As if on cue, LG has finally acknowledged that it has indeed been working on a mobile processor of its own. And it isn’t called Odin anymore. Opting for a stranger name instead, LG has announced the LG NUCLUN. This octa-core ARM chip sports the usual mix of Cortex-A15 and Cortex-A7 cores, but it does bring one very appealing feature to the table right from the get go. This NUCLUN chip boasts of support for LTE-A Cat. 6 networks, advertised to be three times faster than 4G LTE.
LG is stepping up its rivalry with Samsung by encroaching on the latter’s system-on-chip turf. Though at this point, LG hasn’t yet revealed whether the NUCLUN, whch may be a brand or a particular model name, will be available for other manufacturers to use like how Samsung markets its Exynos chips. At the moment, it seems that the chip will be used internally, at least at first, making its debut on the new LG G3 Screen.
As an octa-core processor, the NUCLUN might not sound too special. There are four high-performance Cortex-A15 cores running at 1.5 Ghz and four low-power Cortex-A7’s running at 1.2 Ghz, which is your usual ARM big.LITTLE configuration. There is no mention of the presence of Heterogeneous Multi Processing or HMP, a feature that allows the system to turn on and off any arbitrary number of cores as the need fits, a feature that Samsung always touts for its Exynos line. What LG is selling is the LTE-A Cat. 6 support, with its advertised download speeds of 225 Mbps, a fitting feature considering Korea is one of the few markets that use that network.
In addition to the processor, LG is also announcing the existence of the LG G3 Screen, the first smartphone to bear the NUCLUN. This is yet another “G3“-branded smartphone that tries to capitalize on LG’s popular flagship. Except for the that name and external design, the two, however, have little in common. Of course there’s the LG NUCLUN powering the device, but there’s also a gigantic 5.9-inch screen that only reaches Full HD in resolution. RAM is at 2 GB while storage caps at 32 GB with options for more via a microSD card. The rear camera uses a 13 megapixel with LG’s own OIS+ feature, though there is no mention of any Laser Autofocus inside. The battery is a large 3,000 mAh.
Aside from two shots with the NUCLUN, LG has not yet revealed fully the design and features of the G3 Screen. However, those might be available from a different source. Over at Vietnam, a certain LG F490 has been appeared. This is rumored to be the model name of the G3 Screen and, considering the siimilar octa-core processor, that might be correct. However, LG claims that the G3 Screen is exclusive to the Korean market but it has yet to reveal pricing and availability details for the smartphone.