragon 835 in the G6 since Samsung has earmarked the new chip only for the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus flagships. The company will also have to fight off rivals like Huawei and OnePlus who offer premium phones with low price tags and who will easily trump it in terms of cost effectiveness. As such, introduction of water resistance could be one of many new features that LG may introduce in the G6 to make it competitive enough to survive in the toughly contested premium phone market.
LG G6 is a stunner, leaked images suggest
LG G6, like what most leaks suggest, will launch at Mobile World Congress on February 26 but so far, we have come across a number of leaks and rumours which have given us a pretty good idea of what the phone will be like. While unconfirmed images of the smartphone have been spotted as well, The Verge today revealed an image which it says is a confirmed image of the upcoming LG flagship.
The image shows the top half of the phone featuring a single front camera, chamfered edges, thinner bezels and a flat display. Because the phone will feature a 5.7-inch QHD+ display, the screen to body ratio has been increased to 90% and the aspect ratio has been kept at 2:1, which makes us quite curious on how the visual experience will be like. To add to it, the display is curved around its edges, making the phone look unique and beautiful in appearance.
The phone also appears less curved at the corners compared to the G5 but resembles the Pixel and the iPhone 7 more, suggesting that LG has decided to reengineer the phone's design not only to resemble the popular ones but also to move away from the G5's unpopular design concept which was attuned to a modular setup. We'd love to view more images of the phone, especially of its back, but we'll probably have to wait until February 26 for that.
Latest LG G6 leaked photos confirm dual rear cameras with metal & glass body
We have already come across a few renders of LG's upcoming G6 flagship phone and from what we know, we should get to see the first official images of the G6 on February 26 when LG will host a launch event at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. However, that doesn't mean we won't get a peek or two at the flagship thanks to leaks, speaking of which, there are a couple of new ones.
Smartphone case maker Ghostec has revealed a couple of cases for the LG G6 with the phone placed inside these cases. The pictures reveal a metal and glass body, dual rear cameras flanking dual LED flashes placed vertically and a circular fingerprint sensor below the cameras just like in last year's G5. At the front, there are noticeable gaps between where the display screen ends and where the edges are at the top and bottom, which destroys notions on the phone being bezel-free.
LG recently announced its new 5.7-inch QHD+ display and if the display screen does make it to the G6, then the G6 would easily be 6-inches long or maybe more. However, there's no way to tell if these pictures are genuine so we will wait for more authentic sources to confirm these. As per LG, the new display screen is 30% more power-efficient and more responsive compared to its predecessor.
LG G6 may feature multiple displays with a large surface area
LG today gave another clear indication of what's coming up at Mobile World Congress by sharing a new GIF on its Facebook page. The image shows a smartphone display which expands in three steps, suggesting that the G6 may feature not two, but three displays which may allow users to view two or three screens at a time or view notifications and updates on any of them. At the bottom, the display features a TV mode, a keypad shortcut and a fullscreen option.
The image may also indicate that the G6 screen could be taller than we thought, featuring lesser bezels and a larger surface area to make it easier for users to watch movies, surf the web or play games. Incidentally, LG's previous teaser video had also hinted on a larger display including a second screen at the top for notifications and shortcuts to apps.
LG recently introduced its new 5.7-inch QHD+ display featuring a pixel resolution of 1440 x 2880 pixels and a pixel density of 564ppi. The display is 30% more power-efficient compared to LG's InTouch QHD display which was used in the G5 and V20, is more responsive and comes with a thinner screen. Rumour says that the display is tailor-made for the G5 but may also feature in subsequent LG smartphones like the V30.
LG G6 to feature new cooling system and its battery will undergo extensive safety tests
Considering what happened to Samsung's star-studded Galaxy Note 7, LG is leaving no stones unturned towards ensuring that the upcoming G6 will be totally safe to use and will not overheat or blow up. The company recently announced that it is including new copper heat pipes in the G6 to ensure that the heat generated will dissipate quickly and will keep the phone cool under all circumstances.
