Qualcomm is putting the problems of the Snapdragon 810 firmly behind it with the launch of the Snapdragon 820, a new flagship chipset that was launched today. Of course, the arrival of Qualcomm's new flag waving silicon has wide ramifications for the rest of the smartphone industry as many of the next generation of high end handsets will be packing this processor.
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.
Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 flagship processor is not quite with us yet, but the company confirmed it sometime ago and it promises to be the best chipset the processor market leader has ever made. It will certainly be a contrast to the troubled Snapdragon 810 and Qualcomm is now showing off another new feature that will be rolled out with the 820, namely Quick Charge 3.0.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 has been something of a failure. Sure, it had found its way into plenty of flagships and will likely land in a few more yet, but those devices have been plagued by overheating problems. While Qualcomm has denied a serious issue, there is evidence there (such as Samsung deciding not to use the 820) and we imagine the company cannot wait to move on from the Snapdragon 810.
Things are really not going well for Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 processor. The chipset has been pegged as causing overheating problems (despite being a good performer), something Qualcomm denied only to see evidence of overheating persisting in the Sony Xperia Z3+. Now the leading Japanese carrier (DoCoMo) is piling on the pressure by putting an overheating warning on smartphones with the Snapdragon 810.
Qualcomm is suffering a bit of a marketing crisis at the moment thanks to its flagship Snapdragon 810 processor. The chip has been reported to suffer from overheating problems, and apparently this prompted Samsung to use its own Exynos processors in the Galaxy S6 and for LG to use the lesser Snapdragon 808 chipset.
LG launched the G4 flagship smartphone last week and surprised many by announcing it with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 and not the beefier Snapdragon 810. With Motorola apparently doing the same with the next Moto X and Samsung shunning Qualcomm altogether for the most part, the pressure is on. The Snapdragon 810 has been plagued with overheating issues and we wrote after the G4 launched that we wouldn't be surprised if Qualcomm quickly replaced it with a new flagship chipset.
With all the debate surrounding the Snapdragon 810, Qualcomm decided to talk up its newest flagship chip with a press release. The 810 has been subject to controversy because the chipset overheating, apparently prompting Samsung to ditch the chip for its Galaxy S6. Now The company has sent out a press release that gives props to the company?s latest processor and even drops some hints as to which smartphones will be rocking it this year.
Qualcomm, the premier smartphone chip manufacturer, announced its fiscal first quarter 2015 results today. While the company announced a solid period, the outlook is a little modest because the Qualcomm says that its latest high end processor (Snapdragon 810) will not be arriving on one of the top flagships of the year.
There have been reports recently that Qualcomm's new flagship processor, the 64-bit Snapdragon 810, is facing problems. An apparent overheating issue has led to Samsung turning to its own Exynos chips for the initial run of the upcoming Galaxy S6, but some handsets like the LG G Flex 2 and Xiaomi Mi Note Pro have already been announced with the Snapdragon 810 on board.