LG G6 may launch sooner than expected
With LG’s G5 not a home run as many would have hoped, many are looking forward to seeing what LG has in store for a 2017 flagship. Last year, the LG G5 was announced at MWC. But with Samsung rumored to skip out MWC this year, LG would have more of the limelight for itself.
Word of the earlier launch comes out of a report from Korea-based ETNews, which says that LG would release the G6 a month earlier than its usual schedule. That would put the G6 in line for a release in late February, early March — exactly the same time as the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona.
LG has a perfectly understandable motivation for moving up the release date of the G6, according to the ETNews report: It wants to boost the sales of its smartphone. Last year, LG announced its modular G5 smartphone on the same day Samsung took the wraps off the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. But Samsung’s phones arrived on the market ahead of the G5 and rode strong reviews and positive word-of-mouth to impressive sales.
There is a window of opportunity for LG to drop a new smartphone with Samsung’s rumored release of the Galaxy S8 to come later, and the same window is also when Apple’s iPhone sales become stagnant. A smartphone release with a strategically planned date of release, supported by a strong ad campaign in the very beginning should help LG sell more units overall.
MWC is scheduled for February 27 through March 2 in Barcelona, Spain. We won’t be seeing the Galaxy S8 here as far as rumors are concerned.
The G6 renders suggest the new phone will be the same height as the G5, while being a tenth of an inch slimmer. There’s little indication of other specs, though Android Authority expects the new phone to have a screen size between 5.2 and 5.5 inches. It looks like the G6 would retain the dual-camera setup of the G5, though according to Android Authority it will be more like the approach taken by LG’s V20.