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LG G6 to have better audio than V20 thanks to upgraded Quad DAC

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The LG V20 provided one of the best audio experiences of any smartphone on the market thanks to its Quad DAC (digital to analog converter) audio system. And LG may be set to better it with its LG G6, as the South Korean company has just issued a press release detailing the upgraded Quad DAC confirmed to appear in its upcoming flagship.

The DAC is the audio component which converts the code of digital music into the analog signal sent through your headphones — providing they are connected via an audio cable and not operating wirelessly. This conversion process creates audio artifacts like noise and distortion, but Quad DACs comprise of four of these processors on a single chip, which combine to reduce the unintended effects of the process.

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The improved Quad DAC of the LG G6 controls the right and left audio channels separately, which LG says should provide for an improved stereo image, comparable to hearing audio in a concert environment. The speed at which this audio conversion takes place is also said to have been improved —potentially providing smoother playback — and the distortion level could now be as low as 0.0002% (which I suspect would be imperceptible to the human ear).

All told, LG’s developments mean the LG G6 could offer the best audio you’ll get on an Android phone. But don’t get carried away: the way in which music is typically listened to on a phone, like on the commute, during exercise, or walking outside, will reduce the perceivable benefit of the technology. In other words, it might be the best audio quality in the world but if you’re on the train listening through $15 headphones, you may not notice it.

For everything you need to know about Quad DAC, hit the link.

Report: For the LG G6, it was either Snapdragon 821 or wait until May-June

Consensus seems to have settled on the fact that the upcoming LG G6 won’t arrive sporting Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 835 SoC. Instead, the phone will come equipped with 2016’s Snapdragon 821, a high-end component to be sure, but one that is already available in a number of handsets. A new report by SemiAccurate confirms this earlier rumor and offers up an important explanation as to why LG chose not to wait for availability of the 835.

For a recap, it is Samsung’s Galaxy S8 that will debut the Snapdragon 835, but this handset is not expected to make an appearance on shelves until sometime in April. Importantly, Samsung is manufacturing Qualcomm’s flagship processor on its cutting edge 10nm LPE process and it’s quite possible that part of this business deal includes Samsung securing the first batch of chips off the production line. While that might not be great for other manufacturers, it’s a pretty fair business deal between the two parties involved.

As such, LG is sticking with its familiar launch schedule and will be showcasing the LG G6 at MWC 2017 in order to eke out an important launch advantage over the Samsung Galaxy S8.

Report: For the LG G6, it was either Snapdragon 821 or wait until May-June

Regardless of any arrangement between Qualcomm and Samsung, SemiAccurate points out that it takes time to bring a processor to market, especially one based on a new cutting edge manufacturing process. The move to a new, smaller, and more difficult 10nm process is therefore likely to extend manufacturing time by a couple of weeks. Remember, it wasn’t until last October that Samsung even announced production of its first 10nm chip, which was later revealed to be the 835.

In total, we’re looking at an estimated five month or so production time for smartphones – four months for the SoC and another month for other components. Therefore even the first Galaxy S8 batch probably won’t be ready until late February or early March. Not to mention that building up the production line for a larger number of orders takes additional time.

Although the first 835 chips might be ready by February, it will take another month or two for production to meet demand for a global launch the likes of the Galaxy S8, and even more time will be required to cater for additional manufacturers.

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With that in mind, meaningful volume production of the Snapdragon 835 is not expected until later in the first half of 2017, meaning that LG would have to delay the launch of the G6 for two, three, maybe even four months. Even then, there’s no guarantee that LG would be second in line for Snapdragon 835 supply.

By the time the chip is widely available, it will nearly be time for the launch of the V30, or whatever LG calls its mid-season V20 successor. This situation applies to other manufacturers too, so we’re unlikely to see Snapdragon 835 powered flagships from HTC, Sony, OnePlus, or others until around May-June at the earliest.

While some OEMs traditionally already have later launch slots, for LG this represents a stark choice between waiting and therefore generating no sales before the Galaxy S8, or releasing ahead of the S8 with older hardware. It’s only the latter that really makes any business sense.

Furthermore, LG has previously made its position clear about skirting around issues with new processor technologies. The company cleverly avoided the Snapdragon 810 drama by opting for the 808 in the LG G4, so plumping for the tried-and-tested 821 with the G6 is a safer bet when it comes to producing a powerful phone in a time frame that consumers have come to expect. After all, we don’t exactly know what real-world performance improvements the 835 will bring just yet, and it might not be worth the delay.

