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Gadget Review – First Look INSIDE the LG G6 Smartphone

First Look INSIDE the LG G6 Smartphone

LG brought me to New York City to review their
brand new LG G6, and they actually left me alone in a room with the phone. And while the does look pretty cool on the
outside, I'm here to see what it looks like on the inside. Lets get started! [Intro] In front of me I have the LG G6 in two different
colors. A brushed metallic silver, and a glossy black
version.

These phones feel heavy and solid in my hand,
and like ive mentioned in previous videos, thats a very good thing. My favorite thing about this phone so far
though is the screen size. With that ratio there is so much room for
activities. The phone is completely flat too.

No camera bump, no fingerprint scanner bump
and no earpiece hole. And no curved screen edge which is also nice. When gripping a phone with a curved screen
like the S7 Edge. The palm of my hand always touches the curve, making the phone hard to
use with just one hand.

So I'm glad LG is staying away from that type
of design. But seriously, I hope this wide screen trend
continues. This is the best looking phone ive seen in
a long time. But I'm also about that inner beauty, so thank
you to LG for sponsoring this video and letting me analyze this thing from the inside.

Remember, this is not an activity that you
want to attempt on your own. The phone has an IP68 water resistant rating
which means that the back is sealed shut with adhesive. This is great for keeping the water out, But
also makes the phone a bit harder to work on. Warming the phone up softens the adhesive.

I use a suction cup and my thin metal prytool
to lift up the bottom edge of the glass and slip my prytool inside. The rear glass panel has a slight curve to
it. So im using a soft paper business card to
slice through the adhesive. While not putting too much pressure on that
curve of the glass.

Once the back panel is off, we can see the
little golden contact points for the fingerprint scanner. The golden pads just rest on the mother board
to transfer signal. The back panel is made out of gorilla glass
five. And is surprisingly thin and very light weight.

The black and silver coloring on the LGG6
come from a light coating on the underside of the glass. This coating can be scratched off, but remember
I am scratching underneath the back panel right now. The exterior surface of the phone will not
scratch like this. The letters I just scratched into the back
is completely see through.

Which is a good indication of real glass. And its actually surprisingly resilient. It held up to two solid hits from my tweezers
before I resorted to a pointy screwdriver bit to help me out. And here we can see that the back panel is
indeed 100% glass.

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Once that back panel is off, the rest of the
teardown is pretty simple. There are 11 philips head screws holding down
the midframe plastics. Once those are removed I can lift off the
wireless charging pad. Wireless charging is currently only available
in the US at the moment.

So depending on where you live, your LGG6
might be a little bit different. Wireless charging does not work through metal
phones, which is one of the reasons why the G6 has a glass back. You can see the golden contact pads from the
wireless charger that rest up against the motherboard. The loudspeaker is attached to the bottom
plastic section.

This uses the same golden pads to communicate
with the main board. Its also interesting to note that the speaker
is completely sealed off from the rest of the phone. So if water were somehow get inside the speaker
through the frame, which Ill show in a second, the liquid would not get into the more important
components of the phone. The battery unsnaps easy enough.

BUT there are no magic pull tabs like ive
seen on some of the other phones. Luckily some gentle heat softens the adhesive
under the battery, and a little gentle prying can lift it out. Notice I'm using a plastic tool for this part. Puncturing the battery with metal is very
dangerous.

Ill just straighten the adhesive out so I
can reuse it when I reassemble the phone. Good as new. One thing I notice right off the bat is that
the sides of the battery are completely straight up and down. If you remember, Samsung said one of the reasons
their battery failed in the Note 7, was because of the curved corners causing a short between
the diodes.

With the completely straight sides on this
LG battery, that particular failpoint shouldn't be an issue. LG did tell me they have multiple fail safes
in place to insure the batteries do not over charge and over heat, which will help insure
long term battery safety. Lithium batteries like this DO pack a lot
of energy and power though. LG did not give me permission to perform my
next test, but since I have a pair of pointy tweezers…

Even thought the battery clearly says do not
puncture. Instructions have never been my strong point. Watch closely. Even though I purposefully introduced metal
impurity into the lithium, there was no spark or flames like weve seen with other phones.

AND as you saw from the beginning of this
video this battery had almost a full charge when we started, at 81 percent. Thats impressive. A little bit of smoke… But no sparks or
fire.

