MWC 2017: LG G6 announced, drops modular design

Thomas Wellburn
February 26, 2017

LG has finally taken wraps off the new LG G6 at its MWC launch event in Barcelona this afternoon (February 26).

Attendees were welcomed by Gadget Show co-presenter Georgie Barrat as the device was revealed in Sant Jordi Club, a 17,000 capacity exhibition venue located not far from the marina.

The LG G6 is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 821 processor, 4GB of RAM and a non-removable quick-charging 3,300mAh battery. With the Samsung Galaxy S8 expected to use the upcoming Snapdragon 835 in some markets, LG is opting for a slower processor so they can beat the competitor device to market. The modular design is completely absent on the LG G6 and has instead been replaced with a composite blend of glass and metal, a departure from the aluminium used on the G5. IP68 dust and water-resistance is also included, a big improvement on last years design. LG say it even protected against salt-water damage, something which is quite often the death sentence for most handsets. The home button is on the back and doubles as a fingerprint sensor.


LG claims it has fitted a 5.7-inch screen into a form factor designed for 5.2-inch screens, something the Korean manufacturer calls FullVision. This has been achieved thanks to an aspect ratio of 18:9, which means the display resolution is slightly above QHD at 1440 x 2880.. LG claims users will be able to view 11.3 per cent more content on their screens over the G5. The panel comes in an almost bezel-less form factor with rounded corners, which LG say should help dissipate the impact energy if the device is dropped. Also included on the screen is HDR10 and Dolby Vision HDR.


The dual-camera system seen on the G5 returns, (albeit without laser auto-focus), with identical 13 megapixel lenses on the back which can shoot at a wider 125 degrees.Accompanying it is a five megapixel 100 degree wide angle front camera. At the press event Qualcomm product manager Michael Roberts said the G6 is the only device to have “stable optical zoom and captures video as if it was on a tripod.” This is a feature we’re expecting to see on devices carrying the upcoming Snapdragon 835, so it’s pretty impressive that LG has managed to port it over to a lesser chipset. The G6 will feature Google Assistant, the artificial intelligence assistant was first introduced in the Google Pixel last year. Android 7 Nougat will operate straight from the box.

LG G6 Availability

The LG G6 will be available this year with a UK release expected in April; we expect it to retail at roughly the same price as the G5 (£529). EE and Carphone Warehouse both confirmed they will be stocking the handset, with the latter already opening pre-registration. Alternatively customers can order the G6 direct from Vodafone. Pre-orders will be available in due course. Colours available include ice platinum, astro black and mystic white.

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