Big Screen, Small Sexy Body: G6 Puts LG Back in the Game

Are you ready to enter a world of extra widescreen phones? Well you better be, because it's going to be a big trend for 2017, and LG is leading the way with the best-looking phone the company has ever made.

LG G6: Hands-on with LG's new water-resistant phone

Say hello to the LG G6. Sporting an exaggerated 5.7-inch QHD+ display surrounded by a sturdy aluminum frame and finished off with a slick glass back, the G6 is undeniably attractive.  

The G6 is easily the sexiest phone LG has ever made. The G6 is easily the sexiest phone LG has ever made. However, with the display's 18:9 aspect ratio, the G6 still manages to be something that's easy to use with one hand. When compared to other big-screen phablets, the G6 is much closer in size to the 5.5-inch Samsung S7 Edge than the suddenly portly looking 5.7-inch iPhone 7 Plus.

LG G6 Specs and Features

Screen
5.7 inches (2880 x 1440 pixels) with HDR
Aspect ratio
18:9
Size
5.9 x 2.8 x 0.31 inches
Weight
5.8 ounces
Colors
Black, Silver and White
Water resistance
IP68 (1 meter for 30 minutes)
OS
Android 7.0 w/Google Assistant
Back camera/Aperture
Dual 13-megapixel/f 1.8
Wide-angle lens
125 degrees
Front camera
5-MP
CPU
Snapdragon 821
RAM
4GB
Storage
32GB
microSD
Yes
Battery/User Replaceable
3,300 mAh/No
Carriers
AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, U.S. Cellular*
Release Date
Not confirmed
Price
$650-$700 (depending on carrier)

*Based on reports; U.S. carriers not yet confirmed.

The G6's 18:9 screen isn't just there to make the phone easier to hold. The wider aspect ratio makes watching shows and movies better, too. In fact, many shows such as Stranger Things and House of Cards have already been shot in 18:9, which makes the G6's screen a perfect fit for watching widescreen content on the go. And with support for HDR content by way of Dolby Vision tech, your media will look brighter and more colorful than ever before.

Thanks to built-in PMA and Qi wireless charging, you still juice up the G6 even when it's wet. Thanks to built-in PMA and Qi wireless charging, you still juice up the G6 even when it's wet. LG is also touting its bigger screen as a productivity booster. During the G6 launch event today (Feb. 26), Ian Hwang, a director of product planning at LG, noted that the G6's extended screen provides 11.3 percent more information when you're handling tasks like reading email.

But the improvements don't stop there, as the G6 is LG's first major phone in recent history with wireless charging support (both the PMA and Qi standards) and water resistance. The G6 features a substantial IP-68 rating that's good down to 5 feet of water for up to 30 minutes. The handset will have no problem taking a quick shower, as we learned after dousing it with a blast of water from a shower head.

Unfortunately, this ability to shrug off water comes with a price, because the G6 is also LG's first flagship phone since the G2 without an easily user-replaceable removable battery.  

As for its smarts, even though the G6 will ship with Android 7.0 instead of the very latest build of Android 7.1, it will be the first Android phone outside of Google's Pixel and Pixel XL models to ship with Google Assistant on board.

While it might look like metal, the back of the G6 is actually glass with a layer of paint on the inside. While it might look like metal, the back of the G6 is actually glass with a layer of paint on the inside. In back, the G6 features dual 13-megapixel cameras that have two different fields of view: one with a standard angle less for everyday shots, and a 125-degree wide-angle lens perfect for shooting landscapes or big open spaces. The LG G6 actually bested the iPhone 7 in a camera shootout, and it also edged out the Pixel in a separate face-off.

The camera also uses the G6's 18:9 screen to offer a dual-pane shooting experience. This lets you view photos while composing another, so you can sync up their composition or snap photos with the front and back cameras at the same time. Speaking of that 5-MP front camera, it now offers an expanded 100-degree field of view to squeeze more people and background into those selfies you're snapping.

Despite having the same size screens, the G6 is noticeably smaller than the iPhone 7 Plus.Despite having the same size screens, the G6 is noticeably smaller than the iPhone 7 Plus.Spec-heads will be irked at LG's inclusion of an older Snapdragon 821 CPU instead of the more powerful Snapdragon 835. However, when we got a chance to check out some pre-production units at MWC, the phone never felt wanting for speed. The G6 also comes with 4GB of RAM, 32GB of onboard storage, a microSD card slot and a headphone jack.

Like all good phones in 2017, the G6 features a USB Type-C port for charging and data.Like all good phones in 2017, the G6 features a USB Type-C port for charging and data.The last important piece of info is that LG says the G6, available in black and platinum versions in the U.S., will be a better value when compared to other flagship phones. While we don't have official word on the G6's price or release date, if LG can undercut its competitors with a phone this beautiful, the G6 could be exactly what the company needs to take on Samsung and its upcoming Galaxy S8.

Photo credits: Sam Rutherford/Tom's Guide

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  • Rymart25
    Looks great. Excited to sell this at Verizon. I'll be attempting to acquire this as my work device as well. LG has really outdone themselves. Hopefully it holds up in real world.
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  • Rymart25
    Question is though will it fast charge with Samsungs fast wireless charger or will it just charge at regular speeds. That would be a big win as well.
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