Back at the beginning of December, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 was rumoured to be experiencing thermal issues, but when Jon Carvill, Qualcomm's Senior Director of Public Relations, told Fudzilla things remained “on track”, we gave the chipmaker the benefit of the doubt.
Alas, the rumours have resurfaced, and this time we’re told Qualcomm might ultimately lose market share to rival chipmakers throughout 2015.
Over the years, we’ve gotten used to Qualcomm Snapdragon processors powering the latest Android flagships, and the next wave – including the Samsung Galaxy S6, Sony Xperia Z4, HTC Hima and LG G4 – are all expected to use the spanking new Snapdragon 810.
Indeed, LG’s G Flex 2 was announced this week at CES 2015 with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, further suggesting that things were in fact all good.
But not so, according to a report today from The Korea Times, which says the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 faces a multitude of problems.
“Problems such as overheating at certain voltages and performance degradation caused by memory controller problems have been reported, and its clock rate, an index representing a processor's performance, was estimated to be lower than its predecessor, the Snapdragon 805,” write the South Koreans.
“An uncontrollable limitation of processing speed to prevent overheating has been pointed out. According to the mobile chipset benchmark Geekbench, the Snapdragon 810 had a serious ‘throttling’ problem that forcibly limits the graphic processing performance when it overheats.”
Furthermore, additional optimisation is required to make the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 compatible with the LG G Flex 2 – a phone that’s already been announced. Oops.
Qualcomm remains dominant in smartphone processing, but it’s suggested that manufacturers might look elsewhere if the Californians can’t get on top of things. Nvidia has the 64-bit Tegra X1, while Taiwan’s MediaTek will inevitably be rubbing its hands in anticipation. In addition, Samsung and Huawei have in-house solutions in the form of Exynos and Kirin chipsets.
We expect Qualcomm to confirm again that things are “on track”, though it’s only ever said it’ll be 1H15 for the Snapdragon 810. Can we really wait till June for the Samsung Galaxy S6, Sony Xperia Z4, HTC Hima, LG G4 et al?