Hello, Guys! Welcome back, today I’m going to take a look at LG Q6 Review. It looks just like the LG G6, so you can call it also G6 Mini. The LG Q6 is an affordable smartphone with an Edge-to-Edge bezel-less display which is a most exciting aspect. It costs around $400 in the USA and 14,990 rupees in India.
So, what is it all about? What compromises does it make to arrive at that lower price segment?
So, let’s get started-
The Design and the display of the LG Q6 which are its signature features, unlike the LG G6 the phone is made out of plastic on the rear panel. And here’s the thing about the plastic, it scratches extremely easily just after one week of regular use without doing anything extreme to the LG Q6. Its rear panel was badly scratched. The frame of the LG Q6 is metal, in its fortified, its make sure to withstand military grade standard for drop tests. So, it’s really well built except for that plastic rear panel.
On the bottom side, you have a micro USB port for charging and signing the device and 3.5mm headphone jack. On the left-hand side, you have a SIM card slot attached with microSD card slot. On the back side of the phone, you have a single camera bump with dual LED flash and you also have a speaker grille on the bottom side of the back of the phone.
Security & Sensors: –
There’s one important thing about this phone, it is the lack of fingerprint scanner instead you can unlock the LG Q6 by just using your traditional passcode or you can use face recognition. I used this face recognition and in the beginning, it seemed like it worked pretty well but when I took it out in real life and it was a disappointment. Face recognition only works at a certain distance, in certain light conditions and I found it in most of the cases it just doesn’t recognize the face. It’s very annoying and it’s slower than the fingerprint scanner and this is the biggest drawbacks of the LG Q6.
Now the other big highlight of the LG Q6 is just its physical size, it’s a 5.5-inch display phone, yet it feels and its physical size almost exactly the same as the one on the iPhone 7. The LG Q6 ships with the larger display. The Q6 uses an IPS LCD panel with a 2 by 1 aspect ratio which it is narrower and taller display.
The LG Q6 has one issue which is over sharpening. The screen panel on the other side is fairly good, in terms of colour reproduction it’s not that bad at all. But it is the over sharpening here that is really the deal-breaker here. Since this is an all screen bezel-less display panel. We have no buttons up the front, it’s just the screen. It supports LG’s knock-on which means you just double tap on the screen to open it up and double tap to lock it.
The LG Q6 has a single camera on the rear panel and there’s also a selfie-shooter. The Q6 takes photos are pretty good for the class. There is nothing groundbreaking, nothing extremely great here but still good-looking pictures with a good amount of detail. With the 13-megapixels main camera photos, you get the usual stuff. The camera app is fast as well the focus as well everything is nice.
When it comes to the Selfie shooter camera not that great, details are bad and the photos turned very over sharpened not as pleasing. So, if you’re into taking a lot of selfies this probably is not the best choice for you.
In terms of video recording, you should know that the LG Q6 does not support 4K video. So, this will be a huge downside for those users who like better video quality, only supports 1080p but it’s stable and good looking so it’s not that bad.
Performance & Memory: –
This is the weakest point of the LG Q6. The phone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 system chipset with 3GB of RAM. Now as you can tell by the name, the Snapdragon 435 is an entry-level chip. So, it’s nowhere near close flagship level processor and you can say this especially in games, Facebook and especially in more demanding applications where scrolling is stuttery. The game performance is not as fast, the phone drops frames, it’s not the perfect phone for the game users.
If you are only using the LG Q6 in your daily life, you’re just making phone calls, checking your email you will not have any major problem. So, the phone is just nice for that but if you want to do something more demanding, the LG Q6 might not be the best choice.
There’s some native storage, you have 32GB onboard but you can also expand on that would be a microSD card so that’s nice. That’s good store amount for such an affordable phone.
The LG Q6 runs on Android 7.0 Nougat with LG’s custom user interface 5.0 out of the box. LG’s interface has not changed much in the last few years and it remains cartoony very colourful affair that looks a bit dated. To be quite honest, you have other skills like Samsung’s that have evolved quite a bit and looks very modern. And here, you have all sorts of weird effects like jelly effect. It looks not cool and doesn’t look grown-up.
Some users may like it but it’s not our cup of tea and by default LG Q6 ships without an application drawer. But you can enable the application drawer in settings if you prefer to do that you also get a notification drop down, get LG’s memo where just snap a screenshot and you can easily annotate it which is nice. You get multitasking a standard feature of Android which works fairly well here on the LG Q6.
The Q6 has a 3000 milliamp-hour battery which scores more than 8 hours of screen on time. This is way above the average and it’s good to score. In real life use it translates to one day, so you get a whole day of intense use and the device will not die which is great for any smartphone. LG is an advertising fast charging on the Q6 we were able to charge from 0 to 50% in 45 minutes.
The Q6 really has quite a few rivals, you can get excellent Honor 9 which has a much better camera, much better performance and processor, more refined design for just slightly more in terms of actual price. You can also get the water resistance Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 with its excellent design and the LG Q6 does not have water resistance. So, that’s one thing to keep in mind, you can also get the Apple iPhone SE if you don’t mind the smaller display. The iPhone SE has a better camera, has a vastly superior performance, better apps, and better games that arrive faster to that platform.
So, overall at the end of the discussion, we are very impressed that LG was able to bring their full vision display technology to such a low price segment. The display has 18 by 9 aspect ratio along with the phone’s minimal bezels, truly makes the LG Q6 stand out from its competitors. We also like the compact size and clean software experience.
However, the phones lack a fingerprint reader, unimpressive cameras and other minor issues just make it tough to recommend the phone over competing options. If you are okay with this and want to display though you’ll happy with the LG Q6.
|Indian Buyers||Buy Now||Price|
|LG Q6||Rs 14,990|
|LG Q6||$ 419.00|
|Technology||GSM / LTE / HSPA|
|SIM||Dual (Nano, Dual Standby)|
|BODY||Dimensions||142.5 x 69.3 x 8.1mm|
|DISPLAY||Type||IPS LCD, 1080 x 2160p (442 PPI)|
|Corning Gorilla Glass 3
LG UI 5.0
|CAMERA||Rear||13-MP, F/2.2, Autofocus, LED Flash|
|Front||5-MP, F/2.2, 1/5″ sensor size, 1.12 μm pixel size|
|Features||1/3″ sensor size, 1.12μm pixel size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, Panorama|
|PROCESSOR||OS||Android 7.1.1 Nougat|
|Chip||Qualcomm Snapdragon 435|
|CPU||Octa-Core 1.4GHz Cortex-A53|
|MEMORY||Internal||32GB , 3GB RAM|
|External||Up to 256GB (microSD)|
|FEATURES||Sensors||Accelerometer, Proximity, Compass, Gyro|
|CONNECTIVITY||WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Hotspot, WiFi direct|
|Others||Bluetooth v4.2, GPS, NFC & Radio|
|SOUND||Speaker||Loudspeaker & 3.5mm headphone jack|
|Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic|
|BATTERY||Li-Po 3000 mAh|