Update: It looks like LG will launch the G6 in February, likely at MWC 2017. LG has also stated that it's using heat pipes to keep the phone cool, and has revealed all the details on an impressive new 5.7-inch QHD display that's likely coming to the G6. The company has also all but confirmed that the G6 won't support modules.
If there's one thing the LG G5 isn't, it's boring. With two rear cameras and an accessory slot that lets you modify the hardware it's a phone that really thinks outside the box.
But while these extras are great it doesn't nail all the basics, so there's plenty of potential for improvement in the LG G6.
Rumors for what LG is planning on its next flagship phone are growing steadily – here's everything we know so far about the LG G6.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? The next flagship phone from LG
- When's it out? Probably February 2017, maybe at MWC 2017
- What will it cost? Likely around £490/$600/AU$820 SIM free
LG G6 release date
A YouTube video direct from LG has teased a new phone from the company and confirmed it will be launching in February 2017. We expect LG to announce a press conference for Mobile World Congress 2017, which takes place February 27 until March 2.
The video doesn't confirm it's the LG G6, but it would make sense as the LG G5 was announced in February 2016 and launched in April. The LG G4 also landed in April, so April 2017 seems a good bet for release date of LG G6.
If it's launched in February, it may not take two months to come out as LG said the G6 is launching "in the very near future."
A report from "industry insiders" also suggests the company wants to release the LG G6 closer to the announcement date and will push to get the phone on sale in late February or early March.
LG G6 design
- A luxurious look
- A glass or metal body
- No modules
Rumor has it LG will be stepping up the design of the G6 to a more premium look and quality than we've seen on previous phones. An anonymous source told Korean site ChosunBiz LG will be using a tempered glass back on the new flagship.
The LG G5 had a painted aluminum body, which some didn't like. Being glass it may not be as durable as a full-metal jacket would be, but that may be the price we pay for a better looking phone from LG.
Then again, LG might not be moving away from metal after all, with another source claiming the G6 will have "a highly reflective metallic material on the rear."
While we haven't seen leaked images of the handset yet, we have, courtesy of @OnLeaks seen renders supposedly based on an official factory CAD.
The leak adds that the dimensions are apparently be 148.8 x 72.3 x 8.3mm, which would make it a similar size to the LG G5, but marginally thicker.
Whatever design it gets, the focus according to LG is on "aesthetics and usability."
The interchangeable modules – or what LG calls "friends" – are out by the sounds of things, with LG's chief technologist Skott Ahn saying that LG is moving away from modular designs.
It's a decision we've been expecting, with an earlier report from the Electronic Times in Korea saying the same thing, while another source claimed the decision had been made in order to make the LG G6 waterproof.
LG's first teaser video for the G6 features the word waterproof, so we can expect this to be the first phone from LG to feature a water tight design.
TechRadar's take: LG is sure to be putting a lot of focus on the design of the G6, so expect something shiny and stylish.
LG G6 display
- 5.7-inch QHD display
- An 18:9 aspect ratio
There aren't too many mysteries surrounding the LG G6's screen, as LG Display itself has said that the company's next smartphone (believed to be the G6) will have a 5.7-inch QHD LCD display.
They add that it has an 18:9 aspect ratio, so it's longer than most screens, which makes it ideal for split-screen apps.
Dubbed QHD+, this screen is 1440 x 2880, for a pixel density of 564 pixels per inch. It's also apparently 30% less power hungry than the previous generation of LG QHD displays, as well as having smaller bezels, better touch performance, and being easier to view in direct sunlight.
That would make for a big change from the 5.3-inch QHD screen in the LG G5, but then changing things up is no bad thing.
However, it's not 100% confirmed that this screen is coming to the G6, and it's at odds with earlier rumors, including one which suggested LG is looking to make an OLED panel for its smartphones in the future, and maybe even curved ones.
LG already produces OLED displays for TVs as well as the Apple Watch Series 2, so it would make sense if the company installed one on the G6 – but it looks like it won't be ready in time.
Another earlier leak, this time from Gear India, which includes renders of the phone, states the LG G6 will have a 5.3-inch QHD display, just like the LG G5.
TechRadar's take: A 5.7-inch QHD screen has been all but confirmed, so that's what we expect to see.
LG G6 camera and battery
- A dual-lens camera
- A removable battery
- Heat pipes to keep the battery cool
There aren’t any camera rumors yet, other than leaked renders which show a dual-lens snapper, just like the LG G5. Expect to see a return of both standard and wide-angle lenses, but likely with improvements – perhaps a higher megapixel count or greater optical zoom.
It shouldn't be in any danger of overheating though, as LG has confirmed that it's using heat pipes to pull heat away from the battery and other core components, as well as putting the battery through rigorous tests to ensure its safety.
LG G6 OS and power
Power rumors for the LG G6 are thin on the ground, but the smart money's on it using the Snapdragon 835, as this is the chipset that's likely to power most of 2017's flagships.
A minimum of 4GB of RAM is sure to be included too, as the LG G5 has that much, but a boost is likely, given that already some phones have 6GB.
LG G6 other features
- Super speedy wireless charging
- A headphone port
LG announced a brand new wireless charging transmission module a few days after it revealed the LG G5.
