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What's New with the LG G6 Versus the LG G5 (We Like the Improved USB Power Delivery Compatibility)

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The LG G6 scraps the old modular design, and offers a refined metallic chassis with a high screen-to-body ratio. It's now also waterproof and dustproof. Let's see what changes LG had done from its LG G5 to new flagship phone LG G6.

The LG G5 and LG G6 are largely similar in terms of their software. The main difference is that LG has loaded the LG G6 with a modified version of its LG UX software that supports the new aspect ratio. With the LG G6, you’re getting a special 18:9 aspect ratio. The advantage of this is that the screen can show two apps at once, both of which will be perfect squares.

When it comes to the battery, the LG G5 has a 2800mAh removable battery while the LG G6 has a larger fixed 3300mAh batter. Both the phones offer rapid charge features like Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 and USB Power Delivery over the USB Type-C port.

LG has also moved from a 5.3-inch screen to a much larger 5.7-inch display. The LG G5 uses Gorilla Glass 4 for its display, while the LG G6 uses Gorilla Glass 3 for the front and Gorilla Glass 5 for the back. Both uses the same IPS LCD display technology with the same resolution.

LG moved its speaker to the right side on the LG G6 whereas the LG G5 has the speaker on its left side.

The LG G5 has one single button for Volume +/- whereas the LG G6 comes with two distinct volume buttons on the left side of the phone. 

The LG G5 has an all-metal design with a slide-out modular attachment at the bottom of the device. This modular feature allows you to pop in a new battery or add more functionality to the phone. LG decided to drop their modular feature in the all-glass designed LG G6 model and added an 18:9 screen ratio and IP68 certification, but did away with the removable battery.

The SIM slot is moved towards the top of the LG G6 while it was previously closer to the bottom of the LG G5. Both phones support 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage with microSD expansion (there is also a 64GB version of the LG G6). The LG G6 has a slightly faster (around 10 percent faster) Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor compared to the LG G5's Snapdragon 820.

Like the LG G5, the LG G6 has a dual-camera at the rear, but rather than a 16MP and 8MP duo it now has two 13MP cameras, one of which has a 125-degree wide-angle lens. The LG G6 now also uses the faster phase-detection autofocus rather the LG G5's laser autofocus. The selfie camera has had a bump down from 8MP to 5MP, but now has a 100-degree wide-angle lens with the LG G6

After initial testing, we found that the LG G6 to have worked out USB Power Delivery compatibility issues that we had seen with the LG G5. This means that it can work with a lot more third party USB Power Delivery chargers out there. We'll be publishing more reviews showing this.

Overall, LG needed something that could go more head to head with Samsung's Galaxy S8, and the LG G6 was an incremental way for them to achieve this over the LG G5 with the focus being more on style and design rather than adding a lot more performance and features.

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