More recently, “frameless design” was the lot of expensive flagships from China and Korea. But before we could look back, the devices with the display on the whole face became much more accessible. LG – the first vendor of the world level, which set the price for a similar device within twenty thousand rubles. LG Q6α – the junior device in the line of “frameless” of the middle price segment. It is about him that we will talk and find out whether it was necessary to sacrifice something else to please the fashionable display, whether the software is optimally optimized and what is the history of the large-format front-line.
Specifications of LG Q6α
- Screen: IPS, 5.5 “, 2160×1080 (respectively 2: 1, 442 ppi), capacitive, multitouch
- Processor: eight-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 435, 1.4 GHz
- Graphics Accelerator: Adreno 505
- Operating system: Android 7.1.1 Nougat
- Memory: 2 GB
- Built-in Memory: 16 GB
- Support for memory cards: microSD up to 2 TB (separate slot)
- Communication: GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz || UMTS 850/900/1900/2100 MHz || LTE: 1, 3, 7, 20
- SIM: 2x nano-SIM, Dual SIM Dual Standby (DSDS)
- Wireless interfaces: WiFi 802.11 b / g / n, Bluetooth 4.2, FM radio
- Navigation: GPS, GLONASS
- Cameras: main – 13 megapixel (flash, autofocus), front – 5 megapixel (widescreen, review 100 °)
- Sensors: illumination, motion, microgroscope, accelerometer, face recognition scanner
- Battery: 3000 mAh, non-removable
- Dimensions: 142.5 x 69.3 x 7.9 mm
- Weight: 163 grams
Packing and equipment
The device arrived in the office without packaging and related accessories. The official website mentions a very modest relying kit: a micro-USB cable, a charger, a “clip” for accessing card slots and a user’s manual. On the contrary to the point “wired stereo headset”, alas, there is a dash.
The main feature of the device is the ratio of the area of the front panel and the display: it occupies 80% of the front surface. Thanks to this in compactness, the smartphone easily competes with other five-inch devices and some even wins. But frameless it can not be called: the top and bottom frames are really thin, almost like in the G6 and Samsung Galaxy S8, but the lateral ones are familiar and well-marked several millimeters.
In addition to the display (with proprietary rounded corners) on the front panel is a grating of the speaker, the lens of the camera camera, light sensors, proximity and face recognition. All this is located above the display, and below it – only the LG logo; Navigation buttons are expected to be programmed. There is no LED notification indicator.
The back cover is made of plastic, which does not look too impressive: it’s not premium, it’s easy to scratch and collect finger-stains. In the corner there is a single lens of the main camera under a rather large protective glass, next to it there is a single LED flash of white color. In the lower part is the grille of the media speaker. On the perimeter, the lid bends and connects with a slightly rounded metal frame.
The LG G6 widescreen display allowed developers to extend the functionality of the Camera application, and budget smartphones with a 2: 1 display picked up this relay. The main elements of the interface are located on the sides: on the right – the mode of shooting a photo or video, viewing the last picture and a large button “Back” – a good solution, do not call the standard screen buttons. On the left are icons of various settings, among which there is no HDR: by default it is in the “Auto” mode, and you need to manage it manually through the settings menu. Switching between cameras can also be a convenient solution. If desired, all the icons can be hidden through the menu “Settings → Simple View”.
Speaking about the average price segment, you can not strain to remember not one hardy “Chinese” who will offer something that is not in LG Q6α: fingerprint, dual camera, fashionable USB Type-C and so on. What are the advantages of this device? First and foremost, reliability: in recent years, LG collects truly high-quality devices and offers several options for support in the event of difficulties. And the main advantages of the LG Q6α – on its “face”: widescreen display in a compact package, “front” with a 100-degree review and face recognition, plus an optimized, customizable and functional shell. It is a worthy alternative to most devices for 16,990 rubles.
- excellent display;
- a good proprietary OS shell;
- good software optimization.
- low quality of the main camera;
- absence of dactyloscope and NFC.