The LG G6, announced months ago at the MWC 2017 in Barcelona, has finally arrived into the Philippine shores, and pre-orders have started last April 17th.
Aside from the Galaxy S8 and Huawei P10, the LG G6 is a phone that stands out on its own class, aside from being a 2017 flagship smartphone.
We had the chance to get a hands-on with the phone on its local launch event at SM Megamall Fashion Hall last Tuesday – so, just like what we did with the Galaxy S8 before, we will give you the features we loved as well as a little (because we’re lazy to do a full) review of the LG G6.
The winning features
Forget the curved ‘slash’ edge look of the Galaxy S8. Don’t get concerned with too much ghost touch/taps – the Quad HD+ 5.7-inch display (2880×1440) with the first 18:9 screen ratio is surely the first thing you’ll love about this phone. Not to mention that it is the first that also supports Dolby Vision™ display, and some HDR 10 functionality to make your content more brighter and colorful than before. (See demo video below for example). However, despite that big display, the phone is still manageable by ONE HAND.
Also, the 18:9 display ratio gives you more room for consuming content. Multi-tasking is much better and more space for apps and games through ‘forced display scaling’ makes the applications consume the full 18:9 screen ratio. However, this ‘forced display scaling’ seems not working with videos, so anything you consume that has a ratio of 16:9 (we usually deal with 16:9 video content) will leave borders between the sides which ‘imo’ (in my opinion), you’ll going to hate for a little while until app developers and content creators decide to make content in 18:9, which ‘imo’ again, is the screen ratio of the future.
Hi-Fi Quad DAC
Pretty annoyed by the audio output from your phone? Blame your stupid Digital Audio Converter (DAC). However, you cannot blame LG’s proprietary Hi-Fi Quad DAC because it is so good, especially if you have the accessories and music that has the support for Hi-Fi. You don’t need to buy a separate / dedicated DAC just to have a good listening experience with your expensive headphones – just grab it and plug to the LG G6 and prepare for a mind blown listening experience.
Dual Wide Angle Cameras
Yes, you heard it right. Both front (5MP) and dual rear camera (13MP) set-ups feature a wide angle coverage. With a 100-degree angle for the front and a 121-degree/71-degree dual camera setup at the back, the LG G6 connotes on taking groupies and photos/videos with a wider perspective much easier than before.
Also, seeing from the set of demos from the launch as well as accompanied promotional materials, the LG G6 promotes its camera a lot. From its popular ‘food mode’ – which gives you the option to make your photo more colorful than what it is (good for Instagram), a 360-degree panorama is also added as well as a ‘square camera’ mode which we will discuss on the following paragraph.
Square camera aims to give you more creativity over your photos, imo. It has 4 shots/modes which is Match, Snap, Grid and Guide (see video below for demo). The Match Shot is combining two photos you’ve taken for a creative imagery. The Snap Shot, on the other hand, lets you review your last shot below then on the above is the preview of your next shot. While the Grid Shot creates you 2×2 grids of either photos and videos, and the Guide Shot lets you recreate some photos with a guide image (just like the Snap Shot, but with a guide).
The LG G6 has passed several durability test not only by LG itself but also by several YouTubers out there. With its IP68 dust and water resistance certification, it can be immersed in up to 1.5 meters of water for as long as 30 minutes, and users can worry less about accidental drops and other rough environments during everyday use. Both the front and back panels were covered by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and 5, To prevent overheating, the G6 is designed with a metal frame and heat pipe to dissolve heat. LG also claims that it also passed 14 different military-standard 810G tests involving rain, fog, humidity and temperature, among others.
Also according to LG, they have designed the rounded display corners to increase the display’s durability (although I don’t really get how it affects display durability). And the metal frame design which they claim as ‘bending-resistant’ and ‘shock-dispersing’ might be helpful after all.
Flat dual camera
Yeah, this is an aesthetic part – and this is a great feat when it comes to that aspect. Smartphone cameras nowadays (especially dual cam set-ups) cannot prevent their cameras to leave a bump at the back, giving the phone that awkward bump when looked at an angle or put downwards.
The LG G6 gives you more power and enables you to do more than before on every smartphone. The battery last long (insert battery approx. hrs.) and the Quick Charge 3.0 feature helps (50% – 35min, 100% – 108min.) which is very quick for that 3,300mAh non-removable battery. Storage-wise, the LG G6 comes with a 64GB of internal storage, and thankfully, expandable storage of up to 2TB via microSD card.
Although the LG G6 might seem a little overpriced for others due to the fact that it only has Snapdragon 821 SoC compared to Snapdragon 835 which most 2017 flagships have (Galaxy S8, Huawei P10, Sony Xperia XZ Premium, Xiaomi Mi 6, among others), the Snapdragon 821 is still a powerful SoC and can deliver more power. The features also are actually worth-buying that LG considers the risk of pricing it like that in order to compete with the other flagships. Let’s just wait for the benchmarks to come out, and we’ll give our final word to it.
Back to the basics
Leaving the world of modularity from LG G5, LG decided to revert back to the basics where phone components were locked in place and with seamless designs. Witnessed both the G4 and G5, we can describe the LG G6 as a combination of both basic yet seamless aesthetics of the G4 and the power that the G5 users loved, only ditching the modularity function and leaving the power button/fingerprint sensor at the back.
If you don’t care about the curved/edgy screen of the Galaxy S8 as well as you want a dual cam phone that is feature-rich, durable and decent-looking, go for the LG G6. You cannot go wrong with this one, too. And with a hefty price of Php37,990 – the LG G6 might be your next Tech Stuff.
Specifications and Features
Pre-orders of the LG G6 started on April 17 and will run up to April 30, 2017. Early pre-order takers can avail of LG’s pre-order promo and enjoy exclusive freebies worth Php 8,990 (an LG G6 case and LG Tone Infinitum bundle) as well as a one-year extended warranty (for those who still believe about the boot-loop issue).
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