The LG Q6 was revealed internationally last month, bringing the “FullVision” display to cheaper smartphones. At the time of the reveal, we got word that the phone would be hitting South Africa, with no price or release information shared.
Now, the South Korean company has announced that the phone would be coming to the country on 1 September.
The Q6 packs a capable but lower mid-range Snapdragon 435 processor, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable storage. The phone also packs the aforementioned 5.5-inch 2160×1080 display, stretching much further than most budget screens, as well as a 3000mAh battery.
Don’t expect a fingerprint scanner though, as LG has merely opted for PIN or facial unlocking.
LG’s Stan Lee told Gearburn that the phone would have contract pricing of R379 a month on Vodacom, and would have prepaid pricing of between R6000 and R6500.
The LG Q6 comes in at quite a steep price, but you’re getting a few perks in the process
It makes for quite a premium over similarly equipped smartphones, such as the R2799 Xiaomi Redmi 4X (which packs a fingerprint scanner and 4100mAh battery as well) and the sub-R4000 Nokia 6 (using an older SD430 but also packing a fingerprint scanner).
LG is however sweetening the deal by throwing in an LG Watch Style, valued at R3499, regardless of whether you opt for a contract or prepaid purchase. Lee explained that LG doesn’t have a plan to launch the watch as a separate purchase for now. So those wanting LG’s new wearable will need to get the phone as well. Additionally, those who purchase the Q6 will also receive R1000 cash back.
What about a sequel to the LG XCam series though? After all, slapping a dual-camera system (particularly the wide-angle camera) on a budget phone is a great way to stand out.
“Instead of continuing XCam series or any other series, we decided to create a different product category, which is Q series. So there will be no (next version of the) XCam,” Lee answered.