Unexpected Hurdle: Problems in Qualcomm Snapdragon Set Alarm Bells Ringing for Samsung, LG | BusinessKorea

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4 December 2014 - 12:14pm
Cho Jin-young

Local smartphone makers are nervous at the prospect of a delay in the launch of new models next year, including the Galaxy S6 and the G4. It is unclear whether or not the supply of the Snapdragon 810 will exist in the first half of next year due to technical problems such as overheating and a decline in speed.

Samsung is likely to solve the problem by featuring its own Exynos chips in the Galaxy S6, but LG seems to be in trouble. Even though the company has its first AP, NUCLUN, it is not better than entry-level APs. If Qualcomm cannot supply the Snapdragon 810, it won't be easy for LG to find an alternative for the G4.

“Qualcomm is faced with hard-to-solve problems. The Snapdragon 810 overheats when it reaches a specific voltage. It also slows down owing to problems with the RAM controller connected to the AP. In addition, there is an error in the driver of the Adreno 430 GPU,” said an industry source on Dec. 2.

The source added that for these reasons, it is unclear if the Snapdragon 810 will be used in premium smartphones like the Galaxy S6, the G4, and the Xperia Z4 scheduled to be released in the first half of next year.

The Snapdragon 810 is an octa-core AP composed of four quad-core A57s and four quad-core A53s, which supports 64-bit and an Ultra HD display.

Handset makers like Samsung and LG, which focus on premium smartphones, are likely to use technology that supports a UHD display and 64 bits in its next models. Hence, these companies badly need the Snapdragon 810.

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