tech2 News StaffNov 30, 2016 09:01:05 IST
The LG G6, successor to the G5, has been popping its head for quite some time now. And, going by the recent rumours, looks like it is out there to steal Samsung's thunder, especially after the Galaxy Note 7 debacle. Though these are just early rumours, we expect plenty more to follow soon. So, here's what we know about the G6, so far.
LG made heads turn earlier this year with the G5's modular functionality and the ability to hook up add-ons that will let users enhance the capabilities of the smartphone. However, if reports are to be believed than the G6 won't feature a modular design. Yes, reports claim that it could be the end of modular design for the company.
So, the lower part of the smartphone would pop out and one could attach a DAC or a camera control module. However, the one had to remove the battery along with the modules or what LG called ‘friends’. This swapping was not seamless. Though unique, the smartphone didn't do well and in a few months it was clear that the smartphone was a failure. The company is also said to have fired major designers. Needless to say, the modular phones didn't revolutionise the mobile sector as one may have expected. Google had also recently announced the end of Project Ara, which was a disappointment for many. Looks like, LG is taking a similar path. However, there are contradicting reports claiming LG hasn't given up completely or probably hasn't taken a decision yet.
Another report by Korea Herald reveals LG's plans to launch the device with iris scanner and payments feature. At the Korea Electronics Show held in October, the company had showcased the all-in-one module that will act as both iris scanner and camera. And, the inclusion of this technology may help the company position the device better compared to its competitors, or at least at par.
Then there's a new payments system allegedly called LG Pay. It will be along the lines of Samsung Pay, employing the Magnetic Security Transmission solution. This is unlike the previous report around the LG universal payments card. The payments and iris scanner, also seen in the Note 7, seem like LG's way to bring in a serious alternative to Samsung Note fans.
Some other speculations/rumours include a flat panel over curved display, Snapdragon 830 or 835 chipset, 4 to 5GB of RAM and runs Android Nougat 7.0.
The LG G6 is expected to make is debut at the MWC early 2015 to be held in Barcelona.
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