LG G6 release date, news and rumors

Style, power and innovation - we hope

Update: It looks like LG will launch the G6 in February, likely at MWC 2017. LG has also stated that it's using heat pipes to keep the phone cool, and has revealed all the details on an impressive new 5.7-inch QHD display that's likely coming to the G6. The company has also all but confirmed that the G6 won't support modules.

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.

Rumors for what LG is planning on its next flagship phone are growing steadily - here's everything we know so far about the LG G6.

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? The next flagship phone from LG
  • When's it out? Probably February 2017, maybe at MWC 2017
  • What will it cost? Likely around £490/$600/AU$820 SIM free

LG G6 release date

LG G5

A YouTube video direct from LG has teased a new phone from the company and confirmed it will be launching  in February 2017. We expect LG to announce a press conference for Mobile World Congress 2017, which takes place February 27 until March 2.

The video doesn't confirm it's the LG G6, but it would make sense as the LG G5 was announced in February 2016 and launched in April. The LG G4 also landed in April, so April 2017 seems a good bet for release date of LG G6.

If it's launched in February, it may not take two months to come out as LG said the G6 is launching "in the very near future."

A report from "industry insiders" also suggests the company wants to release the LG G6 closer to the announcement date and will push to get the phone on sale in late February or early March.

LG G6 design

Hottest leaks:

  • A luxurious look
  • A glass or metal body
  • No modules

Rumor has it LG will be stepping up the design of the G6 to a more premium look and quality than we've seen on previous phones. An anonymous source told Korean site ChosunBiz LG will be using a tempered glass back on the new flagship.

LG G5

The LG G5 had a painted aluminum body, which some didn't like. Being glass it may not be as durable as a full-metal jacket would be, but that may be the price we pay for a better looking phone from LG.

Then again, LG might not be moving away from metal after all, with another source claiming the G6 will have "a highly reflective metallic material on the rear."

While we haven't seen leaked images of the handset yet, we have, courtesy of @OnLeaks seen renders supposedly based on an official factory CAD.

The leak adds that the dimensions are apparently be 148.8 x 72.3 x 8.3mm, which would make it a similar size to the LG G5, but marginally thicker.

Whatever design it gets, the focus according to LG is on "aesthetics and usability."

The interchangeable modules - or what LG calls "friends" - are out by the sounds of things, with LG's chief technologist Skott Ahn saying that LG is moving away from modular designs

It's a decision we've been expecting, with an earlier report from the Electronic Times in Korea saying the same thing, while another source claimed the decision had been made in order to make the LG G6 waterproof.

LG's first teaser video for the G6 features the word waterproof, so we can expect this to be the first phone from LG to feature a water tight design.

TechRadar's take: LG is sure to be putting a lot of focus on the design of the G6, so expect something shiny and stylish.

LG G6 display

Hottest leaks:

  • 5.7-inch QHD display
  • An 18:9 aspect ratio

There aren't too many mysteries surrounding the LG G6's screen, as LG Display itself has said that the company's next smartphone (believed to be the G6) will have a 5.7-inch QHD LCD display.

They add that it has an 18:9 aspect ratio, so it's longer than most screens, which makes it ideal for split-screen apps.

Dubbed QHD+, this screen is 1440 x 2880, for a pixel density of 564 pixels per inch. 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.

That would make for a big change from the 5.3-inch QHD screen in the LG G5, but then changing things up is no bad thing.

However, it's not 100% confirmed that this screen is coming to the G6, and it's at odds with earlier rumors, including one which suggested LG is looking to make an OLED panel for its smartphones in the future, and maybe even curved ones.

LG already produces OLED displays for TVs as well as the Apple Watch Series 2, so it would make sense if the company installed one on the G6 - but it looks like it won't be ready in time.

Lg G5

Another earlier leak, this time from Gear India, which includes renders of the phone, states the LG G6 will have a 5.3-inch QHD display, just like the LG G5.

TechRadar's take: A 5.7-inch QHD screen has been all but confirmed, so that's what we expect to see.

LG G6 camera and battery

Hottest leaks:

  • A dual-lens camera
  • A removable battery
  • Heat pipes to keep the battery cool

There aren’t any camera rumors yet, other than leaked renders which show a dual-lens snapper, just like the LG G5. 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.

The main thing we've heard about the battery is that it may be removable, but not everyone agrees.

It shouldn't be in any danger of overheating though, as LG has confirmed that it's using heat pipes to pull heat away from the battery and other core components, as well as putting the battery through rigorous tests to ensure its safety.

LG G6 OS and power

Power rumors for the LG G6 are thin on the ground, but the smart money's on it using the Snapdragon 835, as this is the chipset that's likely to power most of 2017's flagships.

A minimum of 4GB of RAM is sure to be included too, as the LG G5 has that much, but a boost is likely, given that already some phones have 6GB.

LG G6 other features

Hottest leaks:

  • Super speedy wireless charging
  • A headphone port

LG 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.

This may mean we see the introduction of wireless charging on the LG G6, but the same sources speaking to ChosunBiz suggest it won't be ready for the next flagship phone.

But since then LG has made the tech available to the public, which suggests that it could be ready after all. Plus another industry source has also suggested it will be ready in time for the LG G6, so cross your fingers.

We've also heard that the LG G6 will have a headphone port. This isn't particularly surprising, but now that Apple's ditched the port from the iPhone 7 it is worth mentioning.

Finally, this almost goes without saying, but a fingerprint scanner is a very likely inclusion, especially as leaked renders show the LG G6 with one.

TechRadar's take: We doubt LG will ditch the headphone port just yet. Fast wireless charging meanwhile could be a significant selling point, so LG is likely to want to include it.

LG G6 price

According to LG, the G6 will have a similar price to the LG G5, likely coming in at  $500-$600 (around £400-£490/AU$685-AU$820).

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

James is a freelance phones, tablets and wearables writer and sub-editor at TechRadar. He has a love for everything ‘smart’, from watches to lights, and can often be found arguing with AI assistants or drowning in the latest apps.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

James is Phones, Wearables and Tablets writer for TechRadar and covers all the big announcements from the best manufacturers making gadgets for your palms, wrists and face. Based in London, James is often testing out the latest and greatest phones, smartwatches, VR headsets and - when he can be motivated to go outside - fitness bands. Be sure to follow him on Twitter for all the latest from the mobile world.