Not one, but two separate reports are claiming that Samsung will ditch Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 processor for the upcoming Galaxy S6, because of alleged overhearing issues of the processor that occurred during testing phases. Depending on the report, we would either see no Snapdragon-powered Galaxy S6 this year, or we will see most of the flagships powered by the Exynos chip, and, later, when Qualcomm solves the problem, some Snapdragon-equipped models.
However, this year, we’ve already seen a phone powered by the 810 chip, and it comes from LG, namely the new G Flex 2. According to the company, there is no Snapdragon 810 overheating issue, as LG has not encountered any similar problems on the Snapdragon 810 chip whatsoever. “I am very much aware of the various concerns in the market about the 810, but the chip’s performance is quite satisfactory,” said LG’s vice president for mobile, Woo Ram-chan.
That being said, the G Flex 2 has a Full HD screen, while the Galaxy S6 is expected to have a Quad HD display, which could explain the overheating problems, if these are indeed real, as the processor needs to push more pixels at the same time. “I don’t understand why there is a issue over heat”, Ram-chan said, but the resolution bump could very well be an explanation (again, in case the reports are accurate).