LG's flagship smartphone for 2017, the LG G6, is all set to be launched in February. The company is expected to reveal the phone during its event at the Mobile World Congress (MWC), which will be held in Barcelona, Spain.
The LG G6 has been the subject of many leaks as its MWC draws nearer. The company has also sent out a teaser, which hinted at the smartphone being "Less Artificial. More Intelligence." This suggested the possibility of the LG G6 coming equipped with not one, but two voice assistants - Alexa and Google Assistant.
Close on the heels of this teaser, an image that was supposedly taken at the CES 2017 in January has leaked online. The leak has been shared by SemiAccurate, which cites a confidential presentation in which LG showcased the device.
This leaked image has now confirmed some of the specs of the smartphone. The leak confirms previous assertions that the LG G6 will house a Snapdragon 821 CPU.
What The Leak Reveals
The image that has leaked reveals that the LG G6 will boast the Snapdragon 821 processor and not the latest Snapdragon 835 processor.
Previous reports have suggested that LG would likely house the older CPU in the LG G5 successor as Samsung had called dibs on the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor for its Galaxy S8 smartphone. It is believed that none of the smartphones that are set to debut at the MWC 2017 will deploy the Snapdragon 835 CPU due to supply constraints.
The leaked image also shows that the smartphone will be water and dust resistant, as well as have a rear-facing fingerprint sensor.
The image also points to the LG G6 being equipped with Quad DAC and a 5.7-inch Full Vision display, which afforms previous speculations.
Why Snapdragon 821 And Not Snapdragon 835
It has been speculated for a long time if LG would be able to launch its flagship device with the latest processor from Snapdragon since Samsung's Galaxy S8 will be housing it. If LG wanted to include the Snapdragon 835 then it would have had to wait for the release of the Galaxy S8 before launching the LG G6.
However, by compromising on the processor, LG has now been able to launch the LG G6 some months before the Galaxy S8 comes into the market. Therefore, this seems to be a sound decision from the company from a business standpoint.
The Snapdragon 821 is not a bad processor by itself and users will most likely not mind it. Hopefully, the other features of the smartphone will compensate for the older processor.
The LG G6 is expected to release in the U.S market by April per rumors. The company's MWC event is slated for Feb. 26 where more details of the handset will be revealed.