LG G5 RS988 32GB Smartphone (Unlocked, Silver)

LG G5 RS988 32GB Smartphone (Unlocked, Silver)

LG G5 RS988 32GB Smartphone (Unlocked, Silver)

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Product Highlights

  • GSM + CDMA / 4G LTE Capable
  • North American Variant
  • Modular Design
  • Dual Rear Cameras: 16MP + 8MP
  • 2.15 GHz Snapdragon 820 Quad-Core CPU
  • 32GB Storage Capacity + 4GB of RAM
  • 5.3" IPS LCD Touchscreen Display
  • 2560 x 1440 QHD Resolution
  • Supports microSDXC Cards up to 2TB
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
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This device is carrier-unlocked and should work fully with carriers listed below with green bars. Yellow bars denote partial network coverage. A SIM card and service plan must be purchased separately. Network compatibility listed here is for reference only and does not guarantee phone compatibility or activation on CDMA Carriers.

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LG RS988 overview

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Enjoy a modular experience with the silver LG G5 RS988 32GB Smartphone. This smartphone features a 2.15 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset with 4GB of RAM in support. The chipset utilizes a big.LITTLE configuration, which uses two processors that work independently from each other to better manage performance and battery life. Additionally, it comes equipped with 32GB of storage and features an integrated USB Type-C interface that allows you to connect the G5 for mass-storage purposes, data transfer, and also serves as a fast-charging port.

The LG G5 houses a 5.3" IPS Quantum display and a Quad HD 2560 x 1440 native resolution. The IPS panel allows for wider viewing angles, while the native resolution allows the LG G5 to play back 1080p Full HD content. Additionally, the G5 features a powerful dual-camera array that includes a 16MP standard Field of Vision (FoV) lens and an 8MP wide-angle, 135-degree lens. The wide-angle lens makes it easier for users to capture greater area without having to position oneself further from the subject or subjects. An 8MP front-facing camera is also on-board.

Bluetooth 4.2 + LE is onboard for pairing with other Bluetooth-enabled devices. Built-in NFC allows you to instantly connect to other NFC-enabled devices for content sharing, simply by tapping the two devices together. A-GPS with GLONASS is also available for using Google Location and Maps services. Additionally, the LG G5 has a removable 2,800mAh battery.

The G5 also enables users to customize its functionality thanks to its modular design. The bottom portion of the G5's bezel can be removed and swapped out for add-on accessories, including the Cam Plus and Hi-Fi Plus (both sold separately). The LG G5 also offers a microSDXC interface for adding up to 2TB of storage capacity. The LG G5 comes with the Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system.

Note: The RS988 is the North American variant of the LG G5. It will run on any GSM network that uses cell frequencies supported by the device, including AT&T and T-Mobile. It will also work with certain CDMA carriers. It's possible for current SIM cards to be transferred to the new device, though the carrier may limit the purchase of new SIM cards for unlocked phones. Since this device is unlocked, functionality for certain carrier-specific features cannot be guaranteed. Please confirm with your carrier that it supports the LG G5 before purchasing.

GSM + CDMA / 4G LTE Wireless Connectivity
This phone is designed to work on select GSM and CDMA networks and is 4G LTE capable. LTE is an advanced cellular network data protocol capable of data speeds so fast that they compete with wired broadband Internet providers. With an LTE connection, this phone should have no problem streaming HD video, downloading apps, uploading photos, or anything else that requires a high-speed data connection. The phone is also backwards compatible with 3G and 2G data for instances when you can't get LTE. In addition to cellular wireless, this phone also features Bluetooth, NFC, and Wi-Fi connectivity.

