LG goes long with its upcoming G6 smartphone


— 9:00 AM on February 27, 2017

LG is making the rounds at this year's MWC with its flagship G6 smartphone. The South Korean manufacturer dropped the modular design from last year's G5, and is now looking to offer a durable device with an unusual display.

The LG G6's screen alone will make it stand out in the smartphone crowd, as it has an unusual 18:9 ratio (or 2:1), coupled with slim bezels and an 80% screen-to-body ratio. The 5.7" display has a resolution of 2880x1440, a modest bump over the "QHD" displays that became common in phones this last year. The G6 also employs Dolby Vision technology, reportedly allowing for increased contrast and brightness without loss of detail or colors.

Contrary to some rumors, LG powers the LG G6 with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 821, rather than the recently-announced Snapdragon 835. The device has 4GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, and a microSD slot. A 3300 mAh battery keeps all those pixels glowing, and can be recharged quickly with Qualcomm's Quick Charge 3.0 tech. The smartphone connects to the charger and other devices with a USB Type-C port.

All this hardware fits into a slim aluminum unibody that LG says is drop- and dust-proof. The handset is also IP68-certified for water resistance, meaning it can be immersed in one meter of water for 30 minutes. The volume buttons are located on the left side of the device, while the fingerprint sensor rests on the back panel, close to the dual 13MP wide-angle rear cameras. The 5MP front camera can also provides wide-angle shots, and LG's software can be set so the phone automatically snaps a picture when a face is in the frame.

LG hasn't released pricing information on the G6 yet, but plans to release it before summer. It'll be available in three extravagantly-named colors: Ice Platinum, Mystic White, or Astro Black.

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