Review: LG G6 Android flagship smartphone in Singapore

The G6 is LG’S flagship smartphone sporting a sleek 18:9 aspect ratio, beefed up rear dual cameras and a stunning display all ready for HDR movies. Price in Singapore: S$988.

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My take: The LG G6 packs a large display in a compact body, and is a strong flagship offering that goes back to basics to strengthen usability. Its 18:9 aspect ratio introduces new flexibility in terms of screen layout and user friendliness. The G6 also makes it easy to share the good photos it takes on social media through tight integration in the user interface.

The LG G6 sports a 5.7-inch QHD+ display with an 18:9 wide-screen aspect ratio.

The 2,880 x 1,440 pixels on-screen has a high resolution of 564ppi that’s similar to the 570ppi on its rival, the Samsung S8.

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The LG G6 was first unveiled at Mobile World Congress 2017 towards the end of February and will be officially launched in Singapore tomorrow. I have been trying out the G6 (pre-launch handset) to get a feel of the new smartphone.

The G6 display features Dolby Vision and HDR 10 compatibility and is ready for the HDR content that will be available soon on Amazon and Netflix.

Freshly unboxed LG G6 in Mystic White colour.

The longish form factor of the LG G6 is the latest trend on the scene.

The 5.8-inch display on the S8 has a comparable aspect ratio of 18.5:9.

I found that the narrower screen of the G6 makes it easier to grip the phone and to operate the phone on a single hand.

The back of the LG G6, showing the dual 13MP cameras – a standard 71deg FOV f/1.8 lens & a wide 125deg FOV f/2.4 lens. Maximum 4,160 x 3,120 pixels. Ships with Optical Image Stabilisation, and in manual mode, RAW image files. Below the cameras is the fingerprint sensor cum home button.

The longer display also enabled more user-friendly use of the screen real estate in terms of showing photo thumbnails and laying out photos on apps such as the new Square Camera app.

The bezels have also been reduced, dedicating some 80% of the front surface area to the display.

This photo was taken with the standard 71deg FOV (f/1.8) camera. The other rear camera has a wide-angle 125deg FOV (f/2.4) lens. By the way, this is the remnants of the forest in my neighbourhood in Singapore.

The home button cum fingerprint scanner is still at the rear of the G6, as in previous versions of the G-series smartphones.

This is something which I dislike, but this is rather subjective.

This photo was taken with the wide-angle camera. You can zoom seamlessly between the 2 cameras because they’re both 13MP resolution with up to 4160×3120 pixels.

The G6 has also ditched the detachable batteries in its predecessors in favour of a 3,300mAh internal battery – and it’s now dust/water resistant to IP68 standards: you can safely submerge the G6 up to 1.5m underwater for up to 30min.

With the battery internalised, the thickness of the phone is now reduced to 7.9mm.

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The LG G6 has a “Food” photography mode, which makes the saturates the colour so the food looks more delectable. I found the normal camera mode captured the original colours accurately while the “Food” mode did enhance the desirability of the dish!

The G6 ships with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 2.35GHz + 1.6GHz Quad Core processor, with 4GB RAM, 64GB internal memory, and microSD support (up to 2TB).

The processor is not the latest Snapdragon 835 used in the S8, but the difference is hardly noticeable to the average user.

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Another example of the “Food” mode in action. Again the dish was nicely enhanced. The LG G6 will certainly come in useful to the food blogger.

I loaded the G6 with lots of apps and the phone hardly slowed down despite using and switching multiple open apps.

In Singapore, the LG G6 comes with dual-SIM (4G/3G) and is available in three colours: Astro Black, Ice Platinum, Mystic White.

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