LG G6 coming in “very near future,” modular functionality not a priority


LG Chief Technology Officer Skott Ahn has confirmed that the LG G6 is coming “in the very near future” but will move away from the modular capabilities of its predecessor.

Mr Ahn made the announcement yesterday at CES 2017 where he also reiterated LG’s commitment to its smartphone division, despite its recent slump. “Spinning off the smartphone division is not something we would consider,” Mr Ahn said.

According to The Wall Street Journal, an LG spokesperson also said that the LG G6 would focus on aesthetics and usability rather than modular function, following consumer feedback. Additionally, the spokesperson revealed that the phone would be similarly priced to the LG G5 (which launched for around $600) and could be unveiled at MWC 2017 in February, though a couple of other dates were still being considered.

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LG G6 to feature curved glass back and wireless charging – report


According to a report coming out of South Korea, LG’s upcoming flagship may have a curved all-glass back with wireless charging in tow.

We’ve seen leaked renders of an alleged early prototype of the LG G6 – not much was revealed except the G6 is most likely to follow the design language of its predecessor but forgo of its modularity. Well, now according to ETNews, LG might be using glass for the front and the back of its next flagship.

As you may know, the G4 – much like Samsung’s offerings during that time – was made of plastic for the most part. That changed with the G5, which was the first ever all-metal G series smartphone. However, unfortunately for the South Korean company, many users criticized the plasticky feel of the materials used to cover the metal.

It’s now emerged that LG may be looking to follow Samsung’s footsteps and use glass for the G6. ETNews claims that the G6 will employ a 2.5D glass panel for the front, produced by Biel Company. That’s not exactly curved like the Galaxy S7 Edge, but it’s more like what you find on the regular S7 with slightly tapered edges. The back will be a 3D glass panel, again similar to the S7, where the sides curve for better ergonomics. The back glass is said to be produced by C&S Glass.

The reason why LG has decided to ditch metal for glass is because of wireless charging, apparently.

The reason why LG has decided to ditch metal for glass is because of wireless charging, apparently. The same source asserts that the G6 will indeed have wireless charging capabilities, something that doesn’t quite work in an all-metal smartphone. And given the choice of material in the next flagship, LG may indeed be giving up on the modular design that was first introduced with the G5. Although innovative, the G5 failed to capture a lot of users, and its modularity only proved itself to be a nuisance.

With Samsung employing glass in more and more devices – even midrange phones – and LG and Apple rumored to be releasing glass smartphones, it looks like glass might be the material to use in 2017.

Are you a fan of all-glass smartphones? Let us know in the comments below!

LG G6: all the rumors in one place


There are a bunch of smartphones we’re looking forward to seeing in 2017. One of them is the upcoming LG G6, which is expected to bring another reboot for the series. But how exactly will the LG G6 look, what will it offer specs-wise, when will it be released, and how much will it retail for? If you’re interested in getting answers to these questions, read on.

We have rounded up the all the latest reports regarding the LG G6 release date, price, specs and features. But do keep in mind that most of these reports are just rumors, so take them with a grain of salt. Just as most manufacturers these days, LG doesn’t reveal much regarding its flagship phones prior to the official release. We can however, offer some educated guesses.

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LG G6: release date

Last year, LG announced its flagship device — the G5 — in late February, during Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona. The device went on sale in early April, more than a month after it was officially unveiled.

According to the latest reports, LG has a different strategy set up for the G6. The company will probably still announce the device during MWC but will start selling it a full month earlier than its predecessor. This means that the G6 just might hit markets across the globe around late February or early March.

LG has a good reason for speeding things up. The company wants to get its flagship device on the market before everyone else. Samsung is expected to launch the Galaxy S8 series of smartphones a bit later than usual next year — in April — which means less competition for the G6 from the start.

The strategy just might work for LG, but on the other hand, people who are really interested in getting a flagship from Samsung or even HTC, which is expected to release the HTC 11 around the same time, probably won’t mind waiting for an additional month or two to get it.

LG G6: all the rumors in one place

LG G6: specs

Let’s start with the display. According to some rumors, the G6 will swap the LCD screen found on its predecessor for an OLED display. Its size just might stay the same at 5.3-inches, but as always, there is a chance that LG will go bigger.

But even if it does, the difference in size probably won’t be very big. We think that there’s really no reason for LG to increase the display size by much as that would push the smartphone into the phablet territory. If consumers want a bigger phone from LG, they can already opt for the V20.

LG G6: all the rumors in one place

When it comes to the resolution, the G6 will most likely retain the Quad HD resolution but some rumors do suggest that the device might come with a 4K display. Although it looks nicer, a 4K display does take its toll on the battery life, which is an important factor for consumers when buying a new smartphone.

