As 2016 is winding up, and the smartphones rumor mill in full swing as usual, it is time to look at all the updates we’ve got regarding 2017 flagships, review it, and sort it out neatly for our reading pleasure and convenience. With the Galaxy S8/S8 Edge success in the smartphone world, it is now time to turn toward LG and the successor year 2016 modular G5. Nevertheless, save for the seemingly universal reason that it will continue LG’s flagship naming scheme by moving on to the next digit, rumors regarding the LG G6 have thus far been as contradictory and argumentative as they have been scarce.
With some reports suggesting that the LG G6 may ditch the modular concept of its former smartphones in favor of a less-adventurous, waterproof design with non-removable battery, while others still claiming the battery will be removable despite the added water resistance, even educated guessing is becoming a bit difficult at this point. However, our job here is to present you with all the vital information regarding next year’s flagships, and that’s what we are going to do now. With that said, let’s take a look at all we know about the LG G6:
Several sources, including various South Korean publications, writers and reporters, have claimed that LG will be dropping the modular thing it experimented with on the G5 and opt for a more traditional design. The various reports on the subject matter cite multiple reasons for such suggested change, including low sales of the G5 phones, troubled production yield owing to the phone’s difficult modular build, as well as big shifts in the executive circles responsible for the development of the LG phone G5.
Whether the LG firm will drop modules entirely for its upcoming flagship is up for debates, but it does make sense and ties up with other rumors regarding the LG phone’s design
Some reports claimed that LG G6 won’t have a user-replaceable battery, which is somewhat in line with the rumors suggesting the phone will have a non-modular build. However, other reports, most notably the Korean Herald, suggest that the LG G6 may keep the removable battery aspect it the phone from the G5 and more recent non-modular V20 for “safety” purposes, vaguely referencing the Note 7 debacle.Interesting point, although we don’t really see the removable battery as an adequate precautionary measure against malfunctions. Furthermore, if modular design is really a no-go for the G6, LG may have a much better reason to keep the battery sealed in. This brings us to our next point.
One of the largely cited possible reasons for dropping the removable battery is some sort of advanced waterproofing technique.While Samsung phones uses waterproof tape around the displays of its Galaxy phones, LG is said to be focusing at an adhesive-based waterproofing method same to what Apple did with the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
Even though we’ve seen water-resistant phones with removable batteries, such as the Galaxy S5, LG may be working on ways to make its future flagship devices even more resistant to the elements, and a sealed battery could definitely be of help.
The LG G5 sported a one aluminum build coated with primer to conceal the seams between the casing and antenna slits. It doesn’t received welcoming hands by fans and we weren’t surprised either. However, LG seems to be looking to spice things up for the G6 with some sort of a high-gloss back. Some reports suggested that the casing could be made of glass, while others claimed that LG is more likely to use some sort of metal, well polishing technique, same as what Apple did with the Jet Black iPhone 7 models, to have a high level gloss without compromising sturdiness.
With Apple said to be shifting to OLED tech for its 2017 lineup, Google jumping on the bandwagon with the Pixels, and Samsung using AMOLED displays in pretty much every portable device it makes, LG may be next to join the party. The company already produces OLED displays for its own smartwatches and TVs, as well as the Apple Watch, so an OLED-equipped G6 is a possibility. Furthermore, mobile VR is going to be big next year, and since Google’s guidelines for building a Daydream-ready device require that it has an OLED screen, we may see a lot more Android phone makers adopting the technology.
As far as resolution goes, the LG G6 will either retain the current Quad HD resolution of the G5 and V20, or bump things up a notch with a 4K display. The G6 will be going head-to-head with the Galaxy S8/S8 Edge, which are heavily rumored to pack 4K displays, so LG may very well decide to implement a higher resolution panel in its next flagship.
Curved displays are trendy these days, and may become the norm in next year’s flagships, but a number of reports is suggesting that the LG G6 may come with a regular flat display.
Cameras & iris scanner
As for the selfie shooter, the G6 may change things up a bit. We wouldn’t hold our breath for a revolution in front-facing cameras, but rather an evolution. Back in November 2016, word got out that LG is working on an all-in-one iris scanner/front-facing camera module capable of switching between the two functions at the same time with the help of an IR light filter ( High Technology Innovation).
Software and misc. features
Knowing that the V20 was the number one smartphone to run Android Nougat out of the box, it’s a pretty safe bet that the LG G6 will also run Nougat too (Good to hear). There are rumors also that LG may come out with its own mobile payment services to compete directly with Apple Pay and Samsung Pay at the same time in year 2017. This would suggest that the G6 will have some sort of MST (Magnetic Secure Transmission) technology implemented in it.
Price and release date
If the G5 is anything to go by, then LG will likely focus February 2017 reveal with the G6, probably at (or around) MWC 2017. Let’s quickly look at the announcement/launch “schedule” for previous G-series phones:
- LG G2 – Announced August 2013; released September 2013
- LG G3 – Announced May 2014; released June 2014
- LG G4 – Announced April 2015; released May 2015
- LG G5 – Announced February 2016; released April 2016
- LG G6 – Expected announcement February 2017; expected release March – April 2017
Even though there is no clear pattern to these dates, it is very clear that each year LG has been pushing the reveal more toward the beginning of the year. We would say the G6 will likely be announced at upcoming MWC in February and a launch in March or April 2017, at the latest. If LG wish to stand a chance against the Galaxy S8, it wouldn’t be a good idea to postpone the launch beyond April 2017, as Samsung’s next flagships are expected to be revealed in February and hit the shelves the following month (as usual). Good Luck to LG in the world of smartphones in the coming year.