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The G5 SE from LG is a premium smartphone with high quality specifications and features.
A slightly retooled model of the 2016 G5, the SE for 2017 has an efficient octa-core processor and maintinains the dual-camera and modular features.
All LG G5 SE devices purchased from Clove Technology are provided SIM Free and factory unlocked. This is compatible with all UK and European networks.
For LTE connectivity outside of Europe, please check the specifications, and your network provider.
LG manufacture the G5 SE in Titan Black, Silver, and Gold, with a base 32GB of storage.
Not all colours may be cold in all regions.
LG have been producing interestingly designed smartphones for several years; beginning with their movement of the control buttons to the rear of the G2 3 years ago.
2016 saw the move to a modular design with the G5. This featured a removable battery, which could be attached to a number of LG Friends in order to enhance the camera and other aspects of the phone.
The G5 SE is a slightly retooled verion of the G5. It has exactly the same design, casing, screen, cameras and battery. The only difference is a slight reduction in processing power and RAM memory.
The G5 SE is still a very powerful smartphone; these slight changes however allow the phone to be more affordable, providing a still highly-respectable smartphone at a price that heavily undercuts the big-name competition.
2016 marks a time for refinement to the design rather than considerable differences in the overall look and feel, but it does have a full metal design. Corners are a little more rounded and everything looks refreshed.
LG's iconic rear mounted volume keys have been moved to the side of the device. In their place on the back of the phone is a circular fingerprint reader for added security, stopping unwanted users gaining access to your phone. This doubles as a clickable power button.
The ability to remove and replace the battery and expand the internal memory via a microSD memory card is retained.
Interchangable modules with a slide-out battery offers a range of different accessories to enhance and expand the LG G5 SE. These include the LG Cam Plus and LG Hi-Fi Plus.
The G5 SE keeps the same camera set up that was highly regarded on the original G5.
This includes a single 16 megapixel lens, with a supplementary 8 megapixel module for improved camera experience and a field of view stretching to 135 degrees.
Just like the G4, the camera is designed to be amongst the best, if not the best, available on a phone today.
The G4 set a high bar so thankfully the G5 SE is set to continue this high standard.
The aperture on the camera allows for lots of light to be let in and capture stunning images be those in bright or low light conditions, so you get the very best record of the moment.
Lots of very clever algorithms and software works in conjunction with the hardware to produce results that exceed that of many point and shoot cameras.
The advanced camera app offers lots of control allowing you to get that perfect shot. Autofocus for the simple point and shoot user is there, but if you want to get a bit more control change settings like the ISO, White Balance and more. You can even capture in RAW for the most versatile of post capture editing.
OIS 2.0 (Optical Image Stabilisition) is built into the device too, so whether it is you or the subject that is moving, there should be less evidence of shake and that ‘blur’ that comes as a result of movement.
The G5 SE also sports excellent zoom capabilities from 0.5X to 8.0X and you can take a variety of photos from a tight close-up to a vast scene by simply pinching the screen.
Pop-out Picture offers the ability to take both a standard and wide angle photo at the same time. 4 photo-frame background effects, Fisheye, B&W, Vignetter and Lens Blur are provided.
To the front the LG G5 SE packs an 8 megapixel selfie camera. This is perfect for video calls and selfie shots with as much detail as possible.
With Gesture Interval Shot you can snap four great shots two seconds apart and pick the best. Your only issue now might be choosing the best one!
The LG G5 SE boasts a beautiful 5.3" IPS Screen. This is rated Quad HD (1440 x 2560 pixels) and provides an incredible 554 Pixels Per Inch (PPI).
Needless to say with such a resolution you can expect sharp, vibrant and crisp images and this is exactly what you get. Whether the G5 is a full arm's length away from you or just a few inches, all content, but particularly media, such as photos and videos, are immersive.
Whilst this can take a toll on the battery, being an IPS panel the power drain is optimised and battery saving technology within Android also helps you to work and enjoy the screen for longer.
