Rumour: LG G5 to sport Snapdragon 820 CPU and custom Sony sensor

Lately, we’ve been hearing a lot about upcoming flagships such as the Samsung Galaxy S7, but what about the LG G5, successor of the LG G4 (pictured below)? The first report about the LG G5 surfaced a few months back, claiming LG would not opt to outfit its next flagship with a fingerprint scanner, but an iris scanner instead. Now, a new report is claiming that the device will feature Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 CPU and a custom Sony-made camera sensor.

LG G4 with Snapdragon 820 and custom Sony sensor

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The new rumour comes from a post on Chinese-speaking Weibo, China’s equivalent of Twitter. It claims that the LG G5 will sport Qualcomm’s next generation chipset, the Snapdragon 820 CPU. This isn’t at all surprising, as most high-end flagships next year will feature the said processor under the hood.

Note that the LG G4 does not offer the best CPU Qualcomm currently has to offer. The chip maker’s high-end chipset for 2015 is the Snapdragon 810, which is a 64-bit octa-core processor. The LG G4 features the Snapdragon 808, which is a 64-bit hexa-core processor. Why? The Snapdragon 810 suffered from overheating issues, which caused smartphones such as the Sony XPERIA Z3 Plus to crash. We’re sure, however, that Qualcomm is making sure that this overheating debacle no longer happens with the Snapdragon 820, once it is launched in 2016.

Going back to the report, the LG G5 is said to rock a 20-megapixel rear-facing camera made by Sony, which is a bump up from the 16-megapixel rear-facing snapper found on the LG G4. The camera sensor is said to be 1/2-inch wide and custom-built by Sony. We have high hopes for this custom-made camera sensor, as the IMX234 sensor on board the G4 was one of the best camera sensors on board a smartphone this year.

Of course, since this is anything but official, take this with a pinch of salt.

Anyway, the LG G5 isn’t expected to make its official debut until 7 months from now, so there is still a lot of time for us to come across more leaks about the South Korean phone maker’s next flagship.

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