Update: LG will release another flagship phone before the end of 2016, but it won't be the LG G6. Instead it will be the LG V20. It's the follow up to last year's dual-screen LG V10, and it's expected LG will announce it at a special event in San Francisco on September 6. We'll be there reporting to give you all the latest as it happens.
If there's one thing the LG G5 isn't it's boring. With two rear cameras and an accessory slot that lets you modify the hardware it's a phone that really thinks outside the box.
But while these extras are great it doesn't nail all the basics, so there's plenty of potential for improvement in the LG G6.
With the G5 only just on the market there's no word yet on what LG might be cooking up for its next flagship, but we have a lot of suggestions.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? The next flagship phone from LG
- When's it out? Possibly April 2017
- What will it cost? Likely around £500/$650/AU$900 SIM free
LG G6 release date
The LG G5 was announced in February and launched in April, while the LG G4 also landed in April, so April 2017 seems a good bet for the LG G6. But there's not yet any information on when it will arrive, so for now that's just an educated guess.
LG G6 news and rumors
LG announced a brand new wireless charging transmission module a few days after it revealed the LG G5. The module will be installed in future wireless charging pads by the end of 2016.
This may mean we see the introduction of wireless charging on the LG G6. Apart from that though, rumors are quite few and far between at the moment.
- Read up on the next flagship LG phone, the LG V20
What we want to see
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 6S 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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