Review of LG Q6 SmartphoneSeptember 26, 2017
LG Q6 was announced on 31st July 2017 and I was curious to know more about it and thanks to their Middle East PR team, I got the product to test for some time and here is the review
LG G6 is a mid-range smartphone, targeting to the budget-oriented consumers who can have LG G6 looks and few features in lower price but of course, it doesn’t have all the features of the LG flagship mobile phone. The positive features about the phone are the similarity to the flagship LG G6 which looks good, 18:9 FullVision display, compact size despite large screen, great software ( Nougat 7.1.1), supports microSD card and affordable price. Some of the evident lacking physical features which make LG Q6 less desirable is missing of a fingerprint scan, uses USB 2.0 for charging. It has Face Detection Unlock feature but was not very secure as I could unlock the phone with an image on mine on another smartphone.
LG Q6 Key Features
The body is made from 7000 series aluminium frame, US Military Standard-810G Certified, It has a display of 5.5-inch, 18:9 (2160×1080), IPS LCD. The LG Q6 has Qualcomm Snapdragon 435, (8x 1.4GHz Cortex-A53, Adreno 505) and has 32GB storage (expandable), 3GB RAM. It has 3000mAh battery with FM radio function and face detection unlock feature. LG Q6 has two trays for 2 SIM cards and a dedicated microSD slot ( 256GB).
LG Q6 Design & Display
LG Q6 looks like the smaller version or can call it little LG G6, the front face of the smartphone is identical like the LG G6 and it is compact and fits very well in the hand. Size 142.5 x 69.3 x 8.1 mm (5.61 x 2.73 x 0.32 in) with 5.5 inches display with 1080 x 2160 pixels resolution. The LG Q6’s metal body is solidified by the lightweight ‘H Beam’ frame made from incredibly strong 7000 series aluminium. It’s designed to better endure impact from any direction. It is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3.
On the right-side of the phone is the power button. On the left side are the volume controls.
Also on the left side are the two cards tray. One tray has the Nano SIM Card slot with a microSD card slot to expand your storage up to 256GB and second tray dedicated for second Nano SIM card.
On the top is a microphone and on the bottom, is the 3.5mm headphone jack, microUSB 2.0 connector and another Active noise cancellation microphone.
The back of the phone is where the design distinguishes itself from the LG G6. You get a glossy plastic back cover with a single camera lens in the corner with a single LED flash, but the camera lens is prone to scratches as it had plastic lens cover without any anti scratch coating.
It has single lens rear camera which can capture an image of 13MP (4:3) and default setup of 8.7MP (18:9), You can capture images in 3 different modes Auto, Panorama and Food. You can capture images in HDR mode and also has the voice-activated Cheese function, where you can say the word “Cheese”, “Smile”, “Kimchi” or even “LG” and shutter will click your snap without touching any button. You can record video at FHD 1080 (19:6) video with steady recording function to reduce motion blurs with tag location.
The front camera or the Selfie camera is 5MP (f2.2) lens, it has two modes to capture yourself and little wide angle (100-degree) for group selfies. It has Skin filter which you can use to make your photo look better with smooth skin.
It does not have NFC but has FM radio function which works with headphones.
Here are some of the sample images clicked with LG Q6 smartphone
Software & Performance
The LG Q6 runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat with LG UI 5.0 on top. The software on the Q6 is essentially the same as that on the G6, minus a few hardware specific features. The software looks clean and functional without any dramatic flair.
One of the key new features with this device is Face Unlock. Once you scan your face the phone lets you pick it up and unlock it without any touch or draw a pattern. The phone automatically detects when it gets picked up and scans for your face. It is a bit slow though, as the phone takes a second or two to detect when it is picked up and then a couple of more seconds at best to have your face detected. A fingerprint sensor would still be faster but since this phone doesn’t have one, this could be your best bet. Of course, it’s not super reliable and won’t work at all if you’re in a dark place. Also, it is not the best security options as I was able to open the phone with my selfie image from another smartphone.
The Q6 does have LG’s Knock On feature, that lets you double tap the screen to wake it up. However, LG has left out its excellent Knock Code that lets you create a pattern of taps to unlock the phone.
In terms of apps, the Q6 did come with some bloatware installed in the form of Google Docs apps that cannot be uninstalled and also some Facebook apps.
The LG Q6 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 435. I wish LG had used higher Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset. On the AnTUTU benchmark test, it performed not up to mark with a score only 39473. During the 3D Bench test, the sample graphic video was choppy and the smartphone warmed quite a bit.
LG Q6 smartphone contains a USB 2.0 cable with wall unit charging plug and a pair of headphones.
LG Q6 is available in Astro Black, Ice Platinum, Mystic White, Terra Gold and priced at AED849
LG Q6 is an affordable smartphone, a compact version of LG G6 but off course fewer features compared to the flagship model. I wish the LG could have used a much more powerful chipset than the Qualcomm Snapdragon 435. One thing which appealed to me was dual nano-SIM card slots and separate dedicated microSD card slot expandable to 256GB. Strong metal frame, the smartphone warms up while using the camera and selfie camera images are not that great while using in low light conditions. Would have preferred if it had fingerprint scan button for security. The 3000mAh battery lasts for 2 days with average usage. There are other brands available at a similar or lower price and more powerful than LG Q6.