Report: For the LG G6, it was either Snapdragon 821 or wait until May-June

While hardware and performance enthusiasts may be disappointed about the lack of a cutting edge processor inside the G6, it appears that LG has little choice but to carry on with its initial launch plan. We will have to see how much of an impact this situation has on G6 sales, if any, and perhaps more importantly, the company’s H1 revenue. It’s quite possible that consumers will gloss over the processor situation in favour of being the first to pick up the handset’s new virtual assistant and presumably improved camera technologies.

Is the lack of the Snapdragon 835 inside the LG G6 going to be a deal breaker for you, or are you looking forward to some of the handset’s other features?

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LG gets cryptic about which AI assistant will be on the LG G6

We already know the LG G6 will have some kind of AI assistant on board: either Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa. Most reports have claimed it’ll be Google Assistant, but LG has just sent out a cryptic teaser for the upcoming G6, which will be announced at Mobile World Congress on February 26, that seems to hint that it might not be as simple as either/or.

The teaser says that the G6 will be a “next generation smartphone”: so far so standard. But “brought to you first by LG”? The Pixels already have Google Assistant and the Huawei Mate 9 is (supposed) to be the fist device with Alexa. So what gives?

As you already know, the company has two main options available. According to a report from CNET, the tech giant will apparently opt for Google’s AI offering, which will make the G6 the first non-Google smartphone on the market to feature the popular Assistant. But is this simple addition really sufficient to claim it as a “next generation” device?

But CNET also reports that Assistant wasn’t LG’s first choice. The company initially wanted to include Alexa on the G6 but felt the software wasn’t quite ready yet. LG apparently still plans on bringing Amazon’s digital assistant to the device, but at a later date. Perhaps that later date has ended up being sooner than we expected? Could the LG G6 feature both assistants at launch? That would certainly be “more intelligence” and a “next generation” innovation.

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If the G6 will ship with Assistant and Alexa on board, it would have a huge competitive advantage over its rivals, even if it won’t be using 2017’s chipset of choice, the Snapdragon 835. Having access to both digital assistants would make the interaction with the device a lot better, as it would allow you to pick and choose your service depending on your usage habits rather than choose your phone based on your digital assistant preference. Car manufacturers are also keen to have all AI options built-in.

Even if LG does just opt for one or the other digital assistant, we will probably see both from at least one manufacturer this year. In addition to the G6, the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S8 will come with a digital assistant called Bixby and Huawei has already partnered up with Amazon to bring Alexa to the Mate 9 soon. Whether either of those companies also have plans to add a second AI assistant we don’t know, but once someone does, others will soon follow.

So the Galaxy S8 and LG G6 look kinda similar huh?

I know it’s hard to make a rectangle with curved corners look too different from other rounded rectangles, but the leaks we’ve seen so far of the Galaxy S8 and LG G6 are looking awfully similar. A cynic might even say the G6 looks like the flat-screened S8 Samsung isn’t making. But whether you believe in the pre-release renders, CADs and spy shots or not, there are some pretty simple explanations for why the Galaxy S8 and LG G6 look so samey.

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LG is playing it safe

There’s no need to kick a phone when it’s down, but it’s obvious at this point that the modular LG G5 didn’t exactly fly off shelves. So it’s no wonder LG would want to differentiate its next flagship both in terms of a new design aesthetic and a distinct lack of modularity.

Admittedly, the G5’s “startled robot” layout is still apparent in the camera and finger scanner setup on the G6 leaks, but the front looks a lot more like the new Galaxy than any other LG phone in recent memory. Some might say that LG is emulating Samsung in the wake of the failure of the G5, following the tried-and-true technique of copying a bigger competitor’s look in hopes of siphoning off a little of its luster.

How easy is it to differentiate when all you're left with is a thin sliver of glass at the top and bottom of the screen?

But there are a couple of things to consider here: for starters, just how easy is it to differentiate when all you’re left with is a thin sliver of glass at the top and bottom of the screen and you have sensors to accommodate? Likewise, there’s a reason the bottom edge of the G6 looks like the HTC 10, which looks like the iPhone 7, which looks like the Galaxy S7 and so on.

So the Galaxy S8 and LG G6 look kinda similar huh?

If you’re building a metal-framed phone, how many different configurations are there for port placement, antenna bands, chamfered edges and so on? Every element on the top or bottom edge of the phone also needs some space inside the chassis, further limiting creativity. That said, expect to see a lot more phones looking increasingly samey if we get the premium metal, bezel-less future many have been pining away for. The Xiaomi Mi Mix might have dodged that bullet, but its camera and speaker solution were not practical.

The LG G2 was renowned for being near bezel-less, so the G6 is a return to form.

