LG G6 release date, news and rumors

The LG G6 launch is confirmed for February 26

By James Rogerson,James Peckham | Feb 22, 2017, 04.17 PM IST
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Update: Our final look at the LG G6 before the big launch event may be a promo shot, which you can see down below in the design section. LG has also posted three more teaser videos on its YouTube page showing the camera UI , hinting at the waterproof body and a third involving flour that points towards dust resistance.

The LG G6 will be the South Korean firm's flagship smartphone for 2017, taking over from the questionable G5.

The LG G5 certainly wasn't boring though. With two rear cameras and an accessory slot that allowed you to modify the hardware, it was a phone that really thought outside the box.

But while these extras were great, it didn't nail all the basics and failed to sell well, so there's plenty of room for improvement for the LG G6.

Rumors, leaks and even teasers from LG itself are giving us a rather clear picture of what we can expect from the LG G6 - find out what it looks like below as we round up all the information you need to know.

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? The next flagship phone from LG
  • When's it out? Launch on February 26 at MWC 2017
  • What will it cost? Likely around £490/$600/AU$820 SIM free

LG G6 release date

Hottest leaks

  • LG G6 launch set for February 26
  • LG G6 release date rumored for April 7

 The LG G6 launch date is confirmed for February 26, as the company's MWC 2017 press conference is scheduled for noon that day in Barcelona.

On the initial invite LG spelled out the time and date without mentioning the new phone, but it did frame the invite in a hint-driven 18:9 aspect ratio – the same as the now-confirmed LG G6 extra-wide screen.

As for when we'll see the phone on store shelves, LG said the G6 is launching "in the very near future," and while that's the closest thing to an official date we have, there are rumors that it will arrive on US carriers on April 7 - almost a month after the apparent March 9 launch in South Korea.

A report from a "high-ranking official for a mobile network provider" has also suggested March 10 will be the release date for the phone.

There's no news on when the LG G6 will land in the UK or Australia, but it's likely to be around the same time as the US, so for now April 7 is our best guess.

LG G6 design

Hottest leaks:

  • Confirmed: waterproof
  • Confirmed: metal body
  • Large screen with slender bezels
  • No modular design

LG has now confirmed that the G6 will have a "sleek, full-metal body", and although it hasn't yet shown us any images of the phone, leaks in that area are coming in thick and fast.

The South Korean firm has also confirmed that "the metal frame that wraps around the perimeter of the phone imparts solidity in style with a soft matt finish. The back is perfectly flat, with no camera bump to avoid or protect. "

In fact, we may know exactly what the LG G6 design looks like thanks to a couple of high-quality image leaks .

Images, obtained by The Verge and GadgetsDetective below, appear to gives us a clear look at the LG G6 with a metal body, large display and slender bezels.

The first leak gave us a peek at the top half of the G6 (credit: The Verge)

But then we got a full front shot (credit: GadgetsDetective/@VenyaGeskin1)

There's no guarantee that these images are official, but they chime in nicely with other rumors and renders we've seen pop up. 

Another leaked promo shot from Evan Blass shows the phone in full below and matches with the leaks we've seen previously.

It makes sense for LG to take a slightly more mainstream approach to design with the G6, after the left-field looks of the leather-clad LG G4 and modular G5 splitting opinion somewhat. 

What the two image leaks above don't show us however, is the rear of the LG G6 - but a number of candid shots and renders alleging to show the rear of the handset have appeared online.

One source claims the G6 will have "a highly reflective metallic material on the rear." We've since seen more than one leaked image of the back, and that description fits.

Is this the back of the LG G6? (credit: Business Insider)

The image above lines up with previously leaked renders from @OnLeaks that are supposedly based on an official factory CAD.

The render leak adds that the dimensions are apparently be 148.8 x 72.3 x 8.3mm, which would make it a similar size to the LG G5, but marginally thicker.

The G6 could be a bit chunky (credit @OnLeaks/@GearIndia)

Another leaked image of the back (below) gives us a clearer look at the material, suggesting that it will have a brushed metal finish.

Whatever design the G6 gets, the focus according to LG is on "aesthetics and usability."

The interchangeable modules - what LG calls "friends" - are out, with LG's chief technologist Skott Ahn saying that LG is moving away from modular designs

It's a decision we've been expecting, with an earlier report from the Electronic Times in Korea saying the same thing, while another source claimed the decision had been made in order to make the LG G6 waterproof.

LG has already confirmed the G6 will be waterproof

LG's first teaser video for the G6 features the word waterproof (above), and since then it's released another video (below) which seemingly confirms the water resistant feature of its upcoming flagship phone.

For those wondering how the LG G6 will differ in looks to the LG G5, a side-by-side image leak hit the web via TechTastic from Weibo , potentially showing us just that. 

TechRadar's take: LG is going to play things safe in the design department this time round with a waterproof finish and a look which is more in line with the mainstream smartphone market. We're hopeful the leak images at the top of this section ring true, with the premium finish and slender bezels.

