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.

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.

Related phones

  • Display 5.3" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh(25h talk time)



1. aesthetics

Posts: 128; Member since: Oct 02, 2014


4. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

That's an amazingly eloquent comment

20. cdm283813

Posts: 424; Member since: Jan 10, 2015

Better than saying "first".

26. aesthetics

Posts: 128; Member since: Oct 02, 2014

Thanks sir, means a lot

61. uggman

Posts: 58; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

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

21. Unordinary unregistered

So much Samsung and LG fragmentation

22. Marienx

Posts: 122; Member since: Aug 27, 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.

47. kajam

Posts: 221; Member since: Jun 24, 2015

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

2. Anonn

Posts: 230; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

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

9. Ashoaib

Posts: 3298; Member since: Nov 15, 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?

14. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

The model number is G5F**k U?

35. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 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.

43. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

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

59. Junito

Posts: 145; Member since: Feb 12, 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.

46. RaulBlas

Posts: 47; Member since: Mar 31, 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.

3. aman5mathur

Posts: 241; Member since: Mar 28, 2014

Someone's gotta get pissed off now! Lol

5. aman5mathur

Posts: 241; Member since: Mar 28, 2014

Operators governing LG? The LG

6. alx777

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

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

7. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

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

33. Skimshaddy

Posts: 126; Member since: Feb 23, 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.

49. sabretigger

Posts: 83; Member since: Sep 15, 2012

Thats if Trump doesnt close the gates first

57. Bernoulli

Posts: 4361; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

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

8. kane74

Posts: 44; Member since: Jan 24, 2014

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

10. Coconut00

Posts: 485; Member since: Jan 13, 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.

11. aroutis

Posts: 38; Member since: May 05, 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.

36. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 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.

41. Beto_Lopez

Posts: 44; Member since: Apr 14, 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.

12. Sondae

Posts: 291; Member since: Jan 02, 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.

48. dazed1

Posts: 805; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

You have no clue, 652 destroy 808.

13. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 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

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