The LG-based isai FL LGL24 is quite a good deal at the moment. This is a G3-similar model that’s branded for the Japanese market, offering the 5.5″ QuadHD display, yet at significantly lower prices. It is available from overseas sellers on Lazada as export sets, but it offers LG G3 similar specs at a low low price of around $296-$350. Prices are still fluctuating, as demand for this phone seems to be rather popular. The cheapest G3 in Singapore at the moment is around $660.
The LGL24 offers similar specs to the LG G3, so the Snapdragon 801 2.5GHz, 5.5 inch Quad HD display etc are all still present but key differences are in, only 2GB RAM, no laser focus, no OIS, no wireless charging. The power button is also located on the side of the phone, instead on the rear of the phone. The volume button still remains on the rear though. Knock code support is still present. It uses a Nano SIM card, instead of Micro SIM on the G3.
Physical dimensions sees the LGL24 being slightly thicker 10.5mm as compared to the G3’s 8.9 and about 10g heavier at 160g. The phone is also certified waterproof too. It comes with a slightly different OS skin, using the motion launch feature catered to the Japense market. Antutu benchmark still reasonable, with scores at around 39k points.
LTE bands in Singapore are supported, so you would still be able to connect to the local 4G networks. However, it doesn’t support Voice over LTE (VoLTE). What happens is this: when you receive a phone call, your network will switch to 3G For the voice call. You can still access data over the 3G network. After the call, the phone will then reconnect back to LTE/4G.
The bezel is super thin, like the LG G3. Difference here is the top bezel and proximity to the screen, but where’s the front camera? It’s actually located near the bottom left corner, which is an extremely weird place to locate the camera. Try doing a video call on Skype and most likely your fingers will obscure the camera unless you hold it the reverse orientation. It is also only 1.3 megapixel so selfie lovers, take note – this is not the phone for you.
The package contents does NOT come with a charger. You would need to use your own microUSB charger.
It comes in three colours, Blue, Pink, White. It looks like the white option has a matte casing which I generally would prefer.
CPU: MSM8974AC 2.5GHz Quad-core
Size (W x H x D): Approx. 76 x 145 x 10.5 mm
Weight: Approx. 160 g
Battery Capacity: 3,000mAh
Battery removal – No
Internal Memory Capacity (ROM) : 32GB
Internal Memory Capacity (RAM) : 2GB
Display Type Main: AH IPS display
Display Size: Main:Approx. 5.5 inches
Display resolution: Main:2,560 x 1,440 (FHD)
Waterproof: YES (IPX5 / IPX7)
Dustproof : YES ( IP6X )
OS: Android 4.4.2
The isai LGL 24 has it’s own circle flip case, just like the G3, with the same quick window functionality. If you are interested to get one, you can get it from
Another useful accessory would be the full edge to edge tempered glass for the isai LGL 24.
As the phone was designed for the Japanese market, there are many pre-installed Japanese and Au KDDI apps on the phone. You can try to uninstall them or disable if they are system apps. Another option is to root the phone and install a custom ROM. There are instructions for this particular model on XDA but be careful. SMS also through the default app is not working due to the Japanese customisations, and I suggest you use third party apps like Hangouts.
If you want to access the isai LGL24 service menu – at the dial screen, enter 3845#*24#. Finally, if data APN settings are not working, it should be pre-installed with your SIM card, but otherwise you can use the following.
Mobile One (M1)
If you are in the market for a new phone, this LGL24 is a great bargain at current prices. It’s priced even lower than the OnePlus One (similarly an export model phone), trades off slightly on the CPU and RAM but offers a Quad HD display, bigger storage capacity (versus the 16gb model, and the LGL24 is still cheaper), and is a phone you can actually order. It is currently listed at $358 on Lazada, and expected to be cheaper on 12/12 due to Lazada online sale. The only worry is no warranty and the seller is also mainly based overseas so if you have any problems, it could be a hassle to resolve. That being said, there are many existing happy buyers on Hardwarezone already.