Looks like the Snapdragon 810 chip, built for high-end phones, was overheated in testing. Rumors are saying that Samsung has decided to drop Qualcomm’s processor for its new Galaxy S. So, they will use their own microprocessors in the next generation of smartphones, dropping the Qualcomm chip that overheated during Samsung’s testing.
This decision did not come well for Qualcomm, the world’s largest maker of semiconductors used in high-end phones. We must mention that Qualcomm has been supplying Samsung with chips for a long period of time. If the rumors are true, this could be a major blow to Qualcomm, losing a high-profile design win in a flagship Samsung phone. With Samsung’s decision, Qualcomm will have a difficult task to sell the new 810 chip, made for use in high-end mobile devices. This report comes at a difficult time for the world’s largest maker of semiconductors, after the company’s stock was involved in a long-standing anti-monopoly investigation in China.
Qualcomm has faced some questions about the overheating problems, but they waved away those claims, and now, they said that they are moving forward with selling the new chips. Looks like the Snapdragon 810 will be included in Xiaomi’s Mi Note and LG’s G Flex 2.
Along with being the world’s largest smartphone maker, Samsung is also the second-largest maker of computer chips in the world. This will also mean a bigger push for its chip line, known as Exynos. Samsung is already using these chips in its phones in a few regions, but they usually put Snapdragon chips in phones that are for the United States. The new Galaxy S will come with the company’s most advanced chips. Asked if this is true, a spokesman for Qualcomm refused to answer. A Seoul-based analyst at HI Investment & Securities Co., Song Myung Sup said that “Samsung may release the next Galaxy S as early as March, and it can’t dare to take the risk to use any of the chips in question for its most important model.”
Samsung and Qualcomm have been partners for a long period of time. The company has used Snapdragon chips in several of its flagship phones, including Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Alpha.