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After paying less interest in bleeding edge performance with its G4, the LG G5 marks the company’s return to the very highest performance segment of the mobile market, with the inclusion of a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor. However this now won’t be the case across the entire globe. Cristián Correa, LG’s sales manager for Chile, has stated that there will be a slightly different LG G5 model heading out to customers in the Latin American markets, which packs a Snapdragon 652 SoC instead.

Consumers shouldn’t be too alarmed by the misleadingly large disparity that Qualcomm’s naming scheme hints at. The Snapdragon 652 is a big.LITTLE octa-core SoC that is built from four high performance Cortex-A72 cores and four more energy efficient Cortex-A53 cores, making it fairly comparable to last year’s high-end Snapdragon 810 chip. Consumers certainly shouldn’t have cause to complain about CPU performance, as there’s enough power here for your day to day tasks and more. The chip also retains Quick Charge 3.0, 4K video capture, and LTE-Advanced networking features, albeit at Cat 7 rather than Cat 12 speeds.

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However, the Snapdragon 652 is built on a 28nm HPm manufacturing process, rather than Samsung’s power efficient 14nm FinFET technology, and the SoC features a lower performance Adreno 510 GPU that will certainly lower the handset’s gaming performance. Reference to a lower specced LG G5 variant had been spotted in benchmarks earlier in the month, and the handset will carry the LG H840 model number and 3GB rather than 4GB of RAM as well. Although this shouldn’t have too much of an impact on performance.

The same announcement indicates that the new LG 360 virtual reality headset won’t be available in the region either, which seems like another blow for some customers. However, Correa states that the reason is simply down to a lack of interest in virtual reality in the region.

Will the change to the processor specifications make you think twice about picking up the LG G5 in Latin America?

Robert Triggs
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  • charlie Jason

    That’s BS.

  • Steven Fox

    In Latin America everything costs twice as much(taxes are insane on some electronics), maybe they wanted a cheaper chip to drop the price.

    • Roberto Tomás

      that actually is very location dependent. It is particularly true in Brazil, which stands out globally for its high import tariffs. It is also true in Argentina, maybe Venezuela, Colombia, Costa Rica, and México (outside of imports of origin in North America) too. Chile and Perú are strong counterexamples though.. I don’t know that there is any import tariff from Asia or the Americas at all in either of those countries.

      • fabriflash

        Nop, Perú is not as ludicrous as Brazil but still pretty high, say, $500 for a new flagship in a $60 plan for 18 months

        • Roberto Tomás

          but that’s just mark-up, not government (taxes) — and btw, at $500 with a contract that cheap, it’s not very different from the USA.

          Here the norm is closer to $300, but the monthly for the 2yr contract is $30-$160 per month, and you have to pay a $30/mo surcharge for the phone (the $300 acts as a downpayment). So more like $60-$190, plan depending.

  • Gustavo

    That’s BS, they should at least offer the 2 versions to give the customers options. Not selling a inferior device without clearly saying its not the same

    • João Grácio

      This LG

    • Rick_Deckard

      Charging the same price… Stupid LG

  • Derek923

    I wouldn’t buy it if I were in Latin.

  • João Grácio

    If you change the internals (with performance impact) you should give the phone another name and keep the design

  • Leandro Brandão

    Samsung will sell the s7 here with high end processors, if this g5 costs the same premium price as s7 it will be a sales fail.

  • what kind of crap is this? are they trying to sell LESS phones?

  • Karl范君愷

    I prefer the Galaxy S7 with a more practical disign philosophy .

  • Santiago Fernández Devoto

    The bad move that LG is doing with that is charging the same price as the one that will com with snap 820.
    They shoild offer both options with different prices.

    The press guy from LG said they want to offer the same experience but making it more affordable, because in latin america we don’t care about processors and RAM amount… BS!!
    Because the snap 625 will lack pf VR support plus many other features, processing and RAM is lowered… so how the f*** will offer the same experience?! They think we are stupid?! And you expect people to pay the full price for less specs?!
    How LG go to bankrupt for this move

  • Sergio Rainor

    LG is dead.

  • VictorMartino

    You dumbasses, it’s a lite version.

  • EasyCare

    Chinese phones are here to heal the pain… Oh wait you’re disgusted of them hahaha

  • MrHollow

    Oh wow that’s a straight up d*ck move from LG :)

  • Chris

    And this is why I buy Samsung phones.

  • Diego Opazo SV-Cross

    As a Chilean, I won´t buy this now.

    • Rafhael Almeida

      yeap me too!!

  • ExcelionYogi

    I was planning to change brands (Sony now) and buy a G5 this year, if this article is true, I’ll probably buy a S7 instead. Specially if they try to make us pay full price for an inferior phone. Bad move by LG, people where I live (Mexico city), if they have the money to buy a premium phone they always go for the top in technology (or buy the latest iphone, ugh), if they find out LG’s phone isn’t top notch, they wont buy it.

  • Max

    Maybe they are expecting g5 to be so popular, they don’t think they’ll be able to get Samsung to build enough 820s fast enough, and so they go with a dual chip strategy similar to Samsung. If it’s priced a decent bit lower it’ll be interesting to see how the 2 different chips perform.

  • john

    I won’t buy LG G5 in Latin America. Not that I will buy it here in US neither. Waiting for nexus 2016

  • RRHansen

    Just posting this one again for good measurement :-) After this LG went on to launch the V10 in a limited amount on countries, and now they pull this stunt. Double standards much?

  • Jorge Menjívar

    That should be an instantaneously $300 price cut. Most people in Latin American countries are not wealthy and now they have companies like LG trying to rip them off, trying to lower the specs on their devices for them. What a shame.

  • How

    If it makes the phone cheaper then who cares the Snapdragon 652 is a great SOC it benchmarks at 75000 and above that is a little less powerful then the Galaxy S6 calm down it will be good

  • Erico Kompatzki L

    Here in Chile when it comes to android flagships, Samsung is the leader by far. If LG wants ro gain customers by offering their phone at a lower price, I reckon it’s a wise decision. However , if they charge just as much as the s7, then their plan is just plain rubbish and yet another example of treating the Latin American market as of an inferior class, just as it happens with software updates. We’ll see.

  • Rick_Deckard

    So long LG! In Brazil everything is expensive… Imported devices can roughly cost $1000 or more… SO FUCK NO!! This LG G5 Latin version is going to cost more money than the original G5 with the 820 Snapdragon… Getting the S7 Edge instead!

  • fabriflash

    Yep, not buying it in Perú, will import it

  • I usually order from north America and pay my customs fee for the import, and since the tax for importing went up I was considering buying local, but now I’m just not buying at LG all.. Think I’ll just go Nexus.

  • Kevin Doran

    “Consumers certainly shouldn’t have cause to complain about CPU performance, as there’s enough power here for your day to day tasks and more”

    Of course there’s cause to complain? That’s huge, it would 100% put me off buying it if I was interested in the G5

  • xapoliz

    Wtf?! Just WTF, lg ?!!!! I was hoping to sell my S6 and buy the G5 just because it would have an Snapdragon as good as this year’s Exynos (which simply didn’t exist last year with the 810 808 fiasco) and you come try to sell a “””G5″”” with a 652 and 3GB of RAM instead of the 820 and 4GB you announced globaly?!
    Dammit, I’ll have to keep my S6 longer I see… because samsung with their crappy Exynos policy with drivers and updates is the only company that really sells actual high end devices here in Brazil…

  • Obama

    No LG, don’t do this… #Brasil