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LG has launched a teaser for its next flagship smartphone. While we don't have a name for this device just yet, the specs are very impressive. The phone will be powered by a quad-core S4 Pro processor (APQ8064) with an Adreno 320 GPU. As you may recall, the dual-core S4 is the chip that manages to give the Tegra 3 a run for its money in some benchmarks due to its 28nm architecture (versus the Tegra 3's 40nm). So, the S4 Pro should be nothing short of blazingly fast.

That processing power will come in handy as this phone is going to come with a 13-megapixel camera (read: huge photos) and 2GB of RAM. With specs like these, one begins to wonder just what apps we'll have to take advantage of this horsepower. We're sure someone will figure out something to do with it, though. In the meantime, feel free to drool over the video above, which is in Korean, naturally.

Source: YouTube via The Verge

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  • aNYthing6

    One small thing, it's not the 40nm vs. 28nm that is the causes the performance boost; it's the architectural differences -- Cortex A9 (Tegra 3) vs. Krait (Snapdragon S4).

  • Vu Viet Anh

    in my book, LG stands for Lousy Gadgets...

  • sciwizam

    "benchmarks due to its 28nm architecture "

    Battery life, yes. Not in benchmarks.

    It's the Krait architecture, much closer to the ARM Cortex A15, than Tegra 3's A9.

    • marcusmaximus04

      Smaller die size generally leads to better performance with the same clockrate as well.

      • Cheeseball

        Die shrinkage only leads to better performance due to having higher headroom which allows increased clockspeed. But it does directly lead to better battery life since it would have need lower voltage.

        • marcusmaximus04

          That's not true. It also has a direct effect on the time it takes to process an instruction, since the actual components are less far apart(the electrons don't have as far to go, so they take less time to move).

          • Cheeseball

            No. If the architecture is still the same then the performance will still be the same, but with possibly less voltage leakage.

            For example, an ARM Cortex-A9 at 45nm will have the same (or slightly similar) performance as a Cortex-A9 manufactured at 32nm. If it's still going to be the same chip, what brings in the increased performance would be higher clockspeeds. The real advantages of die shrinking is basically lower voltages and reduced temperature.

            The reason why it seems die shrinking seems like a performance improvement is because whenever manufacturers do a die shrink, they also implement archiectural changes, like from the Cortex-A8 to the A9 and now the A15. The dies are getting smaller, but ARM is implementing more features at the same time.

          • ssj4Gogeta

            Not true. If the clock rate is the same, the next instruction/stage will have to wait for the next clock pulse regardless of when it's completed.

  • mikeGsays

    Samsung knows that if they back off the throttle for ONE SECOND, LG is gonna swoop right in and take the lead in Android market share (HTC who?). That being said, unless this has LTE, it isn't worth anything more than the i9300 is to Americans - powerful, but useless everyday, like a 1300hp Viper....

  • Duffey

    The real question is, WILL IT BLEND

  • http://twitter.com/BeefIsForDinner Jason Pucilowski

    Guess I jumped on the S3 bandwagon too soon :/

    • DrewNusser

      Because LG posted a short teaser about a phone they'll be releasing sometime in the future? I think you're just fine.

  • http://twitter.com/Parad1s3 Paradise

    And Android 2.3 with upgrade for ICS in 2013 :D

  • gani.slimshady

    Not buying a phone from LG again. My Optimus 2x is yet to receive ICS

    • oggie

      If this is a google nexus phone, then it will get updates from google, not lg or the telcos

      • http://twitter.com/danlocker Daniel Locker

        Who said anything about a nexus phone?

        • Thomas Lovett

          Oggie did!

  • marcusmaximus04

    Much more important than the CPU improvement, I'd say, is that of the GPU.

  • RedPandaAlex

    Why don't we take this processor, and put it in a nexus?

    • Levi Wilcox

      LG is rumored to have one of the next nexus phones.

  • Nom

    Drooling sequence commenced.

  • droilfade

    Man...they keep putting excellent hardware on the phone..but is it truly realized? I hope someone would be come with a excellent transformable solution for devices like this...such as the Padfone (I know it didnt do well)..but with so much power it should be possible. My first laptop had less than 2 GB RAM.

  • serrastone

    Meh, LG.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steven-Campbell/100002395426837 Steven Campbell

    And when the next Android operating system Key Lime comes out LG will say so sorry you no get update. I also love how LG stole Samsung's amoled tv technology lol.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ferdie.magbanua Ferdie Magbanua

    If this phone will have an update for KeyLimePie I guess I'll try to wait for it. But if price is as high as 800-900USD, then I'll better choose this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jufmgrc69qs

    A quad core, w/ some good designs and well-respectable spec-sheet, without banging too much buck!
    Cheers!

  • ssj4Gogeta

    "As you may recall, the dual-core S4 is the chip that manages to give the Tegra 3 a run for its money in some benchmarks due to its 28nm architecture (versus the Tegra 3's 40nm)."

    It's because S4 is a different architecture with higher average IPC, not because it's on a different manufacturing process. In other words, even if you manufactured Tegra 3 on a 28nm process, with the same clock speeds it can't match Krait. Krait just processes more instructions per clock.

    I suggest you correct the article.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jesus.barajas.96 Jesus Barajas

    Next Nexus?

  • tBs_Battousai

    Hope this is the next Nexus phone :-)