It’s been a bit of a whirlwind couple of weeks for Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810. The chip was confirmed for use in a Korean variation of the Galaxy Note 4 before making its CES debut in LG’s new G Flex 2. However, not long after, rumours started circulating about heat dissipation issues with the chip. Word was Samsung had decided not to use the chip in the yet-to-be-confirmed Galaxy S6 because of these problems.
LG, whose G Flex 2 is expected to go on sale in the next month or so, was quick to declare that it hasn’t had any issues with the 810’s performance and that the G Flex 2 actually emits less heat than other existing devices. Then, this week, Qualcomm lowered its financial outlook for the second half of this year and highlighted the 810 as one of the reasons for that adjustment. Specifically, the company said that the 810 had been dropped from a major customer’s flagship. Again, no confirmation that this customer was Samsung or the reason for the customer’s decision to go another direction.
Now, a Qualcomm executive has spoken out about the rumours regarding the Snapdragon 810’s performance. Speaking during an interview with Re/Code, Cristiano Amon, who’s responsible for Qualcomm’s semiconductor business as it relates to the mobile and computing segment, said the company doesn’t see any problem with the 810 and that there’s a lot of misinformation out there.
Amon goes on to say that the 810 has been pegged for use in more than 60 products, and though the company wishes it hadn’t lost that flagship we heard about yesterday, it’s just one of many Snapdragon 810-powered designs planned for the coming year. Amon also said that the chip performs exactly as expected — “very well.”
Of course, when it comes down to it, Amon is right. Samsung is just one customer, and the S6 is just one (very high profile) phone. Samsung’s also in a very unique position in that it has it’s own in-house solution to turn to with the Exynos. The company’s behind those other 60 products? Not so much. Qualcomm and the Snapdragon 810 will be just fine.
The Galaxy S6 is expected to be unveiled at Mobile World Congress in early March.