UPDATE 17/1/2016: According to the Korea Herald, LG is making sure that its flagship G6 is super safe.
It's pretty much confirmed the G6 will make an appearance at February's Mobile World Congress. LG has said that it's working on new technology as well as tougher tests to ensure the LG G6 will be safe to use.
LG says it will use copper heat pipes to conduct heat away for the G6, to reduce internal temperatures by dispersing heat. With the G6 design, the parts that heat up will be kept apart to ensure the heat is not concentrated in a single area.
The company's extra tests include piercing the G6 with a sharp nail as well as the standard drop tests. The company also says that its battery heat exposure tests are at temperatures 15 per cent higher than current US and Europe testing standards.
Besides that, the G6 will go through more complex accelerated-life tests, to simulate excess wear and tear to uncover potential issues. The tests will involve various parts of the phone including the display, camera, application processor and fingerprint scanner.
While the Samsung Galaxy S7 also had a heat pipe, LG is probably looking to capitalise on Samsung users disillusioned by last year's Galaxy Note 7 issues. But while safety is important, let's hope LG's G6 will also bring a lot more to the table.
No more modules
UPDATE 11/1/2017: The latest buzz is that the LG G6 will be launched a month ahead of Samsung's Galaxy S8 to give the phone a fighting chance.
Right now the rumoured launch date is 26 February 2017, with an official retail date of 10 March 2017.
Most interesting though are the rumours coming out about the phone's design. Besides dropping modules, LG Display, which makes LG's displays, announced a 5.7in LCD with an 18:9 aspect ratio as well as a QHD+ resolution. LG says that this will appear on the next flagship - presumably the G6.
What can we expect then? The unusual aspect ratio makes it a longer display than the usual 16:9 that is most ideal for most widescreen content. It could mean that the phone will have thin-to-nonexistent bezels though apparently LG might still make room for a secondary display. LG Display has confirmed that the bezels will be 10 per cent smaller on the sides and up to 20 per cent smaller on top.
LG also says this new display is 30 per cent more power-efficient, which will help battery life. Seems LG is really doing all it can to make the phone competitive, especially with the upcoming slew of flagships with large, nearly bezel-less displays that are likely to appear in 2016.
LG attempted to set itself apart with its modular design for the LG G5 but it didn't win over consumers.
As the saying goes, if you can't beat them, join them. Which means LG might finally cave and give up on keeping removeable batteries in its phones, making the LG V20 the very last of its kind.
UPDATE 5/1/2017: The WSJ's reported an LG spokesman has pretty much confirmed the company is giving up on modular smartphones. According to the company, consumers just aren't interested in modules for phones. This might be bad news for Motorola who has pinned a lot on its current Moto Mods modules.
Instead, LG is going to concentrate on other things for the upcoming LG G6. No details will come out about the phone during the current CES, which we suspect will be revealed in next month's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
LG had attempted to market add-on modules to the LG G5, including a camera module amongst others.
It's likely that users preferred to have things already available on their phone - why pay extra to make a smartphone better when you could just buy a better smartphone? No wonder people chose to buy rival phones with already great cameras instead.
Besides ditching the modules, LG might also decide to make its next flagship waterproof or, at the very least, water-resistant. This would follow in Samsung and Apple's trail, but water-resistance seems to be a must-have feature for flagship phone buyers.
What might annoy removeable battery fans, however, is the rumour that LG might decide it's time to stop being the last bastion and finally make non-removeable batteries. Not having removeable batteries hasn't been a deal-breaker for Samsung or Apple and it also hasn't been a strong enough reason to choose LG over the other two.
Now the real question is whether LG's next phone will have something to differentiate itself from the crowd of exciting flagships due next year. Samsung will be attempting to redeem itself and Apple will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the iPhone.
Let's hope LG is aiming to impress because that is what it will need to do.
In the meantime, here's what we thought of the LG G5.
[Source: Android Community]