LG G6 display

Hottest facts:

  • Confirmed: 5.7-inch QHD+ display
  • Confirmed: ultra-wide 18:9 aspect ratio
  • Confirmed: resolution of 1440 x 2880, pixel density of 564ppi

This section is easy, we know exactly what kind of screen the LG G6 has. Why? Because LG itself has confirmed it .

The LG G6 will pack a 5.7-inch, FullVision QHD+ screen with an ultra-wide 18:9 aspect ratio. That means you'll get a screen resolution of 1440 x 2880, and a pixel density of 564 pixels per inch. 

In comparison the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus has a pixel density of 401ppi, while the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge comes in at 534ppi. In short, the screen on the LG G6 should be eye-popping.

The 18:9 aspect ratio also makes it longer than most smartphone screens, which means it's ideal for split-screen apps and movie playback.

It's also apparently 30% less power hungry than the previous generation of LG QHD displays, as well as having smaller bezels, better touch performance, and being easier to view in direct sunlight.

The screen is also likely to have an always-on mode, permanently showing the time and some notifications, as you can see in the leaked image above.

TechRadar's take: The 5.7-inch, QHD+ screen has been confirmed, so that's what you'll get.

LG G6 camera and battery

Hottest leaks:

  • Confirmed: A dual-lens 13MP camera
  • A non-removable battery
  • Heat pipes to keep the battery cool

LG has revealed the G6's camera in full, so we now know that it will have a 13MP dual-lens snapper, one of which is a wide-angle lens with a 125 degree field of view. The main change there from the G5 is that the wide-angle lens is the same quality as the normal one, up from just 8MP on the G5.

LG has also confirmed that the selfie camera will be wide-angle, with a 100 degree field of view.

An official LG video gives us a look at the camera UI on the LG G6 as well, showing off the square layout which allows you to view your last snap while still seeing the viewfinder. Take a look below.

The main thing we've heard about the battery is that it may be removable , but not everyone agrees. The latest rumor for the battery suggests it is a 3,200mAh cell - the largest ever on the core LG G series - but you won't be able to take it out of the phone.

It shouldn't be in any danger of overheating though, as LG has confirmed that it's using heat pipes to pull heat away from the battery and other core components, as well as putting the battery through rigorous tests to ensure its safety.

TechRadar's take: There's little that hasn't been confirmed about the camera, while the rumors of a 3,200mAh battery are believable.

LG G6 OS and power

  • Confirmed: Android overlaid with the new LG UX 6.0
  • Powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 821 chipset
  • This chip is at heart of the Google Pixel, OnePlus 3T

The LG G6 specs call for a powerful Snapdragon 821 chipset, which also appears inside the Google Pixel, Google Pixel XL and OnePlus 3T.

It's plenty powerful and capable of running Google Daydream View VR games, but it's soon to be dethroned by the better-equipped Snapdragon 835 chipset.

Why not go with the absolute best chip? Samsung is manufacturing Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 and likely hogged the first 10nm chips for the Galaxy S8

A minimum of 4GB of RAM is sure to be included too, as the LG G5 has that much, but a boost is likely, given that already some phones have 6GB.

The LG G6 will run Android, and thanks to LG confirming yet another feature of its yet-to-be-announced flagship we'll know Google's OS will be coated in the firm's UX 6.0.

LG's UX 6.0 focuses on advanced muti-tasking, an enhanced camera experience and a better way to enjoy games, films and applications with side-by-side app layouts creating square applications on screen.

Watch the video teaser below to get a quick feel for the on-screen experience on the upcoming LG G6.

LG G6 other features

Hottest leaks:

  • Super speedy wireless charging
  • Improved audio
  • USB-C port for charging
  • Google Assistant or Alexa

One thing LG has confirmed for the G6 is a new Quad DAC (digtial-to-analog converter), which will apparently lead to almost no distortion or loss of acoustic information, as well as offering balanced sound so all of your audio is at its best.

LG also announced a brand new wireless charging transmission module a few days after it revealed the LG G5.

The charging module can pump your phone battery up to 50% in 30 minutes, the same charging rate we see from fast chargers on phones like the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge .

This may mean we see the introduction of wireless charging on the LG G6, but the same sources speaking to ChosunBiz suggest it won't be ready for the next flagship phone.

But since then LG has made the tech available to the public , which suggests that it could be ready after all. Plus another industry source has also suggested it will be ready in time for the LG G6, so cross your fingers.

We've also heard that the LG G6 will have a headphone port. This isn't particularly surprising, but now that Apple's ditched the port from the iPhone 7 it is worth mentioning.

LG may also use Google Assistant in the LG G6, as that's both been rumored and now teased by LG itself , in the image above. The image doesn't name Google Assistant, but does point towards an advanced AI, so it's likely that or Amazon Alexa.

Finally, a fingerprint scanner has been confirmed for the phone by LG, and a "state-of-the-art" one at that, though it's not clear what will make it state-of-the-art - presumably it will be fast and accurate at the very least.

It might not just be the LG G6 that makes an appearance in Barcelona though, as names of eight possible variants of the G6 have also appeared including the G6 Compact, G6 Lite, G6 Prix, G6 Fit and G6 Sense. We wonder if the last two there could be wearables rather than smartphones - but we'll have to wait an see.

