The LG G5 se went live in Russia and it's most definitely not a 4-inch phone

LG is lucky that Apple wheeled out the iPhone SE at the same time the LG G5 se started showing up in leaked materials. Because, truthfully, the handset wouldn't have caught a tenth of the attention it got if it wasn't for the glaring naming similarity and the knee-jerk rumors of a down-sized version of the flagship G5 that followed.

Officially announced in Russia, the LG G5 se (H845) is nothing more and nothing less than a slight hardware downgrade of the original meant to bring the handset's price down for more sensitive markets like Russia, Latin America, and possibly other countries. The only differences between it and the regular LG G5 are the processor (lower-spec'd Snapdragon 652 rather than the premium-tier Snapdragon 820), the amount of RAM memory (3GB vs 4GB), and curiously enough - LTE support.

In Russia, the LG G5 se is marketed as a 3G handset, even though the Snapdragon 652 SoC has a capable LTE X8 integrated modem. Other than that, the LG G5 se has all of the original goods, including the Quad-HD screen, the dual camera setup, and the slot for 'Friends' accessories. It looks like the phone supports LG's VR headset too, although we can't be positively sure that the Snapdragon 652 can deliver smooth performance in graphics-intense VR experiences. Still, the phone should operate more or less as fast as the Snapdragon 820 variant in basic scrolling, browsing, multimedia, and casual gaming scenarios.

We presume LG won't sell the regular LG G5 in markets that get the LG G5, as neither Latin America, nor Russia – the two markets that received the 'se' edition – have had the LG G5 formally announced. That is, customers in these countries must buy the phone from alternative sellers at full retail price.

source: LG Russia via (Translated)



1. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

LG should have gone with FHD instead of QHD. The Sd652's GPU is good but it's not that Good.

4. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Exactly! When they have down graded the Soc, then what was the problem in down grading the screen? 1080p was a much more logical choice... I hope HTC will put 1080p in their downgraded version of M10...

10. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

See my post #8, It's the only reason LG could have for keeping QHD and even then it still doesn't make a whole lot of sense.

5. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

at least its faster than SD810

8. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Yeah but the GPU is lacking and i'm pretty sure LG only kept the QHD screen because of their VR headset but what good is it, to QHD for VR if the soc can't handle running VR compatible apps. The 810 would be able to handle it but 652 just isn't good enough.

20. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

What good is QHD to VR if the soc can't handle running VR compatible apps********( I totally f**ked that sentence up lol)

19. dazed1

Posts: 812; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

BS, the gpu is more then good enough, i got the G4 and with weaker gpu/cpu its perfectly smooth, maybe for gaming is not, but for smooth operation is more then enough!

21. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Never said it wasn't good enough, just that it isn't that good. Smoothness relies mostly on the CPU so the SD652 has that covered because it has a CPU that's on pair with the SD820. Sorta how the CPU of the SD808 is basicly the same as the SD810.

2. manojmcn

Posts: 634; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

Lol, first the "friends" failed the they are going to fail the phone itself.... Why LG, why?

3. RichardYarell

Posts: 67; Member since: Mar 24, 2016

Another big fail for LG no question put, slimming down the cr@pdragon rather than the screen laughable much.

11. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

your life is a bigger fail

6. donrox

Posts: 204; Member since: Jul 18, 2014

Subpar Edition :(

7. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Is there such thing as a power user who thinks a 4 inch display is large enough?

12. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

Didn't the CEO say that we don't reuse parts or something.

15. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

at least they ddnt reuse 2years old phone.. and they didnt really reuse parts, since both is new phone..

18. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

At least they didn't lay back on the processor...

13. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

Many reviewers complain about its built quality, sigh another nonsense from lg.

23. 2.5GHz

Posts: 270; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

Which reviewers? Paid and biased wanna be editors? smh

16. bm985

Posts: 33; Member since: Apr 21, 2016

LG , some much bloody potential, but they aren't get it right for the smallest of reason. The G5 Se, could have been the following, onr a smaller G5 (ie like the Sony Z5 compact), minus the whole modular aspect (save the $'s),at 4.7inchs, it would have been bomb. Wait for Samsung to release the S7 compact (oh and S7 EDGE compact). $$$$$$

17. Anonn

Posts: 230; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

# CORRECTION # Apple is lucky that LG wheeled out the LG 5 SE at the same time the iPhone SE started showing up.

24. robocopvn

Posts: 504; Member since: Mar 10, 2010

the use of SE started with the Microsoft Intellimouse 1.1 SE. One of the best mice ever !

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