7/10
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The LG Q6 currently has an Informr score of 7 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 18 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

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Verdict

While LG pushes expectations of what display quality to expect in the budget market, it falls short in other more important aspects—such as the camera and overall performance. Due to this, you’re likely better off looking at other options unless you absolutely must have an 18:9 screen on a budget.

What's good

  • Affordable pricing
  • Great display
  • Sleek design
  • microSD card support

What's bad

  • Scratch-prone rear cover
  • No fingerprint scanner
  • No water/dust resistance
  • So-so battery life
  • No fast charging
  • Inconsistent camera

Dubbed the “Mini LG G6 ” by many reviewers, the Q6 attempts to take much of what make the G6 great and cram it into a smaller, more affordable package. But good budget phones are about making smart compromises—something that LG isn’t always great at. 

We see an example of this in the phone’s design. While the metal frame, plastic back, and near-invisible bezels make an attractive-looking phone, reviewers all had problems with scuffs and scratches. If you like a spotless phone, a case is a must.

The front of the phone sports a 5.5-inch LCD panel running at 2160-by-1080. This means it’s a slim, tall phone—much like many of 2017 and 2018’s flagship releases. While the tiny bezels make for a more immersive media experience, some reviewers had trouble finding a good place to hold the phone when using two hands. One-handed use is made easier though thanks to the trim profile of the phone. 

The screen offers decent brightness and color. However, some reviewers noted a blue shift to whites, and many mentioned issues with glare and reflections in direct sunlight.

One of the biggest compromises made with the Q6 is the processor. The 1.4Ghz octa-core Snapdragon 435 processor had just enough pep to keep things moving—though many reviewers noticed issues with slow down and stuttering when pushing the phone too hard. It also failed to impress for all but the most casual of games.

LG has released multiple variants of the phone with 2, 3, or 4GB of RAM. If you’re planning on multitasking, having more RAM will help. But, the processor isn’t built for this kind of use.

Storage also depends on the variant you choose. Options range from 16 to 64GB. They all support microSD cards up to 256GB. This offers plenty of space for the average user.

The phone ships with Android 7.1.1 Nougat. We could not find confirmation of future software updates from LG.

The 13MP rear camera with 5MP front-facing lens seem to be a mixed bag. While many reviewers had trouble in both bright outdoor scenes and low-light, others praised it for the detail it captured in moderate indoor lighting. However, the phone’s camera is a barebones affair. You won’t find the optical image stabilization, phase-detection autofocus, or other goodies in some of the competition. 

The phone’s 3,000mAh battery would seem a good match for the processor, but the high-resolution display can eat through a charge fairly fast. Reviewers noted that a 90-minute video took as much as 16% of the battery. So if you are media streaming or social app fanatic, you might need to mind your usage to make it a full day. This is aggravated by the lack of rapid charging. A full charge takes nearly an hour and a half.

Ultimately, most reviewers recommended passing on the LG Q6. While it’s not a bad phone, there are better options for the money. GSM Arena says, “In day-to-day use you are bound to notice a few hiccups here and there, the various slowdowns constantly reminding you of the chipset's limitations.” Android Authority summarized thoughts well, saying, “The lack of a fingerprint reader, unimpressive cameras, and other minor issues just make it tough to justify over competing options. Unless you really want a near bezel-less display for a cheap price, you will probably be happier with something else.”


Operating system
Android
Processor
1.4 GHz
Screen Size
5.5"
Camera
13+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


PC Magazine

Brings the stylish tall-and-narrow form factor and a drop-resistant design to the unlocked phone market for an affordable price.

- Ajay Kumar, PC Magazine
GSMArena

Even for those who have fallen in love with its modern design, the Q6’s performance may not be anything close to adequate in all scenarios, and unfortunately the same goes for its camera.

- GSMArena
TechRadar

Unofficially titled the “LG G6 mini”, the Q6 is an impressive midrange phone on its own. While it lacks certain flagship features and annoyingly, a fingerprint sensor, the FullVision display and rear-facing camera are stand-out inclusions that you probably won’t find elsewhere for...

- Cameron Faulkner, TechRadar
Mobile Syrup

The LG Q6 is a beautiful device and looks like a modern day flagship, but it doesn't feel like one. During my time with the phone, I was constantly reminded that I was using a mid-range device with its lack of notification light and fingerprint sensor, its over-sharpening camera, its mediocre batter...

- Dean Daley, Mobile Syrup
Ausdroid

For anyone who wants a well designed phone that looks stylish for a small price and isn’t fussed by the occasional bit of lag.

- Scott Plowman, Ausdroid


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Screen Size
5.5"

The LG Q6's screen size is 5.5 inches with 1080 x 2160 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.4 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 MSM8940 Octa core 1.4 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 7.1 Nougat (Update Available: 8.0 Oreo) operating system (OS).

Camera
13+ MP

You can take photos with the phone's onboard 13+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 5+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
32 GB

Internal memory is 32 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 256 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
3000mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3000 mAh battery. LG's performance ratings are 906 minutes, 502 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

LG Q6 Specs

Overview
Release date August 2, 2017
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom
Mobile / Cellular Data
4G/LTE
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/1700/1900 MHz
LTE:
1700/1900/700/850 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card size
Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 7.1 Nougat (Update Available: 8.0 Oreo)

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 MSM8940 Octa core 1.4 GHz
Internal Storage 32 GB
RAM 3 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.277 W/kg
Body: 1.54 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Up to: 623 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 502 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Up to: 334 minutes
Talk Time Up to: 906 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 22.4167 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Astro Black, Ice Platinum, Mystic White, Terra Gold, Moroccan Blue, Lavender Violet
Dimensions [H x W x D] 14.2 x 6.9 x 0.8 cm (5.6 x 2.7 x 0.3 in)
Weight 149 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof No
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 2160 pixels
Pixel density 442 pixels
Size 5.5 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.2
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 256 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 2.2
Resolution
13+ megapixels
Multi-camera
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer, HDR, Voice activation
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, MP4, M4A, WMA, WAV
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed (Facebook, Instagram)
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): LG M700N

Variants

LG Q6+
- RAM: 4 GB
- Internal Flash Memory: 64 GB
- Colors: Astro Black, Ice Platinum, Marine Blue

LG Q6a
- RAM: 2 GB
- Internal Flash Memory: 16 GB
- Colors: Astro Black, Ice Platinum, Terra Gold
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