What will be LG’s first smartphone to run its new Odin SoC?
The smartphone SoC race is starting to heat up in 2014, following last year’s lull punctuated by the failure of NVIDIA’s Tegra 4 to catch on in any meaningful way. But now not only is NVIDIA making a comeback, but other parties are getting involved, as well. For a while now we’ve been looking forward to LG’s first effort, but well over a year later, we’re still waiting. The G3 may have launched without Odin under the hood, but we could finally be getting ready for our first run-in with an Odin-powered phone, as a rumor attempts to identify where Odin will make its first appearance.
According to this source, Odin will arrive with LG’s model LG-F490L, identified by the codename Liger. OK, but just what the heck is that? Well, there’s more than a little uncertainty there. That phone’s previously been identified as running a Snapdragon 805, making it look like one of those updated versions of the G3 we’ve heard rumored.
But then again, it might also be the next-gen G Flex – and certainly, the Flex has been a platform for LG to show off its own tech, so that might be a great fit for the Odin chip. Other suggestions have included the Vu 4, a phone we hasn’t been particularly looking forward to, but using it to introduce a new chip might be a smart move by LG to get the phone increased attention. A lot of this mystery comes from us not really having a firm grasp on just how powerful an SoC Odin may end up being.
Really, though, there’s not a lot of strong evidence convincing us what Liger is one way or another. We’ll just have to keep looking for more info before we can really nail-down how Odin will premiere.