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Latin America will get a Snapdragon 652 + 3GB RAM variant of the LG G5, no VR 360 headset

Latin America will get a Snapdragon 652 + 3GB RAM variant of the LG G5, no VR 360 headset
The LG G5 was among the first Snapdragon 820-powered devices to be announced this year, and we got the impression that LG's flagship will ship worldwide in one configuration, that is SD 820 + 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM and 32GB of storage. Apparently, this won't be the exact case. LG's Sales manager for Chile, Cristián Correa, has confirmed to mobile technology website Pisapapeles that the LG G5 will be sold in a snapdragon 652 + 3GB RAM variant within Latin America.

the Latin American LG G5 will be fast, but not blazing-fast.

What kind of performance difference should be expected? Simply put, the Latin American LG G5 will be fast, but not blazing-fast. While the 820 has four custom-designed Kryo cores clocked at up to 2.2 GHz, the 652 has four stock ARM Cortex A72 and four Cortex A53 clocked at up to 1.8GHz.

Although it has twice the number of CPU cores, the 652 is comparatively under-powered, has a weaker graphics unit, and is limited to LPDDR3 RAM, rather than the faster and more power-efficient LPDDR4 RAM. While still a decent configuration, this is upper mid-range material at best, rather than a flagship-grade set of specs.

In addition, the Latin American LG G5 won't support the VR 360 headset, which is part of the smartphone's "Friends" accessories line-up. The 360 VR is specifically mentioned as unavailable, and as for the rest of the pack, we don't know.

Explaining the reasoning behind LG's decision, Mr. Correa said that it was made based on the feedback given by several operators in the Chile region, the situation with currency appreciation in Latin American countries, and lack of interest in VR entertainment. He believes that this configuration is a "better proposal" for customers in the region. Of course, one is always able to import the Snapdragon 820 + 4GB RAM model if they are able to afford it.

We haven't heard about other markets getting the downgraded LG G5, but we'll be sure to let you know if such news arise.


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posted on 26 Feb 2016, 10:05 22

1. aesthetics (Posts: 128; Member since: 02 Oct 2014)


Loooool

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 10:09 7

4. Wiencon (Posts: 1883; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)


That's an amazingly eloquent comment

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 11:35

20. cdm283813 (Posts: 356; Member since: 10 Jan 2015)


Better than saying "first".

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 12:14 2

26. aesthetics (Posts: 128; Member since: 02 Oct 2014)


Thanks sir, means a lot

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 06:08

61. uggman (Posts: 56; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)


now that latinos are getting a weaker version of the phone im wondering, will we get a weaker retail price as well??????????????

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 11:36

21. Unordinary (Posts: 1733; Member since: 04 Nov 2015)


So much Samsung and LG fragmentation

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 11:56

22. Marienx (Posts: 65; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)


Give it a break... Nobody is even going to own that phone... Even with a snapdragon 820.... It's not like Samsung is doing it or Apple giving them a A9 chip on their next phone... So no harm at all here.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 21:12 3

47. kajam (Posts: 209; Member since: 24 Jun 2015)


This is a free commercial from LG to Samsung so they can sell more S7

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 10:06 33

2. Anonn (Posts: 230; Member since: 04 Jun 2014)


What a cheap cheat from LG. The model number is G5FU

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 10:37

9. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


may be it is 100$ less than original G5? with less price, it is justified. But there should be both variants to let people choose, which one they want?

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 11:15 13

14. catze86 (Posts: 726; Member since: 07 Dec 2015)


The model number is G5F**k U?

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 14:44 3

35. JunitoNH (Posts: 1802; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


I don't think is a cheat. How many people in Chile are going to be able to pay $699-$799 for a phone, especially with a median income $14k/year. I think the company is trying to make it affordable.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 16:33 12

43. hung2900 (Posts: 956; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


Many people in Vietnam buy a fu*king $1000 iPhone (can be seen everywhere) with the median income $2k/year

posted on 28 Feb 2016, 09:11

59. Junito (Posts: 50; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


Someone needs a nap. If they do, it is because of their own stupidity; just cause people are stupid, does not make it right. There are lots of things, I'm sure you can do in Vietnam with $1000.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 19:43 3

46. RaulBlas (Posts: 38; Member since: 31 Mar 2014)


Agree. I'm from Argentina. Here the median income is less than 11k. But a Galaxy S6 is sold for about $1300 carrier locked (two year contract). A lower priced version will be appreciated. Besides, I bet the 820 and the 652 versions will be hard to tell apart in everyday use, if not imposible.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 10:07 7

3. aman5mathur (Posts: 62; Member since: 28 Mar 2014)


Someone's gotta get pissed off now! Lol

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 10:12 3

5. aman5mathur (Posts: 62; Member since: 28 Mar 2014)


Operators governing LG? The LG

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 10:17 13

6. alx777 (Posts: 2; Member since: 21 Feb 2016)


Well, as a latin american i can say, damn you LG, damn you..