This may mean we see the introduction of wireless charging on the LG G6, but the same sources speaking to ChosunBiz suggest it won't be ready for the next flagship phone.
But since then LG has made the tech available to the public, which suggests that it could be ready after all. Plus another industry source has also suggested it will be ready in time for the LG G6, so cross your fingers.
Finally, this almost goes without saying, but a fingerprint scanner is a very likely inclusion, especially as leaked renders show the LG G6 with one.
TechRadar's take: We doubt LG will ditch the headphone port just yet. Fast wireless charging meanwhile could be a significant selling point, so LG is likely to want to include it.
LG G6 price
According to LG, the G6 will have a similar price to the LG G5, likely coming in at $500-$600 (around £400-£490/AU$685-AU$820).
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Before the rumors began rolling in, we put together a list of everything we want to see on the LG G6. Here's what we're hoping for on the next flagship from LG.
1. A more stylish design
With the G5, LG finally embraced metal, giving us a handset that looked and felt far different and far higher end than the LG G4.
But it's not the home run it could have been. A thick layer of primer-mix paint on top of the metal left it feeling a little like plastic and the overall design is rather plain, lacking the flair of the similarly metal iPhone 7 or HTC One M9. So we want the LG G6 to have a design that's not just high-end, but also stylish.
2. An app drawer
LG made the questionable decision to remove the app drawer from the G5. A decision that was so questionable it was quickly pressed to reverse it, so now thankfully you can restore the app drawer to the phone. But to do so you have to manually install an older version of the UI.
That’s a hoop we’d rather not jump through to get a feature that should come as standard, so hopefully the LG G6 will have it out of the box. It’s been rumored that Google might be planning to ditch the app drawer from Android altogether, but until or unless that happens we want our phones to keep offering it.
3. Better battery life
The LG G5 deserves a shout-out for being that rare flagship that has a removable battery, but sadly the size of the battery is slightly smaller than we’d like.
At 2800mAh it’s not tiny, but it is smaller than the Samsung Galaxy S7, HTC 10 or, surprisingly, even the LG G4, all of which have 3000mAh juice packs. And they’re not even the biggest batteries around. The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge for example has a 3600mAh one.
Unfortunately, the smaller size of the G5’s battery does lead to lesser performance, with it often needing a top up during the day. Next year we want a bigger one please.
4. Just as much innovation
One thing we love about the LG G5 is just how packed full of innovation it is, from its modular add-ons to its dual-camera there’s a lot here that other flagships don’t offer.
A focus on innovation is nothing new for LG. After all, this is the company that put buttons on the back, gave us self-healing phones and was one of the first to include a QHD display or a bendy screen in a handset.
That’s not even a complete list of its smartphone innovations and hopefully we’ll see a lot more from the LG G6.
5. A front-mounted fingerprint scanner
LG added a fingerprint scanner to the G5, but it stuck it on the back. At first glance that might not seem like such a bad idea. After all, it’s out of the way and easy to reach while holding the phone.
But if you’ve got the phone on your desk you’ve suddenly got to pick it up to unlock it, which wouldn’t be necessary if you could just reach for a sensor on the front of the handset. Few other phones have this problem and hopefully the LG G6 won’t either.
6. Front-facing stereo speakers
The LG G5 just has a single speaker on the bottom edge of the phone and while it’s adequate it’s no match for a quality pair of front-facing stereo speakers.
Granted, audio through headphones is far more important and the G5 does a good job there, but it would be nice if the LG G6 also has powerful built-in speakers.
7. More modules
The ability to augment the LG G5’s hardware is theoretically one of its best features, as it’s not really something we’ve seen before outside the likes of Project Ara, which isn’t out yet.
But currently there are only two plug-in modules for the G5 and neither feel particularly essential. Hopefully more will come, but we want a far wider selection for the G6 at launch, so buyers can really customise it and make it their own.
8. A wide-angle front-facing camera
The wide-angle lens on the back of the LG G5 is a genuinely useful addition, especially as it’s an optional one, with a more conventional 16MP sensor also included. It’s just a shame that innovation didn’t extend to the front of the handset.
The LG V10 has two on the front but only one on the back, for the LG G6 we’d like to see two cameras on both the front and back.
9. A brighter always-on display
Like the Samsung Galaxy S7, the LG G5 has an always-on screen and in some ways it tops Samsung’s offering, as it gives you notifications for all of your apps.
Trouble is, it’s so dim in this mode that it can be hard to actually see what it’s trying to notify you of. Making it brighter could have an impact on the battery life, but it’s a problem that we’d like to see solved for the LG G6.
10. A final layer of polish
Ultimately there’s not a huge amount wrong with the LG G5, but it also just doesn’t fully come together as a cohesive whole. It needs that final layer of polish that turns a good phone into a great one – the sort that feels special the moment you pick it up.
As it stands the LG G5 is an accomplished, interesting handset, but it feels a bit like LG threw everything at it to see what would stick, rather than having a clear vision for it.
We hope the LG G6 will be every bit as innovative and adventurous, but that the finished product will feel a little bit more complete.
- What would you like to see on the LG G6? Let us know in the poll and comments below