In the last few weeks there were many reports on the new Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810, concerning overheating issues. And many of us believed that the Snapdragon 810 processor will be in the Galaxy S6 smartphone. But according to Bloomberg, Samsung decided that they are going to ditch the Qualcomm’s processor dues to its overheating problems. Instead, the new Galaxy S6 will use Samsung’s own processor, which they say it’s their most advanced chip.
On the other hand, LG stated that their G Flex 2 smartphone, which uses the Snapdragon 810 processor, doesn’t have overheating issues. This makes us wonder if the trouble may not actually come from Snapdragon, but from Samsung’s device. And although LG dismissed any rumors about any overheating issues with the G Flex 2, some previews of the phone stated that the phone did suffered of throttling issues, and same goes for the LG G3, thus affecting the screen brightness which was constantly reduced due the thermal throttling.
However, it’s no surprise either that the Snapdragon 810 is making troubles for Qualcomm. Especially after the company decided to stop using its own custom-designed Krait CPU and switched to the Cortex A57 and A53 CPU’s from ARM, mostly because of demand for 64-bit chips from users and OEMs.
Other smartphones manufacturers such as HTC, Motorola and Xiaomi are unlikely to give up to the Snapdragon 810, and they’ll probably stick to Qualcomm. But if these issues are going to persevere in Qualcomm’s processors and if they won’t find a solution as soon as possible for them, its competitors like Intel, Nvidia and Samsung itself, might see it as an opportunity to win new contracts.
I don’t necessarily see the overheating issues in Snapdragon as a downfall, since Qualcomm still has more advanced LTE technology and their position on the processor market it’s still well established. They’ll probably keep most of their clients, but this arouses several problems for the consumer. What will happen with the smartphones that continue to use the Snapdragon 810 if the problem persists? And is this issue going to affect our priceless devices more than it needs too?
As for now, the LG G Flex 2 will be firstly released in South Korea on January 30. You can read more on this phone here. While we expect the Samsung Galaxy S6 to make its appearance at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, in March.