It seems like every year, LG wows us with a new concept that elevates the smartphone, and this year is no different. At Mobile World Congress 2017, the LG G6 makes its debut, and the next-generation smartphone doesn’t disappoint, turning heads with its new FullVision display technology that’s designed for a more immersive mobile experience. Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor, the smartphone is a hub for cutting-edge connectivity and entertainment worthy of the big screen.
Powered by the Snapdragon 821
At the heart of the LG G6 is the Snapdragon 821, a powerful processor engineered to deliver superior connectivity, graphics, photography, and power efficiency. The integrated Snapdragon X12 LTE modem is designed to offer support for significant boosts for upload speeds (3X faster) and download speeds (33 percent faster) compared to its predecessor. The Snapdragon 821 also features the Qualcomm Adreno 530 GPU, engineered to deliver a 40 percent improvement to graphics performance, compute capabilities, and power usage compared with the Adreno 430.
A more immersive viewing experience
Until now, if you wanted a small phone you got a small display and a larger display meant a larger phone. That changes with the LG G6. Its primary focus is its impressive FullVision display, a 5.7-inch screen that fits in its compact 5.2-inch body.
In order to fully utilize the bigger screen, LG is adopting the Univisium standard, which uses an 18:9 aspect ratio. Univisium attempts to unify the widescreen HD standard (digital TV) with that of theatrical releases.
“I believe 18 by 9 is the best screen aspect for all movies, including those seen on large movie theater screens, as well as for gaming and media,” said Vittorio Storaro, a three-time Oscar-winning cinematographer who founded Univisium.
With the 18:9 ratio, films shouldn’t require any cropping or manipulation when modified for the small screen, so viewers can watch them as they were intended by the director and cinematographer. The LG G6 also includes a zoom mode that converts almost any video from the LG G6 native media player to the new aspect ratio.
In addition, LG says the G6 is the first smartphone equipped with Dolby Vision, designed to enhance the smartphone’s theater-quality entertainment further. Previously supported only by HDTVs, Dolby Vision brings the big screen to the smartphone, especially when combined with HDR10. With the support of the Snapdragon 821, HDR10 allows the LG G6 to display a broader spectrum of colors, from brighter brights to darker darks.
Capturing more with Wide Angles
To match its impressive display, the LG G6 employs Wide Angle capabilities for both its 13-megapixel rear camera and 5-megapixel front camera. This is designed to allow the smartphone to encompass more subjects, either in a landscape photo or a group selfie without compromising image quality. Its rear camera can capture moments in 125 degrees, close to the human field of vision. As for the Wide Angle front camera, it can cover 100 degrees, a request made by consumers who wanted to fit more family and friends (and themselves) in a selfie.
Made ergonomically for reliability
According to Dr. Andris Freivalds, a professor of ergonomics at Penn State University, smartphones under 73mm wide are the easiest to use with one hand. LG took this information to heart, taking the G6 under 71.9mm, so it fits comfortably in your palm. And with a metal frame and rounded corners, the smartphone is designed to be durable, reducing shock on the battery if the device is dropped.
The LG G6 has an IP68 rating, so it’s fully protected from dust and is designed to work after being fully submerged in water. It’s also equipped with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0, engineered so the smartphone’s 3300mAh battery charges up to four times faster than with conventional charging.
The LG G6 is available in three colors: Ice Platinum, Astro Black, and Mystic White. Learn more at the LG site.
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