A recent report out of South Korea had claimed that LG is planning to release the G6 earlier than the Samsung Galaxy S8 in order to get an early advantage over its main rival. Another new report has surfaced out of Korea today, claiming that the LG G6 will be official unveiled at the Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona on February 26th.
The LG G5 too was announced at the Mobile World Congress last year, so it isn’t very surprising that LG is going to use the MWC stage to introduce its 2017 flagship smartphone. What does surprise us though, is the release date. The report claims LG G6 will be going on sale in the company’s home market of South Korea on March 10th, barely two weeks after its official unveiling. LG isn’t known for swift releases, so if the company can pull it off, we will definitely be pleasantly surprised. Unfortunately, the report doesn’t mention anything about the global release date, so it isn’t clear if the G6 will be up for sale in markets such as the US on the same day as South Korea, or if consumers in other markets will need to wait longer to get their hands on the smartphone.
Launching the LG G6 in early March could potentially help the company increase sales this year, as rival Samsung is expected to launch the Galaxy S8 only in April, owing to stricter product testing norms after the Galaxy Note 7 debacle.
The G6 is expected to be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset under the hood and come with a non-modular design. However, the basic design is likely to be similar to the G5, but with a glass back. The main reason why LG has gone with glass is to include support for wireless charging, a feature that has been missing on LG flagship smartphones so far. It is rumored to feature dust and water resistance as well, another feature that we haven’t yet seen on an LG flagship smartphone.