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LG G6 UK will be released

Once upon a time HTC showed Samsung stiff competition in the Android market, but these days it has LG to fear. The G5 was a fantastic phone, and the LG G6 should be even better – potentially with waterproofing and wireless charging! So, should you wait for the LG G6 or buy the LG G5 now? We round up the LG G6 rumours, including details on the LG G6 UK release date, price and specifications.

LG G6 UK release date rumours: When is the LG G6 coming out?

LG G6 UK release date: 26 February 2017 (TBC)

For the first time in 2016 LG announced its annual flagship upgrade at the MWC tradeshow in February, putting it in direct competition with the also announced Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge. In previous years LG had held off until later in the year for a late-Spring launch.

This paid off well for LG and we think it will follow the same pattern for the G6. Samsung is expected to announce its Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus at an Unpacked press conference the day before MWC starts on 26 February, so expect LG to also pick that date to announce its G6. (The HTC 11 will likely be another key rival to the LG G6.)

LG G6 UK price rumours: How much is the LG G6?

LG has always managed to undercut its rivals on pricing, and its ability to make high-end handsets at great-value price points has always been a key reason to choose LG. The LG G5 had a £529 SIM-free RRP in the UK, so we expect LG to keep the price roughly similar for the G6. Given the current economic climate we would certainly be surprised to see it cost any less than the G5.

LG G6 specification rumours: What to expect from LG G6

With the G5 LG tried the whole modular thing with its ‘Friends’ accessories that were bought separately. Now, according to ETNews, it will be going it alone, leaving behind its Friends and its modular design for the all-new LG G6. It says this is because the LG G6 is expected to get a new waterproof design. However, it also says the G6 will retain its removable battery, which doesn’t tally with other whispers we’ve heard.

LG has now confirmed that it is ditching its unpopular modular design to WSJ. A company spokesman said that the company was scaling back the modularity for the G6, and would focus on “aesthetics and usability”.

Some things are likely to stay the same, such as the 5.3in Quad-HD display (potentially with an upgrade to 4K), dual-camera, 32GB of storage as standard and USB-C. But the G6 is thought to feature a more traditional design, possibly with a glass rear and this time with wireless charging built in (there were fears the tech wouldn’t be ready in time for the G6 but in October LG announced a 15W Quick Wireless Charging Pad). It will also get an update to the Snapdragon 830 processor and Android Nougat.

With the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus set to be key rivals to the LG G6, it makes sense that LG will look to ensure it can keep up with those phones in terms of spec. The Galaxy S8 is expected to be extraordinarily powerful for a phone, with a strong focus on graphics that are able to power the best mobile VR experience, potentially with an upgrade to 6- or even 8GB of RAM. The S8 is also expected to get the dual curved-edge screen as standard, complete with a built-in fingerprint scanner.

According to ChosunBiz LG is having difficulty sourcing curved displays from LG Display, which is busy producing OLED displays for the Apple Watch and LG’s own smartwatches, so LG is unlikely to go for a dual-edge screen in the G6. But powerful graphics, a focus on VR, a larger complement of RAM and a fingerprint scanner built into the screen will likely be high up on its list.

More recently we’ve heard that the LG G5 will feature an iris scanner, which will use the same sensor as the front camera rather than a separate module. This will be made possible by applying a filter, and will bring down both the build costs and the amount of space required. However, LG has told GSM Arena that while such a camera has been developed, it has not been confirmed that it will be used in a smartphone.

 LG G6 rumours: Should I buy LG G5 or should I wait for LG G6?

LG is becoming a true force to be reckoned with in the smartphone world, and though we have judged its flagship offerings second-best to the Samsung Galaxy S-series for the past few years, the gap between the two smartphone families is getting ever shorter. We were seriously impressed with the LG G5, especially at its £529 RRP, but the LG G6 could be a very different beast.

Reasons to buy the LG G5:

• It will cost you less than the G6 will new (and better deals will be available if you can wait a few months)

• It is modular and allows you to bolt on (optional) accessories

• It has a removable battery and a microSD slot, which the G6 could lose if it gets a rear glass panel

• It’s still a fantastic phone and though the G6 will be faster the G5 is plenty fast enough

• You can buy it right now rather than wait four or five months

2017 Best Tech CES

CES is one of the biggest tech shows that takes place each year, and 2017 is no exception. The Tech Advisor team has been spending time on the show floor in Las Vegas checking out the hottest new tech, and has picked out the best of the best. Our top 10 products each receive a Tech Advisor Top Pick award and are the gadgets we’ll be keeping the closest eye on throughout the year.

Our top 10 from CES 2017 is in no particular order. All of these great products have made the cut and we’re looking forward to spending more time with them to bring you full reviews of each product.

Xiaomi Mi Mix

We’ve already published our full review of the Mi Mix by Xiaomi and have awarded it a Tech Advisor Recommended award as well as our Top Pick of CES 2017. We were blown away by its breathtaking bezel-less display and flawless performance

Samsung Galaxy A3

Samsung’s latest update to its A series Galaxy phones bring the mid-range handsets one step closer to a flagship but without the big price tag. We went hands-on with the Galaxy A3 at CES 2017, so find out our first impressions in our Galaxy A3 review.

Huawei Mate 9

The third and final smartphone to get a Tech Advisor Top Picks Award is the Huawei Mate 9, which was just introduced for the US this month.

