LG Q6 review: A mid-range phone in an identity crisis – Hardware reviews

LG Q6 review: A mid-range phone in an identity crisis - Hardware reviews

I had the chance to make use of the LG Q6 earlier than it hit the market and need to admit it’s a system I used to be curious to check out. Since I used to be by no means capable of purchase the G6 since its arrival, I sprang to this telephone with enthusiasm, though I knew my expertise could be considerably completely different. I didn’t count on to have such a love-hate relationship with the Q6 that might cease me from ditching it altogether, however on the similar time I wouldn’t suggest it to anybody both, not with the present state of issues available in the market.

Good

  • Compact dimensions
  • FullVision Show
  • Wonderful battery life in standby mode

Unhealthy

  • Under common efficiency
  • Unimpressive digicam
  • Speaker in horrible location

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LG Q6 launch date and value

LG is aware of what we’re pondering. Because of the telephone’s resemblance to the older brother G6, it’s also known as the G6 Mini and the nickname actually matches. It was launched in August 2017 at a an unsettling value of $389.95.

This Q6 might actually flip issues round in smartphone gross sales for the Korean model, but it surely’s a disgrace LG isn’t contemplating the state of the competitors. I point out this as a result of for a similar quantity you will get a smartphone with higher traits from many on-line shops.

For those who check out the Q6’s information sheet you may simply perceive why I discover the worth disproportionate to the system’s efficiency and the way straightforward it’s to discover a telephone with the identical traits for a lower cost. Is there actually somebody prepared to pay an arm and a leg for a mediocre telephone with a pleasant design? In my view a $300 value on the launch would have been extra applicable.

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LG Q6 design and construct high quality

There are a whole lot of similarities with the LG G6. It looks like a G6 that has completed via the washer too many instances after which shrank, whereas shedding a few of the specs. The actual fact stays that when it comes to design LG has completed a very nice job. You don’t see medium-range gadgets that appear like this on a regular basis.

I attempted out the black model of the Q6. It has a metallic body with a sophisticated end on the edges and the now ubiquitous diamond minimize the place the sting joins with the 2 sides of the smartphone. The plastic breaks for separating the antennas aren’t hidden in any respect.

The Q6’s design will definitely not make you remorse your buy. / © AndroidPIT

The again of the smartphone isn’t product of glass, however as a substitute a plastic materials that I discovered to be weak to scratches. After a few days of use with the Q6 at all times in my hand, in my denims pocket or leaning on the workplace desk, I discovered a sequence of scratches (very faint however nonetheless seen) that I’d count on from any smartphone after no less than a number of months use. I’ve by no means abused a telephone to such an extent that I observed indicators of wear and tear after just a few days of use.

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The damage marks are shortly seen on the bottom. / © AndroidPIT

The remainder of the meeting is excellent. The system has been licensed in accordance with the 810G navy commonplace, which implies that the development high quality is superb. On this mannequin LG utterly deserted the important thing structure that we’ve grown accustomed to. The amount keys are positioned within the body on the left aspect, whereas the ability button is on the best aspect. There aren’t any again buttons and the fingerprint reader hasn’t been changed by facial recognition. However I’ll deal with that later.

The one small defect I discovered is a really slight deformation of the glass in one of many four entrance corners, which is barely seen when checking the reflections when the show is off. I am certain that it is only a defect on my system specifically and never an issue with all the product line. That kind of factor can typically occur in manufacturing.

LG Q6 show

Even if its form is reminiscent to its older brother, the LG Q6 show isn’t the identical because the G6, however they do each share an 18:9 show format (or 2:1 in case you desire). So far as the scale is worried, it’s 5.5″ with FullHD+ decision (equal to 2160 x 1080) with a pixel density of 442 ppi.

The show makes use of IPS know-how, however there’s no HDR10 or Dolby Imaginative and prescient certification. This doesn’t suggest, nonetheless,  that it is a dangerous show.