Note: Not compatible with all cellular networks. Please make sure your provider uses a frequency or band that this phone supports, and that they will allow you to used carrier unlocked phones. You can check which bands this phone works within the Specifications.
North American Variant / US Compatible LTE
The RS988 is a US variant of the LG G5. The RS988's LTE radio is tuned to frequencies that are most often used in the United States and North America. It can also be used in other parts of the world; however LTE access may be limited or unsupported, depending on the network. To ensure this phone will work with your carrier please check to make sure the frequencies your carrier uses are supported by this phone. The full list of compatible carrier frequencies can be found here, the frequencies this phone supports can be found in the product specs.
Dual Rear Cameras
The LG G5 features two rear cameras, a standard 78-degree 16MP lens and another with a 135-degree wide-angle 8MP lens. The wide-angle lens makes it easier for users to capture more landscape, taller buildings, or larger groups without having to position oneself further from the subject. Powerful photo effects and UX are also onboard, including the Pop-out Picture, Film Effect, and Auto Shot applications, which allow users to customize and edit pictures in order to get the desired effect.
Modular Functionality
The G5 is compatible with an ecosystem of modular components, aptly called LG Friends, to deliver fun while providing a new mobile experience far beyond traditional smartphone boundaries.
Always-On Display
The LG G5 offers an Always-on feature, a second screen within the main display that shows the time and date continuously even when the G5 is in sleep mode. This means that you can always see the time at a glance, even during important meetings or when your hands are full.
USB Type-C
The USB Type-C charger is reversible, which means no more guessing which way is up. It also enables fast charging.
Android 6.0 Marshmallow
The Android operating system integrates heavily with Google's services. Using the card-based Google Now, Android quickly surfaces information for you whenever you need it, powered by the same Knowledge Engine that runs Google's web search. It's a personalized and customizable OS, allowing you to add your favorite apps or widgets to your homescreen. You can even download new themes using the Google Play Store, which offers access to more than one million apps, games, books, music, movies, and more. Android 6.0 Marshmallow overhauls permissions, allowing you to have finer control over what your applications have access to. It also marks the debut of Now on Tap, a context-sensitive update to Google Now that checks your current screen for keywords and then searches for them automatically. Other performance and security enhancements are included as well.

LG RS988 specs

Operating System Android 6.0
Memory 4 GB
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
CPU 2.15 GHz Qualcomm Kryo Dual-Core
1.6 GHz Qualcomm Kryo Dual-Core
GPU Adreno 530
Storage 32 GB
Size 5.3"
Native Resolution 2560 x 1440
Display Colors 16.0 Million
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Pixel Density 554 ppi
Display Technology IPS LCD
Screen Coating Gorilla Glass 4
Input/Output Connectors
Ports 1x USB 3.0 - Type C
Audio 1x 1/8" (3.5 mm) Speaker
Flash Media Slot 1 x microSDXC
SIM Card Size Card 1: Nano 
CDMA 2G CDMA: 800, 1900 MHz
GSM 2G GSM, GPRS, EDGE: 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
CDMA 3G CDMA2000, EV-DO: 800, 1900 MHz
GSM 3G/3.5G UMTS, HSPA+: 850, 900, 1700, 1900, 2100 MHz
4G LTE LTE: 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 12, 13, 17, 20, 25 Bands
Wi-Fi Yes, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.2 + LE 
Front Camera
Resolution 8.0 MP / Video: 1920 x 1080p 30fps
Aperture f/2.0
Rear Camera
Resolution 16.0 MP / Video: 3840 x 2160p 30 fps

Secondary Lens: 8MP

Aperture f/1.8
Image Stabilization Optical
Rear Camera Flash
Rear Camera Flash Yes
Sensors Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Barometer,
Water Resistance None
Keyboard Virtual
Battery Removable Lithium-Ion (2800.0 mAh)
Dimensions (W x H x D) 5.9 x 2.9 x 0.3" / 149.9 x 73.7 x 7.6 mm
Weight 0.35 lb / 159 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight 0.95 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.4 x 3.5 x 2.2"

