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LG Q6 Review: Full Vision for Masses

How does it feel out of the box?

So far, 2017 flagships have been all about borderless displays. Thankfully LG’s Full Vision feature is not exclusive to their expensive smartphones anymore. The LG Q6 brings the Full Vision display on a budget price segment. The LG Q6 is a 5.5-inch Android-powered device that implements Full Vision display. It comes with a IPS LCD panel that offers 2160×1080 pixels, an odd resolution thanks to LG’s 18:9 aspect ratio that it debuted with the LG G6. This is a step down from the flagship’s 2880×1440 pixels, but it still looks very crisp and colorful. The side has a brushed metal edges, giving off a high-end look and feel. It also hosts common buttons and features: Power/Lock, Volume rocker, as well as a headphone port and micro USB charging port. There is also a dual-SIM card slot and the dedicated microSD card slot.

Talking about the back side, there are very few areas of compromise to meet a lower price point. The back of the phone is made up of cheap glossy plastic which can be easily scratch with few days of usage. There is also an omission of fingerprint sensor from the phone. Instead, they use facial recognition which is not as accurate than the fingerprint sensor.

How does it perform?

First, let’s talk about phone’s specifications, the device is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor, 3GB RAM and 32GB of expandable storage. Performance-wise, the Q6 is not a powerhouse, but it performs fairly well on every task. Switching between the apps and scrolling through the interface is relatively smooth. I threw in a few games on the phone including our favorites like Real Racing 3 and Modern Combat 4, and they run best on medium settings. The system uses up 9.49GB of storage from the 32GB memory capacity. There is no major bloatware pre-installed and most of the native LG apps are the really essential like the File Manager, Smart Doctor, Email and Task apps. The 3,000mAh Li-Po battery of the LG Q6 lasted more than a day with moderate use.

On the software side, the LG Q6 runs the latest Android 7.1.1 Nougat right out of the box with LG’s own UX6.0 layer on top of it. LG G6 is the first non-Pixel phone with Google Assistant. With the absence of a fingerprint scanner at the back, LG opted software method which uses Facial recognition feature to unlock the phone. Setting up face recognition is quick and easy,  but it doesn’t perform well while recognizing the face every time you look at it.

How is the Camera?

The LG Q6 main camera has a 13-megapixel sensor with autofocus paired with a single LED flash. The camera focuses fast, has good dynamic range and takes good pictures in daylight. Many recent smartphone cameras deliver better details, although the LG Q6´s color reproduction and overall performance are respectable. The 5-megapixel front-facing camera has a wide-angle(100-degrees) field of view which is great for group shots. There is also a Square Camera mode which is an additional benefit for the Instagramers. Video recording maxes out at full HD 1080p at 30 frames per second. This is a mid-range smartphone, so don’t expect 4K support or slow-mo features. Quality, color reproduction, and ambient exposure adjustments are good.

Verdict

The new LG Q6 fits perfectly into the pocket of mid-range buyers at Rs 15,999. It clearly justifies the price tag with the kind of specifications it has to offer. The device lags on multitasking, wish they could have added some more RAM in a phone for better performance in multitasking! For people on a budget, this is the closest they could get to getting flagship look-alike at very affordable price.

SPECS

  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 1.4GHz octa-core processor
  • Display: 5.5-inch 18:9 FullVision Display
  • Storage: 32GB ROM/3GB RAM
  • Camera: 13MP Rear camera 5MP Front camera
  • OS: Android 7.1.1 Nougat OS
  • Battery: 3000mAh

Rating: 70/100

PRICE: ₹ 14,990/-

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