Long before unveiling the LG G5 was reported to stand among the first devices for this year which would be equipped with Qualcomm’s powerful Snapdragon 820 chipset. Making it true, the LG G5 was launched at the MWC 2016 with Snapdragon 820, but the upgraded Qualcomm chipset will not be powering the LG flagship everywhere.
As per the reports, LG is introducing the G 5 to the Latin America with Snapdragon 652 chipset instead of Snapdragon 820 and also there will be 3GB of RAM instead of 4GB. And also, for Latin American customers there will be no VR 360 headset with the LG G5 package.
On its launch the LG G5 was expected to arrive in single configuration everywhere carrying Snapdragon 820 chipset, 4GB RAM and 32 GB native storage. But according to LG Sales Manager for Chile the plan is changed for the region where the LG G5 will carry a snapdragon 652 and 3GB RAM.
The LG G5 in Latin America will still be a powerful flagship with Snapdragon 652 but not up to the level of Snapdragon running devices. Going into technicalities, the Snapdragon 820 SoC comes with four custom-designed Kryo cores while the Snapdragon 652 SoC carries four ARM Cortex A72 and four Cortex A53 cores. With this arrangement the former chipset is clocked at 2.2 GHz while the latter one is clocked at 1.8GHz.
In the first sight you may get the extra CPU cores on the Snapdragon 652 but it is still comparatively under powered compared with Snapdragon 820 chipset. The snapdragon 650 carries a weaker graphics unit and the smaller RAM support. You may find it misfit among the flagships but it will also not be fair to place it among mid-range devices. However, with a decent configuration the less powered LG G5 can make its spaces among upper mid-range devices, standing on a fair position in between mid-range and flagships.