The LG G6

LG has launched its flagship G6 in India as reported earlier it is carrying a price-tag of ₹51,990. The Korean giant which is locked in a titanic struggle with its long-time rival Samsung has banked on this early launch to capitalise before the latter’s Galaxy S8 series arrive in the market. Apart from packing respectably powerful hardware the LG G6 was the first smartphone to release with a 18:9 aspect-ratio display which it called FullVision Display.

The G6 which went on pre-orders last week carries a slew of bonuses for early-bird adopters, including a cashback offer of up-to ₹10,000 for SBI and HDFC credit card holders valid till tomorrow. A 50% discount on the Tone Active+ HBS-A100 bluetooth wireless headset if purchased alongside the handset which is worth ₹9,990 locally. Apart from this all SBI and HDFC card holders who buy the phone by May 1st are eligible for up-to another ₹7,000 in cashback (₹2,000 for pre-ordering) and ₹5,000 if purchased by May 31st.

Apart from the aforementioned largess’ LG is also tying up with Amazon.in for exclusive online availability of the device. The company has also got special offers for customers who are Jio subscribers where LG G6 buyers get an additional 10 GB of mobile-data for every recharge of ₹309 up-to March of 2018.

LG G6_antenna and audio

The LG G6 as mentioned is the successor to last years LG G5 flagship by the Korean-giant. Belaying the modular features of its predecessor the G6 is back to the basics with a simple candy-bar design aesthetic that exemplifies most smartphones. Packing a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 octa-core SoC with 4 GB of RAM alongside 64 GB of internal storage which is expandable via a microSD card (up-to 2 TB).

The G6 also features a dual-rear camera setup with twin 13-megapixel sensors which support PDAF, optical image stabilisation 2.0 and an aperture of f/1.8. Selfie duties are handled by a 5-megapixel 100° wide-angle lens sensor up-front with an f/2.2 aperture. The actual highlight of the handset though is the 5.7-inch QHD+ (1440 x2880) FullVision display with curved corners clad under Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3. To power all this hardware, the LG G6 packs in a 3300mAh battery with support for Quick Charge 3.0.

For hardware inter-connectivity and charging of the device a USB Type-C (v.2.0) port is provided alongside a 3.5mm audio jack. On the connectivity front the handset supports 4G LTE, WiFi up-to ac standard (dual-band 2.4GHz and 5.0GHz), Bluetooth v.4.2, NFC and 32-bit HiFi DAC (digital to analogue converter) for enhanced audio playback. The LG G6 has passed MIL-STD 810G military durability standards and sports an IP68 certification for dust and water ingress. To protect the back against scratches LG has clad the back of the phone under Gorilla Glass 5. The device would be available in Astro Black, Ice Platinum and Mystic White colours

The LG G6 sideprofile

Connectivity options for the LG G6 include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth v4.2, NFC, and USB Type-C 2.0. It also supports LTE-A 3 Band CA network. The handset houses a a non-removable 3300mAh battery, measures 148.9×71.9×7.9mm and weighs in at 163 grams. It will be available in Astro Black, Ice Platinum, and Mystic White colour options.

Additionally, the LG G6 features a 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC (digital to analogue converter) for enhanced audio playback and has has passed the MIL-STD 810G military standard certification for durability. Only time will tell whether the G6 would be enough to win customers for LG in India and if there is any hope of making a dent in Samsung’s market-share across the Android smartphone scene.

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