The LG G5 is available now, and while it's not garnering great reviews, LG appears to be pushing on with the whole replaceable module idea. Russian site [email protected] has been able to get ahold of the G5 SE, a lite version of the G5, and has reviewed the phone before its official release.

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As was reported a few days ago, the G5 SE isn't that special; it's essentially a lower-spec version of the G5, packing less brunt for less money. The 4GB of RAM in the flagship has been downgraded to 3GB, while the new Snapdragon 820 has been similarly taken down a peg to the Snapdragon 652. The SE does have the same 5.3-inch IPS display as the regular G5, with the same 2560x1440 resolution. That's crazy good on what seems to be a much lower-end phone; with that in mind, it'll be interesting to see how it performs. [email protected] does say that the screen lacks brightness, though - apparently this is to reduce power consumption. The SE has the same 2800mAh battery as the normal G5, which David said had mediocre battery life when he reviewed it a few weeks ago, so lower screen brightness may be a good thing in this case.

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The dual 16MP camera setup is here, too - [email protected] does not make it clear whether these are the same camera modules from the G5, but I think that's pretty likely. As you'd expect, the module design also stays, although with reviews not being too favourable for the G5, this may not be such a good thing.

The G5 SE's launch regions haven't been disclosed yet, but I wouldn't be surprised if the phone is aimed at specific markets (such as Russia) and is not scheduled for a general worldwide release.

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