“Modular design, dual cameras or powerful hardware? Here’s what to expect from the next big thing from LG”
Korean brand LG decided to go the modularity route last year with its G5 flagship smartphone. Despite sporting a metal body, the G5 (review) featured a removable battery, and support for additional modules called “Friends” which could add even more functionality to the smartphone. That said, the response to the G5 was somewhat lukewarm, as it failed to hold its own in front of flagships from other brands, such as the Samsung Galaxy S7 ( review ).
Now this put the folks at LG in a dilemma. Should they continue with the modular aspect of the smartphone or opt for a more streamlined approach for the LG G6?
Thankfully, the rumour mill has been quite generous to the tech enthusiasts, giving us an insight as to what the device might have to offer. Read on to know what the rumours say about the upcoming LG G6.
Out of the “Friend” zone
Yes, the upcoming LG G6 is rumoured to skip one of the USPs of its predecessors – support for the “Friends” modules. At first this might feel like a step back, but on thinking it through the decision starts making more sense. Not only did the modular design of the G5 fail to gather enough audience, but it also brings with itself some tough challenges when designing a phone. If this does turn out to be true, the future of modular smartphones may yet again become a dream, especially after Google also scrapped Project ARA last year.
Metallic, waterproof and a unibody design
With modularity out of the way, LG could then opt for some popular choices among users, including a unibody design that is resistant to water, just like the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the Apple iPhone 7 Plus (review). The primer coated metallic body of the G5 didn’t feel as premium in the hand, and thus wasn’t received that well by the users. However, this time the brand is expected to make use of a highly polished metal for the design, giving its loyal customers something to cheer about. That said, some rumours have also suggested that the brand may use a glass back instead. And if you’re wondering, recent rumours have suggested the G6 will include a 3.5mm headphone jack.
5.7-inch display with 18:9 aspect ratio
The Korean giant recently unveiled the world’s first 5.7-inch quad-HD+ display with an aspect ratio of 18:9. What better idea than to try out this new technology in the LG G6? An aspect ratio of 18:9 will provide a more immersive viewing experience, as well as result in easier multitasking. On the other hand, the bezels are expected to be trimmed even further, so much so that the screen-to-body ratio of the G6 is rumoured to be about 90 percent. Add that to the low power consumption of the display panel, and it all sounds like an interesting deal already.
Top-of-the-line specifications + Google Assistant = A great combo
Being a flagship device, the G6 is expected to come with all the best hardware available in the market at present. The purported specifications of the device include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC, 4GB or 6GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable storage as well as Google Daydream support. There is no information regarding the battery capacity of the smartphone, however the G6 is rumoured to use a USB Type-C port for charging and data transfer. Given how much the V20 (first impressions) focusses on audio, the possibility of some goodies like the 32-bit quad audio DAC making it to the G6 can’t be ruled out as well. Last but not the least, some recent reports have suggested that the LG G6 might be the first non-Google device to come with Google Assistant. Sweet.
Cameras – Two is better than one
The dual camera setup on the G5 was one of the most highly acclaimed features of the device. One of the snappers used a 16MP lens, while the other used an 8MP wide angle lens to capture extra area. The brand is expected to use the same setup in the G6, albeit with some improvements and added features. The front camera is also rumoured to come with an iris scanner, which could actually be a stretch.
The big question – When will it launch?
With MWC 2017 right around the corner, it is the perfect opportunity for the brand to unveil its next flagship. In fact, LG has already announced that it will be hosting an event on February 26th at MWC, and it doesn’t take two guesses as to what we might see on that day. The LG G6 would run Android Nougat out-of-the-box, and should be available around the globe following the weeks after the global announcement. Are you excited for the device?