LG G5 to Sport Snapdragon 820 SoC, Confirms Qualcomm

After Le Max Pro and Xiaomi Mi 5, the LG G5 flagship smartphone is officially the third smartphone announced to feature the high-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC.

The chipmaker confirmed the news on Twitter, and said, “Don’t miss a whole new way to play with LG and Snapdragon 820-coming February 21,” the date on which LG is set to unveil its G5 flagship ahead of MWC 2016.

Qualcomm last year while announcing its new Snapdragon 820 processor had said that devices powered by the new SoC will arrive in the “first half of 2016”. The chipmaker earlier this year had revealed LeEco’s (formerly known as Letv) Le Max Pro to be the first smartphone powered by the new Snapdragon 820 processor. Soon after, Xiaomi became the second manufacturer to confirm the presence of the SoC on its upcoming Mi 5 flagship.

To recall, the Snapdragon 820 comes with the all-new Qualcomm Kryo CPU which is claimed to have 2x performance and efficiency when compared to the Snapdragon 810. It is also the company’s first 64-bit CPU that uses the ARMv8-A instruction set – Qualcomm had settled for non-custom Cortex-A57 and Cortex-A53 cores on the Snapdragon 810. The Snapdragon 820 also packs the new Qualcomm Hexagon 680 DSP, which is claimed to bring improvements to performance and battery life, and Qualcomm Adreno 530 GPU. In terms of LTE speeds, the Snapdragon 820 supports LTE Category 12 download speeds of up to 600Mbps, and LTE Category 13 uplink speeds of up to 150Mbps.

LG will be unveiling its G5 flagship smartphone at an event on Sunday in Barcelona. LG had last month sent out invites for its MWC 2016 keynote event.

Based on preliminary leaks, the smartphone is said to pack a dual rear camera setup. The G5 is also rumoured to sport a 16-megapixel rear camera with 135-degree wide-angle view. The handset is said to feature a ticker display, like the one we saw on the LG V10. Some of the other details tipped include a 5.3-inch QHD display; presence of ‘Magic Slot’, which is said to be linked with some kind of hardware expansion; ticker display feature; Android 6.0 Marshmallow; 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of inbuilt storage.

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