TechRadar's take: We doubt LG will ditch the headphone port just yet. Fast wireless charging meanwhile could be a significant selling point, so LG is likely to want to include it, and Google Assistant is a likely inclusion too.

LG G6 price

According to LG , the G6 will have a similar price to the LG G5, likely coming in at $500-$600 (around £400-£490/AU$685-AU$820).

However, a more recent rumor suggests LG will hike the retail price by around $50 (around £40, AU$65) because of all the extra tech the firm is packing into the G6.

There silver lining is that the LG G5 dropped in price pretty quickly, so if you're patient you may be able to get yourself a better deal if you wait a couple of months.

Before the rumors began rolling in, we put together a list of everything we want to see on the LG G6. Here's what we're hoping for on the next flagship from LG.

1. A more stylish design


With the G5, LG finally embraced metal, giving us a handset that looked and felt far different and far higher end than the LG G4.

But it's not the home run it could have been. A thick layer of primer-mix paint on top of the metal left it feeling a little like plastic and the overall design is rather plain, lacking the flair of the similarly metal iPhone 7 or HTC One M9 . So we want the LG G6 to have a design that's not just high-end, but also stylish.

2. An app drawer

LG made the questionable decision to remove the app drawer from the G5. A decision that was so questionable it was quickly pressed to reverse it, so now thankfully you can restore the app drawer to the phone. But to do so you have to manually install an older version of the UI.

That's a hoop we'd rather not jump through to get a feature that should come as standard, so hopefully the LG G6 will have it out of the box. It's been rumored that Google might be planning to ditch the app drawer from Android altogether, but until or unless that happens we want our phones to keep offering it.

3. Better battery life


The LG G5 deserves a shout-out for being that rare flagship that has a removable battery, but sadly the size of the battery is slightly smaller than we'd like.

At 2800mAh it's not tiny, but it is smaller than the Samsung Galaxy S7 , HTC 10 or, surprisingly, even the LG G4, all of which have 3000mAh juice packs. And they're not even the biggest batteries around. The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge for example has a 3600mAh one.

Unfortunately, the smaller size of the G5's battery does lead to lesser performance, with it often needing a top up during the day. Next year we want a bigger one please.

4. Just as much innovation

One thing we love about the LG G5 is just how packed full of innovation it is, from its modular add-ons to its dual-camera there's a lot here that other flagships don't offer.

A focus on innovation is nothing new for LG. After all, this is the company that put buttons on the back, gave us self-healing phones and was one of the first to include a QHD display or a bendy screen in a handset.

That's not even a complete list of its smartphone innovations and hopefully we'll see a lot more from the LG G6.

5. A front-mounted fingerprint scanner


LG added a fingerprint scanner to the G5, but it stuck it on the back. At first glance that might not seem like such a bad idea. After all, it's out of the way and easy to reach while holding the phone.

But if you've got the phone on your desk you've suddenly got to pick it up to unlock it, which wouldn't be necessary if you could just reach for a sensor on the front of the handset. Few other phones have this problem and hopefully the LG G6 won't either.

6. Front-facing stereo speakers


The LG G5 just has a single speaker on the bottom edge of the phone and while it's adequate it's no match for a quality pair of front-facing stereo speakers.

Granted, audio through headphones is far more important and the G5 does a good job there, but it would be nice if the LG G6 also has powerful built-in speakers.

7. More modules

The ability to augment the LG G5's hardware is theoretically one of its best features, as it's not really something we've seen before outside the likes of Project Ara, which isn't out yet.

But currently there are only two plug-in modules for the G5 and neither feel particularly essential. Hopefully more will come, but we want a far wider selection for the G6 at launch, so buyers can really customise it and make it their own.

8. A wide-angle front-facing camera

The wide-angle lens on the back of the LG G5 is a genuinely useful addition, especially as it's an optional one, with a more conventional 16MP sensor also included. It's just a shame that innovation didn't extend to the front of the handset.

The LG V10 has two on the front but only one on the back, for the LG G6 we'd like to see two cameras on both the front and back.

9. A brighter always-on display


Like the Samsung Galaxy S7, the LG G5 has an always-on screen and in some ways it tops Samsung's offering, as it gives you notifications for all of your apps.

Trouble is, it's so dim in this mode that it can be hard to actually see what it's trying to notify you of. Making it brighter could have an impact on the battery life, but it's a problem that we'd like to see solved for the LG G6.

10. A final layer of polish

Ultimately there's not a huge amount wrong with the LG G5, but it also just doesn't fully come together as a cohesive whole. It needs that final layer of polish that turns a good phone into a great one - the sort that feels special the moment you pick it up.

As it stands the LG G5 is an accomplished, interesting handset, but it feels a bit like LG threw everything at it to see what would stick, rather than having a clear vision for it.

We hope the LG G6 will be every bit as innovative and adventurous, but that the finished product will feel a little bit more complete.

  • What would you like to see on the LG G6? Let us know in the poll and comments below

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