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 10:20 20

7. HugoBarraCyanogenmod (Posts: 1133; Member since: 06 Jul 2014)


Lol Mexican will flood to USA to get snap820 version, quick, build the wall

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 14:27 2

33. Skimshaddy (Posts: 48; Member since: 23 Feb 2016)


The next few months someone buying a phone off Craigslist and found out later it was one of this phone lol. I be pissed.

posted on 27 Feb 2016, 03:45

49. sabretigger (Posts: 50; Member since: 15 Sep 2012)


Thats if Trump doesnt close the gates first

posted on 27 Feb 2016, 13:31

57. Bernoulli (Posts: 3995; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


That wouldn't be the reason that they will come in large numbers, but still better than nitpicky Asian immigrants.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 10:24 10

8. kane74 (Posts: 44; Member since: 24 Jan 2014)


They did the same shi* when they brought the 2Gb LG G3 to EU. Shame on you LG

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 10:38 17

10. Coconut00 (Posts: 480; Member since: 13 Jan 2015)


I live in South America and honestly can say I am very disappointed, especially since LG flagships tend to be priced higher than Galaxies were I live. I hope at least that LG cuts the price.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 11:03 2

11. aroutis (Posts: 4; Member since: 05 May 2015)


How about people start punishing the likes of LG by not buying their products when they act the way they act by disrespecting their clients like that?

Shameful act by LG.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 14:54 2

36. DoggyDangerous (Posts: 859; Member since: 28 Aug 2015)


it is already shameful to not improve on the camera and cheap out by putting the same sensor as in G4. I think they have a lot of inventory unused, since the sale of G4 was meh. They choose to put a secondary 8mp without auto focus and OIS to lure the fans to think that it is an extra ordinary addition.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 16:08

41. Beto_Lopez (Posts: 44; Member since: 14 Apr 2015)


sadly, the amount of people that really cares what processor is inside a phone is a small percent of the market, people normally buys a phone cause they look pretty, no more. for the majority of people a galaxy s7 is just beatiful and expensive galaxy ACE and both will do the same benefit for you beside the look.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 11:03 2

12. Sondae (Posts: 279; Member since: 02 Jan 2013)


Maybe LG has run out of SD 820 lol. Its not fair though SD 652 is midrange chip lg could have used SD 808 instead.

posted on 27 Feb 2016, 00:32 1

48. dazed1 (Posts: 363; Member since: 28 Jul 2015)


You have no clue, 652 destroy 808.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 11:06 9

13. legiloca (Posts: 1391; Member since: 11 Nov 2014)


I'm not a latin american myself but seeing LG doing this crappy strategy just shows how racist they are towards the latin community, I mean come on if they can afford an iPhone, they should be able to afford things more or less priced

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 11:18

16. Omarc07 (Posts: 428; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


i dont know if its cuz its chile ( not hating) or maybe just LG . But in mexico which is also latin america they dont do things like that release watered down version of phones that they release in other parts of the world. In mexico they release phones how they are with the same specs they are released in the US or canada. Expensive yes super not everyone can afford one but thats a whole different story..

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 11:17 10

15. catze86 (Posts: 726; Member since: 07 Dec 2015)


I admit. it is an insult.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 11:25

17. Zylam (Posts: 764; Member since: 20 Oct 2010)


???? I get the feeling there is more to this than the head guy is letting on. Unless it's priced according with the specs, I'd stay clear from LG.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 11:31 1

18. Tziggy14 (Posts: 443; Member since: 02 Sep 2014)


I gotta admit. This sounds funny to read. Is LG really that nuts to lower their specs for a different market of the same phone?

