Flagship phones are getting ridiculously expensive. A few years ago, you could get a top-of-the-line Android smartphone for under B$900.
Today, phone companies are jacking up the price of their new flagships, usually exceeding the B$1,000 mark.
It’s too bad for budget-strapped consumers who are also eager to try out the new innovations found on high-end phones, but had to make do with a bland mid-range handset with none of those exciting features.
LG hopes to remedy that by bringing a standout feature from its flagship G6 into a mid-range phone so that everyone can get their hands on it.
When the LG G6 debuted earlier this year, we all drooled over the phone’s unique 5.7-inch display LG calls FullVision. It had an 18:9 aspect ratio (instead of the standard 9:16) and a resolution of 1440 x 2880, which allows LG to have a massive screen on a smaller body that’s easier to hold one-handed.
Now LG is bringing its FullVision display tech to its new mid-range phone, namely the LG Q6. It’s basically a mini version of the original G6 with a smaller 5.4-inch screen, though the same 18:9 aspect ratio should give users plenty of screen real estate on this device.
But as the mid-ranger, the Q6 will only sport a Full HD display 2160 x 1080) rather than the retina-scorching QHD found on LG’s Flagship.
The chipset on the Q6 is also a downgrade, no surprise there, as this is a budget phone after all. The Q6 uses Qualcomm’s mid-range Snapdragon 435 processor with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage.
LG also offers other variants to the Q6; the Q6 Plus comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, while the Q6a has 2GB and 16GB respectively.
Yet these are LG’s first mid-range phone series with very minimal bezels thanks to the 18:9 displays. On top of that, the Q6 series use metallic frames made of 7000 series aluminum, which should give them a slightly premium feel despite being in a mid-range category.
This could very well make the Q6 a more attractive choice for those looking for a mid-range phone this year.
The Q6 lineup also has a 13-megapixel rear camera as well as a front-facing 5-megapixel 1000-degree wide-angle shooter with LG’s Face Recoginition feature which can be used to unlock the phone (and substitute for the missing fingerprint sensor).
The Q6 runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat sugarcoated with LG’s UX 6.0. The 3,000 mAh battery is non-removable.
The Q6 comes in Astro Black, Ice Platinum, Mystic White and Tera Gold. There’s also a Marine Blue option on the Q6 Plus.
LG’s new mid-range phones will be available in August. The company has yet to reveal pricing.