LG G6 launching on April 24

1/5LG G6 launching on April 24
LG G6 launching on April 24
Unveiled this year at MWC, the LG G6 is going to launch in India next week on April 24. LG has sent out press invites for the launch and you can already pre-order the phone from the company’s website.

The LG G6 sports a futuristic 18:9 FullVision display. It’s 5.7-inch QHD+ screen can be divided into two perfect squares enabling superior multitasking and viewing experience. The phone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor coupled with 4GB of RAM and will be available in two storage variants- 32GB and 64GB with the option to expand it to up to 2TB (theoretically) using a microSD card.

The LG G6 comes with dual cameras on the back. It sports two 13-megapixel sensors with one for 125-degree wide-angle shots with f/2.4 aperture and the other for 71-degree wide shots. It also comes with optical image stabilisation 2.0. On the front, there is a 5-megapixel 100-degree wide-angle lens with f/2.2 aperture.

The phone is powered by a 3300mAh battery and happens to be the first to be Dolby Vision certified. It also features a 32-bit Quad DAC for high fidelity sound.

With all these features, the LG G6 is right up there with the premium smartphones in the market. With the launch happening just a week after the Samsung Galaxy S8 was announced for India, let’s find out whether the LG G6 has what it takes to take on the giants in the market.

Samsung Galaxy S8

2/5Samsung Galaxy S8
Samsung Galaxy S8
Launching just a week after it was unveiled in India, the LG G6 has a lot in common with the Samsung Galaxy S8. Both phones boast of a new kind of display. While the Galaxy S8’s edge-to-edge Infinity Display is truly bezel-less with the screen curving along the edges, the LG G6’s FullVision Display comes dangerously close. Both the display have an 18:9 aspect ration meaning the display can be divided into two squares giving more real estate to run dual apps and multitask efficiently. Both the phones run on Android 7.0 Nougat with the new TouchWiz UI on top for Galaxy S8 and the LG UX 6.0 for the LG G6. But this is where the similarities end. The Galaxy S8 is powered by its new 10nm Exynos processor which is faster than the Snapdragon 821 used in the LG G6, but only slightly. While the S8 doesn’t come with dual camera sensors, it does come with dual-pixel camera seen in the Galaxy S7 but made better using software improvements.

Apart from this, the Galaxy S8 can be used as a desktop using the new DeX dock while the LG G6 comes with a 32-bit quad DAC for enhanced audio.

Between the two of them, the Galaxy S8 is definitely a more lucrative buy, but if you are in the market for a device that can churn out audiophile-grade sound, the LG G6 is the one to go for.

iPhone 7 Plus

3/5iPhone 7 Plus
iPhone 7 Plus
The iPhone 7 Plus is Apple’s best offering so far. Launched last year, it is still among the fastest, most efficient smartphone around that can beat just about any smartphone in terms of performance. What’s more, it’s also the first iPhone to sport dual cameras- one for wide-angle shots and another for zoomed-in telephoto shots offering 2X optical zoom and DSLR-like blurred portraits. While the iPhone 7 Plus’ 5.5-inch is no match for the 5.7-inch FullVision display on the LG G6, the quality is almost indistinguishable to the naked eye. If you are an Apple fanboy, choosing the iPhone 7 Plus is a no-brainer but if you are an early adopter and wants to get a taste of what’s in store for the future- the LG G6 could satify that curiosity with its interestingly tall display and the quad DAC.

Google Pixel XL

4/5Google Pixel XL
Google Pixel XL
The Pixel phones were Google’s first venture into hardware manufacturing. And at first go, it came out with a solid challenger to all the flagships that were out in the market last year. In its arsenal is one of the most intelligent camera ever seen in a smartphone. The 12.3-megapixel shooter at the back may look the same as any other phone camera, but Google has tweaked the software resulting in startlingly good photos, especially under low light. The Pixel XL comes with a QHD screen as well, but it’s no match for the FullVision display of the LG G6 which is Dolby Vision certified. However, both phones have the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 powering them coupled with 4GB of RAM. Apart from the camera and the display, the main distinguishing factor between the two is the availability of stock Android in the Pixel XL. The pixel phones are the first to get updates from Google and as a result, you will always be on the latest installment of Android if you have the Pixel. The LG G6 will still take its own sweet time to push out new updates. It will launch running Android 7.0 Nougat while the Google Pixel XL is already the latest Android 7.1 version. At the end, it all comes down to the loyalties you have. LG phones are undoubtedly very good, but Google has almost nailed with its debut smartphone. It’s a tricky choice here.

OnePlus 3T

5/5OnePlus 3T
OnePlus 3T
They might cost less, but OnePlus phones are no pushovers. Especially the OnePlus 3T, the company’s most powerful phone yet. It runs on the same Snapdragon 821 processor but takes it a notch higher by coupling it with 6GB of RAM. Despite priced lower, it also offers more storage at 128GB while the LG G6 maxes out at 64GB. But then, with a higher price tag, the LG G6 is also offering certain superior features like the new display which the OnePlus 3T cannot compete with. There is also the dual-camera question. While the 16-megapixel shooter at the back of the OnePlus 3T is undoubtedly one of the best for its price, it cannot take fish-eye-like shots that the LG G6 can. If you have a limited budget and you need raw performance with timely updates, the OnePlus 3T is the phone to go for. But once again, since it’s all new and jazzy, the LG G6 is the right choice if you have the budget for it.