Rumor: LG's has a second Nuclun chip; it's faster than the Exynos 7420 SoC, specs and benchmarks show

Rumor: LG's has a second Nuclun chip; it's faster than the Exynos 7420 SoC, specs and benchmarks show
Aiming to get to the level of Samsung, Apple, and Huawei, LG has also been making its baby steps on the chipset scene, aiming to design its own smartphone chipset. Its NUCLUN chip barely made it outside South Korea as it was allegedly overheating; subsequently, rumors about another LG-made chipset surfaced, claiming that LG is aiming at Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810. 

A new rumor just hit us, claiming that LG is preparing a second generation of the NUCLUN chipset. This time around, the rumor mill has it that the NUCLUN 2 will be gunning for Samsung's top-tier Exynos 7420 chipset, which can be found on the Galaxy S6, S6 edge, S6 edge+, and Note5 (it's also rumored that the high-end Meizu MX5 Pro might score it). 

Some specs of the second-gen NUCLUN were reportedly leaked, reportedly revealing that the chipset will be an octa-core one, with four Cortex-A72 ones running at 2.1GHz and another four humming at 1.5GHz all working in concert under the big.LITTLE architecture. It's also claimed that LG will cooperate with TSMC on the development of the 2nd NUCLUN, which will reportedly be based on the chipset maker's 16nm manufacturing technology.  

Apart from some of the alleged specs, certain rumored Geekbench benchmark scores are also tied with the NUCLUN. According to them, the chipset has scored a Geekbench score of 5392 points in multi-threaded mode and 1796 points in single-threaded mode. This puts it ahead of the Exynos 7420 SoC on the Galaxy S6, which has scored 4970 and 1486 points in multi- and single-threaded modes, respectively. Wow.

As usual, such rumors can be easily fabricated, so take this with a certain amount of salt. Until we got hold on more credible leaks and information, we won't hold our breath for this one.


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40 Comments

41. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

Qualcomm's death is imminent if they don't start their own smartphone business.. Slowly, Manufaturers would not want to buy chips from Qc anymore as it will need them big compensations, making their own chips would cost them low and would benefit from it real good.

40. DaveElliott

Posts: 151; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

It's just the cycle of life. The flower blooms, the flower withers, the rotting flower is eaten by scavengers, and later is simply a long-ago memory about feces.

29. Freecableguy

Posts: 42; Member since: Jul 21, 2014

Apple A9 vs Mongoose Exynos vs Kirin 950 vs NUNCLUN 2 vs Apple A8 vs Exynos 7420http://forums.anandtech.com/showpost.php?p=37635159&postcount=496

27. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Welcome LG, this should bode well for Nexus fans. They have the infrastructure to take on Samsung, Qualcomm, and Intel. Apple fans might be a bit worried though because if Apple gets more greedy and lazy,nthe you will just buy these rather than design their own custom A chips.

25. sam3k

Posts: 130; Member since: May 02, 2013

It's stories like this why I'm upset about samsung giving the exynos in the note 5 the same clock speed has the one in the galaxy s6, 2.5ghz on the A57 and 1.7ghz on the A53 would have been great for giving the note 5 a fighting chance against up coming smartphones..

26. Clars123

Posts: 1082; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

and would have increased power consumption on the already smaller batteries....I'm sure they knew exactly what they were doing

28. zachki17

Posts: 294; Member since: Sep 14, 2014

more GHZ = More overheating

22. yonith

Posts: 231; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

So many mistakes in this post. Don't these things get edited?

21. ruben_2s

Posts: 9; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

I was going to post the same. Lg with 5392 points vs Samsung with 7497 Try again, LG

24. Shocky unregistered

Galaxy S7? I think this is an area Samsung can dominate in easily, it's just a shame it's taken them this long to put the resources into this, performance matters and it's another box they tick for the marketing department and hardware enthusiasts. 2016 should be interesting but it's still a long way off, this could even be for tablets only. .

10. Shocky unregistered

Scores seem right for Cortex A72, more vaporware ftw. Of course SoC's currently in development and testing should be faster than current hardware.

9. FluffyBled unregistered

Ofc it's faster ... it uses A72 cores! I am really hoping samsung comes up with the galaxy S7 in december or so! That way we'll see the new beast exynos with A72 cores aswell! Even though, if everyone would use custom cores instead of basic ARM ones, there would be some competition!

12. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

It may be case that the next generation of SoC for Samsung would use a custom core instead of A72. The leaked benchmarks are really impressive if they come to be real: Single-core test: 2,136 points Multi-core test: 7,497 pointshttp://wccftech.com/mongoose-soc-from-samsung-shows-dominating-benchmark-results/#ixzz3j4Pqs4dH

17. FluffyBled unregistered

Seen these speculations ... if they turn out to be true, other chip makers will step up their game as well till we reach a point where we can literally not use our full processing power!

35. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Agreed and Qualcomm is getting back with it.

8. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

LG really stood out with higher-end feature phones such as the VX8300 and EnV, then later with (not-so)smartphones like the Voyager. Was certainly impressed with those. Still waiting for then to break out with that 'must have' smartphone. Maybe this Nuclun chip will make that happen. And if they are smart, they will further try to capitalize on what current 'Android King' Samsung has gotten rid of (removable batteries).

7. Zomer

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 2013

This chip is planned for late "16, it will be mid-range by then.

5. iWin_Droid

Posts: 76; Member since: Jan 22, 2015

I'm getting a hard on by the thought of 8 Cortex A72 churning out powah!

4. dimas

Posts: 3461; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Rumor is so salty qualcomm is feeling the itch on their throat. They better make future snapdragons better and efficient or they will become the next htc.

2. TheGunnyPT

Posts: 252; Member since: Feb 12, 2015

Oh look, another OEM manages to beat Qualcomm at it's own game... This are great news thou! Always good to see some competition flowing on the SoC market that was dominated by some many years by the same company. Hoping for a Exynos/Nuclun/Snapdragon/Mediatek competition. Also, kudos to LG for coming back with Nuclun ;)

11. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Don't forget Kirin/Tegra/Intel too.

15. vuyonc

Posts: 1094; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Except the SD820/Mongoose/Helio X30 will stomp on this chipset in 2016. Nuclun will make a decent midranger though. As nice as it would be, I doubt LG can go FinFET, use many Mali GPU cores or implement any in-house components at the moment.

16. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

I highly doubt that sd820 will stomp this if we use leaks from a month ago.

34. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Leak did not include any benchmark or precision on the CPU side. As for GPU yeah the SD 820 will stomp this.

44. alex3run

Posts: 715; Member since: May 18, 2014

Highly doubt that crappy Qcom GPU which was always beaten by Mali and PowerVR will stomp them.

1. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Well, Qualcomm won't certainly be happy knowing most manufacturers are making their own chips now and will soon be taking care of their own devices. Do I smell 810 burning??

3. King_bilo

Posts: 115; Member since: May 20, 2015

Eggs for breakfast on my htc

23. spin9

Posts: 310; Member since: May 31, 2014

no bacon?

38. cheetah2k

Posts: 2333; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Hmmmmmmmmmmm bacon!

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