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LG Q6: August 10th release date for this 5.5-inch smartphone with FullVision display, octa-core processor, metal frame and 13MP-5MP camera

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With August 10th marked as the release date for LG Q6, how many of you would snap up this $435 USD smartphone?

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Wait, what? For $435 USD, you will be getting all the above? Seriously?

You can smell from far away that the Q6 will be one expensive smartphone that should have at least be in the medium to high range. But before we further scrutinise this device, let’s first take a look at its other sibling – the Q8:

  • 5.2-inch Quad HD IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 1440 x 2560 pixels or ~564 ppi pixel density
  • IP67 certification – Dust and water resistant up to 1 meter and 30 minutes
  • Gorilla Glass 4
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820 chipset, Quad-core (2x2.15 GHz Kryo & 2x1.6 GHz Kryo) processor, Adreno 530 graphics and 4GB RAM
  • Dual 13MP primary camera with (28mm, f/1.8 aperture) + 8 MP (10mm, f/2.4 aperture), laser autofocus, OIS, dual-LED flash
  • 5MP secondary camera with f/1.9 aperture, 1/5" sensor size and 1.12 µm pixel size
  • 32GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to maximum 256GB
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery
  • Android Nougat 7.0
  • 4G LTE
  • August 2017 expected release date

Dubbed the smaller version of the larger and much better V20, it scaled down to meet the demands of consumers who maybe can’t afford the huge sum.

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Well, let’s check out what is in store for us with the Q6:

  • 5.5-inch Full HD IPS LCD FullVision Display with 1080 x 2160 pixels or ~442 ppi pixel density
  • Metal body
  • Qualcomm MSM8940 Snapdragon 435 chipset, Octa-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53 processor, Adreno 505 graphics and 3GB RAM
  • 13MP primary camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • 5MP secondary camera with 100-degree wide angle lens
  • 32GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to maximum 256GB
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery
  • Android Nougat 7.0
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • August 10th 2017 release date
  • $435 USD expected price tag

Q6 might not be as high tech as the Q8, but it will be coming with the new FullVision Display technology. The 18:9 screen brings a whole new dimension to the smartphone viewing experience. You get to immerse yourself in an entirely new level of experience of watching videos, gaming and browsing.

Despite it having a 5.5-inch Full HD IPS screen, it makes for an incredible approach that makes it easy to handle with just one hand. Slim body, flat display surface and optimised bezel reduce annoying accidental touches. The metal frame is lightweight that is incredibly robust and is designed to absorb impact from any direction.

Regarding hardware, this is where things start to turn sour for the Q6. With the Snapdragon 435 chipset, a lowly octa-core processor, decent graphics and 3GB RAM; it might not have the ingredients right to put it in the mid-range category. Perhaps a Snapdragon 6xx chipset is needed to elevate its status, but missing on this one.

Even on the camera, you would expect more from LG. With the Q6, you are only getting a 13MP-5MP camera combination which is considered to be entry-level these days. It is that hard to put in a dual primary camera on this smartphone at least?

Storage-wise, a good 32GB internal storage is enough for you to install all your favourite apps and games. The Q6 also comes with an expansion slot should you need more space, up to 256GB.

A solid 3000 mAh battery is then available to supply the necessary juice to the Q6. Technically there’s no trouble powering up the smartphone for a full day.

Last but not least, the latest Android Nougat 7.0 operating system is said to accompany its release. Good news, as it brings the most recent enhancements, features and functions to the table; and will increase performance slightly.

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Conclusion:

LG Q6 is an excellent smartphone but seems more suited for the entry-level. Not worth the price at all, so let’s see the reception that it will be getting on its release date.

LG Q6 is expected to be released on August 10th 2017 for an estimated price of ~$435 USD. It will be available in Astro Black, Ice Platinum, Mystic White and Terra Gold colours.

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