Samsung May Drop Snapdragon 810 from its Galaxy S6 Due to Overheating Issues
Samsung is said to be dropping its use of a Qualcomm Inc. chip from the next version of the Galaxy S smartphone. The report comes from Bloomberg which states that the South Korean electronics giant took this decision due to overheating issues that occured during the company’s testing. The chip in question is the Qualcomm’s latest and most powerful Snapdragon 810 variant.
Samsung will instead use its own microprocessors in the next major smartphone release, allegedly called the Galaxy S6. This new Galaxy S phone is rumored to have an all-metal back, which is also likely to have contributed to the overheating issues the company has encountered in its testing.
For years now, the Korean handset maker has been using Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chips to power its best-selling handsets. The decision of not using Qualcomm’s latest chip in its next flagship phone is a blow for the world’s largest maker of semiconductors used in phones. Just after this report surfaced, Qualcomm shares traded in Europe fell 1.2 percent as of 9:03 a.m. in Frankfurt, whereas Samsung shares rose 1.7 percent to 1,395,000 won in Seoul.
On the other hand, Samsung itself is the world’s second-largest chipmaker, so it’s quite possible that the company is trying to push its own processor-making division to become more self-reliant.
LG’s curved G Flex 2 will also pack the Snapdragon 810; the device is likely to launch in the coming days, but the company has yet spotted no such issues. Another phone expected to use the 810 is the HTC’s next One smartphone. If the leaked photos of the One M9 are to be believed, the device will have a unibody aluminum shell just like its predecessors.
So the issue seems to have arised because of Samsung’s inexperience with building an all-metal handset before. Previously, there were reports that the company’s all-metal Galaxy A3 and A5 were having signal strength issues. So Samsung may now be showing in its inability to handle the thermal challenges of the Qualcomm’s powerful new chip.
In the absense of the Snapdragon 810, Samsung would have to rely on its own Exynos processors — primarily used in devices that are launched in its native Korea and developing markets. But Exynos would be only a partial solution as it can’t make up for the Qualcomm’s superior LTE integration, which forced Samsung at the first place to use its competitor’s chip in its flagships for western markets.
Both Samsung and Qualcomm declined to comment on the report. We’ll update you as soon as we get some solid news regarding the story.
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