“We will significantly improve the safety and quality of our new flagship smartphones as more consumers seek safe smartphones,” said the company. According to the Korean Herald, the G6 will be the first LG smartphone to feature copper heat pipes which can be termed as an additional precaution the company is willing to take to avoid taking the Galaxy Note 7 route.
At the same time, LG is also subjecting the G6 battery to extensive safety tests to ensure it is immune to overheating or explosions. Testing on the G6 battery includes subjecting it to temperatures 15-degrees hotter than European standards as well as subjecting it to drop tests from great heights. With new smartphones featuring larger batteries than hitherto, it is the responsibility of manufacturers to ensure that performance and longevity aren't ensured at the cost of safety and going by LG's comments, it seems the company isn't taking its responsibilities lightly.
LG's first G6 video teases a large screen, waterproof design and more
LG has released its first teaser video for the G6 and going by what the company wants us to believe, the G6 may not be as large as the G5 but will feature a larger display which could be a result of a curved screen or a bezel-free design concept.
To add to the larger screen, the G6 will also feature a waterproof design but it remains to be seen whether it will be as waterproof as the Samsung Galaxy S7 or whether it will be simply splash-resistant. At the same time, LG also talks about 'capture it all at once' which may refer to a wide-angle camera, either rear or front, which may capture more landscape compared to existing LG phone cameras. In the teaser video, the body of the G6 looks slim and curved at the edges which is very much like Google's Pixel or Samsung's Galaxy S7 smartphones and is not much of a surprise.
LG G6 to feature LG's new InTouch QHD+ display
LG today introduced a new 5.7-inch QHD+ resolution display which the company confirmed will be used in its upcoming flagship phone, the LG G6.
The new QHD+ display comes with a pixel resolution of 1440 x 2880 pixels and a pixel density of 564ppi which is more than in any other smartphone display in the world. Thanks to the display, the G6 will be able to offer immersive viewing experience to users thanks to an aspect ratio of 18:9 which will also facilitate dual screen multi-tasking which is one of the main features introduced by Android 7.0 Nougat OS.
"We expect to maximize user experience and customer value through the super high-quality display with its new 18:9 aspect ratio, which sets it apart from conventional displays for smartphones. LG Display will continue to set new standards in premium mobile displays, based on its differentiated technology," said Dr. Byeong-koo Kim, Senior Vice President and Head of Mobile Development Group 1 at LG Display.
Despite being superior in terms of resolution, the QHD+ display is 30% more power-efficient compared to LG's InTouch QHD display which was used in the G5 and V20. The display will also be more tough-responsive than its predecessors and its outdoor visibility will be better. The quicker responsiveness can be achieved thanks to a thinner display frame along with slimmer bezels.
LG G6, by most accounts, will not be a modular phone unlike the LG G5 so LG may introduce several new features to make the phone competitive and attractive to buyers. The new record-setting display could be one such feature and we are sure to hear about more such technologies in the coming days.
LG G6 is coming soon and will not be a modular phone
A new report in The Wall Street Journal quotes LG's Chief Technology Officer Skott Ahn to confirm that G6 is in the works and will be launched 'in the very near future.' Considering that LG's G-series flagship phones are usually launched at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February or March every year, it is now clear that LG has no plans of deviating from its regular schedule.
The report further states that the upcoming LG G6 will not be a modular phone, unlike the failed G5, and that LG will be focussing on its aesthetics and usability to make it both user-friendly as well as convenient to use. Considering how good the V20 was, even though it did not arrive in the UK, we are sure LG will be able to offer a strong alternative to the likes of Samsung Galaxy S8, HTC 11 or the iPhone 7. Skott Ahn has confirmed that LG is committed to the mobile business so we should expect the company to launch several new phones this year but that may depend on how well the G6 will be received in global markets.
Yet another piece of news coming in from the Wall Street Journal is that the LG G6 will be priced around the same as the G5, which means that the G6 should cost no more than £499 which will seem quite a bargain compared to the price tags of other competing flagship phones.
