The newest G series smartphone, LG G6, is speculated to hit the South Korean market by March 9 or 10 and rumoured to be released in the US, UK and Australia by April 7. It was launched by the South Korean manufacturer during the Mobile World Congress on February 27 in Barcelona.
This LG smartphone is not drastically different from its predecessor, LG G5, and rather an enhanced version of it. Unlike vibrant colour variants of LG G5 such as Pink, the LG G6 was released in Titan (Silver), Black and White only.
18:9 quad-HD 5.7” display
Snapdragon 821, 4GB RAM
32GB storage, microSD
3,300mAh battery, USB-C
Wireless charging (US only)
Quad-DAC (Korea only)
Dual-SIM (selected Eastern European countries)
Dolby vision and HDR 10 support
The G6 is a water and dust-resistant phone rolling out with Android 7.0 and built-in Google Assistant. Even though the phone body is criticised for having a glass back which is more prone to scratching, LG claims its size is a high selling point by referring to it as, ‘The big screen that fits in your hand’.
The device’s photography would be quite striking as it has two 13-megapixel dual wide-angle (125° angle) rear cameras with different types of square camera shots such as: Snap, Match, Grid, Guide, and 360-degree panorama. The front camera is also wide angle that will automatically take pictures with a simple hand gesture.
The LG G6’s price is not yet confirmed. According to LG, it will have a similar price to the LG G5, so it can be speculated to cost approximately $500 - $600 (AED 1800 - AED 2000), but there could be a small spike in the price due to its new screen.
Speaking of 360-degree panorama mobile photography, ProTruly is claiming to introduce the first ever built-in 360-degree mobile camera with its Darling smartphone. It will be able to take pictures and record video at the same time in all directions. As many social media platforms such as YouTube and Facebook now support such 360-degree content, the user will be able to upload straight from the phone.
There are two versions: Standard and Glitzier. As the price is not yet confirmed, there seems to be conflicting reports on it. Some sources speculate that Darling will cost around $600 (Standard, AED 2000) and $1,300 (Glitzier, AED 4800), while other sources estimate the Standard to be around $500 (AED 1800) and Glitzier to cost around $800 (AED 3000). As of now, it is rumoured to be available in China only.
According to Mashable, both models have the same specs: 5.5-inch 1080p display, a MediaTek processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, 13MP cameras on both sides and a 3,560mAh battery, USB-C port, Android Marshmallow OS and a fingerprint sensor on the back.
The difference between the Standard model and the high-end model is, instead of the plastic camera housing, the Glitzier uses leather, a strip of gold and four embedded diamonds.
Even though the phone was announced late last year, the market has taken interest in the Darling smartphone again with its appearance at the Mobile World Congress.
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