As operating systems for mobiles and smartphones get more advanced and diverse, the dominance in the smartphone-market still lies with a chosen few manufacturers of processors and chips in the US. With these being seen by some as attack vectors to user data that is being slurped from the handsets by alphabetsoup agencies, manufacturers in other nations turn to their own vertical independence. The newest entrant to the game is LG, who have started building a smartphone with interesting specs and a huge screen, using their own Nuclun platform. In times when data integrity, privacy and security do not count and are not being respected by the market leaders, turning to their own protected supply chain is a suitable strategy for any nation.
Whether the processors and chipsets used in the the Nuclun specced LG phone are safer than, say, Qualcom-issued systems, remains to be seen. What is sure, that the LG has some impressive features and some less exciting characteristics:
“This is the first time we’ve seen LG use its own mobile processor in a smartphone, so it’s tough to say how the octa-core chip will hold up. The NUCLUN is actually a 1.5GHz quad-core chip and a 1.2GHz quad-core chip combined, and the company says it’s designed to take advantage of next-gen LTE Cat. 6 4G networks.
Meanwhile, the LG G3 Screen lives up to its name with a 5.9-inch 1080p display, though we’re curious why the company didn’t bump that up to 2K. The device also comes equipped with a 3000mAh battery, a 13-megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilization, a 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera, 32GB of storage with microSD support and 2GB of RAM. It ships running Android 4.4 KitKat and comes in either black or white.”
It remains interesting to see, what will come from mainland China as a response. And it certainly is good to have a more entrants to the scene of mobile processors and chipsets in the future. Why Europe chooses to stand behind, remains a mystery.