LG Q6 brings edge-to-edge screen, facial recognition to the masses

LG’s new Q-family of phones — that includes the Q6 Alpha, the Q6 and the Q6 Plus — brings the G6’s marquee feature to the masses. If you’ve liked — I know I did — the G6 and its big screen that fits, chances are, you’ll be right at home with LG’s new Q-series phones. Even more so, if you’re someone on a tight budget. Although the company is yet to make the Q6 Alpha, the Q6 and the Q6 Plus officially official in terms of pricing and availability, it has gone on record to say that all these phones will be competitively priced. That besides the fact that the G6 is now selling in India for as low as Rs 40,000. It was initially launched at Rs 51,990.

LG had been silently working on an affordable G6 — previously tipped to be called as the G6 Mini — for quite sometime now. India Today Tech had previously reported that the G6 Mini was in fact in the works and that it would launch in India sometime in August-September. “Very soon India will see a variant of the G6 at a much more affordable price,” Amit Gujral who is head corporate marketing, LG Electronics India had said while speaking exclusively with India Today Tech in May. “We have always brought marquee features in our flagships and we have gone ahead, made much more efforts by our R&D to bring those features into slightly lower mid-end segment,” he had further said.

 LG’s Full Vision display when combined with the company’s Android Nougat-based UX 6.0 software allows users to run apps in two perfectly square windows side by side

In line with our report, LG has now announced that it will launch its Q-family of phones in Asian markets — that includes India — in August. And, much in line with our report, the Q-family of phones indeed ships with the G6’s USP feature. All the three phones come with an unusual 18:9 Full Vision display — instead of a regular 16:9 — much like the G6. All the three phones come with ridiculously slim bezels allowing the display to take up over 80 per cent of their front side: a concept also seen in Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are however a lot more curvier in comparison, and also they offer more screen-to-body ratio — an 83 per cent — than LG’s phones.

LG’s Full Vision display when combined with the company’s Android Nougat-based UX 6.0 software allows users to run apps in two perfectly square windows side by side. The feature, which seems to be a gradual progression of Android Nougat’s split-screen multitasking capabilities, has been extended to the camera software as well.

The camera app in the case of the Q-Family comes with a specialised Square mode that has been designed to make best use of the phones’ one-of-a-kind aspect ratio. It will allow users to take a picture and then simultaneously review the same in a square — 1:1 — identical to the one offered by the view-finder. All in one go: which means, what you (will) see is what you (will) get. The feature will particularly be useful for uploading snaps to social media channels like Instagram.

But because the Q-Family of phones has been designed for the mid-level segment, there is obviously some cost cutting. Unlike the G6, the Q6 Alpha, the Q6 and the Q6 Plus come with a 5.5-inch screen with a 2160×1080 pixel resolution. Although all the three phones boast of 7000 series aluminum and a shock-dispersing design there are missing out on the G6’s signature built like a tank quality. They haven’t gone through Military-grade MIL-STD 810G tests, neither are they IP68 certified for dust and water resistance. They don’t even have a fingerprint scanner, for crying out loud, although you do get facial recognition tech for cheap.

All the three phones skip the G6’s dual-camera gimmickry and instead ship with a single 13-megapixel camera on the rear alongside a 5-megapixel camera with a ‘wide’ field of view on the front.

All the three phones are powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor and are backed by a 3,000mAh battery. While the Q6 Alpha ships with 2GB RAM and 16GB storage, the Q6 and the Q6 Plus come with 3GB RAM/32GB storage and 4GB RAM/64GB storage.