New Report Says LG G6 Will Ditch Removable Battery In Favor Of Waterproof Design, May Feature Google Assistant

New Report Says LG G6 Will Ditch Removable Battery In Favor Of Waterproof Design, May Feature Google Assistant

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We have been getting reports regarding LG’s upcoming flagship device, the LG G6, for a while now. Earlier reports have shown that the device will sport a completely new design – leaving behind the G5’s modularity – with a 5.7-inch QHD display, and will settle for a relatively-old Snapdragon 821 SoC.

Now, a new report coming out of CNET adds to previous reports. According to CNET’s sources, the LG G6 won’t be using the latest Qualcomm SoC, Snapdragon 835, instead it will feature Snapdragon 821 chip. The reason behind the move is that LG wants to launch its flagship ahead of the Samsung Galaxy S8, which won’t come to the market until March. If LG wanted to go with the Snapdragon 835 SoC, it would have to wait until later in the year — which means launching the G6 after the Galaxy S8 launch, the source familiar with the matter told CNET.

The source also adds up to a previous report regarding the LG is opting for a water resistant design, saying that the device will ditch the removable battery to make the G6’s body waterproof. The LG V34 (a smaller V20) launched in Japan last year was IP67 certified, so it’s not surprising to see the company wants to implement the same feature to its main flagship device as well.

Earlier it was reported that the LG G6 may come with either a Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa virtual assistant. Now, as per the CNET source, the G6 will likely feature Google’s AI assistant, making it the first ever non-Google phone to boast this functionality when it will launch. The LG V20 was the first ever Android device to ship with the Android 7.0 (Nougat) software out-of-the-box, so partnering up with Google to take advantage of the new software is not something completely new to LG.

With the LG G6 using the last year’s SoC, LG’s main selling points for the G6 will surely be the better display, improved camera performance, and perhaps Google Assistant. Whether the move to launch the G6 a month ahead the Galaxy S8 will help LG in sales remains to be seen. The company is expected to officially launch the LG G6 on 26th February at MWC.

Source: CNET