Successor to Optimus G to run on Snapdragon 800 – extra power, LTE Advanced, and more

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LG and Qualcomm officially announced that the follow up to the successful Optimus G, expected later this year, will be powered by a Snapdragon 800 SoC.

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Qualcomm utterly dominates the SoC market right now, with every single Android manufacturer outing flagships powered by the chip designer’s Snapdragon processors. So it comes as no surprise that the upcoming crop of high-end phones will rock Qualcomm’s newest system on a chip, the Snapdragon 800.

Though devices from upcoming Sony and Samsung have been rumored to run on the new Snapdragon 800, LG is the first manufacturer to officially announce that a Snapdragon 800 processor will power one of its devices – the successor to the Optimus G.

On a side note, the press release avoids calling the device Optimus G2, referring to it as the “next G series smartphone” instead. This fuels the speculation that LG is going to drop the Optimus branding for its top of the line devices. Most likely, LG’s future flagship will simply be dubbed the G2.

Just yesterday, the blogosphere went ablaze with news of the amazing benchmark performance of the Snapdragon 800 processor. Testers weren’t afraid to throw around hyperboles, ranging from “ludicrous speed” to “new king”. The new processor handily beats the silicon in the iPad 4, as well as Tegra 4, and, provided the benchmark scores translate to real life performance, we should see a new level of smoothness on Android devices coming out in the next months.

In addition to the improved performance, Snapdragon 800 also brings compatibility with the LTE Advanced standard, which should provide better transfer speeds once carriers actually begin deploying it. Other perks include the support for displays of up to 2560 x 2048 pixels, a new Adreno 330 GPU, and support for video capture and playback in the Ultra HD standard.

The LG G2 should be announced in late summer or early autumn. With other Snapdragon 800 devices like the Note 3, Xperia ZU, and HTC One Max, pegged to hit the market at the same time, it’s going to be a long, hot summer for specs fanatics.

Show Press Release

LG, QUALCOMM EXPAND SUCCESSFUL COLLABORATION WITH NEXT G SERIES SMARTPHONE

Successor to Original G Series to Feature Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Processor for the Ultimate Mobile Experience

SAN DIEGO, June 19, 2013 – Expanding on a collaboration with a proven track record of success, LG Electronics, Inc. (LG), Qualcomm Incorporated, and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., today announced that the successor to the award-winning LG Optimus will utilize Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 800 processor, the industry’s most advanced mobile chipset. Qualcomm Snapdragon is a product of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

LG’s G series device powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processors will redefine the smartphone experience through stunning performance, rich graphics and outstanding battery efficiency. Capable of carrier aggregation, the Snapdragon 800 processor is designed to allow LTE to be even faster by maximizing spectrum bandwidth to increase data speeds and reduce latency.

“With a powerful combination of LG’s core smartphone technologies and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, we are taking a significant step forward in the mobile experience,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “The result of this collaboration will in many ways be the industry’s best smartphone by which all other devices will be measured.”

“We are pleased with continued collaboration with LG,” said Murthy Renduchintala, executive vice president, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and co-president, Qualcomm mobile and computing. “Fully tailored and tightly integrated with the entire next G series platform, the new, best-in-class Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor will help deliver blazing fast web browsing, eye-popping graphics, seamless connectivity as well as an unmatched multimedia experience.”

Delivering up to 75 percent better performance than the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, the Snapdragon 800 processor will feature many of the industry’s leading technologies for the ultimate mobile experience, including:

• Higher speeds with Krait 400 CPUs in quad configuration to deliver greater processing and communication performance;
• Enhanced aSMP (asynchronous Symmetric Multiprocessing) architecture for dynamic power sensing and control for peak performance per core and improved battery life without the use of specialized cores;
• Fully integrated connectivity with a wide variety of communication options including 4G LTE Advanced Carrier Aggregation;
• New Adreno™ 330 GPU delivering more than two times better performance for compute applications over the current Adreno 320 GPU;
• Video capture, playback and display in Ultra HD format, four times higher density than 1080p HD;
• HD multichannel audio with DTS-HD and Dolby Digital Plus, supporting higher display resolutions up to 2560 x 2048 pixels and Miracast 1080p HD; and
• Qualcomm IZat Location technology, featuring GNSS for more accurate navigation and location services.

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