Under the hood, we expect to see the Snapdragon 835 processor, along with at least 6 GB of RAM. This will probably be the norm for most flagship smartphones in 2017.  While the G5 comes with 32 GB of storage, the G6 is expected to offer double that. So that’s 64 GB of space for your apps, videos, pictures, and other data. If that’s not enough for you, don’t worry. The device will most likely retain the microSD slot meaning that you’ll be able to expand the storage.

As of now, there aren’t many rumors regarding the primary camera. LG G6 is expected to feature a dual camera setup just as its predecessor. The cameras might have more megapixels and come with a larger aperture, which will hopefully make a difference in low light performance.

The front-facing camera is also expected to come with a few nifty tricks. Back in October, LG announced an all-in-one iris scanning module and the G6 might be the first to sport it. The module doubles as both an iris scanner and a front-facing camera and uses a filter changing mechanism to switch between the two functions.

We also expect that the LG G6 will come with a bigger battery, which won’t be removable, a waterproof body, wireless charging, and the latest version of Android with LG’s user interface on top.

LG G6: design

In terms of design, the G5 wasn’t that well received among consumers, as its aluminum body didn’t really feel that good in the hand. That’s why the rumors suggest that LG will step up its game, meaning that the G6 will receive a complete makeover.

According to some reports, LG’s upcoming flagship just might sport a tempered glass back, which will give it a completely different look. Is opting for glass instead of metal a good or a bad thing? Well, design is a very subjective matter, and as always, some people will hate it while others will love it. So you’re going to have to answer that question yourself.

LG G6: all the rumors in one place

We think that a glass body can look just as premium as a metal one. Just look at the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. But nevertheless, a glass body does have its drawbacks. It’s a fingerprint magnet and is not quite as durable as metal.

You’re probably also wondering if the G6 will have a modular design like the G5, right? Well, judging by the rumors, this could go either way. Some claim that the G6 will not be modular and will, therefore, say goodbye to the “Friends” accessories. This would make sense as the modular design found on the G5 really didn’t boost its sales and was for the most part not well received by consumers.

LG G6: all the rumors in one place

But then again LG suggested it might try its luck with the modular design one more time. This would make some business sense as the company would be able to increase its revenues by selling expansion modules for the device to consumers.

LG G6: mobile payment service – LG Pay

Mobile payments are becoming more and more popular. There are already a bunch of them available including Samsung Pay, Android Pay, and Apple Pay. It looks like LG will soon join the fray, as the upcoming G6 will reportedly come with the company’s new mobile payment service called LG Pay.

The service will use both NFC as well as Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST), which supports older magnetic credit card machines. And, as most card readers are compatible with MST, you’ll be able to use the service in most shops, restaurants, and bars.

LG G6: all the rumors in one place

Keep in mind that the service will probably not launch globally. Launching a mobile payment service in a certain country is no easy task. LG has to get the banks on board which can obviously take quite some time.

LG G6: price

Flagship devices are expensive, and the LG G6 will be no exception. We assume that it will be available at the same price point as its predecessor, which launched in the US for around $650. Over on the Old Continent, the price of the device at launch varied quite a bit among different countries. But in most cases, the LG G5 was more expensive in Europe than in the US, mainly because of higher taxes.

We expect that the LG G6 will be sold at the same price point as the G5 in European countries, but the UK might be an exception. Because of the Brexit and a weaker pound, LG might make up for its losses by increasing the price in the UK. We hope that this won’t happen, but it is possible.

This is all the information we have heard so far regarding the upcoming LG G6’s specifications, design and release date. Once we hear more, we’ll let you guys know by updating this post.

Meanwhile, feel free to tell us your thoughts on the upcoming LG G6. How do you think it will stack up against other flagships like the Samsung Galaxy S8? Let us know by posting a comment down below.

Exclusive: first LG G6 render appears, but you may not like the design


The LG G5 – what will the LG G6 look like?

2016 is almost over, and our attention is now turning towards the new year and what that may bring in the smartphone world. While Samsung has a lot to prove after the whole Note 7 ordeal, LG arguably has as much riding on the LG G6.

To say that the LG G5 left everyone a little underwhelmed would be an understatement as the LG G5 never really took off. What can we expect from the G6? We can now exclusively reveal the first diagram of the LG G6, thanks to Shai Mizrachi, who has accurately leaked flagships from Samsung and LG in the past.

Exclusive: first LG G6 render appears, but you may not like the designWhat does this leak tell us? Looking back to the similar LG G5 diagram from earlier this year (below), we can see the LG G6 will sport a design that’s similar to the LG G5, which may be a good (or bad) thing depending on how you feel about the G5. The handset is also expected to be a little slimmer than the G5 (at 72.43mm vs 73.9mm), While we can’t confirm exact numbers, it’s also expected to be a little thinner.

Exclusive: first LG G6 render appears, but you may not like the design

Unfortunately, there’s no info on whether or not LG are keeping the modularity of the LG G5 or going for just a removable battery like with the LG V20. Although there’s no clarification on the full feature list, we can expect a display measuring 5.2 to 5.5-inches, likely of QHD resolution, as well as the Snapdragon 821 (or even Snapdragon 830) processor, 4 to 6GB of RAM and a dual camera set up like the one found in the LG V20.

