Of course, LG usually launches its new G series at Mobile World Congress, 27 February to March 2, and it is expected to do so again, especially as Samsung is strongly rumoured to be delaying the GS8 launch for another month. LG may also release four new variants of its smart watch and a Stylus 3.
No one knows all the specifications but some look on the money.
The things people wanted:
- Big screen
- One-handed use
- More reliable
- Full metal body
Screen: To get a bigger screen, you can increase the screen size to body ratio (75% or higher and that means smaller bezels) or change the screen ratio from 16:9 to say 18:9 which is what LG appears to have done. The slightly longer screen also helps with one-handed use. The rumour is that it will be a 5.3”, QHD, 2560 x 1440, IPS display but if it does go to 18:9 then it could be 2880 x 1440.
Whatever, it will not be bigger or heavier than the current G5 — 149.4 x 73.9 x 7.7 mm x 159g — and Gorilla Glass 5 is a given.
Processor/RAM/Storage: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 and Adreno 540 – the flagship processor for 2017. It will have excellent VR capability. 6GB RAM and 64/128GB UFS storage options as well as 2TB microSD and OTG support
Battery: While the G5 had a removable battery, pundits are saying that it’s the end of the LG Friends concept and the battery will be 3300mAh (some say 4200mAh). It will have Qualcomm fast charge 3.0 and may have wireless charging.
Lee Seok-jong of LG Electronics said "We will significantly improve the safety and quality of our new flagship smartphones as more consumers seek safe smartphones… We are conducting battery heat exposure tests to a temperature 15% higher than the international standards of the US and Europe. The battery also undergoes diverse tests such as piercing it with a sharp nail or dropping a heavy object on it from a high place.” In addition, the new design uses heat wick technology and has placed more space between heat generating components.
Camera: It will have a dual rear camera: 16MP, F/1.7, with 78° and 135° wide angle lenses. This is an upgrade to the G5 camera. The front is 12MP, F/1.7.
Sound: The V20 uber flagship pro audio DAC will come to this device.
Other: Wi-Fi AC MU-MIMO, (perhaps AD), Bluetooth 4.2, LTE Cat 12 and VOLTE, Fingerprint reader, Biometric facial recognition, Android 7.
The LG G5 was a favourite of mine last year – I took it travelling to the US because the dual lens camera did not disappoint capturing the grandeur of the Grand Canyon. In using it for an extended period you get to know the foibles and frankly, there were very few.
I have not reviewed the “uber-flagship” V20 yet that sits above the G5 and G6, but I suspect it’s a niche device to drive G6 sales.
LG are set to capitalise on Samsung’s ill-fortune and 2017 will see more people buy “other brands” than Samsung – Google’s Pixel/XL and Sony Xperia XZ for instance.