We should also remember that LG can’t really be accused of copying a bezel-less approach from Samsung when the G series has the excellent G2 in its heritage. That phone was renowned for being near bezel-less, so the G6 is more of a return to form than a rip-off. And the glossy finish we saw on one leaked G6 image looks pretty reminiscent of the G2 to me.

But that doesn’t explain both new flagships featuring rounded corners on their display or their very similar aspect ratio: 18.5:9 for the S8 and 18:9 for the G6. Some have noted that the S8’s curves may account for the minor discrepancy or that LG’s choice is based on a 1440 square for VR purposes. Either way, both are deviating from the established 16:9 aspect ratio norm in favor of the newer 2:1 Univisium ratio preferred by Netflix. It’ll be interesting to see if other 2017 flagships follow suit.

Samsung is also playing it safe

After the Note 7 recall, pundits were positive that Samsung would go all out on the Galaxy S8. Not only to make up for lost sales of the Note 7, but also to compete with the 10th anniversary iPhone, which is also expected to be earth-shatteringly different (at least in the crystal balls of said pundits). From what we’ve seen of the S8 lately though, those forecasts don’t seem to be the case.

The Galaxy S8 is more S7 Edge than something radically new.

The under-glass fingerprint scanner looks to have definitively become a weirdly-placed rear-mounted scanner. Those touch-based power and volume buttons also look to have been scrapped. The dual camera never made it either.

While these features may still find their way into the Note 8 this year (which would be awesome), the S8 is more S7 Edge than something radically new. While this is to be expected in part, the leaked Galaxy S8 is very much in line with what we’ve seen from Samsung for years. For many though, just ditching the physical home button and going all-glass on the front are radical enough changes. And that screen-to-body ratio is lush.

So we may not be getting a completely reimagined Galaxy S8 in terms of looks, but a lot of what Samsung has been doing in terms of design lately has been very well received, so why fix what ain’t broke? (Remember too that Samsung was accused of copying Apple design when it first debuted its new metal frame on the Galaxy S6).

So the Galaxy S8 and LG G6 look kinda similar huh?

Other changes, like moving the scanner to the back may not be bad design or innovation so much as a necessity brought about by the rumored under-glass scanner not being available yet. Keep in mind the staggering volume of components Samsung needs for a flagship: sometimes a company just has to go with what’s available in time for its launch window.

Samsung still looking like Samsung is definitely not a bad thing. And in some markets, looking a lot like Samsung pays off. But when confronted with two very similar-looking phones, most average consumers will opt for the Samsung. Especially if they cost roughly the same, as the LG G6 likely will. Even folks that don’t particularly want a curved screen will probably still lean towards the Samsung if the G6 looks a lot like it.

LG’s design gambit – as safe and good-looking as it appears to be – may end up suffering from the same plight as the G5. Where that phone was too weird and different to sell, the G6 might be too safe and samey to sell against the likes of the S8. That said, copying Samsung design has worked fine for Xiaomi with the Mi Note 2 and Huawei with the Porsche Design Mate 9, so we’ll just have to wait and see.

So the Galaxy S8 and LG G6 look kinda similar huh?

Final thoughts

When all is said and done, there’s probably a mix of everything above in the G6 and S8: design copying and tradition, component availability and layout limitations, ergonomics and product differentiation, supply chain issues and problems with being backed into a bezel-less corner. The bottom edge is a tough spot to get creative, sensors have to be crammed atop the screen.

The canvas on which to differentiate is shrinking as screen-to-body ratios increase.

That leaves curved edges, camera layouts and buttons – the exact things that look different on these two phones. The canvas on which to differentiate is shrinking as screen-to-body ratios increase.

But there’s no denying that based on what we’ve seen, it looks like two of the biggest flagships of 2017 will end up looking pretty similar. So consumers are going to have to look at what sets them apart to make their choice instead: specs, camera, software and so on. The S8 looks to have better specs, new display tech and two screen sizes, while LG has dual cameras, faster updates and a more pocketable form factor.

Looking beyond the looks and features of the phones, LG still has that bootloop issue to put behind it and Samsung has exploding batteries to get over. There’s always a lot more to consider than just the look of a new phone, but which such similar looking flagships, Samsung and LG are placing a lot more emphasis on what their new phones can do than on what they look like. If that means better software, better battery and better cameras no matter which phone you choose, then I’m all for samey design.

“LG G6 Day” invite confirms near bezel-less display to be shown on Feb. 26

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LG has already stated it will be holding a press event on Feb. 26 in Barcelona, Spain as part of the 2017 Mobile World Congress trade show. Today, the company sent out another teaser image for the event, which confirms that the company will indeed be showing the LG G6 as part of its announcements.

