A few weeks ago, Qualcomm officially denied rumours that the Snapdragon 810 was behind schedule, but it’s the rumour that won’t go away.
Last week, we heard a more thorough report about the various problems plaguing the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 thanks to The Korea Times, and now DigiTimes concurs, saying that the Samsung Galaxy S6 will rely heavily instead on Sammo’s own Exynos processors.
Confusingly, DigiTimes uses the word “dump” in its headline and again in the introductory paragraph, but that’s not quite the gist of the story (though it obviously makes for a more sensational headline).
Essentially, Samsung will use both the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 and its own in-house Exynos processors at first, with around 80-90% adopting the latter. Which obviously raises concerns about the remaining 10-20%.
As Qualcomm presumably overcomes the Snapdragon 810 overheating problem, the ratio of Qualcomm Snapdragon 810-fuelled Samsung Galaxy S6s will “gradually increase” - according to the unnamed source.
We're not sure what's going on here, as it’s impossible to say if there really is a problem with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810. Where there’s smoke, there’s fire (or at least overheating), though DigiTimes’ sources might simply be jumping on the bandwagon, DigiTimes itself being notoriously hit-and-miss.
All we’ve heard from Qualcomm is that the Snapdragon 810 is still “on track” for a Q2 release, but technically that means we could be waiting till June, and we’ve already been introduced to the Snapdragon 810-rockin’ LG G Flex 2 and Xiaomi Mi Note Pro.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 has also been tipped to appear in the HTC Hima and Sony Xperia Z4, so hopefully we’ll get answers as those phones come to light, perhaps at - or around – Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015 in March.