Once upon a time HTC showed Samsung stiff competition in the Android market, but these days it has LG to fear. The G5 was a fantastic phone, and the LG G6 is going to be even better – potentially with waterproofing, wireless charging, a full metal body and a virtually full-screen display. We round up the latest LG G6 rumours, including details on the LG G6 UK release date, price and specifications. Also see: Best new phones coming in 2017
Latest update: Just in case we didn’t already know pretty much what to expect, LG has revealed a series of teaser videos for the upcoming LG G6. Click here to jump straight to those videos.
LG G6 UK release date rumours: When is the LG G6 coming out?
LG G6 UK release date: 26 February 2017
LG G6 UK on sale date: 10 March (TBC)
For the first time in 2016 LG announced its annual flagship upgrade at the MWC tradeshow in February, putting it in direct competition with the also announced Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge. In previous years LG had held off until later in the year for a late-Spring launch. However, this paid off well for LG, and the company has already confirmed that it is to follow the same pattern for the G6 with a MWC 2017 launch.
LG has sent out invitations to its ‘LG G6 Day’ on 26 February, which not only confirm the name of the phone and the fact it will be announced that day, but that it has a large, slim-bezel screen and fits in the hand.
As for when the phone actually goes on sale, the word on the street in Korea is 10 March 2017, which puts its on sale date more than a month ahead of the Galaxy S8’s expected 18 April onsale date. The G6 is expected to launch initially in South Korea, Europe and the North America. Also see: LG G5 review
LG G6 UK price rumours: How much is the LG G6?
LG has always managed to undercut its rivals on pricing, and its ability to make high-end handsets at great-value price points has always been a key reason to choose LG. The LG G5 had a £529 SIM-free RRP in the UK, so we expect LG to keep the price roughly similar for the G6. Given the current economic climate we would certainly be surprised to see it cost any less than the G5.
LG G6 specification rumours: What to expect from LG G6
With new rumours appearing online about LG’s V30, which is scheduled to arrive later this year, it is beginning to sound like the G6 may not be the company’s flagship after all. The V30 is expected to be even more powerful with the Snapdragon 835 and 6GB of RAM inside. Other rumours include a dual camera and an improved DAC. But that doesn’t mean the LG G6 won’t be a great phone. Read on to find out more.
With the G5 LG tried the whole modular thing with its ‘Friends’ accessories that were bought separately. Now it will be going it alone, leaving behind its Friends and its modular design for the all-new LG G6. This is because the LG G6 is expected to get a new waterproof design with a full metal jacket and almost full-screen display at the front. Unfortunately this means the battery will no longer be removable, but it is expected to support wireless charging.
The company has already confirmed this metal unibody build, plus the fact the G6 will feature a 5.7in Quad-HD+ (2880×1440) FullVision screen with an always-on display. There is no mention of this screen being a curved model, as is seen on Samsung’s handsets; rather, the most interesting thing about this display is arguably its 18:9 aspect ratio – we have seen a 17:9 ratio previously in the Mi Mix – which almost entirely fills the front of the smartphone.
The software has been tweaked to suit the new screen dimensions, so unlike with the Mi Mix you won’t see a black bar to one side when viewing media. You can see a teaser video of the new UX below, which not only optimises the interface for multimedia on the larger screen but also allows you to run two perfectly square windows side by side (this can be shown in the Square teaser video).
“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,” said Juno Cho, president of the LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “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.”
Also on the software side, we know that the LG G6 will run Android 7.0 Nougat and be the first non-Google phone to come with the Google Assistant. This is a different approach to that rumoured to be taken by Samsung, which is developing its own Bixby AI assistant for the upcoming Galaxy S8.
Something else we can be pretty sure of is improved audio capabilities. Audio is high up on LG’s spec sheet for the G6, with the company adding an upgraded version of the Quad DAC seen in the LG V20. The company has itself said that the new DAC will result in minimal loss of acoustic information, and distortion levels of just 0.0002%. The 32-bit DAC can more accurately balance sound by separately controlling left and right, too.
It’s hardly news these days, but no phones running the brand-new Snapdragon 835 will launch at MWC 2017. Having helped to build the chip Samsung has exclusive rights on it for its Galaxy S8, which means the LG G6 will instead come with the second-best Snapdragon 821. This is the same chip we’ve seen previously in Google’s Pixel phones, the OnePlus 3T and the Xiaomi Mi5s.
Some things are likely to stay the same, such as the dual-camera, 32GB of storage as standard and USB-C. RAM will likely be increased to 6GB, and there could be a new iris scanner (built into the front camera) to complement the rear fingerprint scanner.
We’ve also heard rumours about the battery. According to LG’s Lee Seok-jong, the G6 will be the company’s first phone to use heatpipes to prevent the battery overheating. Such a system has previously been used in the likes of the Lumia 950 XL, Sony Xperia X2, Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge… and the Note 7 (we all know how that turned out). LG will also conduct thorough battery testing, said Seok-jong.
“We are conducting battery heat exposure tests to a temperature 15 percent higher than the temperature set by the international standards of the US and Europe. The battery also undergoes diverse tests such as piercing it with a sharp nail or dropping a heavy object on it from a high place,” Seok-jong told the Korean Herald.
LG G6 Design: What does the LG G6 look like?
A series of images have leaked for the LG G6, and we expect the final design to be very much in line.
The best yet comes from @evleaks, who tweeted this image of the LG G6 just a few days ahead of its launch.
Previously, the best image was this render published via The Verge, which reveals the G6’s ultra-slim bezels and large 5.7in screen.
This more recent photo shows the LG G6’s always-on display, plus a shot of the rear view of the silver LG G6. It shows a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and a dual-camera. This image comes via 9to5Google.
The above two images fall in line with this earlier image from Droid-Life, which is thought to be of a prototype LG G6.
Case makers often give away the best leaked images, and the below designs are courtesy of VRS Design.
As well as the above preview of the new LG UX the company has unveiled a series of LG G6 teaser videos, shown below.
Should I buy LG G5 or should I wait for LG G6?
LG is becoming a true force to be reckoned with in the smartphone world, and though we have judged its flagship offerings second-best to the Samsung Galaxy S-series for the past few years, the gap between the two smartphone families is getting ever shorter. We were seriously impressed with the LG G5, especially at its £529 RRP, but the LG G6 is going to be a very different beast.
Reasons to buy the LG G5:
• It will cost you less than the G6 will new (and better deals will be available if you can wait a few months)
• It is modular and allows you to bolt on (optional) accessories
• It has a removable battery and a microSD slot, which the G6 could lose if it gets a rear glass panel
• It’s still a fantastic phone and though the G6 will be faster the G5 is plenty fast enough. Neither will be as fast as the Galaxy S8
• You can buy it right now rather than wait another couple of months
Reasons to wait for the LG G6:
• It has a much nicer metal unibody design than the ugly painted aluminium G5 – don’t take our word for it though, check out the difference for yourself in the below image from Android Authority
• It will almost certainly be waterproof
• It’s likely to be better specced for VR, with a more powerful processor, graphics and more RAM
• It’s likely to include fast wireless charging
• It could feature an iris scanner
• There is what should be a magnificent 5.7in Quad-HD+ display with an 18:9 screen ratio – this handset is going to look seriously cool
• Audio will be even better than before