The display also benefits from In-cell Touch Display technology. This helps to deliver a smooth and responsive feel as well as making the screen more visible in daylight.
A small but significant addition is a feature called Always-ON which extends your ability to interact with the G5 SE. At any time you can glance at the screen to see key notifications.
RAM & Memory
Powering the LG G5 SE is an octa-core (4x 1.8 / 4x 1.2 GHz) Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 Processor, matched up with 3GB of RAM.
This is a slightly different processor to the first G5. That phone used the Snapdragon 820. The new processor does have a lower clock speed, however it is from a newer generation that is much more power efficient. The result should be that the G5 SE has a longer lasting battery, whilst still performing near the top of current smartphones for multitasking and games performance.
Out of the box you get 32GB of storage built into the handset, which can be expanded with a microSD card - up to a theoretical limit of 2 Terabytes, but at the moment, 256GB is the largest available memory card. Even if you like to carry lots of photos, videos, movies, music and documents, this should be more than enough.
There are always additional services such as cloud storage and streaming which are easily accessible with the 4G Cat6 or WiFi connectivity.
The G5 SE is delivered with Anroid 6.0.1 installed. LG have said that the phone will receive an update to Android 7.0 during 2017.
Further refining an already capable and powerful OS, one of the key features is ‘Doze’ that intelligently saves battery usage when the device and apps are not in use.
You will see excellent screen usage at all times, even when you take into account all the great features.
An additional benefit includes the ability to control the permissions of applications, so you remain in the control; turn app permissions off and on when you want, rather than when the app suggests is best.
Being an Android smartphone you, of course, have access to Google's full suite of applications and Google Play for downloading more. Enjoy Gmail, Drive, Maps, Calendar, Translate and more including Google Play Games, Books, Music & Movies.
On top of the Android system, LG employ their own UI, customising the interface to craft something personal and unique to their smartphones.
The new LG UI 5.0 has been designed to stay well within the ideals of Google's Material Design - so it, and the built-in apps it runs, look similar to other Android 6.0 devices - however there are a number of LG's own features and extras to make it unique.
You also have a level of customisation over the interface that is not present on other Android phones, being able to choose complete themes for the phone, rework the soft navigation bar with extra shortcuts and even change the system font.
In the modern world of smartphones there are so many ways for you to stay connected.
With the LG G5 SE you have the ability to connect to 4G / LTE for super-fast downloading of music and streaming. When a mobile network isn't available the dual band (2.4 / 5 GHz) WiFi connection steps in and can also be used to connect to other devices.
With wearable devices, such as the Android Wear powered LG G Watch Urbane, Bluetooth bridges both and also allows you to connect to external audio and visual equipment.
NFC comes as standard for one-touch pairing with accessories or setting up contactless payments (payment provider dependant).
USB connectivity on the G5 SE is via a USB Type-C connector that also support Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 enabling a charge time 27% faster and 45% more efficient than the previous generation.
To get everything done the LG G5 SE packs in a user removable 2,800 mAh battery which should keep your powered for long enough. Should you need more, or are away from power for extended periods, it is simple to replace, no need to remove the back cover to replace it, simply slide it in and out.
As you can see the LG G5 SE is a very capable and desirable smartphone. Buy yours SIM free from Clove today.
The following is a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about this product. Hopefully you will find the answer to your question, if not, use the contact form below and we shall answer it for you.
Yes - If you are located outside of the UK you may want to take a look at our list of FAQs for international customers on the following link: http://www.clove.co.uk/international-customers.aspx
Yes, this phone is unlocked and can be used with networks around the world.
Do check the specifications to ensure compatibility in your region with your network provider. No SIM card or contract applies to this phone.
Yes. Unless the description of the product suggests otherwise (I.e. EX-DEMO) then this product is brand new and has not been used before.
No - There is only the manufacturer’s branding.
Yes – this phone supports up to 128GB of external storage
This phone takes a Nano SIM card
Yes – International bands 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 17(700), 20(800), 28(700) will be supported as standard for UK / Europe.
Please check with your local operator for LTE network provisions outside of Europe.