The LG G5 was a good phone and one of the most interesting ones of 2016, thanks to its modular design and dual-lens camera.
But it didn’t perfect all the basics, and there’s a sense that LG’s gone back to square one with the G6, focusing on the core aspects first, and extra features second.
So, what’s been improved? What’s been lost? And just how do these two flagship phones compare? We’ve got all the answers below.
LG G6 (148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9mm) vs LG G5 (149.4 x 73.9 x 7.7mm)
The LG G6 has a glass back with a metal frame, much like the Samsung Galaxy S7. It’s a fairly plain but undeniably premium look that’s a big upgrade on the LG G5 in a number of ways.
That phone instead has a metal unibody, but LG made the bizarre decision to paint it, so you lost much of the look and feel of metal. The G5’s camera also juts out of the back, while it sits flush on the G6.
Plus, the LG G6 is IP68 certified dust and water resistant, so it’s got an extra level of protection over the G5. It’s an upgrade in every way.
Or, almost every way. The LG G6 is ever so slightly thicker than the G5 at 7.9mm to that phone’s 7.7mm, and more disappointingly it isn’t modular. So if you want to stick some of LG’s hardware accessories to your phone you’ll want the G5 – but these are expensive and few of them have been made.
LG G6 (5.7-inch 1440 x 2880) vs LG G5 (5.3-inch 1440 x 2560)
The LG G6 sells itself on screen, with a massive 5.7-inch display on the front. The resolution is just above standard QHD, at 1440 x 2880, for a pixel density of 564 pixels per inch.
That’s a lot bigger and marginally sharper than the 5.3-inch 1440 x 2560 LG G5, which has a screen of 554 pixels per inch.
Yet, despite the G6 having a far bigger display, the length and width of the handset are actually marginally smaller, as it’s got smaller bezels, so it’s not any harder to hold or operate.
Plus, the LG G6’s screen can display HDR content, which the G5 (and most other phones) can’t. And the LG G6 has an 18:9 aspect ratio, which allows you to run two apps side by side, in equally sized squares, making it great for multi-tasking.
Overall the G6’s screen is a huge upgrade, but the G5’s is still strong.
LG G6 (quad-core Snapdragon 821 4GB RAM) vs LG G5 (quad-core Snapdragon 820 4GB RAM)
This is one of the smaller upgrades, but it’s still an improvement for the LG G6, which has a Snapdragon 821 chipset and 4GB of RAM, while the LG G5 has a Snapdragon 820 processor and 4GB of RAM.
The RAM amounts are the same then, but the Snapdragon 821 is slightly newer and faster than the 820 – though not a huge amount, and nor is this the latest Snapdragon chip, as the Snapdragon 835 is now available.
Still, it’s enough power to deliver proper high-end performance to the LG G6, and the LG G5 isn’t far behind, so you won’t feel either of these phones are lacking for power.
LG G6 (Dual 13MP rear 5MP front-facing) vs LG G5 (16MP and 8MP rear 8MP front-facing)
The camera was one of the highlights of the LG G5 and it remains that way in the G6, thanks to some thoughtful improvements.
The G5 has a dual-lens snapper on the back, with a standard 16MP lens and a wide-angle 8MP one, so you can choose which to use for any given shot.
The LG G6 has the same idea, but both lenses are 13MP, so you don’t lose any quality by opting for a wide-angle photo. Both phones also sport optical image stabilisation on their cameras, so shots stay in focus.
Around the front, the LG G5 has a capable 8MP snapper, while the G6 has a 5MP one, which might sound like a downgrade, but it’s wide-angle on the LG G6, so you can fit a lot more in.
LG also takes advantage of the larger screen on the G6, by letting you see an instant preview of the shot you’ve just taken on half the screen, while the viewfinder takes up the other half.
LG G6 (3300mAh 32/64GB 4G) vs LG G5 (2800mAh 32GB 4G)
The LG G6 has a 3300mAh battery, while the LG G5 has a 2800mAh one, so the G6’s is a substantial upgrade, but neither are exactly massive.
The G5 could just about last a day of moderate usage, so hopefully the extra size here will comfortably see the G6 through a day of use – but we expect you’ll still be charging it nightly. Fortunately, both phones offer fast charging.
There is one advantage to the LG G5 here though, as it has a removable battery, while the LG G6 doesn’t.
Memory on the G6 comes in at a choice of 32 or 64GB, plus a microSD card slot with support for cards of up to 256GB. On the LG G5 you get the same expansion potential, but no 64GB option – all versions come with 32GB built in.
Connectivity options on both phones include Wi-Fi, 3G, 4G, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC and a fingerprint scanner.
The LG G5 is out now and starts at roughly £25 per month on contract, or around £450 SIM-free. The LG G6 is landing in April and doesn’t have a confirmed price yet, but is likely to cost upwards of £500 SIM-free, or £30 on contract.
The LG G6 is a hugely exciting phone, headlined by that massive and innovative screen. But it also does the basics a lot better than the G5, particularly when it comes to the design.
Add in an improved camera, a bigger battery and an extra helping of power and it’s clear that the year between the two phones has been well spent by LG.
The G6 is an upgrade in almost every way – unless you really care about modules or a removable battery.
It’s sure to be more expensive, of course, and it’s not available quite yet, but if you have the money and the patience it’s the LG phone to go for.
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