LG Q6 Review: Game Changer In Budget Segment

LG has launched its Q series smartphone LGQ6 in the affordable price range. With FullVision display and features like face recognition, wide selfie camera this device is a good one in the budget range. With the flat display surface and optimized bezel this device is one of its kind in the budget range. Priced at 14,990, it is available in three colors – Astro Black, Ice Platinum, and Terra Gold. We had a chance to keep the device for some time and here is our review of the same.

When we see the smartphone for the first time, the device looks very good with a glossy finish in the back and it has full vision display in the front. It fits well into the hand as the back is slightly curved and the slimmer 69.3mm width makes the LG Q6 totally comfortable to hold and use. LG Q6 is made up of metal body with lightweight ‘H Beam’ frame made from strong 7000 series aluminum. And the device also has US military standard 810G certification.

On the left side the volume buttons and the two SIM slots with the dedicated micro SD card slot is present. On the right side of the device the power button is present. In the bottom it has 3.5mm audio port with micro USB port and primary mic. The noise-canceling mic is on the top. On the back, the camera and single LED flash is present on the top and the speaker grills are in the bottom. The back is made of plastic and it looks glossy due to which the device attracts fingerprints and it becomes smudgy very easily. The overall weight of the phone is 149g.

It comes with 5.5 inch screen, and 18:9 aspect ratio makes the experience good in this range. The bezels on the top and bottom are narrow. The display is quite impressive with 2160 x 1080 resolution and 442 ppi pixel density and 16M color support with Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The full vision display makes the gaming and video experience better.

The absence of fingerprint sensor is quite disappointing. But LG has compensated a bit by providing face recognition as one of the security option of screen unlocking. When you lift your phone, the phone wakes up and it unlocks the phone on recognizing your face. You can also improve your face recognition by recording your face in different lightings, with or without glasses, and so on. But the face recognition takes a little bit time to unlock the device.

LG Q6 comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 octa-core processor, with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal memory which can be expandable up to 2TB. It also has dual SIM slots and an exclusive microSD slot. It is good to see separate SIM slots and microSD card slot. And the device comes with 3000mAh battery which runs approximately for a day which is good enough.

On the software side, the smartphone runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat OS with LG’s own UX 6.0 and has a few pre-installed apps. We liked some of the options present in the floating menu like capture+ in which you can take screenshot and you can write or draw in the screenshot and save. The comfort view option is very useful and it reduces the strain on our eyes by reducing the blue light. This is also present in the floating menu and it is very easy to change. There is no need to go to the settings to change this.

Coming to the camera part, LG Q6 has 13MP rear camera with a LED flash and 5MP wide angle front camera. There is an interesting option in the camera, the Square Camera. In this mode, the screen is split into two and in the top half you can see the camera and in the bottom part you can see the preview of the photo taken by you and you can instantly share to your social media handles. There are some more modes like Match shot, Snap shot, Grid shot and Guide shot which looks very interesting. Photos we took came very well. We took photos in bright light and dark settings. All the photos were good enough. You can also take photos in different sizes from the camera app like 1:1, 18:9, 16:9 and 4:2. In the 18:9 mode, the entire display becomes a viewfinder without any black bars.

Here are some of the photos taken. Click on the thumbnails to see full pictures.

The 100-degree wide angle selfie camera is very useful in capturing good group shots and you can take a whole set of people well. The selfies also came out well.

In view of connectivity, LG Q6 offers Wi-Fi 802.11 b, g, n, Bluetooth 4.2 and USB Type-B 2.0 and it also supports 4G VoLTE. LG Q6 also supports OTG.

Specifications Of LG Q6

Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 435 Mobile Platform
Display 13.97cm(5.5) 18:9 FHD+ FullVision Display (2160 x 1080 / 442ppi)
Memory 3GB RAM / 32GB ROM
Camera Rear 13MP Standard Angle / 5MP (100°) Wide Angle Front
Security Face recognition
OTG Support Yes, OTG(on the go)
Battery 3,000mAh (Embedded)
Operating system Android 7.1.1 Nougat
Size 142.5 x 69.3 x 7.9 mm
Weight 149g
Network 4G VoLTE / 3G / 2G
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 b, g, n / Bluetooth 4.2 / USB Type-B 2.0
Colors Astro Black / Ice Platinum / Terra Gold
SIM Dual SIM Slot & Dedicated micro SD
Other Google Assistant / Square Camera / Military standard 810G certification

Verdict:

LG Q6 looks and feels great in our hands, but the absence of fingerprint scanner looks slightly disappointing. But other features like face recognition, wide angle selfie camera makes the phone good. LG also brings the FullVision display in the affordable range makes it a good choice. At the price of Rs 14,999/- this one is definitely a game changer in the budget segment. Very impressed with this one!