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LG G5 rumored to come with a Snapdragon 820 and custom Sony camera sensor

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LG G5 rumored to come with a Snapdragon 820 and custom Sony camera sensor
Well, folks, the LG G4 is almost 5 months old now, so sure – let the LG G5 rumors commence! This isn't even the first time we've heard of what new features the 2016 flagship may bring – a few months ago, the rumor mill claimed that LG is planning to skip the fingerprint sensor and equip the G5 with an iris scanner. Whether it's true or just wishful thinking by fans who were disappointed that the G4 has no biometric scanner – we've yet to find out.

Back to today's rumors – reports say that the next LG flagship will be loaded with Qualcomm's upcoming top-of-the-line Snapdragon 820 SoC. Sure, sounds logical enough, as most high-class manufacturers usually go for whatever is currently at the top of the Snapdragon food chain. Sure, the LG G4 was an exception, as it rocked the Snapdragon 808, instead of the 810, but it's probably safe to say that Qualcomm will be extra careful not to have another “overheating” scandal in 2016.

Further, the rumors say that the G5 will rock a 20 MP camera – up from the G4's 16 MP – and the sensor will be ½-inch wide and custom-built by Sony. Now, the IMX234 that's in the G4 performs amazing, and we can only hope that LG won't upgrade the number of pixels at the cost of the great low-light performance and color reproduction.

The LG flagship is still around 7 months away from its predicted annual refresh, so there's still plenty that could change about the G5. Are you expecting an iris-unlockable, Snapdragon 820-equipped smartphone?


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posted on 23 Sep 2015, 07:24 10

1. mistercarter (Posts: 360; Member since: 01 Sep 2011)


i love my G4 but LG needs to iron out some bugs... like GPS turning on randomly and draining the battery

posted on 23 Sep 2015, 07:34 1

3. Hallyu (Posts: 317; Member since: 21 Jul 2015)


My last experience with the G3 is an absolute satisfaction until I've switch to the S6 edge. I can't decide yet between G5 and S7 next year by the way.

posted on 23 Sep 2015, 19:43

21. sgtdisturbed47 (Posts: 415; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)


S7 vs G5 will come down to battery life, screen quality (white balance and color accuracy is poor on the G4 but perfect on the S6), and that camera. Sensors aside, how the phone's software processes and compresses the image has an effect on the final image that's saved to the device. I've found the S6/Note 5 errs on the side of over-exposure, but has an instant exposure compensation override on-screen to tweak the photo's exposure before you take the shot.

Screen, battery, camera. LG needs to get these areas worked out before I'd ever switch back. LG G2 was amazing when it came out, compared to what it was competing against. I loved that device. Now, the Note 5 is my workhorse and the photos are the best I've seen yet, especially while saving them as RAW.

posted on 08 Oct 2015, 11:03

23. skywalker909 (Posts: 1; Member since: 08 Oct 2015)


that's because you probably haven't seen nokia pureview 808 photos :) but seriously I really like my G2 I agree screen battery camera are my priorities too but sadly not manufacturer's it seems

posted on 24 Sep 2015, 03:09

22. PANIC (Posts: 125; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)


How on earth are you planning to decide between G5 and S7, when the phones are not out yet and you know nothing about their specs??? WTF!!! LOL......

posted on 23 Sep 2015, 07:50 1

4. carlemillward (unregistered)


All G4's flaws will probably be ironout in the V10. I'm quite intriqued to see how it will fair against the G4 and S6 Edge+

posted on 23 Sep 2015, 08:00

6. DoggyDangerous (Posts: 765; Member since: 28 Aug 2015)


I am looking forward for LG G4 Pro or V10. All flaws will probably be rectified except SD808. 808 is the only flaw which should be rectified with Hello X20 or like MEIZU, exynos 7420.

posted on 23 Sep 2015, 10:47

15. Ronniebthephonedog (Posts: 2; Member since: 23 Sep 2015)


the 810 is super fast in my Axon Pro.. faster than my Samsung s6

posted on 23 Sep 2015, 14:20

19. stijnvbrummelen (Posts: 41; Member since: 20 Dec 2013)


I am not experiencing any bugs on my G4, it is way more stable than the nexus 5 I previously owned.
I have the international model so maybe it is a carrier version problem (if you have a carrier version)

posted on 23 Sep 2015, 07:30 2

2. WeezyF (Posts: 130; Member since: 09 Jul 2015)


for some reason i do not like lg. their interface sucks! i know they are good on cameras but damn the ui and the fanboys make them unbearable.