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The invite also teases the near bezel-less display that is expected to be part of the G6. Previous rumors, as well as photo leaks, claim the phone will have a screen-to-bezel ratio that’s greater than 90 percent. The new teaser image shows the phone will have a large screen but will still be able to be held by one normal hand. LG has confirmed that the G6 will sport a 5.7-inch Quad HD LCD display, as well as an unusual 18:9 (or 2:1) aspect ratio.

Another recent report from ZDNet claims that LG will use the term “True Vision” as the name of the display of the LG G6. The report claims LG will use this name so it can say the display will “fill up the entire front face” of the phone.

Other rumors about the LG G6 claim it will have the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor inside, along with a traditional 3.5mm headphone jack, a dual-rear camera setup and a front-facing camera that could double as an iris scanner. The most recent rumor claims that the phone will go on sale in South Korea first on March 9, followed by a US release nearly a month later on April 7.

We will be front and center to get all the information we can from LG about the G6 when we head to Barcelona for MWC 2017. In the meantime, do you like the fact that the company is already hyping the display on the LG G6? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

LG G6 reportedly will go on sale on April 7 in the US

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US residents who want to get the LG G6 may have to wait a bit longer than anticipated. A new report claims that US carriers will begin selling LG’s next flagship phone on April 7, a month after it is supposed to come out in South Korea.

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The report, from VentureBeat and noted gadget news leaker Evan Blass, said that the LG G6 will make its debut in LG’s home country on March 9. There’s no word as to why the phone will take a month to reach the US. If this report is accurate, that could spell trouble for LG, as the early April launch date could come just a couple of weeks before the rumored release of the highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy S8. Current rumors claim it will go on sale on April 21, a few weeks after it will reportedly get its official media event reveal in late March.

LG will officially announce the G6 on February 26 at a press event just before the official start of the 2017 Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, Spain. There have already been a number of alleged photo leaks of the device, which seem to confirm earlier rumors that the phone will only have a small bezel for its display. LG has confirmed that the G6 will sport a 5.7-inch Quad HD LCD display, as well as an unusual 18:9 (or 2:1) aspect ratio.

The phone is rumored to have the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor inside, and those same reports claim that’s due to Samsung getting first dibs on the newer and faster Snapdragon 835 for the Galaxy S8. Other rumors, which seem to be collaborated by the leaked images, claim the LG G6 will still have a traditional 3.5mm headphone jack and will be made from glass and metal, along with sporting a dual-rear camera setup and a front-facing camera that could double as an iris scanner. The phone is also rumored to have a waterproof body as well.

More alleged LG G6 images show metallic-looking back

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Three weeks before its official launch, what appears to be the LG G6 has been leaked in a new set of images.

Corroborating previous leaks, the new images come from Korean website UnderKG, which also published the above image of the LG G6 from January 27. In fact, the new images were provided by the same anonymous tipster, according to UnderKG.

More alleged LG G6 images show metallic-looking back

For the first time, we get a complete view of the front of the device, showing the same metallic frame, small bezels, and curved display corners we’ve first seen in The Verge’s report last month. Confirming a detail from The Verge’s leak, the bottom bezel is slightly larger than the top one, but still quite thin.

More alleged LG G6 images show metallic-looking back

Surprisingly, images of the back of the phone show what appears to be a brushed metal finish. So far, multiple reports claimed the LG G6 would have a glass back, similar to recent Galaxy flagships. There’s even some photographic “proof” – this unrelated leak from yesterday showing a very glossy, glass-like finish.

So, what’s going on here? There are a few options:

  • The back is actually glass, but with a brushed metal texture at the base.
  • The previous reports are wrong, and LG has in fact decided to use an all-metal design.
  • These images show a prototype or a variant of the LG G6 that will co-exist with the glass-backed variant.
  • These images show a different device.

We can’t really call it right now, but we will say that a fully metallic construction would likely make it impossible to have wireless charging on the LG G6, a feature that multiple rumors predicted for the device.

Moving on, the back of the device shows the familiar dual-camera set-up, with a normal lens and a wide-angle lens, as well as a circular fingerprint sensor doubling as a power button.

The bottom of the device reveals the presence of an USB Type-C port and a speaker grille, while the audio jack is – thankfully – present at the top. LG would find it hard to justify the removal of the audio jack, as the device seems relatively thick. Hopefully, the space will be put to good use with a large battery.

We have more details on the LG G6 and all of its features in our rumor round-up. Let us know what you think of this leak!

Here’s another look at the back of the upcoming LG G6

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Are you ready for yet another glimpse at the upcoming LG G6? Of course you are. The latest reported photo leak of the upcoming flagship phone from LG shows its back, and it seems to confirm a few previous details about the device.