Leaked LG G6 renders betray lack of a modular design
It has often been said that the modular design of the LG G5, which was introduced as a game changer, ultimately led to its downfall. The outer casing of the G5 was tinny at best and the modular feature didn't quite work out as smoothly as on the Moto Z. To add to it, LG delayed launching modular accessories for the G5 by several months, thus leaving G5 owners grounded and unable to use the phone's unique features.
LG seems to have learnt its lesson, for leaked renders of the upcoming G6 flagship phone now reveal a lack of a modular design. Serial leakster @OnLeaks has published a 360-degree view of the G6 which shows pretty much everything one needs to know about the phone. There's a dual rear camera setup, a fingerprint scanner on the back, a USB Type-C port on the bottom, glossy and matte finish back panels, a 3.5mm headphone jack and front-facing speakers. The images were first published by Gear India and as far as we can see, there are no separate outlets or connectors in the phone for any modular accessories to jump in.
What this means is that LG would launch the G6 as a standalone device and may launch a number of accessories which will connect wirelessly with it. The Korean electronics giant has already announced plans to launch a number of Bluetooth Wireless audio devices at CES next week so there's no reason to suspect why the company wouldn't launch more of them along with the G6 at Mobile World Congress in late February.
South Korean media outlet ChosunBiz claims that LG Display has expressed inability to produce curved OLED displays in large numbers for the LG G6.
LG has apparently been working on a number of technologies and modifications which the company is planning to introduce with the upcoming G6 flagship at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. These include a curved OLED display, full metal and glass body and a super-fast charging technology, all of which have now been shelved owing to different reasons.
LG G5 battery & camera module issues emerge barely 6 months in
According to ChosunBiz, LG Display, an arm of LG that specializes in smartphone display technology, is already consumed with making OLED display panels for the Apple Watch as well as for several LG smartwatches. As such, it is unable to produce fresh curved OLED displays for the LG G6 in time to meet the release date of the upcoming flagship. LG is now reportedly adding flat screen LCD display panels in the G6 instead of OLED ones.
It is also being reported that LG was to introduce full metal and glass bodies for the LG G6 but those plans have also been shelved thanks to cost overruns. It is thus possible that LG may use the same materials as the G5 in the new phone which looked nice but the feel of it didn't really impress us. We have covered the look and feel of the LG G5 in detail in our review which you can read here.
Why the Moto Z is the modular phone the LG G5 couldn't be
Another casualty in the list is a fast-charging technology that LG was planning to launch with the G6 but it appears that the technology isn't ready for commercial release as yet. Given the battery fiasco that destroyed Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 push, it's nice to see that LG are not taking any chances with the G6 so far. However, this also means that LG will continue to trail behind other phone makers like Samsung, OnePlus and Huawei who have introduced quick-charging technologies in their premium devices.
LG G5 was launched with modular functionality as its principal USP. The phone was made to work with interchangeable modules like LG Cam Plus, LG 360 Cam, LG 360 VR and a slide-out battery module to increase its scope beyond mere texting, calling, running apps or gaming. However, its pitch was destroyed with Lenovo launched the Moto Z and Z Force with even better modular functionality as well as better looks. It remains to be seen if the G6 will b able to turn the modular game in LG's favour once it launches in February, despite losing out on several technologies which may impact its competitiveness.
LG brings Smart TVs closer to mobile
LG today announced that its Smart TVs running webOS will support over 140 different payment methods across the world. This capability will be enabled through apps enabled by developers for LG's webOS and will enable consumers to make online purchases on their LG smart TVs.
Ths new ability, thanks to a partnership with Paymentwall, will not only let you access and pay for a large selection of TV content, but will also support payments from mobile phones, tablets and laptops. So by the time LG releases the G6, a large number of third party apps may already be present on the LG app storem letting you choose and pay for a variety of content from across the world.
“By collaborating with Paymentwall, we’re able to evolve the smart TV purchasing experience on the LG webOS platform much faster than if we had worked alone. This partnership is another example of how LG’s collaborative effort has elevated us into one of the leaders in the global smart TV industry,” said Brian Kwon, President and CEO at LG’s Home Entertainment Company.