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Has LG missed a trick?

    Just before MWC 2017, Samsung told us that they wouldn't be launching their flagship Galaxy S8 at the trade event, instead they'd be releasing it "some time soon". This should have been everything LG needed to steal a large chunk of important market share from their arch rivals. Unfortunately, it looks like they missed a trick; here's why...

With Samsung out of the picture, LG rightly stole most of the press attention at MWC with the launch of their G6 handset, which, in the most part, is a very nice piece of kit. However, in order to fully capitalise on Samsung's delay, they needed to do one thing, do it well, and do it quickly...

Get the phone into the hands of users before Samsung launched the S8.

... they didn't. At the time of writing (after Samsung have launched the S8, *and* anounced it's worldwide availability), we still don't know when a large number of key markets, including Europe, are going to get the G6 (and only in Korea is the phone currently available, leading to a huge number of grey import sales). Epic fail!

The Samsung phone bests the LG phone in most ways, apart from ergonomics and the lovely Quad-DAC audio chipset in the Asia-only version of the G6. However, consumers are a fickle bunch, and if they could have gotten the G6 faster, before they knew when they'd have to stump up almost £700 for Samsung's latest, they would have forgone Quad-DAC and Wireless Charging (only available on US G6s), to have the latest phone in their hands.

Overall, this is a massive mistake for LG. They had the world eating out of their palm and they missed it. Maybe they couldn't ramp production quickly enough, but if that were the case they should have run a pre-order system like Samsung and Apple do to keep the buzz going. If production quantities were not the issue and maybe the phone's variant models were the issue, LG should have scraped all that this-feature, that-feature crap and given the whole world the same phone, like Samsung do.* They didn't do that either.

All I can say is... oops!

*Samsung and others vary the frequencies in use for LTE and on some handsets add CDMA support, but mostly their specs stay the same for all world handsets. LG produce 3, 4 or 5 physically different variants of a phone, some missing feature A, some feature B etc.

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It is hard to imagine why anyone would consider the G6 before the S8/S8+, unless they are a Samsung hater.

LG have knee-capped the G6 in the various regions, particularly UK, by dropping useful and sometimes unique features yet still want to charge the same high-end price as Samsung who are including all the features in all the regions.The S8 (compared to the G6) also has better specs: 64GB internal storage (G6 has only 32GB), slightly higher res display, 8MP forward facing camera (G6: 5MP), Bluetooth 5 (G6: BT 4.2), a higher-spec Snapdragon 835/Exynos Octa-core processor (G6: older 831), and comes with multi-standard wireless charging as standard (G6: US only).

Yep, LG had an opportunity with the G6 but they blew it. Perhaps if they knock £200 off their current £699 asking price the G6 can find a new market but it's not competitive against the S8, and that's thanks to LG dropping features that save them pennies, while also being conservative and not going all out for the truly high-end. When will LG ever learn...

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1 hour ago, Milhouse said:

It is hard to imagine why anyone would consider the G6 before the S8/S8+, unless they are a Samsung hater.

LG have knee-capped the G6 in the various regions, particularly UK, by dropping useful and sometimes unique features yet still want to charge the same high-end price as Samsung who are including all the features in all the regions.The S8 (compared to the G6) also has better specs: 64GB internal storage (G6 has only 32GB), slightly higher res display, 8MP forward facing camera (G6: 5MP), Bluetooth 5 (G6: BT 4.2), a higher-spec Snapdragon 835/Exynos Octa-core processor (G6: older 831), and comes with multi-standard wireless charging as standard (G6: US only).

Yep, LG had an opportunity with the G6 but they blew it. Perhaps if they knock £200 off their current £699 asking price the G6 can find a new market but it's not competitive against the S8, and that's thanks to LG dropping features that save them pennies, while also being conservative and not going all out for the truly high-end. When will LG ever learn...

Exactly! The two stand out features of the G6 were Quad-DAC and wireless charging (and 64GB internal storage in China). If only LG had kept those in, the phone would be a good match for the S8. OK, the S8 has a slightly better front camera, but the G6 has a bigger battery (S8+ battery is larger, but so is phone). Other than that, the two major differences are screen technology (Samsung wins here) and ergonomics (LG wins here).

Personally the internal storage doesn't bother me as I always use a memory card, and Quad-DAC is not something I'll miss, although it's a decent USP. The biggest cock ups LG have made are removing wireless charging (especially as it seems you can add it back in by changing the back cover of the phone) and not releasing the phone before Samsung.

I don't want to buy the S8, but I'm having a hard time convincing myself the G6 is worthwhile...

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I mispoke, the G6 uses the Snapdragon 821 from last year and not 831 (which doesn't exist, it's a typo).

 

The 821 is a quad core (2 big + 2 LITTLE) while the 835 and Exynos are both Octa-core (4 + 4).

 

It really does look like LG did just enough to build a high end phone that would have been competitive in 2016, but the internals are already looking distinctly mid-range in 2017 (the display is the only outstanding item, shame about the rest of the spec), made worse by the region-specific feature removal.

 

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Let's just agree LG screwed up. The G6 is likely to be another failure when the company had a chance to step up a level. Price, features and availability were all wrong.

 

 

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I just don't get why more companies don't implement LG's dual camera system (which one is a normal lense and the other is a wide angle lense).
For me, the camera setup on the LG G6 makes a lot more sense than the 2 x Zoom found on my iPhone 7 Plus.



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I really wanted LG to produce a winner this time around, as I really, really like the dual camera function.

Unfortunately, Samsung have made a better phone. And they've made it available to the whole world without knobbling half the features

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