Raising the bar on durability and reliability with LG’s military-grade smartphone

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As an essential tool for living, smartphones need to be rugged enough to stand up to the challenges of frequent daily use, and the little mishaps that come with it. That’s why durability was one of our highest priorities when designing the new LG G6 smartphone. Whether you primarily use your smartphone for work or play, the drops, knocks, scrapes that result from day-to-day use cannot be avoided.

In designing the LG G6, we took all of this and more into account, creating our most resilient smartphone to date. The G6 passed with flying colours when exposed to the rigours of the U.S. Military Standard (MIL-STD) 810 – the international gold standard in product and materials testing – as well as a series of punishing tests of LG’s own devising.

In LG’s G2 Complex, all new handset models are put through their paces in a specialised Phone Accreditation Room, where LG’s stringent standards of quality control are enforced. Every new model is exposed to tests under severe conditions for around 5,000 hours, and must meet around 1,000 criteria and 60,000 standards for quality before being released to the public.

  • Environmental Tests

The LG G6 was exposed to a gruelling battery of tests used by the United States military, to determine whether products can withstand exposure to extreme conditions. This rugged new model passed all the tests.

  • Drop Tests

With the addition of shock-dispersing rounded corners, as well as metal bumpers around the edges of the handset, the LG G6 was designed to endure external shocks when dropped. The possibility of shock due to dropping also informed our design for the inside of the handset, with integrated circuit boards and other vital parts placed as far from the edges as possible, in order to lessen the impact of shock on the circuitry.

These precautions proved effective in the Phone Accreditation Room, where the G6 was repeatedly dropped onto a steel plate from every angle, and even tumbled within a 1 metre tall rotating square container for lengthy periods.

  • Battery Tests

With battery safety being a rising concern among consumers, LG does not hold back. In the testing centre, several different tests – including shock, pressure, penetration, heat exposure, flame retarding, and continuous charge and discharge tests – were performed.

In the case of shock tests, employees place a 15.8mm diameter iron rod on the battery and drop a 9.1kg weight onto it to see if the battery explodes or catches fire. Under international standard tests, the iron rod should be placed in the middle of the battery, but to be more rigorous, LG Electronics shocks several parts of the battery to verify battery safety with optimal thoroughness.

Penetration tests are performed by ramming a sharp nail into the centre of a battery, to see if the battery explodes or catches fire.

We’re pleased to announce that the LG G6 could not have performed better under such demanding conditions – so we’re confident it can go the distance in terms of durability and reliability, and consumers can take comfort in the fact that the LG G6 has been tested to the highest military standards.  

For more information on the LG G6, go to http://www.lg.com/za/mobile-phones/lg-LGH870

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