Misfit Vapor

Misfit’s first touchscreen smartwatch is brilliantly priced but still offers all of the features you’ll need including a waterproof design, a heart-rate monitor and built-in GPS. We went hands-on with the watch on the show floor to bring you our first impressions

Lenovo Miix 720

Lenovo’s Surface rival has a gorgeous display and a slim, practical design with a kickstand built-in. Add the optional keyboard and you’ve got yourself a truly portable device that could potentially replace your laptop.

Review iPhone 6S with plus 3D Touch

Apple’s iPhone 6S is the phone that can’t come as much of a surprise to many. Every odd-numbered year has yielded an ‘S’ variant of the previous year’s phone, offering a few upgrades to the handset but largely keeping the same design and chasis.

The iPhone 6S is almost identical to 2014’s iPhone 6, to the point that we could barely tell the difference between the two in the hand, with a little extra thickness and weight to give you the clue that you’re holding a next-gem phone in your hand.

But while the outside is identical, the stuff that Cook’s Crew crammed inside is supposed to be a big change – hence Apple’s decision to give this phone the tagline: ‘The Only Thing That’s Changed Is Everything’.

With an all-new way of touching the phone, an improved chassis and a pseudo-magical way at viewing your photos, will this be the first iPhone ‘S’ variant that is just a polished version of the previous year’s model?

iPhone 6S design

The design of the iPhone 6S is, well, the iPhone 6 with 0.2mm thickness and 14g more weight. That’s it.

Everything else is the same as the iPhone 6, with even the same cases from last year slipping snugly around its svelte form.

The same ceramic-feeling metal is in effect once more, but this time it’s been given a 7000 series aluminium upgrade – the same as used in space programs to make rockets that little bit stronger.

If it wasn’t for the hoopla around Bendgate last year, you’d say that this was an utterly unnecessary upgrade – after all, you’d hope that Apple wouldn’t have made a phone that bent in the first place, so needing to strengthen it should be necessary.

The screen on the iPhone 6S is identical to last year’s model as well, with the same 4.7-inch, 750p display adorning the handset. It’s easy to be snobbish and say that’s terrible for a phone that costs well over £500, but it still looks stunning thanks to being laminated close to the glass.

Then again, it’s not in the same league as the Super AMOLED of the Samsung Galaxy S6, with its QHD resolution starting to offer a better experience for everything from photo viewing to web browsing.

Perhaps we don’t need that level of clarity just yet, but 1080p wouldn’t have gone amiss here to add a little bit of shine to the screen.

Here You Go Review Of Iphone 7 Plus

It’s also the first iPhone to bear the “7” moniker, this isn’t just an “S” update, and while new numbers usually bring new designs, the iPhone 7 appears to be laying the groundwork for something much more important (which we’ll get onto in due course).

Both iPhone 7 models are now waterproof, have more storage, and don’t feature a headphone jack, but the iPhone 7 Plus differentiates itself with a dual camera.

The iPhone 7 measures 158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm. That really is massive. The Samsung Galaxy Note 7, for comparison, is 153.5 x 73.9 x 7.9 mm, despite featuring a screen which is 0.2-inches larger than the iPhone (5.7 vs 5.5-inches).

This is down to the large bezels around the 5.5-inch screen. But hey, at least the iPhone 7 Plus doesn’t explode, right?

As we’ve already mentioned, the iPhone 7’s design isn’t a massive departure from the iPhone 6 aesthetic. You can see this two different ways:

1. The iPhone 6 was the best-looking smartphone around and has been for years. It’s essentially peak Apple design. Jony Ive can retire, and Apple should never change the iPhone again.

2. The iPhone 6 looked great, but reusing the same design for three years feels stagnant. The iPhone 7 looks overly familiar, and tired as a result.

We can see the argument for both points of view, but really, the design would not put us off buying this smartphone – we think it looks great.

There are a few, small changes which become apparent when you flip the device over.

The antenna lines are now less prominent – instead of dissecting the rear panel, the lines now flow around the edge. They’re almost non-existent on the Jet Black model.

The camera lens still protrudes from the rear casing, but the aluminium is moulded around it. This makes it appear more organic and harmonious with the rest of the phone, less like an afterthought.

On the bottom of the iPhone, there’s no headphone jack (but you already knew that, didn’t you?). Instead, it’s been replaced by a faux speaker grill – for symmetry, we’re guessing.

It is worth noting that the iPhone 7 Plus now feature stereo speakers for music and audio – one on the top of the screen and one underneath. They’re both certainly very loud, big improvements over previous iPhones, but lack bass for proper music listening. They do create a pleasingly wide soundstage.

What can we say about the loss of the 3.5mm headphone jack? You’ve probably already made up your mind whether this is a dealbreaker for you.

It didn’t affect us, we’ve been using Bluetooth headphones for the last year, there are some excellent wireless cans around now, but if you have a wired pair which you won’t give up there is the adapter free in the box. That’s obviously not ideal, as you can’t charge and listen to music at the same time. If you think that’s going to be a major

The front of the phone is dominated by the large 5.5-inch screen and Touch ID home button.

While it looks identical, the classic home button has received a small redesign as well. It’s now capacitive touch, rather than a mechanical button.

This transition feels completely natural – behind the button is a “Taptic Engine”, similar to the subtle vibration motor found in the Apple Watch. This creates a clicking sensation, but crucially, nothing moves. The Taptic Engine works incredibly well, it’s like physical skeuomorphism – try pressing the button with paper in between it and your finger, you’ll soon realise how effective it is.

Why change the Home button? Well for starters, there are now fewer parts to go wrong. But people are suggesting this is a stepping stone – eventually Apple will remove the home button completely.