- 18:9 ratio and “edge to edge” display in compact format.
- Quality screen.
- Android update.
- Finishes to review in some places.
- Average battery life.
- Photo quality not stunning.
BOTTOM LINE :
Despite its resemblance to the G6, this Q6 is not really the more compact penchant of the top-of-the-range LG and this can be seen as soon as read its specifications sheet. But for such a price, one feels that LG has put a lot on design and little on the rest. Whether it’s the autonomy or the photo, the Q6 has defects a little too disabling for its price. It may appeal to fans of compact formats, but the others will probably be better served with a Galaxy A5 2016 or even a G6 which is now 100$ more expensive and price drop quickly.
6 months after the release of the LG G6 which opened the way in 18:9 format and contributed to the democratization of bordered screens, LG returns with a second phone less upscale, but which apparently takes the main lines of the LG G6 : the nicely named LG Q6.
In this “small” mobile, there is a 5.5-inch screen behind which a Snapdragon 435 chip, 3 GB of RAM and a graphics chip Adreno 505 are agitated. The internal memory is 32 GB, but the Q6 can host a microSD card (up to 256 GB). On the photo side, a single sensor of 13 Mpx finds its place on the back while one of 5 Mpx officiates in front. The Q6 supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, 4G (700/800/1 800/2600 MHz) FM radio and even comes equipped with a mini-jack port! Unfortunately, unlike the G6, it is not a USB-C port that equips the device, but a micro-USB. The whole runs on Android 7.1.1 and is supported by a battery of 3 000 mAh.
ERGONOMICS AND DESIGN
Construction question on the other hand, the Q6 makes some small concessions probably necessary in relation to his big brother. The hull on the back, always slightly curved, does not benefit from a glass coating Gorilla Glass and is simply dressed in plastic, while the aluminum of the periphery is of a little less good quality. The ignition button has also been moved from the back to the slice, which makes the mobile a little more banal aesthetically.
Moreover, the Q6 does not have a fingerprint reader, an omission that becomes difficult to justify on this price range when we see that even mobiles at 150$ now manage to integrate such a sensor .
Ultimately, Q6’s 18:9 format, with its screen-to-face ratio of 79 percent, fails to hide the few construction concessions LG had to make to enter the budget. The Q6 is far from an unpleasant phone on hand or use, but minor defects come a little spoil the experience.
The screen of the Q6 is therefore a little less impressive than the G6, especially on the compression of the layers that really gave the impression of facing a dummy screen on the G6. Nevertheless, it remains in the top of the basket for its price and is not afflicted of defect prohibitory.
Unfortunately, the Q6 has a tendency (like the G6) to heat a little too quickly and a little too intensely when shooting in video. Fortunately, the hull makes this rise in temperature quite bearable and the rest of the activities will not cause such a hot stroke.
On the gaming front, the Snapdragon 435 and its graphic counterpart, the Adreno 505, do not allow to enjoy the best graphics possible on the 3D games, but at least the duo will be able to run a good part of the games available on the Play Store without too many problems, from the moment a slight loss of quality is supported.
Unfortunately, LG did not do as the G6 and decided on this mobile to place the loudspeaker on the back. As a result, the sound is quickly muted when the phone is placed on a table. Its that clearly lacks bass, as often.
The headphones supplied with the LG Q6 take us back a few years. We have here a pair of headphones and not intras nor semi-intras. These are merely to be light, to carry a correct hands-free microphone kit and to offer a sound reproduction fairly balanced in low mediums. Apart from that, they do not insulate at all, the sound leaks are important, their manufacture is extremely rough, they do not have a button for volume control, bass and extreme treble are absent and the sound tendency to be rapidly aggressive and acidic. Their interest is therefore limited to occasional use as a hands-free kit. For the rest, it is better to invest in good intras.
In low light, the Q6 manages to capture something relatively exploitable too. Of course, electronic noise makes a noticeable appearance, which degrades the overall quality a little, but the phone manages to preserve a level of detail rather acceptable, and the white balance and the reproduction of the colors are not too much in the cabbage.
The front sensor, for its part, does not have much to reproach itself, it captures shots of rather good quality with a sufficient level of detail. Moreover, the tendency to accentuate and push the contrast has the effect of chiseling the faces in a rather elegant way. Unfortunately, the application itself is far from being as complete as on the G6. No way to adjust the focusing distance, white balance or ISO sensitivity here. It will be necessary to be satisfied with a basic mode very … basic.
The concern is once again with regard to the impact of certain uses on the battery. As we have seen, the camera will heat up the phone and melt the battery too quickly. Another example: in streaming, the Q6 holds a little over 8 hours, a score in the low middle. In this game, the Galaxy J5 2017 , for example, is much more balanced, with a more stable autonomy, which depends less on uses. Finally, it will take a little less than 2 hours to fully recharge the Q6 with the supplied adapter.
Interface & OS
Otherwise, the usual ergonomic codes of Android are all there: virtual buttons, the menu of recent applications, shortcuts bar / notifications, in short, all those who have already played with Android should find themselves there. The phone additionally includes small additions to LG such as the tapping to wake up the screen, zooming apps for the 18: 9 screen, the always-on screen or even themes support. So there’s something to trim the phone to its liking.