The LG G6 is coming soon

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Here’s what you need to know about LG’s flagship smartphone.

LG is sending out invitations to see the launch of what must surely be the G6, its flagship smartphone and one of the most highly anticipated devices of the year.

The tease points to a launch date of Feb. 26, a day before the start of Mobile World Congress (MWC), the world’s largest conference focused on the mobile industry.  

The South Korean giant hasn’t done the best job keeping things under wraps, and even teased a number of details about the device. We know it will not feature the modular design of the LG G5, but will have a unique screen ratio of 18:9 (a few quick calculations brings that to 2:1). Most smartphones have a 16:9 length-to-width ratio, so the G6 will be shaped a bit more like a baguette and less like a bar of soap. That screen ratio should make the device a bit easier to wield, while giving it some added real estate for the somewhat gimmicky “second-screen” it helped popularize with its V10 and V20 models.

Oh, and it won’t catch on fire. LG wants everybody to know that.

Last week, the company described the rigorous testing and heat management methods it’s been using since that thing started happening with that other South Korean company’s phone.

The company also put out a pretty big hint that the G6 would be waterproof in a teaser video uploaded last week:

Feb. 26 could be an even more pivotal day for LG if it also decides to show off its much-rumored Android Wear 2.0 smartwatches. We feel pretty confident these will also be Google’s new smartwatches after a reliable source leaked last week that the social media site chose LG for its first shot at a Nexus-like wearable.

LG is banking on some good sales numbers with its new mobile devices. The company’s smartphone offerings have always lagged behind its fellow South Korean rival, while its smartwatches have all but died away.

Luckily, if things don’t work out in mobile, the company has some truly incredible TVs to fall back on, and one unsettlingly cute robot.  

H/T Engadget

Phillip Tracy

Phillip Tracy

Phillip Tracy is a former technology staff writer at the Daily Dot. He's an expert on smartphones, social media trends, and gadgets. He previously reported on IoT and telecom for RCR Wireless News and contributed to NewBay Media magazine. He now writes for Laptop magazine.