Review of the smartphone LG G6: there will be only a screen
The share of LG in the smartphone market every year is slightly reduced, but the company still holds in the top ten most successful brands and do not despair. To say, for example, on the sad discrepancy between the big names and sales, as in the case of Sony, is not necessary. However, each new flagship LG gets a new concept and, I think, not a good life. Koreans are constantly searching, trying to find the most effective point of contact with the public.
This year the bet is placed on the display. And LG did not apply to AMOLED technology (unfortunately), and pushed all the chips in the direction of increasing the ratio of the diagonal of the display and size of the apparatus. Due to the non-standard aspect ratio — 18:9 — and reduce free space around the screen, the gadget managed to make a narrow and not too high. In fact, we are dealing with a smartphone, which in size corresponds to a conventional device with a 5.2-inch display, only this one has a screen of 5.7 inches. Did the same and Samsung presented recently its Galaxy S8, but LG is rightfully getting a medal for the championship.
Again radically changed design: the device has a glass back cover and finally lost the removable battery, but bought a waterproof (IP68). Another (and perhaps the most controversial) feature of the G6 – the use of the hardware, relevant to last year’s devices: Qualcomm Snapdragon 821. Thus, the company subscribes to a deliberate gap G6 performance almost all of the flagships that will be presented afterwards.
But there is a G6 and a few inherited from the predecessors of elements: dual camera, where one lens shirokougolnyim other, and the power button located on the rear panel. She, as usual, combined with the fingerprint scanner.
|LG G6||LG G5||LG V20||Huawei Mate 9||Xiaomi Mi5s Plus|
|Display||5.7 inch, IPS, 2880 × 1440 pixels (aspect ratio of 18:9), 564 ppi, capacitive multitouch||5.3 inch, IPS, 2560 × 1440 pixels, 554 ppi, capacitive multitouch||5.7 inch, IPS,
2560 × 1440 pixels, 515 ppi, capacitive multitouch
|5.9 inch, IPS,
1920 × 1080 pixels, 373 ppi, multitouch capacitive
|5.7 inch, IPS, 1920 × 1080 pixels, 386 ppi, capacitive multitouch|
|Safety glass||Corning Gorilla Glass 3; Gorilla Glass 5 on the rear panel||Corning Gorilla Glass 4||Corning Gorilla Glass 4||Corning Gorilla Glass 4||Is, manufacturer unknown|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 MSM8996 (two cores Kryo, frequency of 2.35 GHz + two cores Kryo, frequency of 1.36 GHz)||Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MSM8996 (two cores Kryo, frequency of 2.15 GHz + two cores Kryo, frequency of 1.36 GHz)||Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MSM8996 (two cores Kryo, frequency of 2.15 GHz + two cores Kryo, frequency of 1.36 GHz)||HiSilicone Kirin 960 (Quad core ARM Cortex-A73, 2.4 GHz + four cores ARM Cortex-A53, 1.8 GHz)||Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 MSM8996 (two cores Kryo, frequency of 2.35 GHz + two cores Kryo, frequency of 1.36 GHz)|
|Graphics controller||Adreno 530, 624 MHz||Adreno 530, 624 MHz||Adreno 530, 624 MHz||ARM Mali-G71 MP8, 850 MHz||Adreno 530, 624 MHz|
|RAM||4 GB||4 GB||4 GB||4 GB||4/6 GB|
|Flash memory||64 GB||32 GB||32/64 GB||64 GB||64/128 GB|
|Memory card support||there||there||there||there||no|
|Connectors||USB Type-C minijack 3.5 mm||USB Type-C minijack 3.5 mm||USB Type-C||USB Type-C minijack 3.5 mm||USB Type-C minijack 3.5 mm|
|SIM card||Two nano-SIM||Two nano-SIM||Two nano-SIM||One nano-SIM/dual nano-SIM||Two nano-SIM|
|Cell 2G connection||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz|
|3G cellular communications||HSDPA 800/900/1700/2100||HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100 MHz||HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100||HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100 MHz||HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100 CDMA 2000|
|Cellular 4G||LTE Cat. 12 (600 Mbps), ranges 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 20, 28, 38, 40||LTE Cat. 6 (300 Mbps): the bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 20, 28, 38, 40||LTE Cat. 7 (up to 300Mbps) range 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 18, 19, 26, 28, 38, 40, 41||LTE Cat. 12 (600 Mbps), ranges 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 26, 28, 29, 38, 39, 40, 41||LTE Cat. 12 (600 Mbps): the bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 38, 39, 40, 41|
|Wi-Fi||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac|
|Navigation||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, BeiDou||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou|
|Sensors||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass), infrared sensor||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass), infrared sensor||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass), infrared sensor|
|The main camera||Dual camera: 13 MP, ƒ/1,8 + 13 MP, ƒ/2.4 GHz, phase detection autofocus, optical stabilization||Dual camera: 16 MP, ƒ/1,8 + 8 MP, ƒ/2.4 GHz, laser autofocus, optical stabilization||16 MP, ƒ/1,8, laser autofocus, led flash; 8 MP, ƒ/2.4, wide angle||Double module, 20 + 12 MP, ƒ/2.2, and a hybrid auto focus, optical stabilization, dual-led flash||Double module, 13 MP, ƒ/2, phase detection autofocus, dual-led flash|
