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Prototypes made by LG of the G6 with the Snapdragon 835

The LG G6 was released way back in March of 2017, and received a decent acceptance in the smartphone community. This solid device cost less than the flagships of its generation like the Samsung Galaxy S8. It didn’t receive any major attention beyond this though.

This lack of attention was after the launch however before the launch the story was entirely different.

Towards the end of 2016, Qualcomm made an announcement that the Snapdragon 835 which was its first 10nm chip. The users were in expectation that all flagship phones launched in 2017 would have this latest chip.

There was however only one flagship that fulfilled that expectation and that was the Samsung Galaxy S8.

Samsung was manufacturing the Snapdragon 835 and had first right to secure the chip. Samsung used this to their advantage and bought up as many as they could.

The amount left after Samsung finished its buying spree was not enough for LG or for that matter any other company to manufacture a right amount of devices to be sold in the market.

The company was left with an option to either wait for the Snapdragon 835 chips to be available which meant a delay in the launch date of LG G6 or go with whatever they had at that moment.

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In order not to delay the LG G6 launch, the company went with the Snapdragon 821 – the older processor.

This processor was not too bad; it proved to be very capable. However it was a let-down for those who were expecting the best and the latest.

This was however done by LG before as well where they went out with an older processor, the acceptance was better before among the users. The G4 went with the Snapdragon 808 instead of the latest Snapdragon 810 due to overheating issues.

There were rumours that LG would load the Snapdragon 835 in the G6, but there was no evidence of it.

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Years later we finally have evidence that the company proto-typed the G6 with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. We laid out hands on one of them courtesy of a private collector. This device is one of the very few that exists but gives a very exciting glimpse of what it could have been. You can find photos and videos below.


About David Aguiar

David is a tech enthusiast in the Android ecosystem and he uses this space to share his insights and opinions about Android apps, latest happenings and leaks.

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