posted on 23 Sep 2015, 07:56

5. DoggyDangerous (Posts: 765; Member since: 28 Aug 2015)


LG has very good phone. I am very satisfied with camera and over all performance. But I agree about interface, it do sucks. TW also sucks, almost all major brands UI sucks. Chinese phones are the best in fast and fluid UI experience. MIUI is one of the best implementation of android. If LG can take few pages out of chinese books then even their UI will become good and user friendly.

posted on 23 Sep 2015, 15:06

20. ThirdEye (Posts: 31; Member since: 31 Oct 2012)


I have a LG G3 while my wife had a LG G2 both running LGUX over Lollipop.

The G2 developed a crack on the screen and hence I shopped for a new phone. Got a Nexus 6 for a good price from BBY and with my Gift Certificates and 10% special coupon came down to 180$. The closest LG G2 was a pre-owned one for 189$ + taxes in a TMo store.

From LG UX, I find the Google launcher a downgrade. My wife finds it even more horrible. I have added Nova Launcher to mollify her and she still is not happy as she was before and really missing the G2.

The good news is that one of my kids are is playing with my wife's phone as they used to before (with LG they can double tap to wake the screen and go ahead with watching Youtube, playing games etc). Now they are yet to learn to press the screen lock button on the side. I think my son figured it out.

posted on 23 Sep 2015, 08:15 3

7. sergiobr (Posts: 694; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)


"sensor will be ½-inch wide " if that is true, this will be my next phone !

posted on 23 Sep 2015, 09:52 2

12. Cheezwiz (Posts: 430; Member since: 29 Dec 2014)


exactly my first thought. 1/2" sensor? Yep, definitely checking that out.

posted on 23 Sep 2015, 08:20 1

8. Gadgetex (Posts: 80; Member since: 10 Nov 2013)


At least give us some proper speakers this time and with more volume to them. No Facebook preinstalled with option to uninstall Facebook if it does come preinstalled. Do not like the disable function as it does not really disable it.

posted on 23 Sep 2015, 09:33

11. wargreymon (Posts: 671; Member since: 05 Nov 2013)


I got an open G4, and only apps on it were LG and Google. Though I guess with the Microsoft cooperation it will come with office apps.

posted on 23 Sep 2015, 08:24 2

9. BLSEOTB (Posts: 330; Member since: 24 Mar 2015)


Imo the G2 had the perfect size and the G3 had the best design.

posted on 23 Sep 2015, 09:04

10. Exige85 (Posts: 143; Member since: 12 Aug 2015)


LG needs more flagship, the G4 can't do battle with everything. I want to seen a REAL Compact Flagship ala Sony Compact power spec n a G2 ish (I guess that's where the New Nexus 5x comes in). Ok more importantly MAKE your phones muchh more ready available. G5 sounds promising

posted on 23 Sep 2015, 09:59

13. tango_charlie (Posts: 244; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


Forget about those gimmicky double edge/top edge, secondary display features. Keep the expandable storage and removable battery. Add a more premium feel and a bigger battery. Make the camera more awesome. Update the soc (SD820) and software(Android 6.0 new cleaner UI). And you got a winner.

posted on 23 Sep 2015, 10:09

14. fancollo (unregistered)


i sold the G4 because of the screen. it wasn't usable. since i'm wearing glasses which have polarisation, the screen wasn't visible when the phone was held horizontally. But otherwise it was simply amazing. the camera was what i bought the phone for and it is simply great. Of course 20mpx are more than 16mpx, but how can you think of poorer low-light performance if the sensor is much bigger! on paper it won't only be as good, but MUCH better. The G-series of LG is really pushing into "give me a camera with an integrated smartphone" - i like that, but again, i need a different screen...

posted on 23 Sep 2015, 12:03

16. jessyi (Posts: 325; Member since: 08 Jan 2015)


The G5 look very promising with a 1/2” sensor..the G4 is amazing..akk they need to do is to trim down the bezels a little and olaca a bigger battery inside..the screen is great

posted on 23 Sep 2015, 12:24

17. yonith (Posts: 143; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)


Make a 5 inch version with same SOC and I'm sold!

posted on 23 Sep 2015, 12:59

18. Michael.Parker (Posts: 273; Member since: 22 Aug 2015)


Because Samsung screwed up the S6 I might have to keep a phone for 2 years for the first time holding onto my S5 since there's really nothing worth buying this year.

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