Qualcomm is expected to provide Samsung with an updated version of its Snapdragon 810 SoC in March, according to the Wall Street Journal. The news comes in the wake of a report that Samsung had decided not to use the chipset in its upcoming flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S6, due to overheating issues.
This new report notes that it isn't yet clear whether the new version of the chip would arrive in time for use in the S6, which is set to be unveiled on the sidelines of this year's Mobile World Congress in March. If it doesn't, Samsung plans to use its own SoC in the phone -- the preliminary Bloomberg report had noted that the S6 is expected to feature Samsung’s most advanced SoC.
The Snapdragon 810 processor is already used inside other products such as LG's upcoming G Flex 2 and Xiaomi's recently unveiled Mi Note Pro phablet, and it is key on Qualcomm’s sales plans for the year. At the CES earlier this month, the San Diego-based company's President Derek Aberle had said the chipset has good traction with handset manufacturers. “We feel like we are on track with the 810.”
For its part, LG has clarified that it has found no issues with the Qualcomm SoC, claiming that the chip's performance is quite satisfactory. “Heat levels don’t depend entirely on the CPU (mobile processor) but also on how the phone’s internal cooling system is designed,” said Choi Yong-su, a vice president for the company’s smartphone development.