The LG G5 'Lite' to feature tweaked specs for select markets

LG has certainly upped the ante this year in a bid to make ground on its compatriot Samsung in the Android space. Where most manufacturers tend to stick with the script when producing flagship smartphones, the LG G5 dares to dream with a quirky, modular aspect. Recognizing that some markets will probably be priced out of the market, LG is prepping a 'Lite' edition of its most coveted prize. Where it's not uncommon for vendors to produce cheaper versions for less-moneyed audiences, the LG G5 Lite may retain all of the features found in the standard model, bar processor and RAM. 

The main smartphone manufacturers have long offered flagship spin-offs that usually look, and mostly function akin to the main event. Those with a keen eye for specs will have noticed that these cheaper handsets are so because they scrimp in almost every department, from processing power right down to the cameras and display resolution. From what's being said of the LG G5 Lite, though, owners will get the same quad-HD display, camera, and enjoy the all-singing modular G5 experience. The main difference will be the removal of Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 in favor of the Snapdragon 652.

Though the Snapdragon 820 is at the very top of the tree in terms of mobile processing power, it's not necessarily the end-all, be-all to the general consumer. The Snapdragon 652 is not a flagship-level chipset, by any means, occupying the space just below the high-end mobile processors. But in this case, its presence will broaden the appeal of the LG G5 throughout markets such as Mexico and Panama. 

As well as the SoC, the G5 Lite will be furnished with 3 gigs of LPDDR3 RAM, where the ordinary G5 gets 4 GB of LPDDR4. If you're chasing that cutting-edge experience, then these details will matter. But as LG seeks to mount a substantial challenge to the market leaders, the slight corner-cut could help to boost sales through these targeted markets. 

Even with a stripped-down processor and slightly less, slightly slower RAM, the LG G5 Lite should appeal to many. As aforementioned, the sharp display, modular capabilities and impressive-looking shooter all remain, along with the 32 GB of expandable storage and its numerous other bells and whistles. 

This isn't the first we've heard of the under-powered edition. LG actually confirmed that Latin America would be getting an alternative edition last month. At the time, it was also made clear that the Snapdragon 652 version would also not support the VR 360 headset, which presumably remains the case. But now it seems certain that the device won't be too severely handicapped, as so often occurs with cheaper flagship alternatives. 

No details on pricing nor availability have yet been established, so we'll keep an eye out for more info. Suffice to say, it will be less costly than the regular G5. 

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. MuddyCow

Posts: 90; Member since: Oct 09, 2014

LG is on a race to the bottom in Mexico, having zero chances vs. Samsung and Apple on the high-end, they try their best to sell super crappy "midrangers" or "lowends" (worst of their categories) with carrier support, feel sorry for them, at the end everyone will see LG like a cheap brand that sells slow, bloated, low-quality phones.

2. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

Not sure what you were referring to, but this article clearly contradicts your statement.

3. Hitokage

Posts: 103; Member since: Mar 01, 2015

This is actually somewhat the proper way to do a lite version of a flagship. It still has a competent processor (a bit lacking in the GPU side, but more than sufficient on the CPU side) rather than the awful Snapdragon 4XX chips that lite versions tend to use, it has the same build quality (presumably), the same display, and it doesn't skimp on RAM (3 GB is just fine, some flagships are only shipping with 2 GB still, and you don't hear many complaints with those).

5. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 2016

@Hitokage Do not forget that the Snapdragon 652 is built on 28nm. So, not really competent in CPU versus Snapdragon 820. And the Adreno GPU 510 is weaker than Adreno 420.

11. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

its still fine if it priced lower than SD808 midranger, like MXPE and V10

6. kamejoko

Posts: 252; Member since: Nov 10, 2011

28nm can not compare with 14nm.vey difference technology.

8. Hallyu

Posts: 790; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

Your statement doesn't stand a point. It's just coming out from your hatred mind.

4. Shubham1221

Posts: 153; Member since: Jul 29, 2015

Really happy to hear about Lg G5 lite.Its way better than last year Lg G4 lite.Its a lite version in true sense.Sd 652 is a very efficient performes and also Adreno 510 gpu packs lots of power.

7. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 2016

Snapdragon 652 is built on 28nm... Is it really efficient? Adreno 510 is around Adreno 418 in GPU power, but weaker than Adreno 430.

9. HighOnAndroidFTW

Posts: 185; Member since: Apr 26, 2015

LG good choice by offering options, give a little more affordable setup buy with still great performance and on the new modular design. Kudos to them for that!

10. S-R-K

Posts: 304; Member since: Mar 15, 2016

Are you max Lee from high on Android...


Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 22, 2016

I like this tiny LG LG

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