Well over a year ago, back around MWC 2013, we heard about LG’s aspirations to join the ranks of competitor Samsung with the production of its own LG-branded SoCs. Reportedly, LG was courting TSMC to fabricate the so-called Odin chips, at least some of which would be octa-core big.LITTLE components. Based on when we were hearing about it, we hoped the chips might be ready to make their debut inside the G2 later that year, but instead LG’s SoC plans seemed to fall off the radar, and we went without updates. All of a sudden, that news is back in headlines, with word that LG is nearly ready to get production underway.
The only official word LG is giving is that its chips will arrive “soon,” but sources indicate that the company intends to begin mass production sometime this quarter. If that indeed happens, these processors could be ready for deployment in LG devices as soon as this summer.
We’re expecting a Snapdragon for the G3, so these LG SoCs could instead make their debut on a less flashy model – and considering the untested waters LG’s looking at here, easing itself in to this new situation is probably a wiser move, anyway. The description of this project targeting more mid-range hardware seems to fit with that idea. We could also see LG’s chips end up in phones from other OEMs, but so far we haven’t heard of anyone who might be buying.