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LG confirms UK won’t get free Google Home with G6 deal – because it’s ‘different’

LG is offering fans of its new LG G6 smartphone even more incentive to snap up what’s shaping up to be the mobile hit of 2017 – a free Google Home speaker – but the UK will miss out, we can now confirm.

US residents snapping up the Google Assistant-enabled phone before April 30 will get a Google Home speaker (worth $129) on the house.

However, we can now reveal that the offer won’t be extended to UK buyers of LG’s new flagship, as according to the company we have “differing requirements” here in Blighty.

“We will be offering value-add deals for the G6 in the UK, in line with our partners’ needs. However, given the differing requirements across the UK and US markets, we do not have plans to offer the Google Home deal to customers in the UK,” LG told TrustedReviews in a statement.

The Google Home speaker was recently announced as “coming soon” to the UK market, with Google hotly tipped to be revealing more details pertaining to the official release date on March 28.

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A free Google Home could have softened the financial burden of acquiring an LG G6, if leaked pricing proves to be accurate.

Earlier this week a German retailer began listing the edge-to-edge device for €749, which comes to about £655/$729.

Considering the LG G5 was available from £529, that would represent quite a leap for a firm looking to get back into the good graces of smartphone users following an off year in 2016.

From a device quality standpoint, our first impressions of the Android Nougat device certainly suggests a triumphant return to form for the Korean tech giant.

It has an 18:9 quad-HD display, HDR10 and Dolby Vision, wireless charging (US-only) and the Snapdragon 821 processor doing the heavy lifting.

After a week with the G6, Mobile Editor Max Parker wrote:

“I believe this to be LG’s best phone in years, but with the competition improving too, it’s a tough call as to whether or not this will stand up against the upcoming iPhone 8 and Samsung Galaxy S8. Price will be a big factor, and if this comes in cheaper than those models then LG could have a winner on its hands.”

Our full review will be coming shortly, so stay tuned.

Will you be grabbing the LG G6 at launch or waiting to see what the Samsung Galaxy S8 and HTC 11 have to offer? Lend us your thoughts below.

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