The LG Q6 is official, but will its price match its smaller size?

Less than 24 hours after it first teased the new handset via a YouTube video, LG’s gone ahead and revealed all the official details about its incoming Q6  — aka the ‘G6 mini’ — meaning we now know almost everything about this new mid-ranger… except, frustratingly, its ever-elusive price.

The feature that LG’s most proud of is the fact that the Q6 will adopt the ‘FullVision’ display that’s so far only been available on its flagship G6. This specifically relates to the aspect ratio of the 5.5-inch screen (18:9) and its almost bezel-free design, as the actual display resolution is reduced to what LG’s calling ‘Full HD+’ (2,160 x 1,080) from the G6’s resolution of 2,880 x 1,440.

The Q6 will launch as part of a new Q series range, which includes the Q6+ and the Q6α, the former beefing up with 4GB RAM and 64GB ROM while the latter slims it down to 2GB RAM and 16GB ROM. As astute readers may have guessed, the Q6 itself is halfway between these two models, with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, but apart from these differences in memory and storage, the available color options are the only discernible specs that distinguish the three models in this series.

The devil's in the details

Instead of a fingerprint scanner for security, the Q6 range will utilize LG’s proprietary face-recognition technology to unlock the device. 

The Q series will all feature an entry-level Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor, which is perhaps the most significant drop in specs from the G6, down from a Snapdragon 821 processor, and rather than a dual-lens camera, the Q series will have a single lens 13MP snapper. A 3,000mAh isn’t too much of a step down from the G6’s 3,300mAh battery, but hopefully it will be optimized better than the flagship.

Of course, the kicker will come with the price announcement for these three tiers, as their respective value and place in the mid-rage spectrum is still somewhat up in the air until we can compare their cost with the rest of the market.

According to the press release, “the Q6 will go on sale in key markets in Asia starting next month [August] to be followed by availability in Europe, Latin America and North America onward”.

  • You can check out our review of the LG G6 and decide for yourself if a more compact, budget version will make for a worthwhile handset.

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