LG has officially announced its first mobile CPU, called NUCLUN, as well as the first smartphone to be powered by it, the LG G3 Screen.
There have been rumours of LG’s efforts to produce its own mobile CPU for some time now, with the most recent coming earlier in the week.
Sure enough, LG has announced the NUCLUN – the company’s very own System on Chip (SoC) – as well as the LG G3 Screen
The NUCLUN comes with an octa-core set-up, utilising ARM’s big.LITTLE technology like rival Samsung’s own Exynos chip. This allows the chip to switch between four 1.2GHz cores for regular, low-intensity tasks, and four 1.5GHz cores for advanced tasks.
LG also boasts of the NUCLUN chip’s LTE-A Cat.6 network support, which is the next generation of super-fast 4G connectivity bringing download speeds of up to 225Mbps.
“NUCLUN opens up a new chapter in LG’s history of innovation in the mobile industry,” said LG’s Dr. Jong-seok Park. “With this in-house solution, we will be able to achieve better vertical integration and further [diversify] our product strategy against stronger competition. NUCLUN will give us greater flexibility in our mobile strategy going forward.”
The LG G3 Screen will be the first device to run on the NUCLUN chip, and if it appears to be rather low key in all of this, that’s because it appears to be a bit of a test run. The Screen will only be launched in the Korean market.
Aside from LG’s CPU with its LTE-A support, the LG G3 Screen sports a 5.9-inch Full HD IPS LCD display, a 13-megapixel camera, and 32GB of storage with a microSD slot for backup. According to LG, the LG G3 Screen “inherits the design language, camera and UX features of the popular LG G3.”
Whether LG will be able to use the NUCLUN series to power a true flagship model in the wider market next year is unknown at this point.
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