iPhone 7 vs LG G6 comparison preview: LG’s G6 could be an iPhone 7 killer
The iPhone 7 was announced back in September 2016 to claps and cheers, boasting an updated design, waterproof capabilities and an enhanced camera, but with rumours of an edge-to-edge LG G6, Apple’s flagship might not have the top spot for much longer. While the LG G6 is still weeks away from announcement, we’ve compared the iPhone 7 and LG G6 based on rumours floating around the internet. Read next: iOS vs Android
iPhone 7 vs LG G6 preview: UK pricing and availability
Let’s first talk about pricing and availability for both the iPhone 7 and upcoming LG G6. The iPhone 7 was announced in September 2016 at an event alongside the larger iPhone 7 Plus and Apple’s wireless earphones, EarPods. While Apple strives to keep the pricing of the iPhone the same year-after-year, due to the weak GBP following Brexit in 2016, the price of the iPhone 7 went up to £599 for the base model, up from the £529 iPhone 6s.
The LG G6 on the other hand, is yet to be announced. LG’s 2017 flagship is coming, though, as it recently sent out invites to a MWC 2017 (Mobile World Congress) event where the company historically has announced its flagship smartphone for the year. It’s not only LG that uses MWC as a platform for its flagship either, as Huawei is also rumoured to announce its 2017 flagship, the Huawei P10, at the event.
Anyway, we digress. The grand reveal of the LG G6 is to take place on 26 February 2017 in Barcelona, with sources claiming that it’ll go on sale weeks later, on 10 March 2017. Though there’s no word yet on UK pricing, going by the price of LG’s 2016 flagship, the LG G6 will cost somewhere around the £529 mark.
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iPhone 7 vs LG G6 preview: Design and build
The iPhone 7 is crafted from Series 7000 aluminium following the bendgate saga of the iPhone 6 Plus, and sports a rather sleek design – although it’s getting somewhat tired now, with only minor tweaks to the overall look over three iterations of the iPhone (iPhone 6, 6s and 7). Within the aluminium chassis is a 4.7in IPS LCD display which takes up roughly 65 percent of the front of the smartphone, with rather chunky (when compared to the likes of the Huawei Mate 9) bezels surrounding the display.
Let’s get this clear: the iPhone 7 isn’t a bad-looking phone, with an antenna-less rear and curved edges along the aluminium chassis, but with gorgeous phones like the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge on the market, we think it’s time that Apple switched it up a bit.
The LG G6 on the other hand is said to sport a different design to the modular LG G5, offering a gorgeous blend of metal and glass – if recent leaks are anything to go by, anyway. Rumours suggest that the main draw of the LG G6 will be the display, which will apparently be practically edge-to-edge, and is even suggested in LG’s official MWC 2017 invite. But what more do we know?
Rumours claim that it’ll feature a 5.7in display with curved edges, although not as curved as the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. In terms of resolution, it’s said to trump the 750 x 1334 iPhone 7 with a QHD+ (1440 x 2880) display, although we’re yet to hear specifics. The high screen-to-body ratio means there will only be a small gap above the display for the speaker, sensors and front-facing camera, and one beneath to don the LG logo (a bit of a waste of space, in our opinion).
However, while the display of the LG G6 is said to be impressive, there’s no mention of any built-in pressure detection technology like the 3D Touch feature of the iPhone 7. While Android fans may remark that it’s a gimmick, as an avid fan of Apple’s 3D Touch technology, we think that it enhances the already great iOS experience available to iPhone 6s and 7 series users.
The other big difference between the smartphones is a rather obvious one: the LG G6 reportedly does have a headphone port, while Apple made the decision to remove the headphone port on the iPhone 7. It comes with a Lightning-to-3.5mm port adapter in the box, but it’s not an ideal solution.
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iPhone 7 vs LG G6 preview: Features and spec
Let’s dig a little deeper into the two flagship smartphones. The iPhone 7 features Apple’s own A10 Fusion chipset, comprised of a Quad-core 2.34GHz CPU and, per GSM Arena, a PowerVR Series7XT Plus six-core GPU, alongside 2GB of RAM. While that may seem slightly underwhelming on paper when compared to Android flagships, it’s worth noting that as Apple develops both the hardware and software for the iPhone, it can get more out of the tech. For example, the iPhone 7 scored incredibly highly in our graphics benchmarks, beating many rivals including the Galaxy S7.
Per reports, LG decided to opt for the Snapdragon 821 processor over the top-of-the-line 835 as Samsung apparently has exclusivity for the chipset, and LG didn’t want to delay the launch of its flagship until after the announcement of the Galaxy S8. Although despite not using the most powerful processor available, the LG G6 is said to have a heavy focus on performance and according to sources, it’ll be extraordinarily powerful for a smartphone. Sources even claim it’ll have as much as 6- or 8GB of RAM, although we think that might be overkill.
We assume that the high-end graphical power and gorgeous display will be used to provide great mobile VR experiences and will likely be a DayDream-enabled smartphone. Apple is also rumoured to be working on a VR/AR solution, although it seems like it’ll be a standalone device instead of something that utilises the iPhone itself.
Security wise, both the iPhone 7 and LG G6 boast a fingerprint scanner; the iPhone 7 fingerprint scanner is embedded within the Home button, while the scanner of the LG G6 is said to be on the rear of the smartphone, like many other Android flagships. However, rumours suggest that the G6 could have another level of security; an iris scanner. While unconfirmed, if true, the G6 will have a built-in scanner separate from the front-facing camera that’ll scan users eyes as a way of authorisation.
In terms of storage, it seems like the iPhone 7 is the clear winner here, offering not only a 32GB variant but also 128- and even 256GB storage options too. The LG G6 is rumoured to have a base storage of 32GB, although it’s unclear now whether it’ll feature a microSD card slot or if there will be higher-capacity variants available.
One feature of the LG G6 that is yet to be announced is in the photography department. While a leaked render suggests that the LG G6 will have a rear-facing dual-camera setup, we’re not sure of the specifics and thus, we’re not quite sure how it’ll compare to the rear-facing 12Mp camera of the iPhone 7 which has been praised for its overall performance, and low-light photography.
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iPhone 7 vs LG G6 preview: Software
Of course, one of the biggest differences between the iPhone 7 and the LG G6 is software; the iPhone 7 comes with iOS 10, the latest iteration of Apple’s iOS, while the LG G6 is rumoured to feature Android 7.0, aka Nougat. While iOS features Siri, Apple’s virtual assistant across iOS and macOS, the LG G6 is also rumoured to feature a virtual assistant – and it’s not Google Now.
In fact, it’s rumoured that the LG G6 will be the first non-Google smartphone to feature Google Assistant. While some may be quick to point out that a Google Assistant-enabled Huawei Mate 9 was announced at CES 2017, the update is yet to roll out to users. Google Assistant looks to compete with the likes of Siri and Cortana on Windows 10, and much in the way that Siri can control HomeKit devices, Google Assistant can be used to control your smart home, amongst other things.
While there are leaked LG G6 specs online, we’re waiting until the official announcement of the LG G6 at MWC 2017 before we decide which is the better smartphone. Make sure you check back after the announcement for our final decision!