LG Q6 Smartphone Full Review: Sweetie, I shrunk the G6

PROS:

  • 18:9 ratio and “edge to edge” display in compact format.
  • Quality screen.
  • Android update.

CONS:

  • 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.

A member of a family composed of the LG Q6 + and the LQ Q6α , the Q6 eeks to offer the advantages of the 18:9 format and the edge-to-edge display for a more reasonable price than the G6. The mobile is also the first to bring these two ergonomic features into a more compact 5.5-inch format, rather than take advantage of optimization work to get to the ever-larger.

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

In front, it would be easy to confuse this Q6 with his big brother the G6, we even happened several times to grab the smallest mobile thinking it was the G6. So it is little to say that, from the front, the two motives are very similar, which is not to displease us so much we had been conquered by the design of the G6. Using the same recipe in a more compact format makes it possible to hold a 5.5-inch screen in the clutter of a 5.2″ mobile phone, as the Galaxy A5 2017 also offers.

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.

SCREEN

The Q6 is also a notch below the G6. The Amoled is obviously not of the party, but LG proved that he mastered perfectly the IPS … on its upscale all the less. For, far from being catastrophic, the screen of the Q6 has nevertheless some failures that seem to be due to a work less than meticulous than on the G6. On the colorimetric side, for example, the mobile displays a delta E rotating around 4.7, a little far from the standard of 3 below which the human eye no longer perceives colorimetric drift. By default, the temperature is also somewhat high at 8,404 kelvins, but simply turn on the reading mode on the “low” degree to reach a more acceptable 6,867 kelvins.
On the legibility side, the Q6 is not too bad with a contrast to 1,618:1, a maximum brightness of 420 cd / m² and a minimum to 2.7 cd / m². Coupled with a 13% reflectance content, the Q6 offers a screen that will remain legible under all circumstances and that does not burn the retina when used at night. Finally, the tactile delay and the remanence are respectively 67 and 16 ms, in a good average.

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.

PERFORMANCE

Despite the choice of less high-end materials, LG has saved less on the exterior appearance than on the guts of its Q6. Indeed, the chip Snapdragon 435 that equips the beast is a little skinny for a phone whose call price is 350$. For comparison, it is the same platform that is found on Honor 6C, much cheaper. But all is not played on the processor, and with 3 GB of RAM the Q6 manages to juggle the various daily tasks without too many problems. The more demanding uses (3D, editing large files of calculation …) will logically push the telephone in its entrenchments.

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.

AUDIO

The LG Q6 uses a headphone output capable of producing a clean sound and almost completely distortion-free, the dynamics is also quite wide. Crosstalk would have deserved to be a little better marked. Unfortunately, power is also a little behind.

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.

PHOTO 

With the G6 still holding the title of best photophone of the year 2017 (tied with the HTC U11), the Q6 has a heavy family heritage to bear. On the other hand, there is no question of double camera or wide angle, a single module of 13 Mpx throne on the back of the Q6. And as in all other aspects of this phone, its photo performance can be summarized in a simple phrase: “good, but less than those of the G6”.
The mobile mostly resumes the image processing of the G6 with its defects and qualities. When the light is generous, it is easy to see a good package of details, although at this game the Galaxy A5 2016 does a little better, especially in areas where information is a bit dense. The dive seems well marked, because the algorithm, as on the G6, tends to accentuate a bit to excess and artificially push the contrast. The result is very cut-out elements, pleasant to look at, but not very natural. As soon as we get into the details, we also realize that noise tends to annihilate the smallest and most complex elements.

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.

AUTONOMY

Not necessarily one of the most valued aspects on the G6, the autonomy on this Q6 is still slightly below the competition. On our test of autonomy SmartViser which combines watch, sending of SMS, streaming, calls … the Q6 holds 11 h. In “normal” use, the Q6 thus holds a good day, or even a little less in case of more intense uses.

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

The LG G6 has the good taste to arrive with the latest stable version of Android, namely version 7.1.1. Above the Google code, LG added its home interface, which is the same as on its other mobiles. We therefore find by default an interface without application drawer, but it is possible to find the latter in a few manipulations.

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.

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