It's almost the eve of LG's big announcement at Mobile World Congress, where Samsung's perpetual rival will unveil the G6: a phone that will be a lot more conventional than the modular G5 in a lot of ways, but that will have a few major departures in form and function. Before its official announcement, here's what we already know.
The LG G6 will have an 18:9 ratio display. Instead of the traditional and widely-used 16:9 'widescreen' ratio that we're used to our touchscreen Android phones and iPhones using, the LG G6 will use a stretched 18:9, or 2:1, ratio for its 5.7-inch screen. LG has confirmed that the G6's display will be a QHD+ one with 2880x1440pixel resolution. That'll be great for multi-tasking by running a couple of different apps alongside each other, and LG says the G6 will also have a camera app built to shoot square images for Instagram and review them instantly in a second square window.
It'll be simple and solid. The LG G5 was an interesting phone — the most interesting of last year's MWC — but traded away overall durability for the option of having a replaceable battery. The G6 is likely to take significant inspiration from the much more sturdy V20 and be a non-modular, unibody design. This is what LG has said so far: "The G6 exhibits minimalistic design elements and is perfectly smooth to the touch. The metal frame that wraps around the perimeter of the phone imparts solidity in style with a soft matte finish. The back is perfectly flat, with no camera bump to avoid or protect."
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It's not likely to have Qualcomm's latest chip. From everything we've heard, the first phone in 2017 to use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 will be Samsung's Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. The G6, by all accounts, will use the existing Snapdragon 821 that 2016's best phones put to good use.
It'll likely have a dual-camera setup. LG put dual cameras to good use on both the G5 and the V20: why fix something that's not broken?
It'll have a headphone jack. Rejoice!
It'll have a rear fingerprint reader. Rejoice!
It'll have a USB Type-C charging and data port. Rejoice thrice!