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LG G6: CNET editors reactLG's superphone preemptively strikes out at Samsung Galaxy S8.
We've been spending a lot of time with LG's brand new G6, and so far we think it has a lot to make up for last year's quite clunky modular design of the G5. But we've got the Samsung Galaxy S8 just round the corner, so Jess, do you think the G6 does enough to hold it against Samsung? You know, I think that it does, mostly it's not the G5. A terrible mistake. So what LG has done is gone mainstream. Everything about this phone looks kind of like what you would expect any other phone to look. Zipper wasn't working. [UNKNOWN] seems to work. I really like the phone's shape. It's LG's making a big deal over the screen ratio. But most importantly, that you have a lot more screen to work with in a smaller space and they say on hand in the [UNKNOWN] and I agree. It's actually really comfortable to hold Hold and to use with one hand. I think it looks really good as well. Last year's design of the G5 was really grey, it was boring and plain. Which was disappointing because the year before, they had this all leather G4 which looked amazing. This I think is a bit of a return to form after it. But we've got some big things coming from Samsung. Some of the rumors as well, we've got all screen phone with no home button. So, it's almost, according to the rumors. Yeah, it's gonna be really really similar. Yeah. But they're Also rumored that it will have a dual camera module, just like this one. And what LG has also done is it's kind of closed the gap between what some of the Samsung flagship phones usually have and then what this phone has. So it is adding wireless charging, and that's actually for [UNKNOWN] only unfortunately. Yeah, sadly. And waterproofing. And that's a big one. So that means that you'll be able to get the phone wet, dry it off, all of that. And those Those are two advantages that the Samsung Galaxy as opposed to last year had. What we're expecting the Galaxy S8 to possibly have that the LG G6 doesn't, would be a curved screen right? Yep. And faster processor. Basically a few more top end specs and maybe, I think, a bit more on the resolution of the camera. Make it a bit of a more pro shooters, but generally I think what they've done And almost look at the rumored specs of the SA and think well okay, let's do some of these things first. Wait, let's get close to it. Yeah, so it's more a level playing field, because last year there was a big big discrepancy between how good the S7 was with that amazing curved screen. And then the G5 was just a bit plain and the modular design, they could have done more with it, but it was a gimmick and it didn't really [CROSSTALK]. It didn't excite anybody. And LG even admitted themselves, it wasn't the success they had hoped it would be. I'm glad you said gimmick, because that's one other thing. The Samsung Galaxy S8 phones are rumored to get their very own AI, possibly called Bixby. The LG G6 does have Google Assistant on board. So that is something comfortable. And so you think, well, is it really going to be that much better on a Samsung phone? It might be, but it might also wind up being a gimmick. So I think at the end of the day, if you're an everyday user. Somebody who just wants a good phone at the price that you're willing to pay. And maybe you don't really care as much about your phone processor being that much Better. They might wind up being very, very close. We're just not gonna know until we see the Samsung phone. And that's gonna be March 29th. Yep, March 29th, in the meantime, we will have plenty more coverage. And hopefully, a full review of the LG G6 so do make sure to keep it CNET.