Just like Samsung, its crosstown rival, LG is a smartphone maker that actually makes a lot of the components that go inside its handsets, ranging from the displays to the batteries. Unlike Samsung, however, LG doesn't have too much experience with designing its own chipsets.
Although the company tried its luck at making a smartphone SoC last year with the LG Nuclun
, the company's first smartphone SoC is widely considered a flop in terms of both performance and power consumption. In this context, we'd like to talk about a recent rumor from LG's home country of South Korea according to which LG has joined hands with Intel to make a smartphone SoC.
The report, quoting anonymous industry insiders, says that LG and Intel have been in talks since earlier this year, but have recently taken their collaboration to the next step and debuted joint development. Unfortunately, the report doesn't mention any other details about the extent of this partnership between Intel and LG. In particular, we're most interested in learning if the Intel-LG partnership involves the upcoming LG Nuclun 2
or a new mobile chip series altogether.
This is not the first time that we're hearing about Intel and LG joining forces when it comes to making a mobile SoC. Just recently, we've covered a rumor that claimed that the LG Nuclun 2 got delayed
as LG wants to integrate an Intel’s XMM 7360 LTE-A radio. Even further back, reports coming out of Asia claimed that the chip might be manufactured on either TSMC's 16nm or Intel's 14nm node technologies.
As with all rumors, make sure to maintain a dose of skepticism regarding the information brought forward by this report. We're keeping an eye out for more details and we'll get back to you as soon as new information is available.