LG G6 release date, specs: LG Innotek admits developing iris scanner, to be featured in upcoming flagship?


Predictions have it that after the stellar performance of LG’s current flagship, the G5, specifications of the next-generation LG G6 will presumably feature some elements that could rival other flagship devices like the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and Apple iPhone 7 Plus.

According to reports, the LG G6 will apparently feature a 5.3-inch screen with a Quad High Definition resolution with potential support for 4K videos. LG is also rumored to ditch the G5’s modular design and will equip the next-generation flagship with a glass back panel.

Under the hood, the G6 is said to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 830 processor with 32 GB of internal storage. There may be a USB Type-C charging port, dual cameras, and latest operating system from Android, Nougat.

Moreover, the upgrades from its predecessor include a possible fingerprint scanner and iris-scanning technology; the latter, reports claim, is being developed by LG Innotek. What added to the assumption that LG is working on the advanced security feature is their attendance at the Korea Electronics Show last week.

During KES 2016, LG reportedly showcased an all-in-one module that combines the front-facing camera and iris-scanning technology through the use of filters. In comparison, for the Galaxy Note 7’s retina scanner, Samsung packed it with two modules to operate the biometric feature.

Reaching out to GSM Arena, LG Innotek shared that the iris recognition module has indeed been developed but its use in the flagship smartphone has not been confirmed yet.

There are also speculations that another detail that may be scrapped in the smartphone is the “Friends” modules. It allows the phone owners to swap different modules for additional functions such as audio DAC and camera enhancements.

When it comes to the release, LG G6 is predicted to be unveiled in February next year and released two months later. The price is expected to be around $500 to $600 per unit. However, since there is no official announcement yet from the manufacturer, available information should be taken with a grain of salt.