LG G6 First Impressions Review: The V20 Facelift Seems Unconvincing
The LG G6 was launched in India in April for a price of Rs 51,990. (Image: Debashis Sarkar/News18.com)
The LG G6 takes on directly on the Samsung Galaxy S8 for a competitive price of Rs 51,990. LG has bundled several freebies with the G6 to make the deal more attractive. It is positioning the G6 as a superior multimedia smartphone with more screen real estate in a compact form factor and is flaunting “military standard” durability to gain traction.
It’s a good thing to see that LG has taken a more practical approach and moved on from the modular G5 design in the new flagship. However, the new LG G6 is a lot like the older flagship LG V20 which was launched in India last year in December. The LG V20 was launched for Rs 54,999 and within five months the smartphone is selling for as low as Rs 36,862.
Surprisingly, LG had announced a cashback offer of up to Rs 10,000 for HDFC and SBI credit/debit card holders on the launch day itself. While it was valid for the first day of sale only, it creates a strong belief that the price might drop very soon.
Talking about the similarities with the older LG V20, the new LG G6 might appear as a minor facelift. Also, LG V20 owners have got very little reasons to opt for the LG G6.
With positive reviews from the tech media globally, the Samsung Galaxy S8 has in a way created a new benchmark for Android flagships. So, is the LG G6 a great deal when compared to the Galaxy S8? Here are our initial impressions.
What's with the look?
The LG G6 offers a refreshing change in the design language. LG has successfully managed to make a 5.7-inch smartphone look and feel smaller. Of course, the G6 is a better looking phone compared to the V20. The flagship LG G6 with 18:9 aspect ratio offers higher screen to body ratio of 80.7 percent.
The square finish of the LG G6 makes it a bit bulky to hold. However, it offer good grip and sturdy feel. LG has also used Corning Gorilla Glass 5 at the back in the G6 and is claiming it to be more durable than its competitors. Talking of which, LG could have worked a bit more on making the rear of the G6 more attractive. LG is continuing with the fingerprint scanner cum power/wake button at the back.
The thin front bezels make the LG G6 stand out from the crowd, However, LG has played safe by just tweaking tried and tested designs.
What to look out for?
First things first. One of the main USPs of the LG G6 is overall quality and durability. The company claims that the shock-dispersing material and design in the LG G6 makes it less likely to break when dropped. It is also IP68 water and dust resistant.
The LG G6 is focused on the entire multimedia experience from the display, video playback quality and the audio quality as well. The LG G6 comes with Hi-Fi video recording with high AOP mics and offers Hi-Fi quad DAC which claims to convert any music file format to Hi-Fi quality and sounds great irrespective of the earphones used.
The LG G6 offers a dual lens wide-angle rear camera with 13MP (F2.4 / 125°) and 13MP Standard OIS 2.0 (F1.8 / 71°) lens. On the front, there is a 5MP Wide (F2.2 / 100°). It’s a capable camera and offers tough competition to other flagships.
Also, it is the first smartphone to offer Dolby Vision for immersive video experience. The technology betters colour reproduction and detailing with premium HDR band in a low bit rate and is also claimed to help save power.
The LG G6 is powered by a tried-and-tested Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor with 4GB LPDDR4 RAM and 64GB UFS 2.0 ROM. It supports microSD cards of up to 2TB and runs Android Nougat OS.
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The LG G6 packs in enough prowess to impress smartphone enthusiasts. However, there are two well-positioned rivals in front of it- the iPhone 7 and Galaxy S8. While the iPhone 7 is a bit cheaper (starting at 49,999), the slightly expensive Galaxy S8 (for Rs 57,900) might help LG to woo Android flagship buyers on a tight budget.
Overall, LG has raised the bar for other flagships that would be launched this year in India. But for those with no restrain on the budget, the LG G6 seems unconvincing after seeing the V20, the Galaxy S8, and of course, the iPhone 7.