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MWC 2017: LG G6 announced with big screen, water resistance, and dual cameras

February 26, 2017 12:00 PM
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Today at MWC, LG officially announced the LG G6. Much has been hinted at over the past month and now we know all the details of the latest LG flagship.

LG's strategy this year was to post hints and partial details on the device. For example, LG gave ZDNet an exclusive image hinting at the artificial intelligence found in the device with other images showing a large display, small bezels, water resistance, and more. Let's take a closer first look at the LG G6.

Plenty of new handsets will debut in Barcelona, but big challenges lie ahead for smartphone makers like Samsung, LG and Huawei.

Rumors indicated that the device would have an aluminum shell and that turned out to be false. The LG G6 has a unique internal central aluminum plate that extends out to an aluminum frame, but the front and back are glass. This allows the LG G6 to also now include wireless charging functionality. The corners are rounded so this feature, combined with the metal frame and internal design, helps disperse the shock from a drop impact and provide some structural reliability of the device.

The internal metal plate also helps LG to disperse heat to keep the device cool while operating. An internal heat pipe is also used on the device.

LG addressed a couple key areas where the Samsung S7 differed from LG flagships. These features include a high level of water resistance and wireless charging. Neither is necessarily essential, but they improve convenience and peace of mind.

The LG G6 also contains Dolby Vision and HDR 10 for an advanced movie viewing experience. This is built into its unique 18:9 aspect ration FullVision display. The display is large at 5.7 inches, yet the bezels are very small so it still fits well within your hand.

Audio is sure to be outstanding as well with a 32-bit Quad DAC, similar to what we saw in the LG V20.

Similar to the LG V20, the dual cameras on the back allow you to easily switch between a standard photo view and wide angle, 125 degree, view for capturing more content in a single shot. It captures panoramic shots you can't get on other phones. The front facing camera also has a 100 degree field of view.

LG UX 6.0 is built on top of Android 7.0 Nougat and LG worked closely with Google to bring Google Assistant to the device, even without having Android 7.1. The LG G6 is the first non-Pixel device to include Google Assistant.

The new display and UX allow LG to provide some cool functionality in the camera and gallery app with the ability to review photos in part of the display while also capturing photos seen in another part of the display.

The LG G6 is scheduled to be available starting on 10 March. Pricing will be announced when carriers reveal specific launch details.

My flight to visit LG in San Francisco last week was canceled so I didn't get a chance to get hands-on yet, but LG did let me join other via video so I had a chance to learn more about the device. A non-final test unit was supposed to be delivered yesterday, but didn't arrive. I should have a first impressions look at the LG G6 in a couple of days.


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