One month ahead of LG’s big event at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, more details about its upcoming flagship have been revealed. According to a report from CNET, LG purposely decided to skip the Snapdragon 835 in order to release the G6 ahead of Samsung’s Galaxy S8, which is rumored for a release in April.
A previous report claimed LG was unable to snag enough orders of the chip from Qualcomm because of Samsung. That may still be the case, but it may also have to do with timing. CNET claims LG would have had to delay the G6’s launch in order to use the Snapdragon 835 chip, but decided to move forward with the Snapdragon 821 in order to bring its device to the market first.
LG’s eagerness to be first could signal a death knell for the G6, as some have argued. While most consumers likely can’t tell the difference in speed and performance, enthusiasts may believe the Galaxy S8 is superior simply due to its newer processor. We’ll have to wait and see when both phones come to market.
What will set the G6 apart?
CNET goes on to say the G6 will indeed feature Google Assistant, the search giant’s powerful new artificial intelligence. It won’t, however, come with Amazon Alexa, as a previous report claimed. Apparently, Alexa wasn’t quite ready for inclusion, so LG decided to shelve plans for now. We could potentially see Amazon’s assistant appear on future LG devices, the report notes.
The G6 certainly looks pretty—at least according to the picture we saw earlier this week. But, other than Google Assistant and a bezel-less screen, how else will it stand out? LG has an event scheduled for February 26, so it won’t be long until we find out.