LG RS988 reviews

G5 RS988 32GB Smartphone (Unlocked, Silver) is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 202.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LG G5 Great Phone At first I was put off on this phone because of all the bad press. The G5 is a great phone. It feels good in the hand perfect size for me. Great display, very little bloat Apps very clean screen. Miss the App drawer but will install Nova launcher on it anyway so that is not an issue. I love the swappable batter have two extra never hook the phone to the charger just swap batteries. Never have to worry about being low bat with an extra in my pocket. Much lighter than a battery bank do not even feel it in my pocket. I will never buy a carrier locked phone again so much less bloat on the unlocked versions. Plus updates are straight from LG not the carrier.
Date published: 2016-10-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great QA, the best model to buy? My model doesn't have any of the typical caveats that plague other LG G5's from the four major carrier brands in the US. There are no weird bumps on the back next to the camera or a gap near the LG Friends connection/battery removal portion near the bottom. Internal Storage: Read 429MB/s Write 174MB/s Antutu Score: 132719 IR Blaster is great, fingerprint scanner has yet to fail over 100+ scans and is typically < 1s to unlock. Overall I haven't experienced any lag at all. Wifi goes at the speed of my internet connection (115Mb/s) no problem, I'll try transferring a video and update this
Date published: 2016-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good phone I have ordered two phones one for me and one for my son, two phones came without any reported issues: 1) No backlight bleeds and blooming. 2) Didn't have any app's freeze yet. 3) No Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connect issues. 4) GPS/GLONAS is working properly. 5) No overheating so far. 6) Proximity sensor is working properly. 7) No headphone static. 8) Fingerprint scanner is working properly. 9) Camera is working properly. 10) Battery life is decent could be the new battery will see it in the couple of month. LG please let us Unlock Bootloader on US-RS988 model also! Overall this phone was a good buy.
Date published: 2016-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good phone, Great company! First off, this phone is actually really nice, especially coming from an S4.� My biggest concern was the slightly smaller than status quo battery but it's really not that big of a deal when you can just speed charge it.� I could nit pick because this phone isn't perfect but nothing is and the gist is that the pro's out way the cons.. nuf said. As far as B&H go though, Five stars and no complaints at all.� I'm extremely happy with their customer service and they treated me right when I made a mistake and asked for them to fix it.� So no matter if you buy this phone or decide to go with something else, I highly recommend B&H photo.
Date published: 2017-12-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Overall a great phone I've had this phone for a few months now and I am happy with my purchase. I was unable to connect to 4G LTE when I first got the phone, but it was caused by AT&T claiming that the phone does not support their LTE bands. The only way to get them to let me connect to their network was to jump through a bunch of hoops, so I ended up switching to T-Mobile. Since then, I have been pretty happy with the phone, but I am disappointed because this version of the phone does not currently support WiFi calling on the T-Mobile network. This is why I am giving it 4/5 stars instead of a full 5 stars. I am pleased with the display, even though it is a little smaller than the one on the LG G4. In my opinion, the best features of the phone are: Being able to swap out the battery for a fully charged spare Expandable Storage Fingerprint Sensor (way better than the long password I had set on my LG G4) Other than the lack of WiFi calling, I have had no issues with my phone. I do not regret purchasing the phone, but had I know about the lack of WiFi calling, I may have gone with the T-Mobile version instead and just disabled all of the bloatware.
Date published: 2016-07-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Underrated This is a great phone, especially for the price it now goes for. Pros 1. Great camera - I really like the wide-angle secondary lens. 2. Beautiful screen. 3. The battery is better than expected. I've read complaints about the battery life, but I never had trouble getting through the day with medium usage. 4. Great value at around $300 USD. Cons 1. Updates come slower than they do for the carrier branded models. I expect it to be the other way around for an unlocked phone. They recently released Nougat 7.0 in May 2017. 2. Speaker is sub-par. I would definitely buy again around the $300 USD mark.
Date published: 2017-06-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from It was nice. I have had this phone for two months the first few days were fine until I noticed I could not have video calling with Version due to the fact that Version only allows video calling with a Version Phone this was fine I could deal with this I was upset over it but decided I could live without it. Then today I dropped the phone on its face and the power button along with the fingerprint scanner stopped working, then I realized the SD/Sim Card tray has been stuck and unremovable for I don't know how long. I do not recommend buying from this website just get it from Version or whomever you want to have service with and always get an extended warranty.
Date published: 2017-03-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Decent all-round phone I purchased this phone to allow me to run a specific Android App with the NFC feature for my job. Otherwise I would have stayed with my Blackberry Leap. So the biggest challenge I have is moving away from the Blackberry Hub which combines your email, texts and voicemail all through one interface. Now I have to get used to opening a separate app for each. But this is not the fault of the phone. The G5 phone itself seems to be well built, fast, responsive with a great screen and cameras. It is also a little lighter than my Leap and a decent purchase price so no specific complaints about the phone so far. Even the fingerprint scanner works pretty good.
Date published: 2018-02-16
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