|Front camera||5 MP, autofocus||8 MP, fixed focus||5 MP, fixed focus||8 MP, autofocus||4 MP, fixed focus|
|Food||Removable battery by 12.54 W·h (3300 mAh, 3.8 V)||Removable battery 10.8 WH (2800 mAh, 3.85 In)||Removable battery 12.2 W·h (3200 mAh, 3.8 V)||A removable battery of 15.2 WH (4000 mAh, 3.8 V)||A removable battery of 14.44 W·h (3800 mAh, 3.8 V)|
|Size||Of 148.9 × 71,9 × 7.9 mm||149.4 x 73,9 x 7.3 mm||159,7 × 78,1 × 7.6 mm||156,9 x 78,9 × 7.9 mm||154,6 x 77,7 x 7.95 mm|
|Weight||163 grams||156 grams||174 grams||190 grams||168 grams|
|Protection case||Yes, IP68||No||No||No||No|
|Operating system||Android 7.0 Nougat, shell LG UX||Android 6.0 Marshmallow, shell LG UX||Android 7.0 Nougat, shell LG UX||Android 7.0 Nougat, shell EMUI||Android 6.0 Marshmallow, shell MIUI|
|Current price||52 000 rubles||26-29, 000 (gray)||32-38, 000 (gray)||from 42 000 rubles||23-27, 000|
Appearance, ergonomics and software
The main thing that made LG screen selection of a new format, unique look. With the image the Koreans have not always been all plain sailing: for example, if a G4 with his leather back cover was not similar to anything else, the G5 is not so allocated on the General background. G6 is again very difficult to confuse with a smartphone of a different brand – and not just because of the logo under the screen. How the past is inscribed in the front panel, the combination of shape and thickness, the volume buttons, tucked away on the left side instead of the usual right, it’s unusual lattice dynamics of…
One can argue about taste: some people don’t like the glass back cover, someone, this smartphone may seem too thick. But about LG G6 private persons do not have to argue.
An important feature of case – mix sealed according to IP68 standard (like Sony’s Xperia how the Samsung Galaxy S7/S8), but not IP67 (iPhone 7) – and for the sake of it didn’t even have to get rid of the mini-Jack. But like it happened with the Koreans? Apple in full force scratching their heads. However, down with the irony of the problem was not, and is not, used LG prevented the removable back cover, modular design. Now do not interfere with anything. Can be slightly imbedded your G6 (to a depth of five feet for half an hour) – and he will be nothing.
Second (and most important) the joy of custom display gadget is really convenient to use. This is the first more or less “one-handed” smartphone with a display of 5.7 inches that I tried. Feels smaller than it actually is. Not to say that my fingers of one hand reach all points of the screen, but constantly to intercept LG G6 is not necessary. By the way, G6 is already lower than G5! Albeit thicker. Of 148.9 × 71,9 × 7.9 mm vs 149.4 x 73,9 x 7.3 mm And weighs a little more – 163 grams versus 156.
The front panel and the camera module is covered with glass Gorilla Glass 3, while the rear panel is used Gorilla Glass 5. To explain such preferences I can’t, although from experience we can say that the fifth generation of Gorilla Glass is better to collect small scratches, but in theory is more resistant against extreme loads.
Nice feature is the unit with two cameras no longer protrudes above the housing, and a power button with integrated fingerprint scanner. In terms of convenience is a controversial point (to find the button before was easier), but the new version looks definitely better.
The fingerprint scanner is the most common, capacitive, to tell him about something special impossible – running fast, stable enough, with “capacitive” features (slightly damaged finger – copy mark). It can be used to block not only the apparatus as a whole, but individual apps (namely the gallery and notes QuickMemo+).
LG because of the very thin frames had to sacrifice a part of the display for navigation icons – they are on most screens displays the bottom line. When viewing movies, photos or games, icon hiding, and you will be all inches. Unusual aspect ratio does not cause any discomfort – it just did not notice.
But the ratio of 2:1 (or 18:9, as he prefers to specify LG) is further sharpened by the work in a horizontal orientation, than 16:9 and ideally it can be used, slightly changing the design of the applications. Brand software LG, which is installed on the G6, already adapted to the new conditions, partly adjusted and the authors of third-party applications. For example, at MWC, was shown a special version of the game Temple Run. However, to speak of the major differences is not necessary.
LG G6 uses the Android operating system 7.0 Nougat with a proprietary shell LG UX. It is not too much changes the appearance of the interface, brings with it a number of additional soft (not too big fortunately) and is able to operate in the mode of Always-On Display – time, notifications and battery level are displayed on the screen even in standby mode. If desired, this feature can be disabled – after all, here we have the IPS display, and he’s even in this mode, eating energy quite dramatically. In the review of LG V20 we made a complaint to the optimization of the shell and the speed of its work, even with the simplest tasks when working with the LG G6, I have not experienced any problems. All key operations are performed quickly and without brakes.
It is worth saying also that the Russian market smartphone comes with pre-installed browsers “Yandex” and some applications of this company. We rejoice that at least as a default browser and search uses the familiar Google services.