Performance and connections
Google's Pixel series introduced the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor last year, so the fact the chipset has found its way into the LG G6 almost six months later is something of a disappointment. LG ensures us that it's a revised chip, optimised to better support Dolby Vision and HDR video, however as mentioned in the gaming section, it is still behind the curve for extreme tasks.
Benchmarks reflect this, with Antutu putting the G6 behind the Huawei Mate 9, OnePlus 3T, Galaxy S8 and iPhone 7 with a score of 138777, just 3000 higher than the G5. Meanwhile, Geekbench goes so far as to put the G6 behind even the Exynos variant of Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge with a multi-core score of 4032.
As ever though, benchmarks are just numbers and the reality is that the LG G6 is still a powerhouse, well up to the task of everything from web browsing to app opening, and yes, even gaming.
The G6's connection list is fair, from its USB-C port at the base, NFC support around the back through to on-board sensors like an accelerometer, compass and gyroscope. There isn't an IR blaster or wireless charging, and while there's some biometric security in the form of an excellent fingerprint scanner, the G6 doesn't support face recognition or have a retina scanner.
In a departure from the removable battery in the LG G5, LG has opted for a 3,300mAh fixed battery in the G6, and if you ask me, it's a good move. The size is big enough to get the phone from morning through to night with relatively heavy usage. It also charges quickly too, supporting Qualcomm QuickCharge 3.0, though the lack of wireless charging is a bugbear.
The LG G6's worst enemy is the Samsung Galaxy S8, we always knew that would be the case, but that doesn't mean the G6 doesn't have a place alongside it. For starters, the G6 is easier to hold and feels more ergonomic. The traditional flat screen may also suit some over the S8's dual curves. Add to that the fact that the cameras offer so much versatility, while the S8's camera is nothing short of traditional, and the G6's appeal is clear. It also sports more innovative, arguably better design and display tech than the iPhone 7, OnePlus 3T, Google Pixel, and Huawei P10.
That said, it has shortcomings too. It isn't as drop dead gorgeous to behold as the Galaxy S8, owing to less ‘wow' design and a less vibrant screen. The cameras are also worse at the basics than much of the competition and, if you're in the UK, you'll likely be picking it up with 32GB storage, while most flagships worth their salt are shipping with 64GB as standard these days.
The result is an excellent phone with a few marked shortcomings.
32GB storage, mono speaker.