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LG Q6 – The full vision marvel – (Review)

If you in the market to buy a mobile for around Rs 15k, the LG Q6 would definitely have cropped up in your list. Lg Q6 is the first mobile of its kind in this price segment. It has an 18:9 aspect ratio full vision display with all the goodness of LG in it. A few months back, when LG launched the G6, everyone thought that the 18:9 aspect ratio is here to stay and primarily in the flagship segment. But LG introduced the good of a full vision display on a mid-range mobile like the Q6. It is not cheap or easy to make a full vision bezel-less display and so to keep the price low, LG has cut down a few things. So let us see if the Q6 is a good buy for the price of Rs 15k.

LG Q6

In the box

  • LG Q6 mobile
  • Manuals
  • 5V 1.2A Charger
  • Micro USB Cable
  • Earphones (basic quality)
  • SIM Ejector Pin

Design

The moment you take the mobile out of the box and hold it in your hand, you will feel the “wow” factor. LG Q6 has got a glossy plastic back. The quality of material used is of high quality, but the gloss finish is highly susceptible to scratches. It has a brushed texture feel, for aesthetics and it looks pleasing. It has an audio jack, USB port, and mic at the bottom. The top has a noise canceling mic and the side has the power button. On the other side are the volume keys and 2 slots for dual SIM card and SD card. When you hold this 5.5-inch mobile in your hand, you won’t feel the size as it long and thin. It has good grip and the design is impressive. It is easy to hold and handle. It feels premium and looks stylish.

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Display

The display is the highlight of this mobile. It has a 5.5-inch display on a rectangular 2:1 (18:9) aspect ratio. It supports a resolution of 1080×2160 with a pixel density of 442 PPI. The quality of the display is typical of LG. It is very rich and bright. The colors are vivid, yet natural. It has excellent sunlight readability and viewing angles. It also has Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for protection. The Full Vision, bezel-less display is a beauty to use on this mobile. In fact, I loved the display as much as I loved it on the G6.

LG Q6

Camera

LG Q6 has a 13 MP camera on the back and a 5 MP camera on the front. Under daylight or ample light conditions, the images out of the rear camera have good color accuracy. The exposure is perfect and the images have sharp details. Under low light, the images do have some noise, but the colors are accurate and exposure is decent. The front 5 MP is not the sharpest selfie shooter we have seen, but it has the option to switch to wide angle and increases the viewing angles. The images do have some noise and the colors are faded. Check out the camera samples below.

The highlight of the camera in this mobile is the Square Cam mode. It makes use of the 2:1 aspect ratio of the display and divides the frame into two equal squares. It gives you a lot of creative modes like a collage, dual front and rear shots and a couple of more shots. The video out of this mobile has a max resolution of 1080p. It has good colors and sharpness, but lacks image stabilization and hence shaky. Overall, LG has done a good job on the camera of this mobile. The image quality and the user experience is pleasing with the LG Q6.

LG Q6

Hardware and Performance

LG Q6 runs on an older Snapdragon 435 processor with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage. While the storage is not a problem, as it has dedicated SD card slot, the processor and the RAM are a bit low on spec. The UI lags at times and the display responsiveness is also affected. But the gameplay is smooth and the mobile does not heat up even on intensive gaming for over 30 minutes. It has gyro and all the usual sensors. It does not have fingerprint sensor which is a huge disappointment. Face recognition is there as an alternative to fingerprint, but it is slow and struggles under low light. So to give you a great display, here is where LG has compromised. They have cut down on the processor and fingerprint sensor. If you are not so keen of a high-performance mobile, the LG Q6’s performance would suffice you for your day to day tasks.

LG Q6

Software

LG Q6 runs on Android 7.0 with LG UX 6.0 skin on top. It has no bloatware and all the apps that come installed with it complement the mobile with rich features. LG UX 6.0 has a very interesting visual design. The icons are rounded and compliment the rounded display corners. The settings are stacked and grouped in tabs. LG Q6 has a list of sensible features. The UI is optimized to support every app on its 18:9 aspect ratio display. The UI is not very fast and snappy, owing to the low-end processor, but LG UX 6.0 is easy and intuitive to use.

Battery

It has a 3000 mAh battery which gives you an average of 4-5 hours of screen on time. The stock charger charges the mobile from 0 to 100% in about 2 hours. Once charged, the mobile would last for a day of moderate usage.

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LG Q6

Verdict

LG Q6 is priced at Rs 15000. For that price, you would get a great display, cool design, average performance and a decent camera and battery performance. At this price range, it would compete with Honor 8 Lite and the Redmi A1 which has better performance and camera. But LG Q6 is here for its display and design ergonomics. If you are looking for a device from a reputed brand with a striking design you can go for the Q6. At 15k, LG Q6 is a tad bit expensive for its specifications. If you get a better deal for around Rs 12k, go for it. It would suffice as a smartphone for your regular day-to-day apps and camera imaging needs.

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Giridhar

A Technology evangelist, Giridhar reviews gadgets and mobile applications. He is also a passionate photographer and a user experience designer by profession.
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