Rumors regarding overheating issues with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 processor have plagued the chip since it was introduced last year. A report back in December claimed that the issues of the Snapdragon 810 could cause delays to the Galaxy S6, LG G4, and Sony Xperia Z4. In its earnings report today, Qualcomm has seemingly confirmed issues with the processor, adding that it has lowered its outlook for the second half of 2015 because of the problems.
The company said in its earnings release that the Snapdragon 810 will not be used in the “upcoming design cycle of a large customer’s flagship device.” While Qualcomm did not specifically mention Samsung in their release, it was reported again earlier this month that Samsung would not be using the Snapdragon 810 in its Galaxy S6 flagship due to overheating issues. Instead of the Snapdragon 810, Samsung is expected to use its own in-house Exynos chip in the Galaxy S6.
We have lowered our outlook for the second half of fiscal 2015 in our semiconductor business, QCT, largely driven by the effects of:
- A shift in share among OEMs at the premium tier, which has reduced our near-term opportunity for sales of our integrated SnapdragonTM processors and has skewed our product mix towards more modem chipsets in this tier;
- Expectations that our Snapdragon 810 processor will not be in the upcoming design cycle of a large customer’s flagship device; and
- Heightened competition in China.
LG, however, announced its G Flex 2 smartphone at CES 2015 earlier this year, Snapdragon 810 processor in tow. The company said that it never ran into any issues concerning overheating during its testing of the Snapdragon 810. Xiaomi’s new Note phablet is also powered by the 810.
Samsung is expected to unveil the Exynos-powered Galaxy S6 next month at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The company is also said to be releasing a Galaxy S6 Active variant at the same time.
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