With the G6, LG has beat Apple and Samsung to the 'all-screen' smartphone
WATCH | Here's a first look at the new LG G6 Android smartphone.
You may have heard that this year's Apple and Samsung smartphones are expected to come with so-called "
all-screen" designs, meaning less bezel and more display on their beautiful faces.
But at Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona on Sunday, LG -- perennial bronze medalist in the fight for U.S. smartphone shares -- trumped the plans of its two main competitors by announcing the G6, an "all-screen"-designed phone of its own.
Here's a look at the phone. (
All photos by Associated Press)
The G6 has a display that’s almost half an inch larger than last year’s G5 -- putting it at an iPhone Plus-besting 5.7 inches -- but maintains the same overall size of the palmable G5.
This makes the front of the G6 about 80 percent screen, which is absolutely its pull-you-in feature. It's more or less the same kind of design that’s rumored to be coming to the Galaxy S8 and iPhone 8 later this year.
The iPhone 7 has a face that's
66 percent screen, and the Galaxy S7's is
Beyond its display, the LG G6 keeps some of the calling cards of LG smartphones, namely the power button/fingerprint reader on the back and a dual-camera setup. The 5.7-inch, 2,880-by-1,440-pixel screen is covered with Gorilla Glass to make drops less traumatic.
It runs Android 7.0, has 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage, and it's dustproof and waterproof enough to use under one meter of water.
The G flagship series has its fans, but the semi-modular G5 with a detachable battery didn't take off. The G6 has a more traditional design but a unique 18:9 aspect ratio screen, dubbed "FullVision." And yes, that math works out to 2:1, or two square chunks of screen side by side.