Not long ago, most people started thinking that modular smartphones are the way to go forward. Semi-modular smartphones like the LG G5 and the Moto Z series only fuelled the dreams of modular smartphones for the future. However, after Google shelved Project Ara, a modular smartphone certainly feels like a distant dream now. Even LG Electronics seems to have given up on modular designs for smartphones after a lukewarm response to the LG G5.
Now, LG is reportedly going back to the drawing board for its next flagship smartphone. We have received some details about the Korean conglomerate’s next flagship smartphone, the LG G6. Before we take a nosedive into the details of the LG G6, we bring you 3D render images of the device in collaboration with our friend @OnLeaks.
LG G6: 3D Render Images
With LG going back to the standard candybar design, the LG G6 certainly feels reminiscent to most smartphones from 2016. First details about the change in LG’s approach for its next flagship smartphone’s design cropped up in October earlier this year. We have received details regarding its design, but internal hardware still remains a mysterious affair. However, considering this is a flagship device, we have a reason to believe that LG will indeed pack its upcoming smartphone with a top-tier chipset (mostly the Snapdragon 835 from Qualcomm).
The LG G6 will feature a 5.3-inch Quad-HD display, similar to that of its predecessor, the LG G5. However, the screen of the G6 will have an entirely flat surface, unlike the slightly contoured one on the G5. As you can notice in the renders, there is no modular element the design of the LG G6. So, it feels quite likely that LG’s ‘Friends’ modular accessories won’t be compatible with the G6. The device is 8.3mm thick towards its top (mostly due to the camera sensors) and 8mm at the bottom. The dimensions of the G6 are 148.8 x 72.3 x 8.3mm (top) / 8.0mm (bottom).
The rear panel snugs tightly to the metallic frame, and may not be removable. At the back, LG continues using a dual camera setup with dual-tone LED flash. Both the rear-facing camera sensors will have different focal lengths, and that is quite evident from the renders. There’s a fingerprint scanner just below the camera setup, and it also doubles up as the phone’s power button.
Quite surprisingly, the company is not yanking out the headphone jack in favour of a USB Type-C port. Not yet, at least. So, you can heave a sigh of relief as LG seems to have decided to stick to a 3.5mm jack for headphones on the G6. The loudspeaker is on the right side of the USB Type-C port at the bottom, while the microphone is on the left.
Here’s a video showing 360-degree video of LG G6 renders:
Unlike the company’s previous generation devices, LG has plans to launch the G6 in glossy and matte finishes. If earlier rumours turn out to be true, then LG might use a “highly reflective metallic material” for the rear panel of the G6. We estimate that the rear panel of the LG G6 will feature a glossy or matte finish, as visible in the 360-degree 3D render video embedded above.
According to previous reports, LG will also use a new wireless charging module at the rear which will juice up the G6’s battery up to 50 percent in just 30 minutes. While the company remains tight-lipped, the LG G6 might make its first public appearance at the Mobile World Congress 2017 in February next year. What do you think about the LG G6 and the future of modular smartphones? Do mention your thoughts in the comments section below.
Here are some more 3D rendered images of the LG G6 for you to gawk at: