Qualcomm to provide Samsung with an updated version of Snapdragon 810

BY Rajesh Pandey

Published 24 Jan 2015


Even though an LG executive confirmed that the Snapragon 810 is not overheating, rumors and reports about the chip overheating have been constantly pouring in from various sources.

According to a report from Bloomberg from earlier this week, the overheating issues has also forced Samsung to switch to its own Exynos processors on the upcoming Galaxy S6.

A new report from the Wall Street Journal states that Qualcomm will be providing Samsung with a new version of the Snapdragon 810 chip in March with the overheating issues fixed. However, it is unclear if they will be arriving in time so that the Korean company can use the chips on its Galaxy S6. If not, Samsung will end up using its own Exynos processor on its upcoming flagship.

LG executives, however, state that the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 does not have any overheating issues. The vice-president of company’s smartphone division even remarked that “heat levels don’t depend entirely on the CPU (mobile processor) but also on how the phone’s internal cooling system is designed.”

The report from WSJ indicates that Samsung might make use of this opportunity to reduce its reliance on Qualcomm and shift to processors made by its own semi conductor division. Samsung’s chip making divison had a poor 2014 after it lost the contract to supply the majority of A8 and A8X chips from Apple to TSMC.

[Via WSJ]