With an improved display, camera experience and battery – the LG G6 is all about you, the user
There were a number of announcements made at MWC 2017 and most of them were mobile-related. Which meant that being one of the standout announcements at the event was a lot harder to do for mobile manufacturers. At least, compared to other events. However, LG seemed to achieve this effortless with the introduction of their new G-series smartphone, the LG G6. Once announced, this quickly became one of the main talking points of the event and now that MWC 2017 is over, it remains one of the biggest talking points.
LG did not have the 2016 they were hoping for with the G5 never gaining significant market traction and the LG V20 not being released to a significant enough level. As a result, a lot was riding on the LG G6 and the company did deliver. In many ways, LG seems to have gone back to the drawing board with this smartphone and in particular, is looking to provide potential buyers with exactly what they want – a good display and good cameras, among other things.
The display is one of the most notable features on the LG G6 as this is a smartphone which looks to offer one of the best viewing experiences possible. This is achieved through the employment of a near-all-screen display which LG refers to as a "FullVision" display. The LG G6 makes use of a somewhat unusual 18:9 screen aspect ratio, a 5.7-inch size display, and a Quad HD+ resolution. What is interesting here, is that LG has looked to increase the display size and usability, while still maintaining an all-over usable size. So while this display is bigger, the actual phone is not. A point which LG eloquently explains as 'the new big screen that fits in your hand'.
In terms of the cameras, LG has again looked to offer customers what they want. So on the back of the smartphone, there is a dual camera setup spearheaded by 13-megapixel sensors. While on the front of the camera you will find a wide-angle camera which seems almost purpose-designed for selfies. Add to that the software tweaks on offer and this is a very camera-centric smartphone. As well as the ability to switch between normal and wide shots, there is also a new in-view scrollable camera roll within the stock camera app, improved slow motion recording, and more.
And this is before we even take into consideration the other highly sought-after features, including a waterproof design, wireless charging and the inclusion of the Google Assistant. Moving to the rest of the specs and this is where LG has somewhat hedged their bets. As generally speaking, the LG G6 on paper is not strikingly impressive. That is to say, that LG has purposely decided not to take part in a specs race. Instead of being one of the companies to claim to be the first to offer the Snapdragon 835, or 8GB RAM, or any other market-leading specification, the LG G6 simply comes with a balanced and reliable flagship specs breakdown. Which includes a 5.7-inch display with a 2880 x 1440 resolution. 4GB RAM, 32GB (and 64GB) internal storage and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 quad-core processor. In addition to two 13-megapixel rear cameras, a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, a 3,300 mAh battery and Android 7.0 (Nougat).
It is probably this last aspect, the specs, which is one of the main points to focus on with the LG G6. Recently, companies have used specs (sometimes a single spec) to really try and differentiate their devices from the rest and placed that single spec as the main selling point about their smartphone. LG seems to have instead, placed the LG G6's focus on the user – with what the smartphone can offer the user being the biggest individual selling point. A selling point which makes the LG G6 a deserved winner of a 'Best of MWC 2017' award.