Before we sit back relax and read the LG Q6 Review, we are highlighting some ins and out of the LG’s recent phones. LG’s smartphone arm is having an unfavorable year so far, as its G6 flagship smartphone hasn’t been a fugitive success. Despite it being an excellent smartphone, the company has missed translating that into good sales. In addition to the premium tier, the company hasn’t had any breakout hits with its budget or mainstream contributions either. Now, with its latest Q series, LG wishes to beat the mainstream market with features leaked the G6. The big highlight of its first reveal is the taller FullVision screen.
LG launched three exceptions of the Q6 with different amounts of RAM at the beginning of July, and India has got the Q6 with 3GB of RAM. The device is priced very attractively at Rs. 15,000 (under), which LG expects will draw value-conscious buyers who want to stand out. Still, can the display only be enough to make the Q6 a hit? Let’s find out.
LG Q6 design and build quality
The LG Q6 is unquestionably one of the most comfortable 5.5-inch most recent usable smartphone, thanks to its extremely slim screen borders. The display has rounded corners similar to G6, but the Gorilla Glass would be better if it had a 2.5D curve and sat flat. It has the resolution of 2160×1080 credit goes to the taller aspect ratio. Sadly, there’s no notification LED or always-on display utility to indicate you missed notifications, so you’ll have to turn the display on steadily just to check. There’s just enough area above the screen for a selfie (front) camera and sensors, while underneath, you see an LG logo.
While the LG Q6 Review, we observed The phone uses a 7000-series aluminum frame, which is impressive reflecting we’ve usually seen this grade of metal used in expensive phones. The corners are rounded too, resembling the shape of the display. The back is plastic and attracts dirt very quickly, due to this phone looks a little unattractive during daily use. It also quickly accumulates scratches easily, so that’s something to think of.
The power and volume buttons seem good at a place, and on the left, you see the slots for two Nano-SIM cards & a microSD card. The primary slot accommodates a Nano-SIM and a microSD card whereas the second one is for a second SIM. There’s a headphone socket along with Micro-USB port on the bottom, and at the back, you get a mono speaker. It’s a quite unpleasant not to have a USB Type-C port here, even if it only operates at USB 2.0 speed. Gladly, the camera module lies flat on the back, and we didn’t get any chipping or scuffing while reviewing
If you haven’t seen it yet, the Q6 has one dazzling omission, and that’s none other than a fingerprint sensor. For some reason, LG has discarded this security feature. You’ll see the face recognition alternatively, which works great but there are some glaring imperfections which might be the issue. By default, face recognition works fast enough – all you got to do is mount the smartphone to your face, and it will automatically unlock itself. But, in front of the camera, it can easily be tricked by holding a simple photo of the user. Secondly, even though you are supported to register just one face, you can technically cheat by adding someone else’s face with the help of the ‘Improve face recognition’ option. However, to get access to this feature, you will require a pattern or a pin, so there’s some level of security put in place.
If you want to secure the recognition feature then there is a way to do it called ‘Advance face recognition.’ This doesn’t allow the 2d feature pass off for your face. But it may take a loathsome of time to unlock the phone. The low light won’t allow this function work correctly.
Overall, the Q6 is an eye-catching device, mostly thanks to its display. Feels sturdy, well built and has an ergonomic design. We’re not quite disappointed with omissions like the USB Type-C port, fingerprint sensor and notification light on the phone.
LG Q6 specifications and feature
The Q6 isn’t an individually dominant smartphone, rocking the inexpensive Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 435 platform that also works in the sub-Rs. 10,000 Xiaomi Redmi 4. This is a 64-bit octa-core SoC chipped with eight ARM Cortex-A53 cores clocks at 1.4GHz. It still depends on the old 28nm fabrication process. Regarding graphics, we get an integrated Adreno 505 GPU. Benchmark numbers are below average, In AnTuTu it scores like 42,392 points and 12fps in GFXbench.
Other specifications hold 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi b/g/n, USB-OTG, FM radio, and 4G VoLTE.Wi-Fi/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, USB-OTG, 4G VoLTE,
The Q6 doesn’t have a direct video call option in the dialer app, which is usually seen on Samsung phones. We’re hopeful that LG has used an up-to-date version of Android (7.1.1 nougat). Even the security patch status is relatively recent (July 1 at the time of this review).
