Back in 2015, the LG G4 was unveiled as the flagship phone and there’s no doubt that those who have interacted with this phone will admit it’s a pleasure holding one in your hand.
At the time, the G4 was a great phone, be it in terms of design, style, camera quality and even pricing when compared to other flagship devices released at the time. The phone had a slightly older chipset on board, but this was due to the overheating issues that had been associated with the then flagship chipset – Qualcomm Snapdragon 810. But this did not shake the performance quality of the phone in any way at all.
|LG G4||LG G5||LG G6|
|Display size||5.5 inches||5.3 inches||5.7 inches|
|Resolution||2560 x 1440 pixels (QHD)||2560 x 1440 pixels (QHD) Always-on||2560 x 1440 pixels (QHD) or 3200 x 1800 pixels (QHD+)|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 808||Qualcomm Snapdragon 820||Qualcomm Snapdragon 821|
|GPU||Adreno 418||Adreno 530||Adreno 530|
|MicroSD||Up to 256GB||Up to 256GB||Up to 256GB|
|Primary camera||16MP, f/1.8, OIS, laser AF, LED flash, 2K video||Dual 16MP (f/1.8) + 8MP (f/2.4), 2K video, laser AF, OIS and LED flash||Dual 13MP+13MP, 360-degree video, OIS, LED flash|
|Secondary camera||8MP, f/2.0, 1080p video||8MP, f/2.0, 1080p video||To be confirmed (8MP rumored)|
|Operating system||Android 5.1.1 Lollipop (Upgradable to v6.0 Marshmallow)||Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow (Upgradable to v7.0 Nougat)||Android 7.0 Nougat|
|Battery capacity||3000mAh, Removable||2800mAh, Removable||To be confirmed (3200mAh non-removable rumored)|
|Wireless charging||Yes||No||To be confirmed|
|Dust & water resistance||No||No||To be confirmed (IP68 rumored)|
|Fingerprint scanner||No||Yes (Rear-mounted)||Yes (Rear-mounted)|
|Extras||microUSB, 4G LTE, 3.5mm jack, NFC, Bluetooth 4.1||USB-C, 4G LTE, 3.5mm jack, NFC, Bluetooth 4.2||USB-C, 4G LTE, 3.5mm jack, NFC, Bluetooth 4.2|
A year later in 2016, the LG G5 was born, which perhaps the most unconvincing phone that has ever been released by the company, at least in the flagship G series. It wasn’t a bad phone, but many did not like it and as such, the returns were poor as well. Featuring what was possibly too much of a radical change in the design, the G5 debuted a modular concept that many did not embrace or maybe they just weren’t ready for such technology yet. With this in mind, many LG G4 users did not upgrade to the 2016 G5 due to this unimpressive design, but the phone was still very powerful on hardware specs.
It is perhaps the main reason why the LG G6 is no longer continuing this concept and instead, we have a new unibody design that ditches the removable battery – a feature that has been one of the major selling points for LG flagships. In fact, LG was the only company offering removable batteries on high-end phones, but this will be no more. However, like the LG G4, you get a slightly older chipset since the 2017 flagship SoC is not yet ready.
Like the LG G5, the G6 keeps the dual camera on the back as well as fingerprint scanner, but this time, the screen bezels are a lot thinner. The screen is also curved on the edges, just like the edges of the device in general. Overall, the new-look LG G6 is way better in terms of aesthetics compared to the LG G5 and LG G4, at least if the leaked images are anything to go by.
Keep in mind that the LG G6 will be unveiled tomorrow at an event in Barcelona, Spain, just before the beginning of the Mobile World Congress 2017 on Monday next week. More than 75% of the major hardware specs of the G6 have been confirmed, but the rest will be out tomorrow. We’ll update the table once the phone is out. Nonetheless, it seems this is the year that LG fans that have been holding onto their aging G3 or G4 can make the switch to and feel that it’s worth it.