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LG G6 Unboxing And First Impressions

LG's modular G5 experiment failed to be a top flagship last year for a reason. It's why the company had to re-imagine what they'll do with the LG G6 this year. They went back to basics, listened to what people wants, and changed the design in order to release a great all around smartphone.
LG G6 Unboxing And First Impressions
This is the LG G6, the greatest LG smartphone yet

The result, the LG G6, the first smartphone in the world equipped with a 2:1 aspect ratio display for a full screen view experience. It also combined and upgraded everything we love from the G5 and V20. This device boasts a decent high-end processor (Yes Snap 821 is still considered as high-end), the great wide angle back and front cameras, and quad DAC HiFi audio chip. LG even added the similar IP68 water and dust resistance found with the Galaxy S8 series.

The question is, will LG be successful this time? Can it compete or beat the best out there? Let's start with the review.

LG G6 Specs

Display: 5.7 Inch QHD+ 2880 x 1440 resolution w/ Gorilla Glass 5 protection at 565 ppi
CPU: 2.4 GHz 64 Bit Snapdragon 821 quad core processor
GPU: Adreno 530
ROM: 64 GB UFS 2.0 expandable via micro SD card slot up to 2 TB
Back Camera: 13 MP f/1.8 w/ OIS + 13 MP f/2.4 wide angle w/ PDAF and dual tone LED flash
Selfie: Camera: 5 MP f/2.2 wide angle
Battery: 3,300 mAh w/ Quick Charge 3.0
OS: Android 7.0 Nougat w/ LGUX 6.0
Connectivity: WiFi, 3G, HSPA+, LTE Cat 12, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, FM Radio, GPS, A GPS, GLONASS, BDS, dual SIM
Sensors: Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, color spectrum
Others: Fingerprint sensor, IP68 water and dust resistance, USB Type C, quad HiFi DAC, wireless charging (US only), Colors: ice platinum, astro black, mystic white
Dimensions: 148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9 mm
Weight: 163 g
Price: PHP 37,990

Disclaimer: This unit was just borrowed from LG Philippines for our honest review. Again, this is not a paid review.

Unboxing / Accessories

The LG G6 is wrapped in a surprisingly small box which suggest that we're in for a small device (even if it has a big 5.7 inch screen).
Missing, earbuds or in-ear monitors w/ mic
Missing, earbuds or in-ear monitors w/ mic

Upon opening the package, you are in for a treat. The LG G6 is an eye candy. We were very surprised on how small and good it looks for a big screened handset. It also includes the 9V / 1.8A quick charger, USB Type C data / charging cables, SIM ejector tool, and pre-installed screen protector.

However, the box of the review unit we got failed to include even just a generic earbuds or in-ear monitors w/ mic. It's a little uncharacteristic as the V20 B&O PLAY H3 to maximize the quad DAC setup.

Build Quality / Design

Gorgeous and solid build!
Gorgeous and solid build!

Coming from the V20, we're absolutely impressed the way LG machined this handset. As matter of fact, the decent build of V20 and even the iPhone 7 Plus felt like a toy in comparison with G6. From memory, the build is even more solid than the Galaxy S8 and Huawei P10 Plus.

The LG G6 is the toughest flagship smartphone in the market yet!

Why? LG equipped the G6 with a stainless steel unibody frame w/ military grade certification and IP68 rating for water and dust resistance. It has proper and non-sharp chamfered edges and 2.5D curved glass.
Headphone jack  and mic on top
Headphone jack  and mic on top
Another mic, USB Type C port, and speaker grills below
Another mic, USB Type C port, and speaker grills below
Volume rocker at left
Volume rocker at left
Hybrid SIM slot at right
Hybrid SIM slot at right

Design-wise, we are impressed on how small it looked for a big screened handset. LG was able to squeeze a LARGE 5.7 inch QHD+ screen on a frame that's smaller than the 5.5 inch Huawei P10 Plus. It almost have a borderless design (2:1 ratio), the corner curves are great, and the arching back is sleek.

My few concern are it felt thicker than the listed 7.9 mm slimness and it doesn't have an arching 2.5D curved glass. But, overall, this is arguably the best designed handset in the planet yet.

Amazingly, one handed operation is possible on its HUGE 5.7 inch screen, crazy!

The LG G6 is an ergonomic masterpiece too. Why? It's crazy that one handed operation is possible on its HUGE 5.7 inch display. There's also no waste of space here as the home button also acts as your fingerprint scanner. The 3.5 mm headphone slot is on top, volume rocker at left, USB Type C port / speakers below, and hybrid SIM tray at right.

Initial findings

1. The aesthetics of Galaxy S8 is impressive, but I find the safer and more functional design of LG G6 better. On top of that, it has the most solid build from any flagship smartphone out there. The almost full screen 2:1 ratio QHD+ screen is also amazing and we liked that it has IP68 water and dust resistance already.
2. Loaded with Snapdragon 821 chip, some might think that its a little step below than the likes of Galaxy S8 series. On paper yes, but in real life, the difference might not be that big to be noticeable. Performance is buttery smooth so far. However, my only gripe here is the base storage, it could have been bigger at 128 GB just like the P10 Plus.
3. LG's new skin on running on Android 7.0 Nougat OS feels cleaner and better now. We liked how the icons were placed and the virtual keyboard was made. It is very clean and near bloat free as well.
4. The cameras of this handset has a similar setup found with V20. The camera performance is better out of the box though.
5. USB OTG is great, the fingerprint scanner behind is also your physical power button, there's no physical Android keys, and LED notification is present.

Related: LG G6: First Camera Samples

As of the moment

On paper, the LG G6 has a slightly inferior chip to the Galaxy S8 series.  But, in real life, we're confident that they're on the same page! Why? We can't really feel the difference in speed and performance.

As a matter of fact, we are one of those weird individuals who preferred the simpler G6 than the flashier S8 series. Even if the design is thicker, the build tougher, the fingerprint scanner placement is better, and it feels safer / more ergonomic to hold. The cameras is on par if not better than what S8 have as well.

So far, there's no doubt that this is the best from LG yet. It can compete or beat the best out there.

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