LG G6’s Rumored Price Tag Might Be Increased by $50, But Here’s How It’s Worth It
For as long as I can remember, LG’s flagships came with a removable battery feature, which was always a nice perk to have, and looking at the Galaxy Note7 incident, it is a feature that should be required more often. However, the company’s decision based on rumors suggest that it will be able to provide future consumers with a lot more features if a metal body is used. Using a metal body coupled with other features will naturally skyrocket the price of a smartphone, but is $50 really that high a premium for what you’ll be getting in return? Let us weigh in our thoughts.
For a $50 Premium You’re Getting a Total of Six Features in Return on the LG G6 – Here They Are
Just in case you were wondering what those features are, they have been listed below. Some of you might have different opinions on what those perks should be, but here are our picks:
- Premium build
- Google Assistant
- IP68 water-resistance
- Wireless charging support
- 32-bit DAC
However, when you’re making a purchase, there’s always some form of compromise that you’ll be making. With the G6, they are the following:
- Rumored to be using an older chipset (Snapdragon 821)
- Non-removable battery feature no longer present
- LG has been criticized for its UI and boot loop issues with previous-gen phones
The Snapdragon 821 part we can forgive since Samsung has been reported to seize all the initial shipment of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 SoC for use in its Galaxy S8. While this move would have been a shock to LG, keep in mind that mobile hardware has improved so much over these past few years that the only difference you might actually spot between a Snapdragon 821 and Snapdragon 835 are differences in benchmarking scores. However, the Snapdragon 835 does bring in support for Quick Charge 4.0 and is manufactured on 10nm FinFET architecture, which will affect battery performance in the long run. Still, both SoCs will be able to deliver fluid performance right ‘out of the box’, and the presence of a Snapdragon 821 means that the LG G6 will be Daydream compatible as well.
More than water-resistance, we’d be looking forward to wireless charging support on the G6. With LG’s subsidiary, LG Innotek having already announced the world’s fastest wireless charger, we see the upcoming flagship providing support for it. Wireless charging has bridged the ‘charging time’ gap considerably when you’re comparing wall chargers, but it still has a long road to travel. However, the convenience that comes with wireless charging is something that we’re sure you’ll be wanting to experience on a phone like this.
Additionally, manufacturers who plan out the design phase of their flagships give less preference to sound quality, which is a real shame. Keep in mind that there are some audiophiles who also possess a penchant for high-end smartphones and a 32-bit DAC in the G6 is definitely a plus for those who plan to make this phone their next upgrade and want to enjoy high-quality sound. When the G5 was launched, its retail price was $649, suggesting that the price of the G6 according to the rumor is going to be $699 when it becomes available to the public.
For a $50 premium, you’re getting six high-end features in return, and if you do the math, that’s less than $10 per feature. Still think the phone is not going to be worth it? Tell us why in the comments right away.