At present, none of the upcoming smartphone SoCs(System on a Chip or System on Chip) are shrouded by mystery,although, a couple of mobile CPUs still manage to elude us. There are processors apart from the Kirin 950, Exynos 8890 and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 that are in the pipelines, ready to release in 2016.
One such processor is LG’s Nuclun 2. Originally expected to launch in 2015, the second generation of the Nuclun processors was delayed till 2016, in the hopes of integrating with an LTE-A modem. The latest rumor surrounding the Nuclun 2 states that the CPU will be revealed sometime during the second half of 2016, implying that it will not be powering the much-anticipated LG G5.
Fresh rumors further state that the Nuclun 2 could be used to power the LG V10 sequel, which is slated to hit the market during the second half of 2016, considering that LG maintains their annual reveal schedule.
Fresh rumors have surfaced from Weibo, where a user who goes by the name of ‘iIce Universe’ claimed that the LG Nuclun 2 will be available for the mass market during the second half of the upcoming year.
Even though confirmed details regarding the Nuclun 2 are currently unavailable, rumors claim that the processor will integrate four cores of the ARM Cortex-A53 or A72. The CPU s likely to be manufactured using the 16nm node process used by TSMC. Earlier reports claimed that LG planed on using Intel’s 14nm technology, although, they settled for TSMC’s 16nm node later on.
However, reports on the Nuclun 2 are mostly based on expert opinion and rumors. Hence, the final product might vary from what is being reported, although, we believe that the differences will be minor.
The LG G5 is one of the most-anticipated flagship smartphones of 2016, especially since the current-generation LG G4 managed to gain immense popularity in its range. Even though it might not have been at par with the Apple iPhone 6 or the Samsung Galaxy S6, it was close enough. The selling point of the LG G4 was its price.
With the G5, we expect LG to raise the standards of the device while maintaining a somewhat similar price range. Initial rumors claim that the LG G5 boasts of a better display, longer battery life and a better camera, to name a few upgrades.
LG plans to use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor to power the G5, although, this might not go as planned, since Samsung is believed to have struck a deal with Qualcomm, buying the rights to the Snapdragon 820 till April.
LG plans on launching the G5 in February. They might have to scratch the plan of using the Snapdragon 820 or will have to postpone the launch. The Snapdragon 820 is expected to be a phenomenal chip. Hence, even settling down for its predecessor, the Snapdragon 810, will diminish the performance of the smartphone to some extent.
Moreover, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 is notorious for its overheating issues, which is another downside of the deal. LG is yet to release a formal announcement regarding the topic. LG plans to launch the G5 at the Mobile World Congress, roughly around February 22nd, 2016.
Samsung plans to launch their flagship model, the Galaxy S7 at the venue,and it seems like the battle is going to be quite real this time. Design-wise, smartphones fail to bring a dish to the platter, but the LG G5 has done just that.
In an era or bar phone design, the G5’s bent-screen and stylish curves are hard to miss! The LG G4 is one of the best-looking smartphones in the industry today and the G5 is slated to carry this legacy forward.