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LG G6 vs. Pixel XL: A contrast in bezels

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No phone operates in a vacuum — it has direct competition on the shelves ready to fight for your money.

LG is positioning the G6 to go toe-to-toe with the biggest names in the mass market, and that naturally means we're going to see how it compares to the great Google Pixel XL. Both phones are built on very similar internal specs, simply separated by a couple of features, and will surely be on the radar of those looking to sped top dollar on a leading phone.

So after spending plenty of time with the Pixel XL, and a bit more time with both phones together prior to the launch of the LG G6, here's our first look at how they line up.

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Get a lifetime subscription to Hushed Private Phone Line for just $25

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You'd normally pay just under $150 for a lifetime sub to the service, but right now you can pay much less than that. A one-time $25 purchase is much cheaper than you pay for any single month of cellular service, and since it is only being used once and a while you won't want to pay much more than that. The benefits are huge if you do a lot of stuff online, so be sure to grab one now!

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Huawei P10 + P10 Plus specs

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The 5.1-inch Huawei P10 and 5.5-inch P10 Plus are officially official. Here's how the specs line up for Huawei's 2017 flagships.

Huawei's flagship phones for 2017 have arrived! The P10 and P10 Plus bring the technology behind the Mate 9 to a more manageable form factor, with some important upgrades to the Leica camera setup, bold new colors and finishes, and additional software tricks through EMUI 5.1.

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ZTE's Gigabit Phone is a sneak peek at technology that doesn't yet exist

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5G is coming, someday, and ZTE wants everyone to know it's ready and waiting.

Ever wonder what life will be like when we have 5G connectictivity roaming around us? Well, we're not quite there yet, but to get you in the spirit, ZTE is showing off the first 5G-compatible smartphone on the MWC 2017 show floor.

When 5G is ready, it will include a hundredfold speed increase that will make all sorts of futuristic technologies more plausible.

The Gigabit Phone, as its called, is an attractive smartphone on display at the ZTE booth. But although it exists in physical form, it's not exactly what you'd call a finished product. ZTE's Vice President of Strategic Marketing for Mobile Devices, Andrew Elliot, said in an earlier phone call that the device on display at the Fira Gran Via is a mere prototype for carriers. "It will be commercialized, but probably not in the form-factor you see it in," he added.

The Gigabit Phone is packed with future-facing specifications, including a 10nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor and X16 modem. ZTE claims that this hardware enables its Gigabit Phone to be "three times as powerful at improving data processing capability," which is important for handling 5G throughput.

Although the Gigabit Phone is not connected to any specific any network — ZTE doesn't have a European partner to show it off in Barcelona — the company hopes its existence will inspire carriers at the potential of 5G to fuel a bevy of mobile experiences, like virtual reality. "We wanted to provide a prototype for how carriers can do that," said Elliot.

When 5G is ready, it will include a hundredfold speed increase that will make all sorts of futuristic technologies more plausible. Imagine 5G-powered drones delivering packages at your door, for example, or 5G-connected cars driving in real time. Until that reality comes to fruition, however, 5G is still just a concept that companies are rallying around to figure out how to leverage, and thus sell more things.

We'll have a sneak peek at ZTE's first 5G-capable smartphone from the MWC 2017 show floor. Stay tuned!

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Huawei Watch 2 and Watch 2 Classic announced at MWC 2017, starting at €329 in March

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Huawei Watch 2 series

One model has turned into two for 2017.

The Huawei Watch was one of a few bright spots in the Android Wear world, often being referred to as the top watch to get through 2016. As a follow-up, Huawei is replacing it for 2017 with two models — the Huawei Watch 2 and Watch 2 Classic.

Following the launch of the LG Watch Style and Watch Sport, Huawei's new models are running Android Wear 2.0 and offer up many of the same features as LG's including 4G connectivity, GPS, NFC and new processors.Both watch styles have a 1.2-inch 390x390 display, 420mAh battery, GPS, heart rate sensor, 4GB of storage and 768MB of RAM.

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Huawei's new P10 flagships are thin, powerful and insanely colorful

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New flagship phones officially unveiled in Barcelona.

At its press conference in Barcelona, Spain ahead of Mobile World Congress 2017, Huawei CEO Richard Yu has unveiled the company's latest flagship phones for 2017, the P10 and P10 Plus. The new phones build on the design language of last year's slim, highly-specced Huawei P9, with internals based on the Mate 9's Kirin 960 platform. Like last year we're looking at two different display sizes — 5.1 inches at 1080p for the P10, 5.5 inches at Quad HD resolution for the P10 Plus.

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Huawei P10 will arrive on all four major UK networks

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EE, Vodafone, O2, Three will range the Huawei P10, and it'll also be offered through independent retail giant Carphone Warehouse, exec tells AC.

Update: A Huawei representative has confirmed to Android Central that the P10 Plus will be ranged by Vodafone, EE, Three and Carphone Warehouse.

Last year's Huawei P9 was a breakthrough success for the Chinese manufacturer, with the 2016 flagship being picked up by all four major UK networks and major high street player Carphone Warehouse. This broad carrier coverage is set to continue with the P10, AC can confirm.

