The LG G5 has been praised for bringing the modular approach to flagships. While its modular functionality is very limited at the moment, there’s no denying that it has all the right elements to be a competitive flagship. The G4 was good competition to the Samsung Galaxy S6, so the G5 should be able to stand shoulder-to-shoulder to the Galaxy S7 as well.
Evolution of SoC’s has reached a point where the increases in power are rarely noticed by a vast majority of the consumer base. We reached this “plateau” a few years ago, when the specs war was at its peak. The difference between one flagship and another boiled down to minor differences, which for all general consumer purposes, might not exist. Many a company realized that not everyone really needs all this power, and so the “Mini” was born.
“Mini” devices were basically watered down versions of their flagship counterparts, They compromised by different degrees on just about everything, and the end result was a product that seemed similar to the flagship but was more budget friendly. Commercially, however, Mini devices were not as successful as the companies making them hoped they would be. As a result, watered down flagships had become uncommon and unconventional in 2015.
This 2016 may be the return of the Mini. While its form may be different than what we expect, the base idea remains the same. LG seems to be partaking on the Mini trend this year by foregoing the powerful Snapdragon 820 SoC on its flagship, the G5, and opting for more mid end SoC’s.
There was news earlier that the Latin American region would be seeing a different variant of the LG G5 being released. Specifically, the Snapdragon 820 and 4GB of RAM would be replaced in favor of the Snapdragon 652 and 3GB of RAM. With everything else remaining the same, including the 5.3″ QHD display and the modules, this essentially creates a “Lite” version of the LG G5.
The same Lite version of the LG G5 seems to now be headed for the Chinese market. The LG H848 was spotted while it was passing through TENAA certification, albeit it is still called the LG G5.
No official reason is being stated for this change, but as with Latin America, it is likely to make the device more competitive in the local market. The average consumer may not really notice the difference between the two variants, but the Adreno 510 on the Snapdragon 652 still has to power the QHD display, so it will be interesting to see if the the SoC can still hold up.
The swapping of the Snapdragon 820 for the 652 demotes the LG G5 “Lite” from flagship status to a premium mid ranger. Pricing of the device will be an important deciding factor of the success of the LG G5 Lite in these markets.
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