LG launched three variants of the Q6 with different RAM in early July. And the Q6 with 3 GB RAM has been introduced in India. The LG Q6 smartphone has been brought with an aggressive price tag of less than Rs 15,000. And LG expects budget customers to love this price tag. However, will the Q6 be successful on the strength of the display? Let’s learn
LG Q6 Design and Design
Coming with a 5.5-inch display, the LG Q6 is definitely the most convenient smartphone we have used in recent times. And the credit for this goes to its extremely slim screen border. The edges of the display are curved like the G6, but 2.5D in Gorilla Glass is flat, not curved. The resolution of the screen is 2160×1080 pixels. However, there is no notification LED or always-on display for missed notifications, so you have to keep turning on the display to see the notification. There is an empty space for the front camera and sensor at the top of the screen, while only a LG logo is given at the bottom.
The aluminum sheet of the 7000 series has been used to make this phone, which impresses. Because usually this type of metal is used for more expensive phones. The sides of the phone, too, are curved to match the display. The rear of the phone is made of plastic and stains easily. And the phone can look a bit crappy during everyday use. The phone also gets scratched easily, so you have to be careful while using the phone.
The power and volume buttons on the left side of the phone are fine to operate. The phone has a slot for two nano-SIM cards and a microSD card. A Nano SIM and a MicroSD card can be used in the first slot, while a second SIM card can be used in the second slot. The phone has a headphone jack and a micro-USB port at the bottom. There is a mono speaker on the rear. The absence of a USB Type-C port in the phone disappoints, while the phone only works at USB 2.0 speeds. The good thing is that the camera module on the rear is flat and we did not see any problem due to any bulge during the review.
If you haven’t noticed yet, then let us tell you that the Q6 does have one major drawback and that is the lack of fingerprint sensor. Don’t know for what reasons, LG has not provided this security feature in the phone. Instead, face recognition has been given in the phone, which works well but there are some flaws in the phone for which you have to be aware. By default, face recognition works pretty fast – all you have to do is hold your phone in front of your face and the phone will automatically unlock. However, the phone can be easily unlocked by putting a picture of a user in front of the camera. Apart from this, the user is allowed to register only one face, but you can technically store someone else’s face by going to the ‘Improve face recognition’ option. However, you will need a pattern or PIN to use this feature.
Apart from this, ‘Advanced face recognition’ is also a way to make face recognition more secure. With this enabled, the 2D picture cannot be used in place of your face, but it does take time to unlock the phone. Along with this, this whole process does not work even in low light.
Overall, the Q6 is a good looking device, and the credit goes to the display of the phone. The phone has a good build, remains stable in the hands and overall it has a comfortable design. But we were disappointed due to the lack of fingerprint sensor, USB Type-C port and notification light in the phone.
LG Q6 Specifications and Features
The Q6 is not a very powerful smartphone and is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor, which is also found in the Xiaomi Redmi 4 (Review) under Rs 10,000 category. The phone is powered by a 64-bit octa-core processor clocked at a maximum speed of 1.4GHz. Talking about graphics, the phone has Adreno 505 GPU. The phone’s benchmark figures were pretty average.
Talking about other specifications, the phone has 3 GB RAM, 32 GB storage, Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi b / g / n, USB-OTG, FM radio and 4G VoLTE. There is no direct video call option in the Q6’s dialer app, which is commonly seen on Samsung phones. We are glad to see the latest version of Android on the phone, the company has rolled out Android 7.1.1 Nougat in the Q6. Security patches are also available in the phone faster and faster. (July 1 during our review)
The default themes of LG are not very light but you can customize them. And you can get the feel of stock Android to a great extent through the Settings app. The phone has onscreen navigation buttons at the bottom of the screen which can be customized and re-ordered. Apart from this, there is also a fourth button to switch SIM or bring down the notification shade. The default single layer look can be replaced with the traditional app drawer layout. Apart from this, there is also Google Assistant.
The phone features the LG Mobile Switch app, which allows users to conveniently send data from their old device to the Q6, LG customer care via RemoteCall Service, control your phone for troubleshooting, LG product information, and more. The portal for the theme is found in LG Smart World. With Smart Doctor, you can check your phone’s battery, storage and RAM usage. There is also a toggle in the notification shade called Capture+, which allows you to draw on screenshots as well as write text.
The Settings app is divided into two tabs that help you locate a feature. The downloaded app can be adjusted to 18:9 screen scale. Same is the case with the game app, the aspect ratio can be switched on but doing so will restart the app. The font, text size and thickness, and the setting of the blue light filter can be changed through several other settings.
LG Q6 Performance, Camera and Battery Life
Despite the poor benchmark data, the Q6 gets all the work done with ease. We liked the interface of the phone. Surprisingly, multitasking is easy and apps load fast. The phone does not heat up during normal use, but the metal frame does heat up while playing games. Most 3D games in the Q6 can be played well with a playable framerate. Games like Xenowerk run smoothly but games like Asphalt 8 have trouble playing.
LG has given a feature called ‘Game battery saver’. It can adjust the quality of graphics rendering and framerate to reduce battery consumption. We noticed a slight improvement in the framerate of Asphalt 8 but the game didn’t play as well as expected. Apart from this, there is also a feature called ‘Break time’ which pauses the game when the phone is not in use and reduces the screen brightness and processor performance.
The Q6’s display is good for media playback. However, 4K video files do not play in the phone. The screen reflects a little but the brightness is good and the colors are also well saturated. The speakers do sound quite loud when watching and listening to games and media, but since the speakers are on the back, the experience isn’t the best.
The 13-megapixel rear camera offers landscape and macro photos with decent detailing. Colors remain good in pictures and focus is also very fast. The Q6 camera’s viewfinder has a DSLR-style green square that shows the autofocus point, but it doesn’t always mean the subject is in focus. It is best to tap on your subject in the viewfinder to get proper focus. The camera takes good pictures even in low light but there is little noise and information like text in the background can also be read.
The quality of the video to be recorded remains good but the resolution is limited to 1080 pixels. Footel remains fairly stable when a ‘Steady recording’ toggle is used in the setting. The 5-megapixel front camera delivers very average selfies but you get a wide-angle mode that allows many people to easily fit into the frame.
The camera app is plain and easy to navigate. All the buttons and toggles are well placed as expected. The phone has a square camera mode which is similar to the one given on the G6. Through this, you can use half the screen as a viewfinder and the other part to frame your shot. LG has also provided a hidden cruise for instant sharing on social media.
Battery life is good but the 3000 mAh battery drains fast while watching videos continuously. The battery lasted less than 10 hours in our video loop test, which is not good. The lack of fast charging support also disappoints.
The 18:9 screen aspect ratio is definitely going to be popular in the smartphone world. And the LG Q6 is equipped with this premium feature despite its budget price and this is also its biggest selling point. Rather, the Q6 should probably look modern even after a few years. It is not the most powerful smartphone in its category, but if you are looking for a phone with strong specifications, then Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (Review), Honor 6X (Review)video review) and Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime (Review).
The Q6 remains in the race for its design and display, and we also liked the level of customization that comes with the custom Android UI. Apart from these things, there are some other good things in the phone as well. The budget level processor limits the high demand for games and apps in the phone. The rear camera is great but the front camera could have been better. Battery life is also not very good. Apart from this, the absence of fingerprint sensor also makes the phone inconvenient.
We recommend that the LG Q6 is a good option if you are looking for a phone with a sleek look and a bit of performance.