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The image comes from an unnamed source who sent it to Business Insider. It shows a dual camera setup on top, along with a fingerprint sensor right below the cameras. It also seems to show that the case will have a shiny glass back to it, which again is consistent with previous rumors. Some of the phone’s back is obscured by the fingers of the person who took the photo, most likely to cover up any identification markings that could link this phone with whomever got their hands on it.

This latest image leak has popped up before LG is supposed to hold a press event in Barcelona, Spain on February 26, the day before the official start of 2017’s big Mobile World Congress trade show. It’s likely that the LG G6 will be the star of this media event. The company has already confirmed that the display on the G6 will feature a 5.7-inch QHD+ screen with an 18:9 aspect ratio, while other, unconfirmed rumors claim it will be the first third-party smartphone that will feature the Google Assistant.

It won’t be long before we know everything about the LG G6. Stay tuned as we will be on the ground for LG’s press event, and we will have first-hand impressions of the next flagship phone from the company. In the meantime, are you excited to learn more about the phone, and do you think it will be a bigger success than LG’s previous phones from 2016? Let us know your thoughts and impressions in the comments!

Leaked images reportedly show off an early LG G6 prototype

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Last week, we may have seen our first real glimpse at the upcoming LG G6. The leaks aren’t stopping there, though. Earlier today, reported images of an LG G6 prototype have leaked out, confirming some, but not quite all, of its previous rumors of this next flagship device.

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Leaked images reportedly show off an early LG G6 prototype

The images were first posted at Droid Life, and they were clearly taken with much haste and secrecy from the photos’ creator.  They show a rather dirty looking large screen, and it’s not clear if the display has the curved corners that were shown with the previous LG G6 image leak. They do, however, show that the device has a very tiny bezel, with almost none on the sides of the screen.

The image on the back side shows a development shell, but the phone’s dual cameras are indeed visible, along with what looks like its headphone jack. An image of this alleged prototype’s bottom shows a speaker and a USB Type-C connection. We do not have any independent confirmation that these photos are indeed of a prototype G6, so do take them with a pinch of salt.

Leaked images reportedly show off an early LG G6 prototype

The new images come just a few weeks before the company is scheduled to hold a press event in Barcelona, Spain on February 26, the day before the official start of 2017’s Mobile World Congress. LG has confirmed that the display on the G6 will feature a 5.7-inch QHD+ screen with an 18:9 aspect ratio, while unconfirmed rumors claim it will be the first third-party smartphone that will support the Google Assistant AI. LG has promised the phone will be made with new safety measures designed to reduce overheating with the use of heat pipes, in an apparent attempt not to have the same issues that occurred with the ill-fated Samsung Galaxy Note 7.

We will be on the ground to attend LG’s MWC 2017 press event and will have first-hand coverage and impressions of what the company will be showing off at the trade show, so stay tuned.

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Leaked images reportedly show off an early LG G6 prototype

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Last week, we may have seen our first real glimpse at the upcoming LG G6. The leaks aren’t stopping there, though. Earlier today, reported images of an LG G6 prototype have leaked out, confirming some, but not quite all, of its previous rumors of this next flagship device.

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LG G6: all the rumors in one place

2 weeks ago

Leaked images reportedly show off an early LG G6 prototype

The images were first posted at Droid Life, and they were clearly taken with much haste and secrecy from the photos’ creator.  They show a rather dirty looking large screen, and it’s not clear if the display has the curved corners that were shown with the previous LG G6 image leak. They do, however, show that the device has a very tiny bezel, with almost none on the sides of the screen.

The image on the back side shows a development shell, but the phone’s dual cameras are indeed visible, along with what looks like its headphone jack. An image of this alleged prototype’s bottom shows a speaker and a USB Type-C connection. We do not have any independent confirmation that these photos are indeed of a prototype G6, so do take them with a pinch of salt.

Leaked images reportedly show off an early LG G6 prototype

The new images come just a few weeks before the company is scheduled to hold a press event in Barcelona, Spain on February 26, the day before the official start of 2017’s Mobile World Congress. LG has confirmed that the display on the G6 will feature a 5.7-inch QHD+ screen with an 18:9 aspect ratio, while unconfirmed rumors claim it will be the first third-party smartphone that will support the Google Assistant AI. LG has promised the phone will be made with new safety measures designed to reduce overheating with the use of heat pipes, in an apparent attempt not to have the same issues that occurred with the ill-fated Samsung Galaxy Note 7.

We will be on the ground to attend LG’s MWC 2017 press event and will have first-hand coverage and impressions of what the company will be showing off at the trade show, so stay tuned.

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