One factor that’s certainly helped in Samsung’s near-domination of the Android market over the last few years is its use of Samsung-manufactured components in its vast range of Android handsets. You can therefore bet that the CEO won’t be too happy to hear that LG is now manufacturing top-end silicon of its own.
LG’s first chip uses ARM’s big.LITTLE architecture, with four 1.5-GHz Cortex A15 for the heavy lifting, with four 1.2GHz A12s helping conserve battery when you’re not churning out the Candy Crush levels. That octa-core layout isn’t exactly revolutionary — it first found service in Samsung’s Exynos 6-powered Galaxy S4 last year — but it’s an impressive step straight up to the big boy’s table for LG.
The chip is being put straight to use in the LG G3 Screen, which will be a 5.9-inch Android-based phablet with a 1080p IPS screen, 2GB of RAM and KitKat 4.4. Release date is still TBA, but LG have said that it’s designed “specifically for the Korean market”, so it might take a little while to work its way stateside. [LG]