LG’s 2017 flagship has come visiting MobilityArena for a review. This is big gun territory now. The G6 plays in the same league as the Samsung Galaxy S8, Apple iPhone X, Huawei P10, and Nokia 8, among others. We have had our unit for a little over 24 hours and now bring you our LG G6 unboxing, hands-on and some photos.
LG G6 Unboxing
The G6 comes in a rather plain (read: boring) black and brown box. The box contains the handset, a USB type-C cable, wall charging plug, SIM extractor, and some leaflets.
LG G6 Hands-on
The G6 is a well crafted smartphone – which should be no surprise. it is a flagship after all. It has a metal frame with Gorilla Glass on the front and back. In the hand, the G6 feels quite solidly built.
This is the point where I mention that the LG G6 has an IP68 rating, meaning that it is protected against dust and will survive being dunked in fresh water up to a depth of 1.5 metres for 30 minutes. Of course, the manufacturer will advice that you do not go swimming with your smartphone. It is good to know that you have some form of protection though.
It is also MIL-STG-810G compliant. This means that the G6 was built and tested to meet stringent US military standards pertaining to factors like extreme pressure, temperature, rain, shock and impact, etc.
So, yes; that explains why the G6 feels solidly built. I won’t be putting it in an oven to test any such extreme condition though. Thank you.
In size, the G6 is just slightly taller than the Lumia 950, but narrower. Yet, it packs a 5.7 inches screen as compared to the 950’s 5.2 inches display. This is made possible because of the bezel-less nature of the G6’s design.
You will find that at the rear of the device, there is a dual camera made up of two 13 megapixel snappers with laser auto-focus and LED flash. Right below the camera lens area is the centrally placed fingerprint sensor that also doubles as the power button. You read that right.
Initially, I was of the impression that the LG G6 did not have a power button, but was I wrong. The sensor area actually pushes down if you apply a little pressure. The result is a sleek smartphone with only two buttons on its sides – the volume up and down buttons.
We like that the G6 has a 3,300 mAh battery that charges up really fast, thanks to the built-in Quick Charge 3.0, which sees it go from 0 to 85% in 35 minutes of being plugged in.
LG G6 Photos
Here are more photographs of the LG G6:
We have had the LG G6 for a little over 24 hours now, and it is ticking all the right boxes. The compact, bezel-less design housing the large display is a lovely piece of work. Performance has been very smooth. The loudspeaker is good. The camera is top notch (we will share sample photos in the full review). What of 4G LTE support? You will be glad to hear that all of 9mobile, Glo, MTN, Ntel and Smile 4G networks are covered.
The unit we have here is the dual-SIM variant and has 64GB internal storage. The LG G6 runs Android 7 Nougat out of the box, which is understandable considering that it was released back in March 2017. However, this October Geekbench result confirmed that LG is already working on the Oreo update for the G6.
You can expect our usual series of articles – 4G LTE tests, camera shootouts, and finally our full LG G6 review – to follow soon.
If you haven’t seen it yet, here is the LG G6 Specifications page.