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LG G6 launched

    LG have finally launched the much-leaked G6 at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona. This handset has been subject to many leaks and teasers; indeed LG have virtually shown us the entire handset in a number of official teaser videos. So which of the rumoured specs are true, and which anticipated features didn't make it in to the final decive?

The official specs are:

  • Format: Candybar; non-modular aluminium sides & glass front & back construction
  • Screen: 5.7" "FullVision" 18:9 QHD+ 2880x1440 564dpi
  • Size: 148.9mm long x 71.9mm wide x 7.9mm deep
  • Weight: 163g
  • Battery: 3300 mAh (non-removable)
  • Processor: Qualcomm SnapDragon 821
  • Cameras (main): Dual 13MP cameras (Wide angle: F2.4, 125 degree) (standard angle: F1.8, 71 degree) , supporting HDR10, SnapDragon processor assisted zoom, IOS 2.0
  • Camera (front): 5MP wide angle (F2.2, 100 degree)
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 32GB UFS2.0 internal storage, plus MicroSD slot
  • Conectivity: 3G, 4G, LTE (600Mb download), WiFi, NFC, Bluetooth, USB 3.1
  • Android version: Nougat 7.0. Google Assistant included, which works even with the screen off (exclusive to the G6)
  • Colour: 3 distinct colours, "signifying nature" - Ice Platinum; Mystic White & Astro Black
  • Fingerprint sensor / power button: Rear, under the camera (as has been the style since the G2)
  • Sound: DolbyVision Support built in, quad-DAC system as found in the V20
  • Games: $200 of Google Play in-game credit for 6 games in the "G6 Game Collection"
  • Interface: LG UX6 - designed specifically to make use f the 18:9 screen, with two square (9:9) windows side by side, for example in the camera app as well as more obvious things like calendar
  • Cooling: Heat pipes nestled inside the phone help to cool the processor
  • Waterproofing: IP68 dust and waterproofing
  • Charging: Qualcomm QuickCharge 3.0
     

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Very nice. If I wanted an Android device, this might be the one for me. Shame it doesn't have the rumoured 4200mAh battery or 6GB RAM, though!

Any idea if it has the rumoured wireless charging?

Edit: According to engadget it DOES have wireless charging (but is it Qi compatible, or the Qualcomm standard nobody uses?) but only in the US market! It looks like LG will be carving up features for different markets, which is utterly crap!

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Now, this is where things get a little confusing: Some of G6's special features will only be available in select markets. For instance, built-in wireless charging is only available on the US models, whereas the 32-bit Quad DAC previously seen on the V20 is only available in the Asian variants -- bad news for audiophiles elsewhere in the world. Similarly, only some Asian markets will offer a 64GB model as well as a dual-SIM variant. Simply put, you won't find a "perfect" model anywhere, which is a real shame.

Oh well, never mind eh, LG? I think the LG G6 just became a "pass". :(

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I noted that too; the G3 had wireless charging; the G4 did but only if you bought a specific case; the G5 didn't have it at all... It will be interesting to see what is finally released in the UK for the G6.

Also, the (lack) of the Quad DAC outside of Asia seems somewhat odd

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I've just come across these titbits, curtosy of XDA Developers. LG support in the UK believe this "could change" though:

164GB variant is only available in the following markets: Korea, HK, ASIA (except Optus and Telestra Australia) India & CIS.
2HI-Fi Quad DAC is not available in the following markets: US, EU, SA or MEA.
3Wireless charging is only available for the US market.
4Dual-SIM is only available in the Middle East and CIS.

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This is a complete joke, it must be.

I know Samsung have had regional variants (Snapdragon vs Exynos) etc. but in general it's been the same phone.

Why take out the two features people actually want, it just makes the whole announcement look amateur at best. Whoever is in charge of strategy at LG needs fired as they are just sending out the wrong message.

April 1st has come early!

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57 minutes ago, normal said:

So what features are available to us in the UK?

None of the above. *just* the normal phone.

Just now, kradcliffe said:

This is a complete joke, it must be.

April 1st has come early!

To be fair to LG, they have done variants for a long time as well; for example CDMA for the US; built-in TV for Korea etc. but this is the first time they've specifically excluded (useful) features from a phone. Their excuse is that it has been based on market demands in those countries, but that sounds like poppycock to me.

LG support in the UK (while saying they have no information about the phone) kept saying "this might change" when I was asking about the Quad-DAC and wireless charging. The only thing they confirmed the UK wouldn't get is dual-SIM.

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I'm starting to wonder if LG have any more feet left to blow off.

Claiming it is due to "market demands" is just a lame excuse to squeeze every cent of profit out of the devices they manage to sell in each region. Presumably the quad DAC is a tiny bit more expensive than the regular DAC, and then there's the copper for those wireless charging coils that probably costs less than a dollar. The net result, though, is that the LG supply chain and support is unnecessarily more complicated with multiple SKUs, and most consumers will be confused (assuming they're even interested and know what they're missing), while those consumers that aren't confused won't buy it because it's gone from being a potentially cracking phone to nothing special at all, and from a manufacturer that is taking the P out of consumers.

LG should offer the same cracking spec device the world over and they'd make far more in profit from more sales than they'll ever save by penny pinching and missing their targets.

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I saw the LG G6 and it's so much different in the hand than in the photos. Very odd. Lovely display, super bright and with great HDR video. I don't see the point with a taller screen, but it's infinitely nicer than the G5. Good riddance to the modular design, although it was brave to give it a go I suppose.

I wonder if the removal of certain features is down to the response from carriers? I wouldn't be surprised if the big ones didn't want to get the price down, so LG agreed to cut the specs to suit.

LG probably won't ever have the clout to say 'take it or leave it' as Samsung or Apple could, and I know Sony also had to ditch things in the past to satisfy a network.

That said, don't feel too sorry for LG as it has made its own bed over the years. I saw the V20 on the Qualcomm stand (along with other phones not sold in Europe) and that's so much nicer than the G5. Why LG wasn't pushing this line instead of the G-series I do not know, but maybe that's the same problem; carrier support.

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Just now, kradcliffe said:

No reason they can't sell them SIM-free through selected partners like Handtek or Clove though.

Very true. I guess it depends on the overall volume a company like that would expect to sell.

But there is one problem, which I learned from Huawei, in terms of updates and support (explaining why SIM free models get updated late). The process for many manufacturers now is to get individual operators to approve updates themselves (nothing major there), so EE may get a build with VoLTE support and approve it for roll out. Vodafone gets a build for a feature they want. And so on.

It's only when all the operators in an area have approved updates that a generic build will go out. In the case of Huawei, that has meant a long delay for those who have a model not bought from a network - and could even mean some features never make it. The generic P9 still doesn't have VoLTE or Wi-Fi Calling. The EE one does.

So there's always that problem - getting a SIM-free model that has less features and will be slow to get updates, if at all.

Gone are the days where the SIM-free model got the updates first, and then operators had to approve it for their network. A real shame.

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1 hour ago, jonmorris said:

So there's always that problem - getting a SIM-free model that has less features and will be slow to get updates, if at all.

Gone are the days where the SIM-free model got the updates first, and then operators had to approve it for their network. A real shame.

That's the exact situation which has existed with the G5. To get a "generic" early firmware has meant hacking something from Italy or an Asian market

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