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Samsung drops Snapdragon 810 from the Galaxy S6 : Report

According to a latest report by Bloomberg, Samsung will reportedly not be using Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 SoC inside the Galaxy S6 flagship that’s expected to be unveiled at MWC 2015 at Barcelona in March.

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Bloomberg citing people with direct knowledge of the matter claims that Samsung has decided not to use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipsets due to overheating issues found during its testing. Analysts have said the Snapdragon 810 chip has been dealing with a variety of performance issues that may not be corrected in time for the launch of Samsung’s Galaxy S6 smartphone.

Over last few months, several reports have pointed to issues with the Snapdragon 810 chipset related to overheating – potentially delaying many flagship handsets. A more recent report also indicated Samsung would initially only release the Galaxy S6 with its own Exynos processor, before releasing the Qualcomm-variant in limited quantities.

Samsung has already used its own Exynos processors in flagship devices such as the Galaxy S5 to some extent, though Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chips were more widely used. Greater adoption of Exynos chips in Samsung smartphones would help boost sales for the struggling foundry business.

A Qualcomm spokesman declined to comment on the Bloomberg report, while a Samsung spokeswoman said the company does not comment on rumours.

Qualcomm has in the past repeatedly denied any issues or delays with the Snapdragon 810 chip. Other reports said the overheating issue had existed but had been resolved, and the company was mass producing the chips for the LG G Flex2and Xiaomi Mi Note Pro, two handsets with the processor officially listed.


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