It’s the rumour that won’t go away, and the longer Qualcomm stays quiet in the face of constant rumours, the worse it seems: the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, presumed to power several imminent high-end phones, is suffering from overheating problems.
The latest twist in the tale (and there have been many) is that Samsung will supposedly get a “new” version of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor in March. Huh?
To recap: over the past couple of weeks we’ve heard that the Samsung Galaxy S6 will rely less heavily on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 (DigiTimes), or even dump it entirely in favour of its own Exynos processors (Bloomberg).
Now The Wall Street Journal is weighing in with this slightly confusing story suggesting that Samsung will get a “new” Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 in March – that’s according to “A person familiar with the matter”.
By WSJ’s own admission, it “isn’t clear” if the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 would arrive in time for the Samsung Galaxy S6. Failing that, Samsung would go all out with Exynos.
Some questions that immediately spring to mind:
- Is this further “confirmation” that there’s an overheating problem with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor? (The "source" doesn't specifically mention overheating)
- Is Samsung capable of churning out enough Exynos processors to meet the inevitably high demand for the Galaxy S6?
- What about the other Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 smartphones, including the already-announced LG G Flex 2 and Xiaomi Mi Note Pro? The Sony Xperia Z4 and HTC One M9 "Hima" were expected to follow suit
For what it's worth, an LG exec wonders what all the fuss is about, and says the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 is just fine.
Inevitably we’ll hear more on this story next week, but with Qualcomm’s shares taking a hit after Bloomberg’s piece, it might be worth firing out something official. Guys?