The colours are very pure and aren’t overly saturated. Whites have a tendency barely to mild blue, however I discover it a lot much less noticeable than a yellowish show. The blacks are deep and the distinction is excessive, however clearly it doesn’t attain the degrees of a AMOLED. I’ve actually been having fun with taking a look at pictures and watching movies on this display screen as a result of they will faithfully reproduce the unique.

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At first look, it is actually onerous to tell apart this Q6 from the top-performing G6 with out utilizing the 2 alongside each other. / © AndroidPIT

The brightness is excessive sufficient to not grow to be unreadable in direct daylight, however not adequate to make it nice to make use of your smartphone open air throughout sunny days. The minimal brightness is low sufficient to keep away from annoying darkness. There’s additionally a mode referred to as Consolation View, which reduces the blue mild to make it simpler in your eyes.

The one factor that basically irritated me is the black bands which might be clearly displayed on the edges throughout full-screen video playback. These bands can’t be eliminated like they will with the Galaxy S8, which lets you zoom in barely on the video to fill the voids. The actually annoying factor is which you can zoom in on any app that fills all the show, however you’re nonetheless caught with these bands when watching a video. Think about what it seems like whenever you watch a film with bands on the highest and backside.

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LG has no zoom operate for movies just like the Galaxy S8 provides. / © AndroidPIT (Video from Armando Ferreira @ YouTube)

LG Q6 particular options

Facial recognition

The Korean firm has determined to not implement the fingerprint reader on the LG Q6. As a substitute it has launched facial recognition just like what was already launched by Google in earlier variations of Android, solely barely improved and decidedly extra exact and sooner. This isn’t as protected because the iris scan on the Galaxy S8, however it’s completely sooner.

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The facial recognition operate isn’t even on the LG G6! / © AndroidPIT

You’ll discover the missing fingerprint reader at any time when the facial recognition fails (for instance, in case you’re carrying sun shades). It’s important to insert the pin or draw the backup sample. This turns into irritating in the long term.

Thankfully, the facial recognition hardly ever fails. It has been extremely dependable even in dangerous lighting. Clearly, within the case of complete darkness or when there’s solely backlighting, it’s inconceivable for the smartphone to acknowledge you after which unlock autonomously. It is vitally fascinating that whenever you elevate the system from the desk, your smartphone robotically prompts face recognition and with a optimistic end result it can mild up and unlock with out you having to press a button.

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You’ll be able to proceed to enhance recognition below completely different lighting situations or whenever you’re carrying glasses! / © AndroidPIT

LG Q6 software program

The system comes with Android 7.1.1, so probably the most just lately obtainable model of the software program. Clearly it doesn’t come within the inventory model, and it is custom-made with UX 6.zero that matches completely to the 18:9 show, similar to it does on the G6.

Even if all the consumer interface has been modified by LG, many of the parts of the Android inventory stay and many of the pre-installed apps are from Google or LG. Moreover, there’s nonetheless a really cautious design that conforms to materials design directives.

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LG UX is a colourful interface however continues to be very clear and tidy! / © AndroidPIT

The essential homescreen doesn’t present an app drawer, which is as a substitute activated via the settings. The app drawer’s look is considerably just like Android Jelly Bean and nonetheless features a tab for widgets. You too can customise the colour of particular person folders or change the theme of icons by downloading new ones from the LG Retailer.

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A mixture of outdated and new within the LG Q6’s homescreen. / © AndroidPIT

The Q6 options sensible medical doctors that preserve the well being and cleanliness of the system below management and even provide recommendation now and again. They preserve the smartphone freed from momentary recordsdata, present extra space for RAM, allow energy saving and check the if any part isn’t working correctly.

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The gallery has a trash bin so you may retrieve any pictures deleted by mistake./ © AndroidPIT

LG provides recommendation on methods to use the system round each nook, however in the long term this may grow to be considerably irritating. The recommendation might be useful for many who aren’t accustomed to utilizing a smartphone, however will certainly grow to be annoying for many who know what they’re doing. Furthermore, a few of the warnings are utterly meaningless, however I’ll go into nice element about this within the battery part.

