The LG G6 specs are going to make it a mighty powerful phone when it launches on February 26, but don't expect it to set new performance records.
This forthcoming Android Nougat smartphone will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chipset, industry sources have confirmed to TechRadar.
It's just that this isn't the latest and greatest Snapdragon chip anymore. That title belongs to the newer Snapdragon 835 chipset announced this month.
Did Samsung scoop up the better specs?
There are a bunch of valid-sounding reasons why the LG G6 specs will skip out on including a faster and more powerful mobile chipset.
This wouldn't be a total shock, as Samsung has partnered with Qualcomm to manufacturer the 10nm Snapdragon chipset. It may indeed get first dibs.
It could also be about timing, as the LG G6 is likely to ship prior to the rumored April reveal date for the Samsung Galaxy S8. LG may be unwilling to wait.
Timing is everything
The good news is that the LG G6 is going with a speedy and reliable chipset, one that's able to handle Google Daydream View VR experiences right now.
That means LG G6 can safely bet on its performance and launch without waiting around until the Samsung Galaxy S8 release date.
It's the opposite what happened with the troubled Snapdragon 810. LG hastily launched with that chip inside the LG G Flex 2 and ran into overheating issues.
Clock speed doesn't mean as much to everyday consumers as proper execution and good timing. LG can define its phone before Samsung sucks up all oxygen.
Heck, the LG G6 – coupled a large, 5.7-inch display and dual-lens camera – could be what sways a few burnt Galaxy Note 7 users to its camp.