LG teases UX 6.0 ahead of G6 launch at MWC 2017

By Sameer Mitha | Published on 16 Feb 2017
LG teases UX 6.0 ahead of G6 launch at MWC 2017
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LG will feature its new mobile UX 6.0 interface on the upcoming G6 smartphone, customised to take advantage of the device’s unusual, 5.7-inch 18:9 display.

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It looks like LG isn’t relying on rumours and leaks to attract attention to its upcoming G6 flagship smartphone. The company has released numerous teasers showcasing certain features of the upcoming smartphone, and the latest piece of information is about the UI that will run on the phone. Called the UX 6.0, it is expected to make the most of the 5.7-inch, 2880x1440p display of the G6.

LG’s release reads, “LG will feature its new mobile UX 6.0 in its upcoming G6 smartphone specifically customized to maximize the advantages of the device’s expansive FullVision display. LG G6 will feature a 5.7-inch QHD+ FullVision display (2,880 x 1,440) with an 18:9 screen aspect ratio that almost entirely fills the front of the smartphone. The dimensions of the phone are ergonomically designed to ensure maximum comfort and compatibility with existing and upcoming digital content”.

The release goes on to say, “The phone’s new UX maximizes the benefits of the FullVision display, providing the user with the ultimate convenience and advances, such as:

  • Differentiated experience for viewing content such as video clips and web surfing
  • Improved camera UX that maximizes the extra real estate provided by the 18:9 format display

Smartly designed GUI (Graphical User Interface) that enables the opening of two perfectly square windows side by side, delivering a more productive, better multitasking experience”.

From the above, it's easy to understand that the new UI will focus on maximising the usage of the entire 18:9 display. It also aims to provide smooth multi-window functionality on the device. Multi-window on Android isn’t anything new and we have seen it on a bunch of smartphones already. However, the experience has not yet been the best.

Moving on, the new UX 6.0 aims to give users an enhanced camera experience as well. The LG post goes on to read, “The camera UX has been considerably enhanced thanks to the expansive 18:9 screen aspect ratio display in a way that increases the convenience and the fun. The expansive screen enables users to take and review photos simultaneously. LG UX 6.0 provides a Square Camera feature which divides the 18:9 display into two identical perfect squares. With this, users can shoot images in 1:1 format –  a popular format on social media apps such as Instagram – and review them in the adjacent window. There is also new shooting mode called Food Mode that delivers high colour quality and saturation ideal for, well, food. Users can create GIF files by combining anywhere from 2 and 100 pictures in a loop.”

Other information circulating the internet suggests that the device will have a 3200mAh battery, sport a quad-DAC like the LG V20 for superior audio performance, and will be powered by the Snapdragon 821 SoC.

LG will, of course, unveil a lot of details about the G6 at MWC 2017. One thing to note is that LG has experimented a lot with smartphone design. If you recall, LG had a smartphone called the LG Chocolate, model number BL40. The smartphone had a 21:9 aspect ratio for its display, and was launched in 2009. The LG Optimus 3D P920 on the other hand had two cameras at the back to shoot photographs in 3D, which didn’t really kick off at a consumer level. Last year, LG introduced the LG G5 - a modular smartphone. It wasn’t commercially successful, and failed as a modular smartphone. The Moto Z, on the other hand, showed us what you need to make a successful modular smartphone.

We look forward to seeing the LG G6 in action at MWC 2017.

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Sameer Mitha

Sameer Mitha lives for gaming and technology is his muse. When he isn’t busy playing with gadgets or video games he delves into the world of fantasy novels.

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