LG UX warnings
LG suggests that you simply take away the battery in case your telephone doesn’t reply to the instructions. It’s a disgrace this isn’t even doable with the Q6… / © AndroidPIT

LG Q6 efficiency

The efficiency is certainly the best weak spot of this system. It’s not as if the smartphone performs poorly in each state of affairs, however the bigger challenge is that its efficiency ought to be a lot better when you think about the worth tag. It is a smartphone with a really aggressive design, show and really properly maintained software program. Why would you damage this all with an insufficient configuration? This Q6 actually dissatisfied me right here.

The Q6 comes with a SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor with an Eight-core CPU that has a most frequency of 1.4GHz and an Adreno 505 GPU. Don’t be fooled by the variety of computing items as a result of the ability right here is way inferior to the chips that opponents provide, which in the identical value vary include probably the most highly effective SoC from Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600 sequence. The 3GB of RAM is ample for many functions, multitasking works properly and functions are saved lengthy sufficient within the background earlier than they’re terminated robotically.

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A top-of-the-range mannequin with an entry stage core. / © AndroidPIT

Thankfully, as you may see from the outcomes of the benchmarks, the inner reminiscence is considerably sooner than common, which permits Q6 to stay fairly responsive whenever you swap between numerous open functions, open new apps or browse the varied recordsdata within the inside storage.

However you may really feel the slowness of the SoC in all different conditions equivalent to functions with animation (even quite simple ones equivalent to Google Preserve or Youtube) or video games that aren’t very demanding. Do not even take into consideration downloading video games that require good efficiency with 3D graphics equivalent to Want for Pace Rivals or CSR2. Even easy duties equivalent to on-line searching or writing lengthy messages decelerate the consumer expertise.

LG Q6: Benchmark outcomes

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There are some moments whenever you overlook that this smartphone isn’t the G6 as a result of you may open the app and transfer recordsdata actually shortly. There are different moments, nonetheless, whenever you simply need to throw the Q6 out the window due to the apparent slowdowns that stop you from doing what you need. Once more, there could be no purpose to complain if the smartphone had an inventory value of $100 or decrease, however because it’s meant to compete with different mid-range gadgets I wouldn’t suggest it presently. As I stated originally of the assessment, if the worth had been to drop, it may very well be a good buy.

LG Q6 audio

The audio high quality from the jack output is usually okay. It’s nothing particular, there is no such thing as a DAC devoted to HIFI audio and the chipset utilized by LG doesn’t have the mandatory energy to ensure excessive volumes. The headphones within the package deal are traditional low-cost headphones in inflexible plastic that may slip out of your ear at any second. I’d have anticipated no less than some low-end in-ear headphones. I had no downside with using Bluetooth headphones with the system: there was kind of a fast connection and commonplace high quality that you’d count on from cabled headphones.

The principle speaker is the actual downside right here. LG positioned this telephone’s speaker within the rear the place it simply will get lined up. There’s additionally a form of cavity close to the holes devoted to the audio output. Within the center there’s a small aid that’s meant to stop the sound from being muffled when the system is positioned on a flat floor. It’s only a a pity that the aid isn’t massive sufficient, and the result’s a uneven and low-quality sound.

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The small recess for the speaker: Good thought, however poorly executed. / © AndroidPIT

Even whereas the Q6 was sitting on my desk, I missed a number of messages as a result of the system couldn’t produce sound loud sufficient. On this case as properly, it’s clear LG thought of the issue and even conceived of an answer, however the resolution was poorly executed. Below ‘regular’ situations (equivalent to putting the telephone face down), the speaker has sufficiently excessive quantity of a superb high quality. However don’t count on the standard to be on par with entrance and stereo audio system. 

