There is talk that the G6, the upcoming flagship device from LG, will be released on March 9th of this year in South Korea (per frequent leaker Evan Blass), and eventually reach American shores by April 7th -- well, at least according to a report published by Venture Beat, which cited planning materials it has acquired as the basis for this piece of news.
It is no secret that 2016 was not a home run for LG. The South Korean phone maker suffered through significant financial struggles as its flagship device last year, the G5, failed to attract enough buyers to be a worldwide hit. Because of the less than stellar sales of the G5, which employed a modular design, LG is now looking to get back to producing smartphone devices with a more normal approach to aesthetics, plus new features such as a water proof frame and a nonremovable battery.
Needless to say, 2017 is expected to be an ultra competitive year in mobile. Apple is widely expected to bring it on with its iPhone offering this year, which also marks the 10th year anniversary of the release of the first ever iPhone (back in 2007). Samsung will also be wanting to regain its mojo after stumbling spectacularly with the failure of its latest phablet device, the Galaxy Note 7. Its upcoming Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Edge devices are eagerly awaited, not only by fans of Samsung, but also by those wanting to see how the mobile giant will bounce back from its Galaxy Note 7 mess.
As for LG’s G6, it does have an advantage over the Galaxy S8 devices. If the rumors are true that the G6 will hit US store shelves in April 7, then it would launch earlier than the speculated April 14th release of Samsung’s flagship (in South Korea). But other than that, the Galaxy S8 is considered more spec heavy, at least in terms of processing power. For instance, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 of the Galaxy S8 is certainly newer than the Snapdragon 821 sported by the G6.
But a smartphone’s chip is hardly the only thing potential buyers will be looking at. As far as other specifications are concerned, LG’s G6 actually can hold its own. It comes with a 5.7 inch QHD+ display screen, with a resolution of 2,880 by 1,440 pixels and an aspect ratio of 18:9. Other notable features include Google Assistant artificial intelligence, water resistant capabilities, and support for the Google Daydream virtual reality platform.
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