Annually, flagship smartphones in the United States and other countries launch with processors designed by Qualcomm. Look at any flagship smartphone released in the last few years and it is almost guaranteed that a Snapdragon processor is inside. The Snapdragon 810 was expected to be the go-to processor for hardware manufacturers this spring, but reports of technical difficulties including overheating caused some to believe otherwise. Today, the company confirmed that a key customer has walked away from using the Snapdragon 810.
Yesterday’s report that Qualcomm will deliver an updated version of the Snapdragon 810 to Samsung has fueled speculation that LG might sue Qualcomm.
LG has contended that there is no overheating issue with the said chip, but there is also a belief that LG has made certain modifications on the G Flex 2. Now the Korea Times is reporting that LG will sue Qualcomm if they update the 810 because it’s basically admitting the overheating issue exists.
Samsung has been making homegrown Exynos processors for a few years now, but they still used the Snapdragon for most of their devices. The reason usually involved LTE compatibility, but production capacity could have also played a part. Now recent reports of the Snapdragon 810 overheating has fueled speculation that Samsung will ditch Qualcomm in favor of their own chip on the Galaxy S 6, but other analysts contend the Exynos isn’t ready for primetime yet. However, overheating or no overheating, it appears that Samsung might not be making this decision based on that. It appears that Samsung is ready to expand the Exynos to not only most of their their devices, but hopefully with other manufacturers, thus entering into a war with Qualcomm.
The saga regarding the Snapdragon 810 and overheating issues continues. Will Samsung use the Snapdragon 810 in the Galaxy S 6 is one of the biggest questions this year. There have been reports indicating that Samsung would go exclusively with the homegrown Exynos, and others indicating that Samsung could never drop Qualcomm completely.
Now the Wall Street Journal is reporting that Qualcomm has worked around the heating issue and will deliver a new version of the chip to Samsung in March. Some analysts have already predicted that Samsung will launch the S6 in Korea on time, but delay it in other markets because of this very reason.
This could be the year that Qualcomm actually feels some competition. A leaked MediaTek roadmap reveals that the company has a series of worthy processors scheduled for releases throughout 2015. They will provide MediaTek with a chance to capitalize on the mid-range segment as well as touch upon the high-end.
Yesterday, Bloomberg reported that Samsung will drop the Snapdragon 810 from the Galaxy S 6 in favor of the Exynos. Utilizing the Exynos is no surprise, but the fact that they would use it for all device variants is.
As you know, the Exynos processor is Samsung’s own processor, so one would think that Samsung would want to use it exclusively. However due to possible supply issues and/or the fact that it doesn’t play well with LTE, Samsung has always used Qualcomm Snapdragon processors for many regions.
Yesterday we learned that Samsung has elected to drop Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 processor from its upcoming Galaxy S6 in favor of its own in-house Exynos series of chips. Industry sources cite overheating as a major issue with the S6 and the Snapdragon 810 is to blame. Bad Snapdragon! Very bad!
LG and Xiamoi have also announced devices using the 810 processor, the G Flex 2 and Mi Note, respectively. And now, LG is attempting to quell any rumors that it, too, will drop the Qualcomm chip from its upcoming niche phone.
Devices like the Nexus 6, Motorola DROID Turbo, and HTC One (M8) are capable of enhanced charging with Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 technology. The special chargers, when paired with supported devices, powers them much quicker than ordinary chargers. Both Motorola and HTC have released their own Quick Charge 2.0 chargers, but availability has been somewhat limited. The Motorola Turbo Charger will soon be available in the Play Store. When? No one is sure. It is a good sign, however, that its status reads “coming soon.” The price listed is $34.99.
In the meantime, you can purchase the Turbo Charger directly from Motorola.
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Samsung has been making their own Exynos-branded chips for a while now, and it was only a matter of time until they utilized them on most of their devices. Whether it was production issues or the ability to play nice with LTE, Samsung has always to utilized both the Exynos and the Qualcomm Snapdragon for specific markets, but that might change with the Galaxy S 6.
We have heard a number of rumblings that Qualcomm’s latest and greatest chip, the Snapdragon 810, has overheating issues. Qualcomm wants you to believe there isn’t an issue because the LG G Flex 2 and the Xiaomi Mi Note were both announced using the said chip, but those manufacturers might have made modifications. It was already rumored that Samsung might tone down the use of the 810 in the Galaxy S 6, but Bloomberg is now reporting that Samsung plans on using the Exynos exclusively. According to them, Samsung will go with just the Exynos for all markets.
Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 810 is going to be one of the fastest processors available in phones and tablets this year, but that doesn’t mean the company is going to stop pushing forward. The latest information about Qualcomm’s next plans has surfaced, detailing where the company wants to push processors next.
The biggest thing to look forward to is the Snapdragon 820 processor. Rumors suggest the 820 will feature a full 8-core architecture that doesn’t use ARM’s big.LITTLE setup, so this might be the first high-end processor we’ll see that utilizes all 8 cores simultaneously. It will also supposedly utilize a 14 nm process and LPDDR4 memory support.