LG Q6 digicam

On paper the 2 cameras are just like these used within the G6, no less than when it comes to their options. The again has a 13 MP digicam with a pixel dimension of 1.12 µm. The focal aperture of f/2.2 deviates barely from the G6’s (which is f/1.7). With out an optical stabilizer, the Q6 is unable to take high quality pictures at night time.

On the entrance there’s a 5MP digicam with 1.12 µm pixels, a 100° viewing angle and f/2.2: the very same specs you’ll discover on the G6. It’s possible, nonetheless, that completely different lenses and even completely different sensors had been used on the 2 fashions (regardless of comparable traits). There’s in any other case no clarification as to why the 2 gadgets take footage of drastically completely different high quality, as you may see in my check beneath.

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Easy and purposeful interface, even when with few settings. / © AndroidPIT

The digicam software is straightforward and will get straight to the purpose. There aren’t any frills and just a few settings, however they’re well-conceived. There isn’t any guide mode and there are solely three taking pictures modes. You will discover a number of shade filters to vary the tones in photographs. The one actual function I discovered misplaced and uncomfortable to make use of was the HDR Mode, which is hidden within the settings.

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If you wish to pressure or deactivate the HDR you need to swap to the settings. / © AndroidPIT

This mixture of and software program isn’t too dependable. There are conditions the place you may render good pictures and different conditions the place you’ll simply have to surrender.

LG Q6 battery

The LG Q6’s battery luckily doesn’t disappoint. Because the has decreased efficiency, the battery has a wonderful lifespan and doesn’t drain in standby. You’ll lose hardly any cost in any respect in case you depart your smartphone idle in your desk related to a secure Wi-Fi community.

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Energy consumption is minimal with the Q6 in standby mode! / © AndroidPIT

Throughout regular use, the smartphone nonetheless maintains respectable battery life and exceeds that of many different fashions I’ve tried. With regular utilization that features messaging, at all times synchronized accounts, social networking apps, web searching, your location set to Excessive accuracy, greater than an hour of Spotify and some minutes of YouTube, I at all times managed to exceed four hours of display screen time with out utilizing the ability saving features.

Sadly, the Q6 sill makes use of a micro USB for charging and information trade, so the charging isn’t very quick. I can’t say, nonetheless, that it’s any slower to different smartphones with comparable options.

LG Q6 technical specs

Dimensions:142.5 x 69.three x Eight.1 mm
Weight:149 g
Battery dimension:3000 mAh
Display dimension:5.5 in
Show know-how:LCD
Display:2160 x 1080 pixels (442 ppi)
Entrance digicam:5 megapixels
Rear digicam:13 megapixels
Flashlight:LED
Android model:7.1.1 – Nougat
Consumer interface:LG UX
RAM:three GB
Inner storage:32 GB
Detachable storage:microSD
Chipset:Qualcomm Snapdragon 435
Variety of cores:Eight
Max. clock pace:1.four GHz
Connectivity:HSPA, LTE, NFC, Twin-SIM , Bluetooth four.2

Closing verdict

The concept behind this smartphone can be a good one: an aesthetically comparable smartphone with barely diminished options to maintain the worth decrease than G6. This system is for these individuals who need a smartphone with a stupendous FullVision show with out the necessity to purchase a flagship.

One thing, nonetheless, has gone terribly improper within the execution of this concept. It nearly appears as if LG was undecided as to who this system is supposed for. It isn’t for any consumer searching for aggressive efficiency (even when not top-range efficiency). It doesn’t even come shut on this regard. It’s not an entry stage smartphone as a result of the worth is basically too excessive. It doesn’t have a aggressive place within the present market, which might make for an actual fiasco for the Korean model. Total, it’s an actual pity as a result of I do really discover the idea behind the system to be fairly convincing.

Are you impressed with this trendy system regardless of its poor efficiency? What does this product make you consider LG? Tell us within the feedback beneath!

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