Since the battery has been punctured though,
I wont be installing it back inside of the phone. I'm at LG, So I found a spare, and Ill be
useing the good unpunctured battery instead. To remove the motherboard from the phone Ill
unsnap the screen ribbon, the charging port ribbon cables and the front facing camera
ribbon, each of these are just like a little legos that unclips from the board. Then that sim card and removable SD card try
comes out, I should have taken this out at the beginning of the video, and I also want
to point out that this water resistant phone has expandable memory, THAT deserves a thumbs
up for sure.

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Flipping over the motherboard and we get our
first look at the thermal gel that lies between the main processor and the copper heatpipe. The processor is the hottest part of a working
cell phone. And there are several things working together
to keep it cool. First of all, the frame of the phone is metal.

And the processor is located directly in the
center of the phone. And since metal is a good conductor of heat,
the phone body itself Is working as a heat-sync. The bulk of the cooling is done by that thermal
gell and a copper heat pipe though. This is even more effective than the metal
frame.

The copper is wicking heat away from the processor
and pulling it towards the edge of the phone away from the main board and battery. Now ive been curious if these heat pipe contraptions
actually work. So I set up a thermal imaging camera with
2 LG G6 phones in front of me. The one on the left with the circle sticker
has no heat pipe inside of it, and the other on the right is a normal LG G6 with a heat
pipe inside.

And now that we are looking at the visible
facts, its easy to see that the phone WITH. The heat pipe is performing much cooler. And a cooler phone means it will last longer….
And improving the lifespan of your device. A longer lasting phone is always a good thing.

Now, I always perform durability tests on
my cell phones. And while this is indeed an official LG G6,
it is still a pre production device. So I'm going to wait and test the actual retail
version. I can still analyze this device though.

This bottom corner has the water resistant
screen that helps keep water out of the phone. LG hasnt failed one of my durability tests
yet, So Im pretty confident in their structural integrity. There is a lot of metal inside this device. Up here at the top we find our headphone jack
with its gold contact pads.

The corners of this phone are pretty thick. And the antenna lines for signal strength
can also be used to absorb the impact of corner drops, since plastic is more malleable than
metal. I dont want to pick on Apple too much, but
this Android phone has a headphone jack, removable memory, wireless charging, water resistance,
and a screen the size of Texas… Its like comparing a Swiss army knife to some
fingernail clippers.

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There are two cameras inside of the LGG6. The main camera has the optical image stabilization. That means that the camera physically moves
around inside your phone like a gymbal to stabilize your pictures and video. The wide angle camera lens is solid.

Its only the main camera that has the OIS
on it. Ill just snap those components back into place
like a little lego, then Ill move onto the charging port. This little component has both the USB C charging
port on it, and the microphone. You could see the adhesive on the microphone
stretches as I pulled it away from the metal frame.

This adhesive is part of the waterproofing. The charging port has a yellow rubber ring
around the tip that helps keep water outside of the phone. Now, the average person is never going to
attempt any of this. But its still interesting to see how all of
these components are assembled.

The front screen also has adhesive all round
the edge. I was able to push up on the glass from underneath
the frame to start a gap, and then slide my pry tool all along the edge to cut through
the rest of the adhesive. I noticed the corners of the LCD arnt actually
corners. They are rounded.

This is interesting because it eliminates
one of the most fragile parts of the LCD, the corner. Hopefully this small change will help keep
the LCD itself from cracking underneath the glass layer if it is ever dropped. Its also interesting to note that the metal
frame is shaped like an ibeam. Its the same structural shape that adds strength
to the metal beams inside of sky scrapers.

Assembling the phone is easy enough, Just
pop the LCD back in its slot, A new LCD would come with additional adhesive. But I'm just going to reuse the old one. After the LCD is in in place, I can get the
charging port back in, The motherboard is tucked under the ribbon cables, and then snap
everything back into place like little legos. Including the new battery.

The back black plastic clicks in as well,
and the 11 Philips head screws hold it in place. Huge thank you to LG for letting me borrow
their phone for a few minutes. I'm looking forward to using this phone in
real life. All of the behind the scenes for this video
will be posted on my instagram and twitter.

And if you enjoyed this video and want to
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