LG have taken another twist in the road that is their mobile phone journey, walking away from last year’s “modular” G5 smartphone and launching the G6 today in Barcelona ahead of Mobile World Congress.

The G6 returns LG to the traditional smartphone design, with one important twist – the screen is enormous.

And I don’t mean it’s a big phone, I mean the screen size itself has been increased within the same body size of the phone.

While the bezel on the sizes around the screen are still quite prominent by modern standards, the top and bottom of the screen are extended to create a taller screen ratio – or when held sideways a wider screen ratio.

This has two serious benefits.  The first is in watching movies.  In fact most movies are not created to fit the aspect ratio of a modern smartphone.  They are much wider.  So the LG G6 enables a better movie experience.  Yet to be seen how many movies you can obtain digitally or stream in this ratio though.

To put the screen size into some perspective for you, the overall G6 device size is smaller than an iPhone 7Plus.  The screen itself is taller than an iPhone 7 but narrower.

The bigger benefit is in regular use.  A taller home screen means more apps on screen.  In the same way as Apple added a “row of icons” when the iPhone 5 added a taller screen from the 4S and those before it, the G6 adds that space for more icons, but importantly that means more text on screen in emails, more web showing when browsing and more.

The screen to body ratio is 80 percent.  This is not a new measure, but expect to hear more and more about this as the anticipated Samsung Galaxy S8 hits the market with a bigger screen to body ratio and rumours that Apple might finally be doing the same.

Without directly acknowledging that the G5 was a mistake, LG said today “the G6 is a back-to-basics approach to premium smartphones, with a focus on the features consumers want, most notably a big screen that actually fits in one hand.”

The 5.7 inch screen runs at 2880 x 1440 resolution, at 18:9 instead of the traditional 16:9 ratio.

But it doesn’t end there, a mix of aluminium and glass, and globally available in white, platinum and black, the G6 is very minimalist, but it’s quite beautiful to hold.  The back of the Black version is very reminiscent of the rare but popular JetBlack iPhone 7.

Around back the camera has been re-aligned to sit about the power button and fingerprint sensor, and has the outstanding LG dual lens camera which gives two options for capture angle.

The Rear cameras are 13Megapixels while the front is 5.

Another important feature today is the IP68 water and dust resistance.  This means the G6 can be dunked in 1.5meters of water for 30 minutes without a worry.  And despite the shiny exterior, it’s also passed 14 different military-standard tests to ensure it’s tough and dependable.

Last but not least, running the latest Android also means Google Assistant is built-in.  First seen in the Pixel, Google Assistant is a truely advanced voice recognition system that can add value across the whole device if you really get into it.

Australian pricing and availability will come down the track, until then – we just have to wait, and assume that the Telcos will be impressed by the device and want to get it on their store shelves asap.

It’s impressive in design, light and easy to hold and that screen is really great to look at.

LG G6 Key Specifications:

  • Chipset: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 821 Processor
  • Display: 5.7-inch 18:9 QHD+ FullVision® Display (2880 x 1440 / 564ppi)
  • Memory: 4GB LPDDR4 RAM / 32GB UFS 2.0 ROM / MicroSD (up to 2TB)
  • Camera:
  • Front 5MP Wide (F2.2 / 100°)
  • Rear Dual: 13MP Wide (F2.4 / 125°) / 13MP Standard OIS 2.0 (F1.8 / 71°)
  • Battery: 3,300mAh (embedded)
  • Operating System: Android 7.0 Nougat
  • Size: 148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9mm
  • Weight: 163g
  • Network: LTE-A 3 Band CA
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac / Bluetooth 4.2 BLE / NFC / USB Type-C
  • 2.0 (3.1 compatible)
  • Colors: Ice Platinum / Mystic White / Astro Black
  • Other: Water and Dust Resistant / Fingerprint Sensor / UX 6.0 / Dolby Vision™ /
  • HDR10 / Qualcomm Quick Charge™ 3.0.