Mobile World Congress

For the user who wants it all

It's back to basics for LG with the G6.
It's back to basics for LG with the G6.PHOTO: REUTERS

LG's latest G6 shrugs off the company's brief flirtation with modular phones like last year's G5, and returns to the basics of what makes a top-end flagship phone.

The user who wants a phone that can do it all will feel at home with the G6. The phone sports the basic specs for flagships today: a Snapdragon 821 processor, 4GB of RAM and two rear cameras.

The glass and aluminium build of the phone aligns it with the general hardware trend smartphones are heading towards these days, giving it a very handsome look.

It's a bit thicker than its competitors' flagships, coming in at 7.9mm thick, but it all adds up to a nice, solid-feeling phone in the hand.

What immediately stands out is the phone's screen, stretched out nearly edge-to-edge to give an almost bezel-less look.

What immediately stands out is the phone's screen, stretched out nearly edge-to-edge to give an almost bezel-less look.

 

LG went with the bold decision to implement an 18:9 screen ratio, rather than the traditional 16:9, so that its 5.7-inch display feels and looks even bigger than it is.

This gives the G6 an advantage when it comes to split-screen multitasking, for example, as it is able to present two perfectly square windows side-by-side. One half could be used to take a square Instagram picture, for example, while the bottom half displays photos already taken for the user to review.

However, it does lead to some issues with traditional screen formats. Watching YouTube videos on the G6 leads to very noticeable borders on either side of the screen, which feels like a waste of screen estate.

The quad-HD display is bright and colourful from all angles, however, and on apps that do support the screen ratio, the effect is rather impressive.

The two 13-megapixel rear cameras work fantastically, giving clear and sharp shots even in harsh indoor lightning.

There is also a mode to toggle between a regular lens and a wide-angle lens, which stretches to a 125-degree view for landscape shots. This feature made its debut on last year's LG V20. But switching between the two lenses on the G6 is noticeably faster, with none of the slight lag that the V20 suffered from.

The G6 also contains a quad digital-to-analog converter, which lets the phone play high-resolution audio. Its onboard speakers though, are bottom-facing, which doesn't make them great at all for playing music out loud.

The G6, however, also takes a step back compared with the V20 because of its non-removable 3,300mAh battery.

There is no word yet on local pricing and availability, although it will go on sale in its native South Korea tomorrow.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 08, 2017, with the headline 'For the user who wants it all'. Print Edition | Subscribe