Plenty of smartphone manufacturers release what’s nominally the same flagship smartphone equipped with different SoCs in different markets. Samsung just did it with the Galaxy S7, giving the phone either a Snapdragon 820 or the company’s own Exynos 8890, and HTC’s been rumored to do the same thing with the One M10, with a Snapdragon 820 powering the phone in most markets but a MediaTek version being available in Asia. Among the early-2016 Android heavyweights, that leaves LG as the odd man out – or does it? For while LG launched the G5 while mentioning only its Snapdragon 820 SoC, the company’s official spec listing leaves the door open for alternate hardware, noting that “specifications may vary depending on the market,” while offering no further explanation as to what’s changing. Now the rest of the picture is starting to come together, as we learn of a new G5 variant aimed at Latin American markets.
This G5 will run a Snapdragon 652 instead of an 820, and see its RAM cut from 4GB down to 3GB.
Unlike the 820-based G5, the 652-powered model won’t support the company’s 360 VR headset. According to a company sales manager, that decision was made in part with the help of user feedback, and in Latin America “VR was not very appealing.”
This lower-end G5 is apparently the same one we saw benchmarked a couple weeks back, and at the time wondered if it might emerge as some sort of G5 “Lite.” Instead, it’s a full-fledged G5 – just not one most of us would preferentially seek out.