During MWC 2016, LG G5 was one of the highlights of the expo, the company’s upcoming flagship. However, it seems that the Latin America region will be getting their hands on the Snapdragon 652 variant which was spotted in GFXBench well before its showcase and not the Snapdragon 820.
Whether this is unfortunate or not depends more on the buyer’s reaction in that region. LG made this decision based on the feedback they’ve received from the area’s telecom operators and the currency appreciation. The SD820 variant has dual ARM Cortex A-53 cores clocked at 2.15GHz and another dual-core clocked at 1.6 GHz. The SD652 variant has them clocked at 1.8GHz. Another key difference is the-the SD820 variant uses Adreno GPU 530 and has 4GB RAM while the SD652 variant will use Adreno 510 with 3GB RAM. Earlier, it was assumed that the SD652 would be LG G5 lite version, but it turns out to be a region-specific version.
Along with this change, the Latin America region will not be getting their hands on LG 360 virtual reality headset. The main reason is because the LG G5 with Snapdragon 652 will not work with the VR unit. This might be beneficial for Samsung to sell S7 and S7 Edge to people in the Latin America region who wouldn’t like LG’s decision. The only way for the folks at Latin America region to get their hands on a full version LG G5 is to import it.
The question now remains if any other region will be having the cut-down LG G5 variant.
— Dawn of Tech (@DawnofTech) February 29, 2016