UPDATE: The LG G6 officially goes on sale in Malaysia on the first week of May.
The LG G6 is one of the most interesting flagships to be announced at MWC 2017. It has a large 5.7″ QuadHD+ display in a 18:9 aspect ratio which gives it a small phone feel despite having a larger phablet sized display.
If you’ve been eyeing for this device, it looks like you won’t need to wait too long before it hits the Malaysian market officially.
There are plenty of dual-camera smartphones in the market. However, LG has been doing things differently by offering a secondary lens dedicated for wide-angle shots. This was first introduced on the LG G5, followed by the LG V20. For their upcoming LG G6 flagship, the Korean smartphone maker will continue this trend but they are stepping things up with a better setup.
The LG G6 will feature a massive 5.7″ Quad HD display on a smaller footprint. The South Korean smartphone maker is calling it a FullVision display as it occupies almost the entire front of the phone. This is made possible with an unconventional 18:9 display aspect ratio which pushes 2,880×1,440 pixels resolution.
Having additional pixels on the screen would be wasteful if existing apps can’t take full advantage of it. To address that, LG is introducing a new UX 6.0 interface which has been teased ahead of its big reveal.
With MWC 2017 happening next month, LG is about to reveal its successor of the LG G5. To pique your interest, they have just released a teaser video which claims to bring your ideal smartphone to life.
People in the West do things very differently from those in the East. The two excel at different things and are naturally used to things being a certain way. So when you design a smartphone’s software, you tend to gear your UI to certain elements that typically reflect the wants and needs of your consumer.
LG says they’ve decided to change a key UI feature because they’ve done the necessary market research. After looking at the changes they’ve made in person, we can only say one thing:
We want to see see those findings for ourselves – cause we’re not sure what they did was a good idea.
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Going through life alone is never ideal and you’re most likely to enjoy it better when surrounded by friends. LG knows this and wants to metaphorically do the same for its flagship smartphone. Google tried and are still toying around with modular parts through their Project Ara program and there’s even a smartphone case that lets you do the same.
LG believes that we’re still yet to reach “peak smartphone” and whilst moving forward, modules and add-on peripherals are the paths to take. The idea is exciting and being the first to take it on is a big deal but if others follow suit and do better, trouble might loom.
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So it looks just how it was rumoured and the majority of reactions that we saw were negative. Are we just jumping the gun and passing our views without knowing the whole picture? That was the case during the Nexus 6P by Huawei with many throwing shade at the Stormtrooper visor. In the end, we warmed up to the idea and design.
Will we embrace the same scenario this time? Well, let’s take a look at what the LG G5 has to offer.
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LG is expected to put on a big show at MWC 2016 as they are likely to enveil their new 2016 flagship. The LG G4 was one of the last remaining flagships to feature a removable battery and an expandable microSD slot. This is a trend that is slowly diminishing as brands are moving towards a fully enclosed design for a better look and feel.
Mobile World Congress 2016 is happening next month and LG has sent out invites for its upcoming media event. Similar to Samsung’s tradition, LG is avoiding the busy MWC announcement week by holding the event a day earlier on 21st February.
Could this be their new LG G5 flagship?