LG G6 is confirmed to have set a launch date at the MWC 2017 show, bringing to an end the year-long reign of the LG G5, which was also unveiled at the MWC 2016 event in Barcelona.
Rumors have been doing rounds about the supposed design language and specs of the LG G6. However, the South Korean tech giant has remained mum on the matter, which is not strange at all. From what the rumors say, the G6 will come without a major spec that is poised to ship with most flagships released in 2017 – the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor.
According to recent developments, the LG G6 will be shipped with the 2016 Snapdragon 821, which is just a revised version of the 820. The SoC is already powering a few flagships led by the Google Pixel XL and Xiaomi Mi MIX, but recently, the HTC U Ultra joined the party. The Taiwanese company cited priorities that Qualcomm has given Samsung – which is the manufacturer of the Snapdragon 835 SoC – and its Galaxy S8 as far as the chipset is concerned. In short, other OEMs will only get their hands on the new processor after Samsung has released the Galaxy S8, which is set to happen in mid-April. Like HTC, LG doesn’t have the patience to wait until after April as by then, the competition will be tougher since Samsung will have joined the party.
As a result, the company is said to be ready to unveil the LG G6 next month in Barcelona and in fact, it is possible that testing of the launch units is already underway. Apparently, the company is testing a unit with model number LG-H700. This device has Android 7.0 Nougat on board, however, it is not confirmed that it is the G6.
LG LG-H700 with Android 7.0 is in testing. Calling it the G6 would be speculation though, as LG model numbers are weird nowadays. pic.twitter.com/rxAxZqtcSk
— Roland Quandt (@rquandt) January 26, 2017
The LG G5 had a variety of model numbers such as LG-H820, H830, H840, H850, H860N, LS992, US992 and VS987. The previous year, the LG G4 had model numbers such as LG-H810, H811, H812, H815, H818, H819, US991, and VS986, among others. As you can see, there is no known order that LG is following in giving out model numbers to its phones. The tipster seems unconvinced that this LG-H700 is the LG G6 and looking at the model numbers from previous handsets, it makes total sense.
So, which is this device that LG is testing with Android 7.0 Nougat if it’s not the LG G6? We should be able to find out sooner than later as the MWC 2017 show draws closer. Stay tuned!