Update: LG has all but confirmed that the G6 won’t support modules. But it will be coming soon, and is likely to have an overhauled design.
If there’s one thing the LG G5 isn’t, it’s boring. With two rear cameras and an accessory slot that lets you modify the hardware it’s a phone that really thinks outside the box.
But while these extras are great it doesn’t nail all the basics, so there’s plenty of potential for improvement in the LG G6.
Rumors for what LG is planning on its next flagship phone are growing steadily – here’s everything we know so far about the LG G6.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? The next flagship phone from LG
- When’s it out? Possibly April 2017
- What will it cost? Likely around £490/$600/AU$820 SIM free
LG G6 release date
The LG G5 was announced in February 2016 and launched in April, while the LG G4 also landed in April, so April 2017 seems a good bet for the LG G6.
We’ve also heard from LG itself that the G6 is launching “in the very near future.”
Once it’s announced we might not have to wait long to buy it, as a report from “industry insiders” suggests the company wants to release the LG G6 closer to the announcement date and will push to get the phone on sale in late February or early March.
LG G6 design
- A luxurious look
- A glass or metal body
- No modules
Rumor has it LG will be stepping up the design of the G6 to a more premium look and quality than we’ve seen on previous phones. An anonymous source told Korean site ChosunBiz LG will be using a tempered glass back on the new flagship.
The LG G5 had a painted aluminum body, which some didn’t like. Being glass it may not be as durable as a full-metal jacket would be, but that may be the price we pay for a better looking phone from LG.
Then again, LG might not be moving away from metal after all, with another source claiming the G6 will have “a highly reflective metallic material on the rear.”
While we haven’t seen leaked images of the handset yet, we have, courtesy of @OnLeaks seen renders supposedly based on an official factory CAD.
The leak adds that the dimensions are apparently be 148.8 x 72.3 x 8.3mm, which would make it a similar size to the LG G5, but marginally thicker.
Whatever design it gets, the focus according to LG is on “aesthetics and usability.”
The interchangeable modules – or what LG calls “friends” – are out by the sounds of things, with LG’s chief technologist Skott Ahn saying that LG is moving away from modular designs.
It’s a decision we’ve been expecting, with an earlier report from the Electronic Times in Korea saying the same thing, while another source claimed the decision had been made in order to make the LG G6 waterproof.
TechRadar’s take: LG is sure to be putting a lot of focus on the design of the G6, so expect something shiny and stylish.
LG G6 display
- 5.3-inch QHD display
- An OLED screen
The same source suggested LG is looking to make an OLED panel for its smartphones in the future, and maybe even curved ones.
LG already produces OLED displays for TVs as well as the Apple Watch Series 2, so it would make sense if the company installed one on the G6 – but it looks like it won’t be ready in time.
If LG doesn’t include an OLED display on the G6, it will be far behind Samsung, which has included curved OLED panels on its flagship phones for quite some time.
According to a leak from Gear India, which includes renders of the phone, the LG G6 will have a 5.3-inch QHD display, just like the LG G5.
TechRadar’s take: A similar size and resolution to the LG G5 makes sense. OLED is a possibility, but is looking unlikely.
LG G6 camera and battery
- A dual-lens camera
- A removable battery
There aren’t any camera rumors yet, other than leaked renders which show a dual-lens snapper, just like the LG G5. Expect to see a return of both standard and wide-angle lenses, but likely with improvements – perhaps a higher megapixel count or greater optical zoom.
All we’ve heard about the battery is that it may be removable, but not everyone agrees.
LG G6 OS and power
Power rumors for the LG G6 are thin on the ground, but the smart money’s on it using the Snapdragon 835, as this is the chipset that’s likely to power most of 2017’s flagships.
A minimum of 4GB of RAM is sure to be included too, as the LG G5 has that much, but a boost is likely, given that already some phones have 6GB.
LG G6 other features
- Super speedy wireless charging
- A headphone port
LG announced a brand new wireless charging transmission module a few days after it revealed the LG G5.
The charging module can pump your phone battery up to 50% in 30 minutes, the same charging rate we see from fast chargers on phones like the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge.
This may mean we see the introduction of wireless charging on the LG G6, but the same sources speaking to ChosunBiz suggest it won’t be ready for the next flagship phone.
But since then LG has made the tech available to the public, which suggests that it could be ready after all. Plus another industry source has also suggested it will be ready in time for the LG G6, so cross your fingers.
We’ve also heard that the LG G6 will have a headphone port. This isn’t particularly surprising, but now that Apple’s ditched the port from the iPhone 7 it is worth mentioning.
Finally, this almost goes without saying, but a fingerprint scanner is a very likely inclusion, especially as leaked renders show the LG G6 with one.
TechRadar’s take: We doubt LG will ditch the headphone port just yet. Fast wireless charging meanwhile could be a significant selling point, so LG is likely to want to include it.
LG G6 price
According to LG, the G6 will have a similar price to the LG G5, likely coming in at $500-$600 (around £400-£490/AU$685-AU$820).
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