LG’s default theme isn’t the sleekest, but you can dial down these customizations and bring the look closer to stock by the Settings app. The on-screen buttons on the navigation tape at the bottom of the screen can be re-ordered and customised, and you can add a fourth button for shifting between SIMs or drag down the notification shade, without any hassle to expand. The default single-layered look can be interchanged for the traditional app drawer layout, & Google Assistant is now too.
Stock apps add LG Mobile Switch to assist you with transfer your data from an old device to the Q6. RemoteCall Service which permits an LG customer care agent to manage your phone remotely to fix problems; a portal for themes and general news about LG products named LG Smart World; and Smart Doctor which allows you monitor your battery, RAM usage and storage. The notification shade also contains a toggle called Capture+, which permits you to draw and add text to screenshots.
The Settings app is divided into tabs which make it easy to notice what you’re looking for. You can modify the way downloaded apps scale to the 18:9 screen. This works fine with games, and you can shift between aspect ratios although this will restart the app. Other settings allow you to change the font, text size and thickness, and settings for the blue light filter.
LG Q6 performance, cameras, and battery life
Despite its lackluster benchmark scores, the Q6 manages basic tasks properly. We found the interface to be still without any stuttering in animations. Multitasking is controlled surprisingly well, and apps load reasonably quickly. The handset doesn’t heat up with regular use of conventional apps, but the metal frame does get hot when gaming. The Q6 also does a fair job of rendering most 3D games with playable framerates. Games like Xenowerk run smooth but heavier ones like Asphalt 8 aren’t very fair.
LG offers a feature termed ‘Game battery saver’ which when allowed to operate, is assumed to diminish the resolution of games to preserve power, but can have the impact of improving framerates. There are three choices: Extended, Maximum and Custom. The latter lets you cut the resolution to all the way to ‘low,’ which causes remarkable pixellation in games. We saw a slight increase in framerates in Asphalt 8, though the game still didn’t run as smoothly as it supposed to be. There’s also a feature termed ‘Break time,’ which pauses games and decreases the screen brightness and SoC performance to keep battery power when you leave the phone untouched.
The media playback is good to get run by a Q6’s display.But it can’t manage 4K video files. The screen is a little reflective but brightness is fair, and colors are carefully saturated. The speaker goes reasonably loud in games and media, but since it’s installed at the back, it doesn’t offer the soundest experience.
The 13-megapixel back camera captures modest levels of detail in landscapes and macros. Colors are well represented, and focusing is justly quick. The Q6 camera viewfinder holds a DSLR-style green square to showcase autofocus points, but this doesn’t always imply that your point is in focus. It’s helpful to tap the coveted area on the viewfinder to secure proper focus. Edges nearby objects in close-ups and landscapes have some compression artifacts, but this is only noticeable if the crop is done in a 100% way. The Q6 performs a decent job in low light too, with a minimum noise and details like text you see in the background of images being readable.
The quality of recorded video is fair, but the resolution is bounded to 1080p. A ‘Steady recording’ toggle in the settings supports stabilize footage reasonably well. The front 5-megapixel camera delivers surely average selfies, but you do get a wide-angle mode with which you stuff more physiques into a frame.
The camera app is simple and obvious to navigate. All the buttons and toggles are placed correctly as you would want them to be. There’s a Square Camera mode, similar to what we viewed on the G6, which permits you to use half of the screen as a viewfinder and the other half as a source to frame your shots. LG has also added a hidden carousel for smart sharing to social media.
We noticed that the 3000mAh battery endured us through almost a whole day of regular usage, but constant video playback makes a bigger hole. In HD video loop test, it lasted just 9 hours and 32 minutes, which isn’t surpassing. There’s no fast charging, which is frustrating.
LG Q6 picture samples
The 18:9 screen aspect ratio is certain to become big in the smartphone cosmos, and the LG Q6 seems futuristic despite its value pricing, which could be a dominant selling point. Even its look should also not be old-fashioned down the line. It isn’t the most powerful smartphone in its range so if brute force is something you’re looking for, then you better search for redmi note 3 or Honor 6x.
The Q6 stands out for the reason of its design and display, and we also admire the level of customisation we get by its custom Android UI. Apart from these items, there’s little extra to get excited about. Its budget-level processor manages performance level in particular games and apps. The back camera is decent, but the front camera could have been salutary. Battery life isn’t too powerful either. Lastly, the missing fingerprint sensor is sure to be a trouble.
We would assume that the LG Q6 is a good buy if you prioritize looks above all elements and like holding something to show off.