In an exclusive interview ahead of today's announcement, Bruce Lee, Huawei's Vice President of Handsets Product Line, revealed that all four operators will also range the P10, and that Carphone will also pick up the handset. Lee wouldn't comment on availability for the larger, higher-specced P10 Plus, but promised "some surprises, maybe" when that model arrives in the UK.

The Huawei P9 passed 10 million units sold by the end of 2016, and the fact that all the major networks are carrying its successor is an obvious indicator that they're happy with the performance of the P9. Huawei will face strong competition in a couple of months, with the expected arrival of the Samsung Galaxy S8, however a place on the store shelves of every major high street player is a good start.

More: Huawei P10 hands-on

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Watch Andrew and Alex discuss the LG G6 in Korea!

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See our first impressions of the LG G6 from Korea.

We had a wonderful and unique opportunity to join LG for a tour and set of interviews surrounding the launch of the new LG G6. On our final day in Seoul before heading back home prior to MWC 2017, we took the opportunity to sit down and collect our thoughts on everything we saw.

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Google Assistant is coming to all phones running Marshmallow and above

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Get ready to interact with the Google Assistant on your phone.

The Google Assistant is available on the Google Home, Android Wear 2.0, Google's messaging app Allo, the NVIDIA Shield TV, and Android TVs, and Google is now vastly expanding its reach by bringing the AI-based virtual assistant to all phones running Android 6.0 Marshmallow and above.

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LG G6 initial review: A return to form

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LG G6

After years of chasing gimmicks, LG decides to just make a good phone.

The quick take

The quick take: LG achieves its goal of packing a balanced, powerful Android experience into a more hand-friendly form factor. But it remains to be seen whether the G6 is a true "flagship" to compete with the upcoming Galaxy S8. The LG G6's success (or otherwise) will depend on its price tag, and how the competition measures up.

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Everything you need to know about the LG G6's cameras

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LG G6

LG is super proud of its dual cameras, and is putting even more focus on them with the G6.

Photography has become one of the leading factors in choosing a phone today, with so many companies putting out great choices. LG has been near the top of the pack for the past few generations of its G and V series of phones, and it is hoping subtle tweaks to its formula can keep it in the conversation with the LG G6.

Dual rear cameras are very much the focal point here, with the wide-angle camera getting a much-needed boost of attention as LG finds that nearly half of its users use that as their primary shooter. At the same time, the wide-angle front-facing camera stands alone as your only camera choice up front, making sure you fit as much as possible in your selfie.

Here's the full breakdown of what to expect in the LG G6's camera setup.

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These LG G6 features are exclusive to the U.S. and Korea

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LG G6

You can't always get what you want.

Every phone launch offers some sort of frustration when it comes to differences in models between regions. The LG G6 is thankfully launching around the world, but unfortunately has a couple of features that will remain exclusive to specific regions — and even particular countries. This year wireless charging, a high-performance 32-bit Quad DAC and 64GB storage won't be available around the world on the G6.

Here's what you can expect when you go to buy one.

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LG G6 first photo and video samples!

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Check out our first sample images and video from the G6's dual 13-megapixel cameras!

With the official announcement of the LG G6 today in Barcelona, we're finally able to share our first sample images and video from the phone, which we've been using here in Barcelona, Spain for the past few days. The G6 builds on the dual camera setup of the LG G5 and V20 from last year, now with the same 13-megapixel sensor in both cameras. In the regular 71-degree camera you've got an f/1.8 lens and optical image stabilization. For the wide-angle, it's f/2.4, but without OIS. And around the front, LG brings a 5-megapixel behind an f/2.2 lens, with a 100-degree angle to fit more stuff in your selfies.

Check out our sample pics below, and be sure to hit up our full review for the verdict on LG's 2017 flagship! (Keep scrolling for our (#vidsample) at the bottom of this post.)

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LG G6 specs: Dual 13MP cameras, 3300mAh battery, Snapdragon 821

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LG G6

Get to know everything that's inside the latest from LG.

The LG G6 isn't pushing the envelope in every spec category, but still has plenty of what you want in a top-end phone today. With a high-res display, dual cameras, fast charging and waterproofing there's lots to like here. Though perhaps some may see downsides in the Snapdragon 821 processor, limited 32GB storage in some regions and wireless charging that's exclusive to the U.S.

Here's the full spec sheet for the LG G6.

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LG G6 officially unveiled at MWC 2017

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Read our LG G6 review!

Following weeks of leaks from LG and unverified sources alike, the LG G6 is finally official for all to see and experience. Unveiled on-stage at MWC 2017, the LG G6 rounds out much like we expected based on the early information. The phone is highlighted by its extra-tall 5.7-inch display with a new 18:9 aspect ratio, which means the phone is smaller overall. Thanks to the dramatically reduced bezels, LG says the G6 has the footprint of a 5.2-inch phone. It's wrapped by a glass and metal body that brings the materials back for the first time since the original Optimus G.

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