It appears so. As seen on the official YouTube channel of LG, the South Korean tech giant has posted a new video, which goes about teasing its upcoming flagship device for this year, the G6. The 45 second long teaser ends with the launch month -- February 2017. Considering that this year’s Mobile World Congress will be held in the beautiful city of Barcelona in Spain from February 27th to March 2nd, it is a sure bet that LG’s newest flagship offering will be timing its debut right around the schedule of the annual tech show.
The unveiling of new a flagship device is always an exciting event, especially for those enthusiasts of mobile technology. And despite not quite catching up to industry leaders Samsung and Apple and continuing to deal with the threat posed by Chinese phone makers, LG still remains one of the foremost brands in mobile today, and thus, its 2017 flagship offering should still generate some buzz.
Last year, the South Korean phone maker wowed the world with the G5, a cool flagship device that employed a modular approach to its design. The handset drew some praise, primarily because of the flexibility it offered, especially in terms of allowing mobile users to transform the G5 device into more than just a smartphone by attaching any one of a wide range of accessories.
But as good as the G5 was, it never really amassed enough buyers to become a true global hit. Obviously, LG wants to bounce back from that, and is eager to show the rest of the world that it has learned from its experience last year. This is why for the G6, the company has decided to do away with the modular thing and instead stick to building a more regular smartphone.
Well, not that regular exactly. Among others, the G6 is rumored to feature a wider QHD display screen, one which offers 5.7 inches of real estate and an aspect ratio of 18:9. Apart from putting the G6 squarely into the phablet category, those specs should compete well with other high end smartphone releases out there, most notably Samsung’s current flagship, the Galaxy S7 (which sports an aspect ratio of 16:9).
Speaking of Samsung, the world’s biggest seller of smartphone devices is still kind of reeling from that whole Galaxy Note 7mess. Sure it has an upcoming flagship device of its own, the Galaxy S8, but after what had happened with its latest phablet, Samsung has every right to exercise some patience with the release of the Galaxy S8, which may or may not debut at this year’s MWC. If it does not, then LG would have one less competitor to worry about.
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