LG earlier today announced the arrival and official launch of their own in-house designed NUCLUN processor. NUCLUN is an Octa-core SoC that will debut on the new high-end LG Screen smartphone in Korea.
NUCLUN (pronounced Noo-klun), was until recently known as ‘Odin’ and it’s the latest prong in LG’s thrust into the high-end mobile device space. According to Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company.
“With this in-house solution, we will be able to achieve better vertical integration and further diversity our product strategy against stronger competition. NUCLUN will give us greater flexibility in our mobile strategy going forward.”
NUCLUN: big.LITTLE Octa-core
NUCLUN is based on the big.LITTLE architecture from ARM, the same architecture that is used by Samsung for Xynos mobile chips, MediaTek on their Octa-core processors and also Huawei’s newer Kirin chips. The concept of big.LITTLE is that you get eight cores in total; four that are low powered with modest performance, plus four cores that have high performance capability but use much more energy to do so. The idea is that you get the best balance of power and performance. The low power cores take of idle states and low performance tasks, while the other four are brought into play only when a more intensive app requires the grunt.
The processor announced today (pronounced Noo-klun) has four 1.5GHz cores (ARM Cortex-A15) for high performance tasks and four 1.2GHz cores (ARM Cortex-A7) for less intensive processing. NUCLUN supports the next generation 4G LTE-A Cat.6 networks which would mean theoretical download speeds of up to 225Mbps. The chip also retains backward compatibility with current LTE networks standards. So a pretty forward thinking piece of mobile silicon.
LG Screen Revealed
The NUCLON will debut on a device known to us until recently as the LG ‘Liger’. Now officially revealed as the LG Screen, we also get confirmation of the devices’ specifications.
LG Screen Key Specifications:
- Chipset: NUCLUN Octa-Core (1.5GHz Quad-Core +1.2GHz Quad-Core)
- Display: 5.9-inch Full HD IPS
- Memory: 32GB eMMC plus MicroSD slot
- RAM: 2GB RAM
- 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
According to reports the LG Screen will feature the same class of display the LG G3 and the same laser focus The LG Screen will initially at least be available only Korea and will apparently retail for around $750 and should be considered the company’s new flagship device.
The NUCLUN processor is being marketed to the high-end device segment so it is interesting to see LG putting their money where their mouth is, as we say back home. It will also be interesting to see how the benchmarks turn out when we put NUCLUN up against other Octa-core offerings and of course the new top dog from Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 805. One thing does spring to mind however. The LG G3 uses a QHD display (2560 x 1440) running the Snapdragon 801, whereas the LG Screen uses a Full HD screen. Would QHD represent a few too many pixels for the NUCLUN to cope with? Interesting thought.