This new LG U is like a Nexus 5X in disguise

This new LG U is like a Nexus 5X in disguise
While the Nexus brand has been killed off to make way for the Pixel and Pixel XL, LG is still fond of the Nexus 5X (which it manufactured for Google), and it just unveiled a new smartphone that's based on it. Called LG U, the new handset was announced in South Korea, LG's home country.

Just like the Nexus 5X, the LG U sports a 5.2-inch 1080p display, comes with 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal memory, and has a front that's pretty much identical with that of the Google-branded device. The LG U also has roughly the same weight and dimensions as the Nexus 5X (135 grams and 147.6 x 73.2 x 7.7 mm vs. 136 grams and 147 x 72.6 x 7.9 mm). However, there are some changes when it comes to features. The LG U is powered by a 1.14 GHz octa-core processor (possibly a Snapdragon 4xx), packs a larger 3000 mAh battery, and supports microSD cards. Moreover, there's an 8 MP camera on the front, and a 13 MP one on the back.

Speaking of the back of the LG U, this is completely different from what the Nexus 5X is offering: the entire rear surface is a glossy one, the camera and accompanying LED flash are situated on the left side, and there's no fingerprint scanner anywhere on the device. Laser auto focus seems to be missing, too (plus, that 13 MP rear camera may not be as good as the 12.3 MP unit of the Nexus 5X). 

In South Korea, the new smartphone will be exclusively available via LG U+ (the country's third largest mobile carrier, obviously controlled by LG). It will go on sale at the end of this month for around $340, running Android Marshmallow and coming in three color versions - black, white, and pink. At the moment, we don't know if LG is planning to release the LG U, or any similar handset, in more markets. But maybe it should bring it to the US and other regions - what do you think?


source: LG (translated)

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17 Comments

1. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 908; Member since: May 07, 2014

What part of the phone make it seem like a 5x in a disguise? The shape is totally different, the specs are mostly different.

2. Florin.T

Posts: 315; Member since: Dec 16, 2013

Huh? The front is identical:http://i-cdn.phonearena.com/images/reviews/185607-image/Google-Nexus-5X-Review-014.jpg They only changed the back. It's built on the very same 5.2-inch structure.

8. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Most phones out there have near identical fronts. Unless they threw something in like a physical home button, FFS, or FPS on the front, they'll look very similar. I was assuming when I saw the title that it'd at least have a similar rear mounted FPS, but it doesn't. I'd say calling it similar to the 5x is a bit of a.stretch. Hell, even the Huawei Nova is closer to the 6p even having a different screen size that this is to the 5x.

12. sgodsell

Posts: 7248; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Florin clearly doesn't know that a SD 4xx series processors only have 4 cores max. Not 8 cores. This must be a MediaTek processor especially since it's clocked at 1.14 GHz. The SD 808 was a heca core clocked at 1.8 GHz for two cores and 1.4 for the other cores.

13. KingSam

Posts: 1427; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

I think sd425 and sd430 have 8 cores.

15. Florin.T

Posts: 315; Member since: Dec 16, 2013

@sgodsell You clearly shouldn't use the word "clearly" when you don't quite know what you're talking about: https://www.qualcomm.com/products/snapdragon/processors/415 plus https://www.qualcomm.com/products/snapdragon/processors/430 But yes, it could also be a MediaTek chipset, that's why the article only says "possibly a Snapdragon 4xx".

17. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

sgodsell is now more salty than the Dead Sea. Maybe you should think twice before opening that mouth.

9. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 908; Member since: May 07, 2014

It would have been a Nexus 5X in a disguise if the internals were the same. The only similarities here is the front. The processor is different, the camera module is totally different. The battery is bigger. This phone looks quite good though.. Nexus 5x was an ugly phone.

3. aznhachi

Posts: 212; Member since: Apr 12, 2016

Huawei nailed it with Nova #6pinmemory

4. Fona13A unregistered

These are cute I'm not gonna lie. Yes, the phones too.

6. redmd

Posts: 1928; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Touché

5. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

This would be cool if it was bone stock Android again just to give stock Android people more options. But that price is too much.

7. sebbellic01

Posts: 305; Member since: May 03, 2016

old LG software too

10. louisd

Posts: 9; Member since: Mar 15, 2015

This phone is just like the 5X because it's another phone made by LG? Absurd.

11. MingLiangChen

Posts: 329; Member since: Jul 06, 2012

IMO even the front doesn't quite look like the 5x. The Nexus has larger bezels all around, and no metallic frame on the front panel.

14. smash

Posts: 15; Member since: Jan 31, 2014

If it had the same camera I'll buy it. It's like dream phone to me. 5inch 3000mah excellent camera and fingerprint reader on the back

16. VIP4SOFT

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 29, 2016

LG phones beautiful but not like Samsung phones

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