Following on from recent rumours that LG is about to release a new quad-core phone, processor manufacturer Qualcomm has confirmed it will be providing the company with its brand-new quad-core Snapdragon chips.
Qualcomm isn’t giving too much away though, as its brief statement says simply that it will be supplying “the latest Snapdragon S4 Pro platform to LG, enabling LG’s new quad-core smartphone, which is currently in production with anticipated commercial availability in Korea in September and global rollout to follow”.
The Optimus 4X HD already flies the quad-core flag for LG, but rumours indicate the company has a quad-core version of the Optimus Vu tablet/smartphone hybrid, plus a new top-of-the-range phone called the Optimus G waiting in the wings. Last month, an exciting LG phone codenamed the F180 also broke cover, and was rumoured to include the new S4 processor too.
Qualcomm’s statement could refer to any of these, or something completely different that hasn’t been leaked to the public yet.
LG’s new phone will most likely use Qualcomm’s APQ8064 Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, the company’s first mobile quad-core chip, which has performed very well in early benchmark tests. Although it doesn’t make much difference here in the UK (yet), the new LG phone will make use of a 4G LTE radio too.
As Qualcomm says the new phone is already in production, and will launch in Korea next month, there’s a good chance LG will make it official over the next couple of weeks.
With IFA 2012 already looking crowded, and the spectre of the iPhone 5 still looming large, LG better get on with it if it wants to capture as many headlines as possible.