The rumours of a smaller variant of the LG G6 being in development have been doing the rounds for some time now, with LG’s invites for an 11 July event in Poland more or less confirming the device. However, the Korean company today announced not one, but three smartphones as part of the LG Q6 series. The smartphones are the LG Q6, Q6 Plus and the Q6a. Each of the smartphones come with the same 18:9 aspect ratio display, but most likely wont have the exact Display that we loved on the LG G6. Being smaller devices, they sport a 5.5 inch display instead of the 5.7inch panel found on the LG G6. The resolution on the display is 2160×1080, resulting in an effective pixel density of roughly 442ppi.
The trio of devices share the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor at their core, putting them firmly in the mid-range segment. The LG Q6 series is supposed to be a cheaper variant of the LG G6, and hence, the processor isn’t the only area where you will see a downgrade. Instead of the dual cameras, you get a single 13-megapixel shooter on the back. The front is graced by a 5-megapixel camera. The three devices will come with slight differences in RAM and on-board storage, with the Q6 sporting 3GB RAM and 32GB on-board storage, Q6 Plus with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage and the LG Q6a with 2GB RAM and 16GB storage. All three phones will sport a microSD card slot for expansion, and all three devices will be powered by a non-removable 3000mAh battery. Unfortunately, none of the devices come with a fingerprint sensor, which is surprising given that phones that cost less than Rs.10,000 also offer the feature.
There are a few things that are missing from the press release of the three devices. First, we don’t know if these devices come with the same IP68 rating as the LG G6. We noted in our review of LG G6’s Design & Build quality just how effective and useful the feature was. We also don’t know if the LG Q6 series continues to use Gorilla Glass5 on the back and Gorilla Glass 3 on the back, a poorly chosen combination seeing as how the display is the most sensitive and expensive component to fix. We also don’t know if these devices will have the same MIL-STD 810G drop test certification as the LG G6. Lastly, the press release does not mention if the display is Dolby Vision enabled, that is, offers HDR video support. We would take an educated guess here and say that since LG dropped.
All three phones will measure the same 8.1mm in thickness and weigh 149 grams. They will run Android 7.1.1 Nougat right out of the box with LG’s own UX 6.0 UI layer on top. LG says the Q6 will go on sale in Asia starting in August but hasn’t mentioned any specific countries or the price of any of the devices.