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Mobile World Congress 2017 highlights: LG G6 launched with 5.7-inch display, Snap 821

After Chinese smartphone-maker TCL and BlackBerry jointly launched the KEYone smartphone at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this year, we are just minutes away from Korean phone-maker LG unleashing the new G6 on the world which is expected to come with a new edge-to-edge display.

mobileworldcongress2017 Updated: Feb 26, 2017 18:01 IST
Anirban Ghoshal
The picture shows the new G6 smartphone that comes with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor.
The picture shows the new G6 smartphone that comes with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor.(LG)

After TCL and BlackBerry kickstarted MWC Barcelona with the launch of the new KEYone, LG has just launched the new G6 smartphone with a 5.7-inch display in a 5.2-inch body.

LG has been trying hard to get back in the smartphone race but is yet to make enough headway to challenge rivals like Samsung and HTC. It expects that the new edge-to-edge display will help it capture new market share.

Hence, this means that the modular dream that was started with G5 has been put to rest just like Google’s Project Ara.

Watch the livestream here

Here are the live updates:

5:23 PM: The G6 will come with a new UI -- the new 6.0 built on Android. No announcements yet about the price or availability.

5:22 PM: A Qualcomm executive is now on stage. The G6 comes with 821 Snapdragon processor and a new HDR standard that displays colours more vibrantly. The G6 also has a smoother zoom and optical image stabilisation.

5:20 PM: Moving to the camera. The G6 has a 13-megapixel wide-angle lens along with a standard 13-megapixel lens. The front camera also has a wide-angle lens that can cover upto 100-degree radius instead of the standard 80-degree. The rear unit can go as wide as 125-degrees.

5:15 PM: As expected, LG is now showcasing the Google Assistant. A top Google executive is showing the multiple use cases for the Assistant. The Assistant is available in English and German. In India, Hindi is somewhat available too on Allo.

5:12 PM: LG also has a heat pipe and air gap to keep the battery from heating up. LG claims that the new G6 is more environment friendly. The LG G6 also comes with IP68 and that makes it dust and water resistant. LG G6 will also come with the Googl Assistant.

5:10 PM: The LG G6 might have the same feature as the V20. If the phone drops, it will not break and the back case will open up. LG also claims that the bezel have been kept to a minimum to avoid screen shattering. LG now takes a jibe at Samsung, claims that it has taken extra care to test batteries. The G6 will draw power from a 3,300 mAh battery.

5:05 PM: The G6 has a similar camera module as the G5 and the V20. This means that it has a double LED flash module with two lenses. The G6 will come in Mystic White, Ice Platinum and Astro Black colours.

4:59 PM: The LG G6 has a stable grip and can be easily used with one hand, the company claims.

4:55 PM: LG is now showcasing the FullVision display. The design is also influenced by the aspect ratio on the G6. The phone has a rounded square design to align with the display.

4:50 PM: The LG G6 has Dolby vision feature as well to change normal videos to Unic Vision. The G6 will also come with six games from Google that can be played with one hand. But these games will be trial versions. One of the games will be the new Temple Run that will launch with the phone. So, now you can play Temple Run with one hand. Also, LG G6 users will get free coins to unlock all game characters.

4:45PM: LG G6 has a 5.7-inch display in a body of 5.2-inch body. LG is using a wider aspect ratio on the phone to make the display look more like a movie theatre. The technology is called Unic Vision. The same technology was used in many movies. The aspect ratio is 18:9 ratio.

4:42 PM: Seems that the phone has a minimal design. The G6 will influence the next LG smartphones that will be launched, the top executive claims. The G6 also seems to be water-resistant. Another video kicks in to show how the phone perfectly fits users’ hands.

4:40 PM: “LG G6 offers a big screen that actually fits in your hand,” -- that’s what the top executive is defining the phone now. The G6 has a fingerprint sensor in the rear panel. It has a new display called FullVision display. LG also hints at form factor changes throughout 2017.

4:38 PM: A new screen is on the cards as the top executive indicates that the G6 will have a bigger display without the size being bigger -- a phone that fits the pocket. LG G6 first look video kicks in. Seems that the phone has a metal design and two cameras as we saw in the V20 and G5. The phone might have an olephobic coating.

4: 36 PM: LG’s top executive takes to stage to unveil updates about the G6. He certainly points at the modular G5 dream being put to rest. He claims that LG has tried to learn from customers and hence we can expect new features. LG’s survey shows that customers want devices that look good and is fast at the same time.

4:35 PM: Jo says that LG will spare no efforts in making LG Mobiles a success and will make products that suits customer expectations.

4:34 PM: Seong-Jin Jo, CEO of LG Electronics takes to stage to unveil the G6. Jo says he had started his career as a washing machine engineer at LG.

4:33 PM: LG G6 is about to launch, no doubt, UK anchor and tech journalist on stage.

4.32 PM: Video playing shows users’ requests for a new smartphone. They want a phone that has better camera, fits the pocket and has a brilliant display and an unbreakable display.

4.31 PM: Livestream has started. The hall is full of people and a giant display can be seen with LG G6 written on it. Music dies and I think we are about to start. Video kicks in and we are on.

LG had started the modular dream with the launch of G5 and LG Friends that included smarter camera, music modules among others.