The LG Q6 is about experience and style, not specs

Highs

  • Compact and good-looking design
  • MIL-SPEC 810 certified
  • Large battery

Lows

  • Camera could be better
  • Below-average performance

Rating and Price

  • Rating: 9/10
  • Price: ~$185
  • Available on Amazon

The LG Q6 was released in July 2017 and was initially geared towards the entry-level market. At publishing time, the LG Q6 had not yet been officially priced in the USA. However, this product was designed to compete in the ~200-250 USD range. I’m not sure how to call that (lower-mid-range?) but keep in mind that many products will move positioning as their price decreases over time.

With that price in mind, we have found a good number of suitable competitors which we will use to assess how the Q6 fits in its immediate smartphone landscape. Here they are Galaxy J7 (2017), Moto G5, Sony Xperia X, HTC U Play, ZTE Axon 7 mini and Nokia 6. Let’s take a deep dive…

Key Specifications

  • 5.5” IPS LCD Display (2160×1080)
  • Snapdragon 435 platform 4GB RAM, 64GB Storage
  • 3000 mAh battery capacity
  • Android 7.1.1

A high-level look at the technical specification will reveal key differences that we will study in details later. First, the Q6, J7 and Nokia 6 have the largest screens. These three also have larger battery capacities of 3000 (Q6+Nokia 6) and 3600 (J7), while others are somewhere between 2500-2800.

Although you can opt for any other competitors because of personal preferences, these three phones take a natural lead, based on unbiased factors.

Industrial Design: Slim and edgy

With a width of 69mm (2.72 inches) and a thickness of 8mm (0.31 inches), the smartphone feels very comfortable in hand. We use U.S M-size gloves for male hand-size reference, so this will vary from person to person. The device weighs 149 grams (5.26 oz), and we would consider that weight to be a bit below-average for its size.

Build Quality

Plastic is light and durable, but even with a premium paint or treatment it simply does not look as good as metal or glass. That said, the plastic back cover of the LG Q6 is quite nice, and if you don’t look closely, it resembles the glass+metal look and feel of the LG G6 premium handset.

However, plastic is lighter than metal and will not break. Plastic may be easier to scratch, but the damage is not always as visible as it might be on a metallic surface (because it is not as reflective as metal or glass).

Analyzing how the smartphone was designed, we estimate that the risk of cracking during a drop on a hard surface to be reasonably low. You can refer to our reference article about how phones could be constructed to avoid cracks upon drops. This handset front-glass is exposed, but the edges, back-cover, and corners won’t crack. Talking about the back cover, LG has NOT integrated a fingerprint reader on this phone.

Durability: very good

"CERTIFIED FOR THE SAME SHOCKS AND VIBRATION AS MILITARY HARDWARE"

The LG Q6 and its competitors are not waterproof but the Q6 is the only phone in this line-up to have received the military MIL-STD-810Gcertification (according to LG). This means that it has a proven record of surviving the same shocks and vibration as the military hardware can endure during transport and storage.

Although this does not mean that it can or should be used ‘in combat”, that is a durability bar that most handset can’t pass, and certainly none of the current nemesis phones do. The certification is normally done by an independent lab, following well-established rules.

Learn more:What is MIL-STD-810G?

Additionally, the LG Q6 uses an LG battery, and those pass a battery of test that is well beyond what is legally required. We have visited one of the battery testing facility in South Korea, and have witnessed batteries being subjected to abuses such as being pierced by a nail or being thrown into a fire, without experiencing a catastrophic explosion.

Ingenuity

This industrial design features decent, but not impressive performance in relation to its size. From another standpoint, the amount of battery capacity the user gets is great for a handset of this size. The screen display-to-body ratio of 79.7% is not only the best in this category but excellent even when compared to much more expensive handsets.

"THE SMALLEST AND LIGHTEST 5.5-INCH HANDSET IN THIS GROUP"

The LG Q6 is by far the smallest and lightest 5.5-inch handset in this group. With the Galaxy J7 2017 being 15% larger and the Nokia 6 being 16% bigger. At 149g the LG Q6 is also much lighter than the J7 (181g) and the Nokia 6 (169g).

Overall product rating: 9/10

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Display
5.5"
2160x1080
IPS LCD
439 PPI
Price
~$185 - Amazon
Camera
13 MP
F2.2 Aperture F-Stop
Weight
149 g
Battery
3000 mAh
Launched in
2017-07-01
System
4GB RAM
Snapdragon 435 + MicroSD
Storage (GB)
64
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