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Qualcomm says Snapdragon 820 will not Overheat

News by Pablo Jimenez on Thursday October 29, 2015.

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The Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor is the company's current flagship silicon, but it has been plagued with issues. It started off overheating, which led for smartphones (we're thinking the LG G Flex 2) to throttle the chipset and underperform. It has gotten better through the year, but largely an issue that has stayed with the silicon. Qualcomm is now smoothing things over by saying its upcoming Snapdragon 820 will have no such problems.

The Snapdragon 820 is expected to be launched for use at the start of 2016 and we could see it land on flagships as early as CES in January or MWC in early March. Apparently, even Samsung is willing to come back to Qualcomm. The Korean giant, the largest smartphone maker in the world, used to offer two variants of its flagship S series. One for international markets with Qualcomm's flagship and one with Samsung's own Exynos line.

That changed with the Galaxy S6 as Samsung opted to stick solely with its Exynos 7420, which is the current fastest chipset on the market. Sammy's reason to abandon Qualcomm was down entirely to the overheating problems that came with the Snapdragon 810.

Qualcomm says the Snapdragon 820 will not have any overheating problems and that its development and cooling systems are working fine.

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