LG enters the ARM processor market with an 8-core phone chip

The company cuts out Qualcomm in favor of its own homegrown smartphone chips.

LG smartphones usually have used third-party processors, mostly from Qualcomm, but the company has become its own chip supplier, announcing the LG Nuclun, an eight-core ARM processor.

The Nuclun makes its debut in LG's new G3 Screen phablet and will likely appear in other devices as well. LG has made no official statement but given the engineering that went into this chip they aren't going to use it in just one device, although they picked the right device to start.

The LG G3 Screen is a 5.9-inch phablet exclusive to Korea with a full HD display and a 13 megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilization. For a chip like this, a phablet makes sense, since they are often laptop replacements.

Nuclun uses ARM's ARM big.LITTLE technology, which uses four high performance Cortex-A15 cores running at 1.5Ghz and four standard Cortex-A7 cores running at 1.2Ghz. The CPU has extra compute intelligence to determine which cores should be used for a task, the high-performance or standard, and shuts down unneeded cores. Huawei, Samsung and Qualcomm have all made their own octa-core CPUs using the big.LITTLE design.

LG said Nuclun is designed to support the next generation of 4G networks, LTE-A Cat.6, for maximum download speeds of up to 225Mbps, three times faster than existing networks, while retaining backward compatibility with current LTE networks. It comes with Android 4.4, a.k.a. KitKat.

The LG G3 Screen is described as the successor to the G3 phablet. Its specs are:

■ Chipset: NUCLUN Octa-Core (1.5GHz Quad-Core +1.2GHz Quad-Core)

■ Display: 5.9-inch Full HD IPS

■ Memory: 32GB eMMC / 2GB RAM / MicroSD slot

■ Camera: Rear 13MP OIS+ / Front 2.1MP

■ Battery: 3,000mAh

■ Operating System: Android 4.4 KitKat

■ Size: 157.8x 81.8x 9.5mm

■ Weight: 182g

■ Network: LTE-ACat.6

■ Colors: Black / White

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