What do you think of this first diagram of the LG G6? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

Report: LG wants to release the G6 early to get a head start on Samsung


LG’s smartphone division has gone through a bruising year. The phone that was supposed to drive its recovery, the G5, turned out to be a dud. People just didn’t like it, and the its modular “friends” proved just as disappointing.

It makes sense for LG to accelerate the transition to its next flagship.

According to a report published by ETNews, a well-respected Korean outlet, LG wants to have the G6 in stores a full month earlier than its predecessor. The LG G6 will supposedly go on sale around late February or early March. In contrast, LG announced the G5 in late February and released it in early April.

LG is reportedly trying to take advantage of a favorable window opened by its rivals Samsung and Apple. The former is rumored to delay the launch of the Galaxy S8 for April, while the latter is expected to hit a sales lull around the same period.

If it sounds like you’ve heard this before, it’s probably because you have. Every year, manufacturers jostle to one-up each other, and a phone’s release date can play a big role it its sales performance. It should come as no surprise that LG is racing for a good spot in the calendar.

LG has already started to approve component suppliers for the G6, as the company aims to bring up mass manufacturing by a month, ETNews reports.

“It seems that LG Electronics has pushed forward the release date of G6 after believing that release dates of its products are late compared to its competitors’ products,” a source said.

LG is deep in the red: the company recently announced another quarter of losses, the sixth in a row. There’s a lot riding on the success of the G6. In September, the company said it had faith in the modular approach, but rumors are pointing to the contrary. According to sources out of Korea, the LG G6 will feature a non-modular construction, with highlight features including water resistance, mobile payments integration, wireless charging, and potentially a Note 7-like iris scanner.

If today’s report is accurate, LG might launch the G6 before MWC, which is set for January 27 – March 2 2017. That would give it time to prepare a release in early March. There’s also a chance that the G6 will be unveiled at MWC 2017 and made available in stores within days, though that seems less likely.

Let us know your thoughts!

The LG G6 could be waterproof and charge wirelessly


LG may drop the modular capabilities of the LG G5 and introduce waterproofing on its upcoming flagship, the LG G6, according to a new report. The news arrived yesterday via Korean site ETNews and also suggests that the G6 will lose one of the long-standing features of the G-series: a removable battery.

ETNews recently speculated that the LG G6 would lack the modular aspect of its predecessor, however it didn’t reference waterproof capabilities in the original story. According to ETNews, this is now going ahead, and LG will employ a waterproofing method which makes use of an adhesive, rather than tape like its Korean competitor Samsung utitlizes on its phones, which is said to be a less expensive alternative.

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An official from LG Electronics told ETNews, “The climate of Japan is humid and rainy, and the hot spring culture has developed and demand for waterproof phones has been high.” [Translated]

Meanwhile, Korean tech site The Investor suggests that the LG G6 would feature wireless charging and LG’s yet-to-be-released mobile payments system.

Would you be disappointed if LG dropped a removable battery in favor of waterproofing on the LG G6? Let us know in the comments.

LG G6 iris scanner and MST mobile payment rumored again

Industry experts have popped up with another batch of rumors for next year’s LG G6 flagship, again hinting that the phone could come sporting iris scanning and mobile payment technology that is designed to rival Samsung Pay. The theory is that LG needs a blockbuster phone packed full of cutting edge technology to help make up for the 800 billion won ($67 million) loss after the launch of its modular G5 model.

LG Pay has been rumored for a while now, and the latest industry chatterboxes are suggesting that the company has developed its own Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST) technology and has dropped its White Card idea. MST technology, which is current used only by Samsung Pay, supports older magnetic credit card machines in addition to modern NFC payment terminals, and would offer LG an advantage over Apple and Android Pay solutions.

“Unlike strong sales in home appliances and television, LG posted historical losses from its mobile communication unit this year. For a rally in shares, the rebound from G6 is important next year.” – Kim Ji-san, analyst at Kiwoom Securities.

About a month ago, LG Innotek announced an all-in-one iris scanning module, but refused to confirm whether or not the module was destined for use in future smartphones. The two-in-one module combines camera and iris scanning technology into a single component, to save on costs and optimize performance. The assumption is that the iris scanning module could be tied in directly with the company’s mobile payment system.

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The first smartphone on the market with an iris scanner was the Galaxy Note 7, before it was recalled. The technology will likely reappear in Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S8, but this delay does offer an opportunity for LG to catch up and compete with the industry leader.

There aren’t many rumors floating around about the LG G6’s technical specifications just yet. A next-generation Snapdragon 835 processor and QHD display seems a likely base, and the company is expected to drop its modular concept for the phone, something this report also claims.

What technologies would you like to see packed into the LG G6?