While it’s widely believed that Samsung will delay launching the Galaxy S8 thanks to the lingering effects of the abortive Galaxy Note 7, LG has confirmed that it will announce its G6 handset on February 26th at MWC 2017 next month. There is one caveat, though, the LG G6 will use last year’s silicon, the Snapdragon 821, instead of the Snapdragon 835.
According to a report by Forbes, Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S8 will be the first to sport the 10nm Snapdragon 835. With Samsung producing the Snapdragon 835 in its foundry in partnership with Qualcomm, it shouldn’t really be a surprise that it has secured access to the SD835 ahead of its rivals.
What does this mean for the LG G6 then? Well, for starters, it will be relegated to using the Snapdragon 821, as previously seen in LG’s last flagship, the V20. While for spec freaks it may seem disappointing, it could be a positive move for LG, giving the company more time to optimize and tweak a processor they are familiar with. It’s also thought that the LG G6 will be the first non-Google handset to launch with Assistant onboard.
That being said, using the SD821 means that the G6 will miss out on Bluetooth 5, Quick Charge 4.0, Gigabit LTE, as well as improved efficiency thanks to the 10nm process. As with most flagship handsets, though, a processor is only a single component, the success of the LG G6 really depends on whether LG can bring a cohesive offering to market, focussing on the fundamentals and avoiding gimmicks such as the modular Friends that launched with the G5.
With just over a month to go until the G6 is announced, you can be sure that there’s going to be a bunch of leaks in the weeks ahead, but what did you think of the leaked image of the G6?