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1st Look: LG’s G6 Flagship Phone

3/13/2017 08:00:00 AM Eastern

The G6 features a new display format designed to enhance video content watching and gaming. It comes with a 5.7-inch QHD+ (2,880 by 1,440) FullVision display that’s HDR 10 compliant, and for the first time ever in a smartphone, an 18:9 screen aspect ratio and Dolby Vision support.

The phone is powered by a Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821 processor, with 4GB of RAM and either 32GB or 64GB of ROM. It runs the Android 7.0 Nougat OS and is the second phone, after Google’s Pixel, to include Google Assistant out of the box. And, in a departure from its predecessor, the G5, the phone is neither modular nor is the battery removable.

LG said it decided to support two HDR standards for viewers to have access to as much high-dynamic content as possible from providers such as Netflix and Amazon. Amazon has stated that it will create more 18:9 content for 18:9 QHD+ displays.

LG said the phone was designed in response to consumer feedback and user opinions, with a focus on the features end-users said they wanted most, most notably a “big screen that actually fits in one hand.”

A launch promotion will offer new customers the G6 Game Collection, a collection of popular mobile games with a retail value of up to $200, according to LG. Six games — Temple Run 2, Spider-Man Unlimited, Crossy Road, SimCity BuildIt, Cookie Jam and Genies & Gems — are offered for free on Google Play. The games were chosen to take full advantage of the G6’s immersive FullVision display and single-handed ease of use.

The G6’s dual 13-megapixel rear cameras include standard and wide-angle modes. The 125-degree lens in wide-angle mode allows the phone to capture panoramic shots.

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