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 11:35 1

19. cdm283813 (Posts: 356; Member since: 10 Jan 2015)


Thank God that no one accidentally buys LG VR in that country. Everyone agrees that it's trash.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 11:56

23. Trex95 (Posts: 905; Member since: 03 Mar 2013)


What I came to know that Latin doesn't care about lg or Samsung a lot they love iPhone and Nokia more.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 12:08 5

25. Coconut00 (Posts: 480; Member since: 13 Jan 2015)


I live in South America. It's true that LG doesn't sell much (at least where I live) but Samsung sells the most amount of phones here. Apple's sales are quite good, especially considering they only target the high-end market. Nokia used to sell a lot but it has been fading and when Microsoft started selling MS branded Lumias sales died.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 12:43 1

27. Macready (Posts: 961; Member since: 08 Dec 2014)


In Brazil and Argentina, Apple market share is between 1 and 5%, according to Kantar. Especially in Brazil things seem grim, as it has halved the past year.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 11:59

24. dazed1 (Posts: 363; Member since: 28 Jul 2015)


S652 is much more then a midrange SOC, it has 4x god damn A72, get your facts straight.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 12:48 6

29. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10456; Member since: 14 May 2012)


It's upper mid-range. Still doesn't compete against the A9, Exynos 8890 and Snapdragon 820.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 12:56

30. Macready (Posts: 961; Member since: 08 Dec 2014)


Hardly, it's slower than last year's high end CPU's (last SD810/Exynos 7420) and GPU's (last Adreno 430/ MaliT760MP6). Let alone this year high end material.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 12:46 3

28. msaeed90 (Posts: 14; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)


If its priced at 350$ then it will be quite good

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 13:24 2

31. Coconut00 (Posts: 480; Member since: 13 Jan 2015)


Lol no way it's priced at $350. Phones in South America cost way more than in the US. Price will be $500 minimum.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 13:31 1

32. SuperAndroid507 (Posts: 283; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)


There is no dedicated LG (or any other manufacturer) mobiles office in my country, most retailers and carriers import the phones themselves usually the model labeled as "international variant", things changed a little now that we have LTE since not all " i " versions support the bands used here.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 14:37 1

34. adsg48 (Posts: 62; Member since: 18 Apr 2015)


Okay folks ... then name it "G5 Minus" ... What a cheating! ...btw i'm not from Latin America

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 14:59

37. PHYCLOPSH (Posts: 287; Member since: 28 Jun 2014)


The SD652 scores about 75K in Antutu and that's roughly the same as an SD810 (that's before the throttle/ overheating)... And here I still consider this SD801 that scores under 40K pretty quick, so I don't see what's to complain about. If you don't like it, buy an international model from the internet.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 15:44 1

39. pecapello (Posts: 11; Member since: 19 Feb 2015)


it's not that easy. if you buy a U$500 phone from the internet here in brazil you would have to pay 60% of that value due to the taxes it would involve. people will just buy a different phone instead.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 17:30 1

44. PHYCLOPSH (Posts: 287; Member since: 28 Jun 2014)


That kind of taxation is diabolical. If I had to pay such a rate just to receive regular first-world products I would save towards moving to another country. I'm sorry you have to deal with that.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 15:27 1

38. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2501; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Should be ok if the screen res is lowered to 1080p otherwise the Latin G5 will be trash.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 15:56 1

40. monoke (Posts: 351; Member since: 14 Mar 2015)


I suspect a lot of online retailers, ebay, craiglist, etc. are gonna try to pull a fast one on some unknowledgable customers.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 16:13 1

42. Beto_Lopez (Posts: 44; Member since: 14 Apr 2015)


ok then i will run another year with my G3.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 18:52 1

45. ibend (Posts: 4649; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


LG V10 or G4 will be better option than this one, they're cheaper and maybe faster

posted on 27 Feb 2016, 06:03

50. MrMiyagi (Posts: 40; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


I can already see the Mexicans adding The SD820 G5 to the list of things they need to smuggle on their way back to their country...thats if they ever decide to return

posted on 27 Feb 2016, 06:54

51. oister85 (Posts: 493; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


Yeah thats if he stay close to the border, he might go back and foward but if he go goes to new york or any east side places they're staying.

posted on 27 Feb 2016, 08:48 3

52. pooma (Posts: 59; Member since: 01 Oct 2015)


doesn't matter...
they both are ugly

posted on 27 Feb 2016, 20:04 1

58. S.R.K. (banned) (Posts: 678; Member since: 11 Feb 2016)


Dam right ugly.

posted on 27 Feb 2016, 09:24 1

53. yurajsiki (Posts: 16; Member since: 15 Oct 2015)


Lg bad decision were waiting for the Snapdragon 820 will lose many customers in Latin America

posted on 27 Feb 2016, 09:31

54. yurajsiki (Posts: 16; Member since: 15 Oct 2015)


Cell phones in Latin America are more expensive than in USA

posted on 27 Feb 2016, 12:01 1

55. MedLEB (unregistered)


LG : Life is Good.

LG in Latin America : Life is NOT Good.

posted on 27 Feb 2016, 12:46 1

56. Nibbler1 (Posts: 32; Member since: 03 Apr 2015)


Chile is not a third world country.This decision is pretty strange.They are almost on par with America and Europe.

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