LG G6 vs LG Q6

A lot of fans will be excited for the launch of the LG V30 but for now there's a new and cheaper version of the G6. Here we explain the difference between the LG G6 and LG Q6.

While smaller and cheaper models of flagship phones are pretty much a thing of the past, the LG Q6 is as close as we're going to get to an LG G6 Mini. You could also think of it like an LG G6 Lite but what's the difference in price, design and specs?

Note that the Q6 isn't out yet and we haven't seen in in the flesh so this is comparison based on specs. Take a look at our list of the best smartphones of 2017.

Price

The official price for the LG G6 is £649 which is the same as some rival flagship handsets. However, you can find it for a range of prices such as £549 at John Lewis, £390 on Amazon and even lower at the likes of VentureDirect.

The LG Q6 is now on sale in the UK at £269.99 from Carphone Warehouse. There will be three different models - Q6, Q6+ and Q6α.

LG said the Q6 will arrive during August in Asia, followed by Europe and North America later in the year. Also see our LG G6 vs G6 Plus comparison.

LG G6

Design and Build

It's probably a good thing that the Q6 isn't called the LG G6 Mini because it's not much smaller than the flagship. In fact, it's a little thicker at 8.1mm vs 7.9mm but is a few millimetres smaller in other dimensions and weighs 14g lighter at 149g.

Although the Q6 looks pretty much the same at the front, the back has the appearance of a different phone almost entirely. Instead of the dual-cameras, fingerprint scanner and glass you get a much more plain layout.

There's but one camera tucked in the corner, no fingerprint scanner and the glass is replaced with a 'metallic frame' made from 'ultra-strong' 7000 series aluminium. As the fingerprint scanner is also the power key, the Q6's is on the side like most phones.

A cost cutting measure on the Q6 is that there's no waterproofing, not even a lower IP rating compared to the G6. Across the different LG Q6 models there will be five different colours.

LG Q6 colours

Specs

With a 5.5in screen, the Q6 doesn't warrant a 'mini' tag in the name. It's only 0.2in smaller than the LG G6 and while it retains the 18:9 aspect ratio, the resolution drops from Quad HD (1440x2880) to Full HD+ (1080 x 2160).

Inside the Q6 is a much lower spec Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor compared to the flagship Snapdragon 835 which powers the G6. Things get a little complicated on the storage and memory fronts as there are three variants of the Q6.

LG Q6

The G6 has 4GB of RAM and either 32- or 64GB of storage depending on the market. Below is what the Q6 offers – both phones have a microSD card slot.

  • Q6+: 4GB RAM / 64GB ROM
  • Q6: 3GB RAM / 32GB ROM
  • Q6α: 2GB RAM / 16GB ROM

Like the G5, the LG G6 offers dual rear cameras that are both 13Mp with varying fields of view. Meanwhile, the Q6 has just one 13Mp shooter and is missing features like OIS and the ability to record video in 4K resolution. Both phones have a 5Mp front facing camera.

LG kept features like wireless charging for the US model and an audio DAC for the Korean model. It's no surprise that the Q6 doesn't have any of these things. However, it does have USB-C and a 3000mAh battery which isn't far behind the G6's 3300mAh.

LG G6

Last and probably least is the fact that both phones run Android 7 Nougat with LG's latest UX 6.0 interface.

Here's a full spec comparison of the LG G6 and LG Q6:

  LG G6 LG Q6
OS Android 7.1 Android 7.1
Screen 5.7in 18:9 2880x1440 Quad HD display, 565ppi 5.5in 18:9 2160x1080 Full HD+ display, 442ppi
CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor
Memory 4GB RAM 2/3/4GB RAM
GPU Adreno 530 Graphics Adreno 505 Graphics
Storage  32GB/64GB - region dependent 16/32/64GB
MicroSD slot Yes - expandable up to 1TB No
Camera (Main) 13Mp dual rear cameras, Wide (F2.4, 125°) / 13MP Standard OIS 2.0 (F1.8, 71°) LED flash 13Mp camera, autofocus, LED flash
Camera (Front) 5Mp front camera, Wide (F2.2 / 100°) 5Mp front camera
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi
Bluetooth 5 4.2
Cellular 4G LTE 4G LTE
SIM type Nano  Nano 
GPS Yes   Yes  
NFC Yes Yes
Connectors USB-C with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 USB-C
3.5mm headphone jack Yes Yes
Battery 3,300mAh non-removable battery 3,000mAh non-removable battery
Wireless charging Not in the UK No
Dimensions 148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9mm 142.5 x 69.3 x 8.1mm
Weight 162g 149g
Waterproofing IP68 No

LG G6: Specs

  • Android Nougat 7.0
  • 5.7in 18:9 2880x1440 Quad HD display, 565ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor
  • Adreno 530 graphics
  • 4GB RAM
  • 32/64GB storage (region dependent)
  • 13Mp dual rear cameras, Wide (F2.4, 125°) / 13MP Standard OIS 2.0 (F1.8, 71°) LED flash
  • 5Mp front camera, Wide (F2.2 / 100°)
  • 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • 4G LTE
  • Nano SIM (Dual SIM in some regions)
  • GPS
  • NFC
  • Hi-Fi Quad DAC (Korea only)
  • 3,300mAh non removable battery
  • Wireless charging (US only)
  • Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0
  • IP68 water resistant
  • 148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9mm
  • Android Nougat 7.0
  • 5.7in 18:9 2880x1440 Quad HD display, 565ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor
  • Adreno 530 graphics
  • 4GB RAM
  • 32/64GB storage (region dependent)
  • 13Mp dual rear cameras, Wide (F2.4, 125°) / 13MP Standard OIS 2.0 (F1.8, 71°) LED flash
  • 5Mp front camera, Wide (F2.2 / 100°)
  • 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • 4G LTE
  • Nano SIM (Dual SIM in some regions)
  • GPS
  • NFC
  • Hi-Fi Quad DAC (Korea only)
  • 3,300mAh non removable battery
  • Wireless charging (US only)
  • Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0
  • IP68 water resistant
  • 148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9mm

SHOULD I BUY LG G6?

The LG Q6 has an attractive price but lacks many of the features of its bigger brother.

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