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The new LG G6+ adds features missing from the standard G6

The LG G6's new color options are on display in this promotional image. (Source: LG)
The LG G6's new color options are on display in this promotional image. (Source: LG)
Sporting more storage, a Hi-Fi DAC, and wireless charging, the G6+ is the definitive version of LG's flagship smartphone. It's made for customers who don't want to compromise on their music experience, and includes a pair of high quality earphones that further reinforce that point.

When LG launched the G6 earlier this year, it made the strange decision to omit certain features depending on the region. South Korea got a handset with a Hi-Fi DAC for superb audio quality but didn't get the convenient wireless charging ability. Customers in the US received the exact opposite. A few Asian countries got the larger 64 GB model, but the rest of the world was limited to only half that amount. It was a very confusing fragmentation of the LG G6's main features.

Luckily, LG has realized that many customers want not just one or two but all of the aforementioned features. Accordingly, it has announced the LG G6 Plus, which addresses the issue by including a high-resolution DAC, wireless charging, and expanded storage capacity all under one roof. What's more, the G6 Plus is coming to multiple markets—although some regions will, unfortunately, receive a model without wireless charging.

Back to what everyone does get: more storage. The LG G6 Plus doesn't come with a measly 32 GB of space for your music and apps. In fact, it doesn't even come with 64 GB, like the South Korean G6 does. With the new G6 Plus you get a whopping 128 GB of internal storage, which of course can be expanded further with a micro SD card. Combine that with the 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC and a pair of "premium earphones" from B&O Play—included with each handset—and the G6 Plus is a music lovers' dream device.

Owners of a regular LG G6 aren't left out; they also get a couple of new features. First up is Face Print, which lets you unlock your phone by simply raising it up to your face—no button presses required. LG says that it takes less than a second for the phone to register your face and unlock itself, and it uses an insignificant amount of battery while doing so.

There is also Low Power Consumption, which constantly senses and collects data about your phone to "improve the user experience with third party applications," with the goal of reducing battery usage and reducing latency. Finally, Covered Lens basically detects when your finger is covering the camera lens and warns you, so that you don't end up with a huge finger-shaped blot on your pictures. All of these new features will arrive on the G6 in the form of a software update.

The new LG G6 Plus as well as the standard G6 now have new colors to choose from: Optical Marine Blue and Optical Terra Gold. A lenticular effect is applied to the backs of the phones to produce a "mesmeric optical effect."

LG will announce the availability of the G6 Plus and the new software update locally for each region, at an unspecified date.


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John Garcia, 2017-06-19 (Update: 2017-07- 3)