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LG Gets More Vertically Integrated In Cellphones

Seoul – LG said it expects to increase its mobile-phone competitiveness with the launch of its first mobile applications processor, which combines a 1.5GHz quad-core processor and a 1.2GHz quad-core processor.

The octa-core processor, call Nuclun, supports the next generation of 4G LTE networks, or LTE-A Cat.6, for maximum download speeds of up to 225Mbps, three times faster than that of  regular 4G LTE networks. The processor also retains compatibility with current LTE networks.

“With this in-house solution, we will be able to achieve better vertical integration and further diversify our product strategy against stronger competition,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president/CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “Nuclun will give us greater flexibility in our mobile strategy going forward.”

LG already makes its own cellphone displays and batteries. With the Nuclun, LG now competes with such mobile processor makers as Qualcomm.

The first LG phone with the chip is the Korean-market G3 Screen, an Android 4.4 KitKat OS phone with the design, camera and UI features of the G3 but with a larger 5.9-inch display. Features include Full HD IPS display, hi-fi 1-watt speaker, 2GB RAM, 32GB storage capacity, 3,000mAh battery, and.13-megapixel front camera with optical image stabilization and front 2.1-megapixel camera.

The applications processor uses four 1.5GHz ARM Cortex-A15 cores plus four 1.2GHz cores ARM Cortex-A7 cores for less intensive processing. The number of performing cores can be adjusted based different tasks to maximize processing power or maximize energy savings, the company said.