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Next LG Optimus G iteration will use a Snapdragon 800 chip

There are several devices in the pipeline that will make use of Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 800 processor, and now you can add LG’s next Optimus device into the mix. The company announced last night that the follow-up to the Optimus G will use a Snapdragon 800 chip when the handset is released later this year.

Above: The LG Optimus G

Of course, LG didn’t go on to detail anything else about the phone, but it’s interesting to see a company announce the processor they’re going to use so far ahead of release. It makes sense though: adoption of Nvidia’s Tegra chips has fallen off as of late, leaving Qualcomm as the dominant player in the mid- to high-end space right now.

The Snapdragon 800 is looking to be an extremely fast chip too. Several sites – including Engadget and Anandtech – recently had an opportunity to sit down with a Snapdragon 800 developer board, benchmarking the chip and pitting it against existing devices. In fact, the Snapdragon 800 practically screams compared to the Snapdragon 600 found in the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One.

Otherwise, not much is known about the so called LG Optimus G2. The company has said that the flagship for 2013 will be “something different and something unique”, but is otherwise remaining silent about the kind of design and features we can look forward to. Regardless of what LG has in mind, we’ll see the handset announced sometime later in the year.

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