LG G6 renders leaked, no more modular design; to launch at MWC 2017 with 5.7" QHD+ display

LG to launch G6 at MWC 2017. Renders leaked. No modular design. Will have 5.7-inch QHD+ display with 18:9 aspect ratio.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

/ by Aman Banka

LG has been doing good with its G series of smartphones. It all started with the introduction of LG Optimus G in 2012 followed by the LG G2, the LG G3, the LG G4 and the latest iteration of the G series is the LG G5. The smartphone was announced last year in February with unique but gimmicky modular design which didn't worked out well for the company in terms of sale.

LG seems to be busy building the successor of the LG G5 smartphone, which will be called the LG G6. As the device launch is around the corner, first renders of the upcoming G6 smartphone derived from CAD data have been leaked online.

The renders are coming from @OnLeaks. If you look at the images closely, you will notice that LG has moved away from modular design concept introduced with the LG G5. The design of LG G6 include dual rear camera on the back with dual-tone LED flash in-between them. Beneath the camera module there's a fingerprint scanner which doubles as power / lock button.

Unlike other manufacturers who have #courage to opt-out 3.5mm headphone jack, LG will still host it on the G6. On the left, we can see volume rockers, with speakers and USB Type-C port on the bottom. The device is said to come with metal build with glossy and matte finish.

Contradicting the metal build news, ETNews is reporting that the upcoming LG G6 will come with a glass finish on both the back and the front. The front of G6 is said to employ 2.5D curved glass produced by Biel Company. On the back will be a 3D glass panel by C&S Glass, similar to what we see on the Galaxy S7.

The reason why LG is shifting from metal to glass build is because of wireless charging capability. The device is also said to be waterproof, putting in line with latest flagships from Apple and Samsung.

Talking more about the LG G6, LG has officially confirmed to WSJ that it is opting out of the modular design concept with the introduction of LG G6, as the company will focus into making a phone that is great in the aesthetics department.

Another news related to G6 is that LG Display has unveiled the world's first 5.7-inch QHD+ LCD display for smartphones with 18:9 (in simple words 2:1) aspect ratio. LG Display did confirm that this new panel will be used in LG Electronics next flagship smartphone launching later this year.

This new display panel comes with 2880 x 1440 pixel resolution and has 564ppi pixel density. 18:9 aspect ratio display is first of its kind. Display panels aspect ratio have evolved a lot since the introduction of larger display from 4:3, to 3:2, 5:3 and 16:9; lately, a 17:9 ratio display has been introduced on Xiaomi's Mi Mix.

According to LG, the new QHD+ panel will add extra height (or say width if holding in landscape) to the smartphone. The 18:9 aspect ratio is also optimized for multi-tasking, using dual-screen functions. The panel provides excellent touch response via company's in-house inTOUCH technology. This tech helps smartphone be thinner and lighter due to absence of Touch Cover Glass, says LG.

The QHD+ 18:9 aspect ration panel is also super slim, being less than 1mm thick, and has reduced bezel width by 0.2mm (20 percent) on top, and by 0.54mm (10 percent) on the left and right sides, compared to conventional QHD LCDs. Not only that, the outdoor visibility of the panel has been increased by 10 percent and the power consumption reduced by 30 percent.

Lastly, ETNews in a new report has revealed that LG will be announcing the LG G6 on February 26 in Barcelona, one day prior official start of the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017. The announcement will be followed by release in South Korea on March 10, which is one month prior to the reported release of the Galaxy S8.

There is no word on when the global release of G6 will take place, but it is reported to happen soon after the South Korea release. Additional specifications and other important details are yet to be revealed.

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