Despite the fact that the dark forces of tech conspired against me yesterday, I was still able to follow the unveiling of the G6 and other stories on Twitter and judging from the reactions there, it seems a lot of people feel that LG played safe with the G6.
For those who still don’t know, here are the official specs:
- 5.7” display (~80% screen/body ratio) 2880×1440 QHD+, 564 PPI with Dolby Vision HDR,
- Dual-cameras 13MP (back),
- Wide camera (front) 5MP
- 32GB -64GB* storage
- 4GB RAM
- Snapdragon 821 (MSM8996) processor
- 3300 mAh battery (+18% from G5).
- Wireless charging (Only in the US).
- IP68 water-resistance (It can be submerged underwater for up to half an hour).
- Android 7.
- Price: Not yet revealed.
Now, back to the “Playing safe theory.”
For one thing, the G6 uses a four-year-old version of Gorilla glass on its display.
They also did away with the screen curves which they claim make the phone more fragile and prone to breaking when dropped. To further defend their choice, LG brought in an ergonomics professor from Penn State University to explain. According to him:
“Smartphone manufacturers tend to focus on specs, but I think they forgot some basic principles: usability. We checked the G6 from the eyes of an ergonomist, and we found that the G6 is different from other phones on the market.”
I am sure Samsung rolled their eyes at that statement.
On a good note, the G6 is the first Android device announced to include Google Assistant, it uses an actual heat pipe system to improve the cooling of the main processor, plus, a lot of popular tech sites have good things to say about the device.
I am still undecided about the looks, but I will love to hear what you think about the G6.