LG is expected to bring new features like Iris scanner and mobile payment for its upcoming flagship, the G6 – successor to the LG G5. According to SlashGear, LG plans to take the spot Samsung left behind when its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone featuring the Iris scanner was discontinued owing to battery issues.
According to KoreanHerald, experts believe that LG needs to ‘blow the competition out of the water’ with its G6 flagship phone in order to make up for the high losses ($67 million) it suffered due to the failure of the LG G5. “Unlike strong sales in home appliances and television, LG posted historical losses from its mobile communication unit this year. For a rally in shares, the rebound from G6 is important next year,” said Kiwoom Securities analyst, Kim Ji-san to Korean Herald.
LG had recently unveiled an all-in-one module at the Korea Electronics Show in October that serves both as a camera and an Iris scanner. Sources within the industry believe that this module will be making its way into the LG G6 smartphone.
The South Korean tech giant is also expected to bring a new mobile payment system with the G6, called LG Pay, which will be using Magnetic Secure Transmission – similar to Samsung Pay. This means that G6 owners will be able to make easy payments by touching their smartphone to magnetic card readers at stores.
The Korean Herald report also reports that LG will be introducing a removable battery design with the G6 keeping safety and yield in mind. The G5 also came with a removable battery, which could be replaced by the user at anytime.
LG G5 was launched in India at Rs 52,990 back in June. The phone comes with a 5.3-inch Quad HD display and is powered by a Snapdragon 820 SoC. It features 4GB RAM and 32GB of expandable storage. G5 sports a 16MP rear camera along with an 8MP wide-angle selfie shooter, and is backed by a 2800 mAh batter.
Despite sporting a modular design, LG G5 didn’t quite enjoy the success of the Galaxy S7.