The LG G5 is a great phone, but one which left lots of room for improvement. Fortunately, improvement is sure to be what we’ll get, when the LG G6 launches next year.
Not much is known about the G6 yet, but rumours and leaks are starting to emerge and they paint a positive picture of a phone with a new design, a new screen and plenty of power. Here’s what we’ve heard so far.
The LG G6 release date will be in 2017 and most likely in the first half of the year. Beyond that all we can do is guess as there haven’t been any release date rumours yet, but the LG G5 launched in April 2016, so there’s a good chance that the LG G6 will arrive in April 2017.
We haven’t heard anything about the price yet either, but once again we can look to the LG G5, which started at £500 SIM free. That’s a premium price, but slightly lower than the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S7, so hopefully the LG G6 will come in at a similar price and undercut the Samsung Galaxy S8.
Early rumours suggest the LG G6 could have a completely new look, possibly with a glass back in place of the painted metal of the G5. The LG G5 is a fairly plain phone, so changing things up could well be a good thing.
There’s no news on the size or resolution of the LG G6’s screen, but you can expect it to be at least as large and sharp as the display on the LG G5. That means a 5.3-inch 1440 x 2560 screen with a pixel density of 554 pixels per inch.
If anything, the LG G6 might be slightly larger, perhaps coming in at around 5.5 inches, since many smartphones are now that size, but the screen is unlikely to be any sharper, as aside from VR there’s little need for more pixels, and making it sharper could also hamper the battery life.
One big change we might get though is the display technology, with LG rumoured to be moving from LCD to OLED – the same bright and vibrant screen tech as Samsung uses. The screen could be curved too, though some sources reckon the company won’t be ready to make the move in time for the LG G6, so we might have to wait until the LG G7 for a curved OLED screen.
There aren’t any spec rumours attached to the LG G6 yet, but there’s a good chance that it will use the Snapdragon 830 processor. This is likely to be the flagship chip of choice in 2017, and has been benchmarked at 3.2GHz.
The LG G6 is also sure to have at least 4GB of RAM, as the LG G5 has that much, but there’s a good chance that it could jump to 5GB or 6GB. Whatever the specs, we’re expecting a whole lot of power.
There also aren’t any camera rumours yet, but with the LG G5 packing a dual-lens snapper there’s a good chance the G6 will too. Expect to see a return of both standard and wide-angle lenses, but likely with improvements – perhaps a higher megapixel count or greater optical zoom.
LG is often one for innovation, so we’re hoping to see something completely new on the LG G6, but we’re also expecting to see the return of some old features, like modular capabilities, which LG has already claimed will be making a comeback.
Plus, there are rumours of wireless charging being supported, but not just any wireless charging, as LG has worked on a solution that’s as quick as fast wired chargers.
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