LG’s G6 appears to be its most well rounded smartphone yet

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Last year LG gave us the G5 and despite its modular design it failed to impress.

The South Korean manufacturer is back though and it has ditched modular capabilities for what appear to be sensible features this time around.

The first of these is a display that LG says will make using the handset with one hand a bit easier. That’s quite a claim considering the G6 is within spitting distance of the term “phablet” given its 5.7inch size.

To make up for that gargantuan display the bezels have been reduced. This should make the phone easier to handle with one hand but our experience with smartphones that have smaller bezels is that you can end up touching the the display unexpectedly.

The display has a resolution of 2 880 x 1 440 and has a 18:9 aspect ratio. This aspect ratio will give users the ability to use something called Square Camera, a feature that allows you to take square Instagram-style snaps and view them on the display at the same time.

The strange aspect ratio is not without its faults according to a report by The Verge which found apps such as Netflix still treat the phone as if it had a 16:9 aspect ratio.

Getting technical

Where the G6 may fall short – at least on paper – is LG’s choice of chipset. The handset contains Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821 chipset, which is a strange choice considering the recent release of the Snapdragon 835.

That could mean LG winds up playing second fiddle to Samsung when the S8 launches later this year but we’ll reserve judgement until we get our hands on both handsets.

The G6 will be available in 32GB and 64GB iterations with both housing 4GBs of RAM. There is also a microSD card slot.

It is unclear at this stage whether South Africa will get the dual-SIM or single-SIM version of the G6.

Like the G5, the G6 will sport a dual-lens snapper at the rear which contains two 13MP sensors. At the front is a rather small 5MP selfie camera.

Powering everything along is a 3 300 mAh battery which is not removable. The reason for this is that the G6 will have an IP68 water and dust proof rating.

The LG G6 has no release date as yet.

Chipset Snapdragon 821
CPU Quad-core (2.35GHz Kryo and 1.6GHz Kryo)
Storage 32GB and 64GB
Camera Dual 13MP (rear) and 5MP (front)
Display 5.7inch (1440 x 2880)
SIM Dual and Single
Wifi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Battery 3300mAh
Extras Fingerprint sensor, Bluetooth, Fast charging, USB Type-C
Brendyn Lotz

Brendyn Lotz

Brendyn Lotz writes news, reviews, and opinion pieces for Hypertext. His interests include SMEs, innovation on the African continent, cybersecurity, blockchain, games, geek culture and YouTube.