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‘LG G5 Lite’ approved for China ahead of official debut

by Killian Bell | March 27, 2016March 27, 2016 1:00 pm PST


LG is said to be working on a more affordable version of its flagship G5, and the device was just approved by Chinese regulators ahead of its official debut. It looks just like the existing G5, but it is expected to pack midrange internals that allow for a smaller price tag.

According to the TENAA filing, the cheaper G5 will feature a Snapdragon 625 processor with Adreno 510 graphics, the same 5.3-inch Quad HD display as the original, and 3GB of RAM. In comparison, the regular G5 has the high-end Snapdragon 820 chip and 4GB of RAM.

Other than those changes, the G5 Lite is expected to be almost identical to the original internally, with a 16-megapixel rear-facing camera, an 8-megapixel front-facing camera, and 32GB of expandable storage. It will also be modular.

Although the new handset is being dubbed the “LG G5 Lite,” it is unclear what its final name will be. GSMArena reports that the device will just be called the LG G5 like its flagship brother, which could mean it will only be available in select markets.

LG would create confusion by launching two versions of the G5 will different specifications in the same countries, so it’s likely the more affordable model will be reserved for emerging markets where the original G5 won’t be available.

Of course, we’ll know more when the G5 Lite makes its official debut in the coming months.


Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...