Earlier in the year we heard mutterings from Korea that LG is preparing to enter the application processor market. Similar to the custom Exynos processors developed by rival Samsung, LG will be designing its own range of processors to be manufactured by TSMC for use in future smartphones. Although a schedule for any products containing a custom LG chip remained elusive at the time.
Now new reports from Korea suggest that LG could debut its own SoC sometime early next year, quite possibly inside its upcoming G Pro 3.
The translation is a little rough around the edges, but the gist seems to be that the low-tier LG-F490L ODIN processor powered handset that cropped up in rumors this summer was just an experimental device for LG’s testing purposes. Industry sources suggest that the first commercial handset to feature an in-house LG chip will be the G Pro 3, which could appear in early 2015, a year after the launch of the G Pro 2.
LG has not officially given out any details on the G Pro 3 or its custom processor designs. But if the G Pro 3 is anything like its predecessor, we can expect a large handset around the 6 inch mark with some top of the line hardware.
With LG’s smartphone business making decent gains this year, a custom SoC business, alongside its in-house display technology, could help secure its position as a leader in smartphone technology.