Last week we’ve seen a DigiTimes report on how Samsung would ditch Qualcomm for its 2015 flagship, the Galaxy S 6, because of overheating issues. Apparently, as they say, where there’s smoke there must be fire (pun intended), as a more recent Bloomberg report seems to talk about how we’ll see no Snapdragon Galaxy S6 this year, despite just a few moments ago hearing the opposite (with regards to a 4GB Snapdragon Galaxy S 6 variant).
Just like DigiTimes’, Bloomberg’s sources are anonymous as well, falling into the category of “people with direct knowledge of the matter”. However, the story here is the exact same, so the sources might or might not be identical.
Both reports claim that Samsung has tested the latest Qualcomm chip, the Snapdragon 810, and, during the tests, these chips got too hot, forcing a Samsung decision of not using them. Same sources claim that the Galaxy S 6, due for an official debut soon, will use “Samsung’s most advanced chips”, meaning they will be equipped with Exynos SoCs. That, however, doesn’t necessarily rule out neither the “4GB” report, nor the “availability of a Qualcomm Snapdragon-powered S6 variant later in the year” report we mentioned above.
However, if this turns out to be the case, and Samsung will indeed have no Snapdragon Galaxy S6 versions this year, it would be a real blow to Qualcomm, the largest phone semiconductor maker, as Samsung’s yearly S-series flagships are selling by tens of millions.
We expect HTC to show off something at the upcoming Mobile World Congress, but, opposed to the Taiwanese phone maker — who announced its One M8 flagship post-MWC — Samsung, its biggest competitor, has announced its Galaxy S5 flagship at the Barcelona show. Because of that, and despite not hearing anything pointing to an MWC event, we’re expecting the Galaxy S6 to make an official debut in a little more than a month.
Samsung Galaxy S6 specs and features were mentioned with the occasion of countless rumors we’ve seen in the past (from curved display to glass body, from new fingerprint scanner to 2K display and 64-bit processor), and today we’re hearing that at least one variant of the GS6 will pack 4GB of RAM. Other manufacturers have already increased the amount of memory on their devices this year (Asus and its ZenFone 2, Xiaomi and its recently unveiled Mi Note Pro), and we’re hearing that the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810-powered GS6 version might pack 4GB as well (while the Exynos version will stick to 3GB).
However, we’ve also heard that initially, we’d be seeing a lot more Exynos versions than Snapdragon variants, because of reported overhearing issues with the Snapdragon 810 chip; this information is not verified, but if the report is true, than we should expect the 4GB GS6 to make an appearance later, or in limited supply.
That being said, do you think the jump from 3GB of RAM to 4GB is essential? Do you think it would impact performance in any way? Let us know in the comments below!