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LG has finally released its long awaited trio of smartphones - the LG Q6, KG Q6+ and the LG Q6a. The devices were announced in the month of July 2017 and were released a few days ago, in August. It has hit the shelves and we are ready to make a review. The company has taken an odd path in promoting this series. There isn’t much a difference between the devices. The trio differs only in the internal storage and the RAM capacity. The Q6a has 16GB internal storage and 2GB of RAM, Q6 has 32GB and 3GB and the Q6+ have 64GB and 4GB worth specs. It is somehow commendable that LG decided to dump all the smartphones at once, rather than debuting them one by one. Other than this, all the phones sport a similar design and aesthetics.
The Q6 comes equipped with a 5.5-inch IPS LCD display along with a resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels. The bezels are quite well managed and the device has a screen-to-body ratio of 78% and a pixel density of 442 ppi. The screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and has LG’s latest FullVision display technology.
LG has taken a different approach with the Q6. Instead of opting the conventional square cut display, the device has implemented rounded edges, which seems sort of pleasing to the eyes, though it appeared quite awkward the first few days. The color representation on the display also seems quite accurate and well saturated in the right portions. This new display has taken the community by surprise and though it is an odd ball, seems quite promising.
Under the hood the LG Q6 sports an octa-core Snapdragon 625 clocked at 1.4GHz and an Adreno 505 to go along with the package. The Q6 has 32GB of internal storage and 3GB of RAM. The variations in RAM and internal storage are indicated by a whole new (Q6+ and Q6a) name rather than sticking to the Q6 itself. The system is powered by the new Android 7.1.1 Nougat and whether the device will get an update to the upcoming Android Oreo is up for debate.
For a device in its range, the LG Q6 fails to deliver up to the expectations. With an AnTuTu benchmark of only 45,000, it sits below many of the devices at that range, namely the Moto G5s Plus and the Redmi Note 4. LG has consistently introduced phones that sport a stunning display but has always lacked a proper hardware back it up. All the beautiful resolution is wasted on a device is it fails to perform. The Q6 may be able to handle everyday tasks without any hiccups but won’t be able to satisfy those who tend to push their smartphones to the limit.
The Q6 comes with a 13-megapixel rear shooter and a 5-megapixel front camera for the selfies. Now we are in a time and age where the concept of dual cameras is slowly gaining some popularity. A single camera won't impresses the crowd. But LG has managed to sneak in some decent sensors in their camera and the pictures it takes are quite good.
The 1080p video recording at 30fps isn’t too bad and manages to capture a good deal of details from the surroundings. Colors don’t appear to be washed out but videos were taken outside fail to capture details of the brightly lit areas in the sunlight.
The LG Q6 sports a non-removable 3000mAh battery and supports only a single sim slot. I have no idea what LG was thinking, but these specs aren’t just cutting it. At a 15k budget range, the devices have at least 3500mAh to 4000mAh batteries, at a minimum. Giving the Q6 a 3000mAh is equivalent to choking it to death. LG has a brand new display that they are debuting and with that puny battery, the display won’t be able to shine to its full potential. The battery isn’t well optimized and could do better. On top of that, a single Sim slot isn’t helping its case. Nobody wants to pay more for inferior specs.
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