LG G6 release date, news and features

The LG G6 is the South Korean firm's flagship smartphone for 2017, taking over from the innovative-but-unsuccessful 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 with the LG G6, the brand has dialled down the 'out-there' innovation and gone for a more quietly refined design, while doing enough to make it feel like an all-new phone, a fit warrior for the great smartphone battle of 2017.

The huge display on the front is complemented by a large battery, water-resistant chassis and new interface - and you can see all those new features in great depth in our hands on: LG G6 review.

But if you just want to see what's new, we've rounded up all the information you need to know right now, right here.

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? The next flagship phone from LG
  • When's it out? Announced on February 26, released March 10 in Korea, early April US
  • What will it cost? Likely around £490/$600/AU$820 SIM free

LG G6 release date

  • LG G6 launched at MWC 2017 on February 26
  • LG G6 release date March 10 in Korea, early April in US
LG G6 specs

Dimensions: 148.8 x 72.3 x 8.3mm
OS: Android 7 Nougat
Screen size: 5.7-inch with 18:9 aspect ratio
Resolution: 1440 x 2880 (QHD+)
CPU: Snapdragon 821
Battery: Non-removable, 3200mAh
Rear camera: dual-lens
- Fingerprint scanner
- Wireless charging
- Headphone jack

The LG G6 launched on February 26, at the company's MWC 2017 press conference in Barcelona.

We're expecting a March 9/10 LG G6 release date for the South Korean market, with Europe and the US following suit in early April.

That's big news for LG fans, as it'll put the G6 squarely in the battle against the forthcoming Samsung Galaxy S8 - and have it on the shop shelves slightly ahead of its great rival.

Had LG gone for the latest and greatest chipset from Qualcomm, it may have had to wait until after Samsung launched, so this move makes sense strategically.

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 price

According to LG, the G6 will have a similar price to the LG G5, so that means it's likely coming in at $500-$600 (around £400-£490/AU$685-AU$820), but we've still not had official word on that just yet - we'll update this piece when we do.

We wouldn't be surprised if the price is raised to accommodate that new screen though.

Indeed, a 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.

The 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.

LG G6 design

  • Water-resistant metal and glass body
  • Front of phone is mostly screen, with slender bezels
  • No longer modular
  • 18:9 longer display

One of the most obvious changes to the LG G6 from the G5 is the lack of modular design, but instead we get a sleek and sophisticated-looking handset.

It's water resistant, uses Gorilla Glass 5 on the rear (although there's still some confusion as to whether the front is Gorilla Glass 3 or 5) and a metallic rim to hold it all together.

It'll be coming in platinum, black and white color choices, although only the platinum version is going to pack the shimmer that makes it look attractive on the table when placed face down.

The rear of the phone is devoid of a camera bump, with the camera slimmed down, rather than powered up to a larger sensor, to accommodate the new design language.

There's USB Type-C on the bottom (along with the single speaker), with the headphone jack still present and correct at the top - this is a phone with a sleek body and lovely lines that feels great in the hand.

The fingerprint sensor and power button combo is on the rear of the phone, landing right under the index finger - it's easy to find and feels like a nice move from LG.

Overall, this is a premium-looking phone that'll put LG in the same conversation as Samsung and Apple - and that's exactly what the brand will have been looking to do.

Sadly, as we expected, 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 sad move, as modular phones could have ushered in a new wave of handset design, but clearly it wasn't going to work for now in LG's eyes.

Although pour one out for the Rolling Bot. We still can't believe LG killed you.

In terms of difference from the LG G5, the new G6 is the same length with a much larger 5.7-inch screen on the front (which you can learn more about below). The all-in-one body no longer packs a removable battery, but the microSD slot still pervades within the SIM tray.

LG G6 display

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

The LG G6 packs 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.

But it's also HDR-enabled, with both Dolby Vision and HDR10 supported - while there's a dearth of such content available at the moment, LG tells us that it's worked with both Netflix and Amazon to bring high-res HDR content to your phone, making use of the extra clarity and color reproduction to give high-quality images during your movie time.

If you're worried about the way apps will look on the longer screen, you'll have had the same consternation as us - but thankfully there's an option to extend apps further down the screen, and it seems very fluid.

The LG G6 screen also maintains an always-on mode, permanently showing the time and some notifications just like it did on the LG G5.

LG G6 camera and battery

  • Dual-lens 13MP camera with focused and wide sensors
  • f/1.8 and f/2.4 aperture respectively
  • A non-removable battery
  • 3,300mAh battery size

LG's G6 camera is 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 made the selfie camera wide-angle, with a 100 degree field of view.

The news may upset those hoping for a boost in the camera performance from LG, as the sensor itself can't take much better pictures than before. The idea behind making it two 13MP sensors was to remove the jump when switching between focused and wide-angle pictures, but the lack of a sensor upgrade is down to a design decision.

Making the camera sensor smaller means no bump - clearly LG thinks the snaps it can create are good enough.

The camera app itself has been overhauled to make use of the 18:9 display, with two squares stacked on top of one another providing all manner of options: collages, a live preview of your photos or just an extra strip to see all your recent snaps.

The battery is no longer removable, which will upset a small subset of LG fans, as the brand was the last main holdout of the feature among the mainstream phone manufacturers.

However, the encased unit can last longer and be thinner, improving the design and allowing the phone to be made water resistant - so you'll need to join the other battery pack-toting masses if you like the idea of being battery safe.

It's a 3,300mAh battery pack in there too, and LG's promised that the G6 will be able to keep working for longer by modulating the charge at the right time to not overwork the power pack.

LG G6 OS and power

  • Android Nougat 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 chipset, but it's the Snapdragon 821 that's used in this phone, which also appears inside the Google Pixel, Google Pixel XL and OnePlus 3T.

It's plenty powerful and capable of running many tasks, but it's been 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. 

The LG G6 has got 4GB of RAM on board, and Android Nougat is coated in the firm's UX 6.0.

LG's UX 6.0 focuses on advanced multi-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.

LG G6 other features

  • Super speedy wireless charging
  • USB-C port for charging
  • Google Assistant

LG had already confirmed a new Quad DAC (digital-to-analog converter) for the phone, 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.

Sadly, that's only coming to South Korea, not anywhere else in the world.

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.

But the bad news globally is that this phone won't be able to wirelessly charge anywhere other than the US, where it's nabbed the Samsung Galaxy S7's ability to charge off both PMA and Qi wireless standards.

And great news! The LG G6 has a headphone port!

LG also uses Google Assistant in the G6, which is odd as it's not running Android 7.1... we're not sure how it's managed that, but it's a nice feature to have on the phone and shows that LG is thinking about how users want the latest features now.

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