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LG took the stage last February 26, 2017, during the Mobile World Congress for the announcement of their newest flagship smartphone, the LG G6 with more complimented and wide-appealing build, design, and features. It received polarized reception from tech critics, due to its 18:9 aspect ratio on the screen body, FullVision display, and high-quality images from the dual rear cameras. To engage more people, the Korean company added another variant of the device, which is called the LG G6+ with more storage, and improved audio experience. The questions, is it worth to “add” an extra money for the “plus” version? Or still, retain with the original model? Will it take this more improved specs like a good recipe for some people? We will find out as we go on to our full review.
LG G6+ key specs:
- 5.5-inch FHD IPS LCD display, 1920 X 1080 pixels
- FullVision display
- Corning Gorilla Glass 5
- Single-SIM (nano)
- 2.4Ghz 64-bit Kryo Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 quad-core processor
- Adreno 530 GPU
- 128GB internal storage
- Expandable microSD slot up to 2TB
- 4GB RAM
- Dual 13-megapixel rear camera (f/1.8 and f/2.4 aperture, respectively), with wide-angle lens, autofocus, and dual-LED flash
- 5-megapixel front camera, f/2.2 aperture with Auto-HDR
- 2160p at 30fps of video recording
- Android 7.0 “Nougat”, LG UX 6.0 UI
- Fingerprint scanner
- IP68 water and dust resistant
- Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
- Bluetooth v4.2, apt-X HD
- FM Radio
- USB-OTG capable
- USB Type-C connector
- 148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9 mm
- 163 grams
- 3,300 mAh non-removable battery
There are three available colors for the LG G6+: Optical Astro Black, Optical Terra Gold, and the Optical Marine Blue. The latter is what we’ve got as our review unit. To keep it basic and short, the box of the phone has an “LG G6+” sign and the 128GB storage. At the side lies the motto of the flagship phone, “Life’s Good When You Play More”.
When we open the box, there’s a black cleaning cloth, sim ejector tool, a lot of paperwork including the warranty card and quick guide on using the smartphone, a USB chord with Type-C connector, an uncommon stock plug adapter, which we believe that it’s a U.K. version, so you’ll need to buy a universal adapter to use it. The nice thing here is that the charger is a fast charging capability with an output of 9.0V = 1.8A. And lastly, there’s a bundled B&O play earphone with an impressively Hi-Fi audio quality.
Display & build
The LG G6+ is pleasantly great to hold. The glass surfaces of the back panel leave an optical impression and high reflectivity. However, the glass is a real fingerprint magnet and is noticeable in our optical blue color model. At the front, the display comes with a Corning Gorilla Glass 3, while on the back, the Corning Gorilla Glass 5 is used. The different types are selected because of their inclined properties, as the glass is rounded on the back while it is flat on the front.
The LG G6+ is one of the first smartphones to have an aspect body ratio of 18:9 on its 5.7-inch QHD+ resolution. One of the advantages is that the device offers more screen space without being wider and taller. In outdoor, the LG G6+ benefits from its very bright display due to its strong contrast and is good for reading even in very bright places. Only the reflections of the panel glass can obstruct from direct sunlight. The viewing angle is also decent and even at extremely flat viewing angles.
As we go on to the controls of the phone, a noise canceling microphone is located at the top part, including the 3.5mm audio jack that carries a 32-bit Quad DAC Hi-Fi audio. The USB port at the bottom has the current Type-C design, but still supports the standard 2.0, although it can handle OTG so that external data carriers and peripherals can be connected. Also, the microphone and speaker grill are found here. The left side is consist of volume up and down keys, while the right side is the hybrid dual-SIM card tray. The power button is located on the back and directly houses the fingerprint scanner and can unlock the smartphone very quickly.
Adding the protection of the phone, the LG G6+ is now protected against the ingress of dust and water according to IP68 certification.
Software & UI
The flagship variant ships with Android 7.0 “Nougat” skinned in the LG-adapted surface, which the App drawer is nowhere to be found by default launcher. However, in a new update of the UI, we can now choose if we want to use an app drawer or not. There are also some installed apps that are owned by the company, including LG SmartWorld, LG Health, QuickMemo and HD Audio Recorder.
Performance & Audio
LG G6+ is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, a high-end chipset of 2016. In the benchmarks, it shows that the offered performance of the device is amazing, which also other smartphones with this processor have. It is very fast and fluid. We carried out the browser test with the pre-installed Google Chrome using Vellamo. As a result, surfing the net is fast, and even some complex websites are opened quickly.
The speaker of the LG G6+ is at a similar level to LG G5 and produces a medium loud. Even so, the bass is hardly noticeable. If you want to have a better sound output, an aptX HD is supported thru Bluetooth earphones.
The main camera has two lenses, which now both with 13-megapixel shooters. The standard lens (71°) works with a f/1.8 aperture, while the secondary wide angle (125°) is a f/2.4 aperture. Most of the features, such as optical and electronic image stabilization, are reserved for the primary sensor. The additional wide-angle lens is a very nice feature, especially taking landscape photographs. The outcome quality is fantastic, the sharp is detailed but not too much. Color accuracy is also great.
In the front camera is a 5-megapixel resolution and has only a fixed focus with auto-HDR and can record videos in 1080p resolution. There are different filters to make the “Selfie” look as good. The quality of the image in the selfie camera suffers in low-lighting condition but manageable.
The LG G6+ arrives in a Category 11 LTE by mobile data, which supports a wide frequency coverage, so that there should be no problems to get an internet connection. We had no problems with the mobile phone connection and mostly a stable access to the LTE network. It also supports the Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11 standards a/b/g/n/ac and works in both the 2.4 and 5.0 GHz networks.
The battery of the LG G6+ packs a 3.300 mAh, and is supported by Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 to fully recharged within 90 minutes. Overall, the device is really good in our battery benchmark and achieves very good running times, which is enough throughout the day. Further, there are various energy saving modes available to expand the phone’s battery life.
Once again, the LG G6+ provides the basic features of a so-called “high-end” smartphone. Large memory storage, bigger RAM, better audio output and the bright display makes the phone look astonishing and vibrant. There are some not so good cues but nevertheless, the LG G6+ is one of the best flagship devices this year.
- Stock Android version
- Dual-SIM card support
- Large 128GB memory
- Expandable storage via memory card slot
- 4G LTE connectivity
- Double tap to wake and sleep
- Wider Wi-Fi coverage (MiMO antennas)
- Impressive rear camera quality
- Clean loudspeaker
- Hi-Fi audio
- Decent battery life with fast charge support
- Fingerprint sensor is fast
- Support wireless charging
- Speaker could be louder except that it’s clean even in maximum volume
- Front camera is average