Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 has been under the spotlight this year as the processor is said to have overheating issues. It still powers some of the devices, but Samsung decided to ditch the processor and use its in-house Exynos 7420 processor in the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge.
During an interview with Forbes, Qualcomm’s VP of marketing Tim McDonough shared his views about all these rumors, and called them “rubbish”.
The Snapdragon 810 is a part of the LG G Flex 2, and the Korean company did say they didn’t experience any overheating issues with the processor.
McDonogh said, “The rumours are rubbish, there was not an overheating problem with the Snapdragon 810 in commercial devices. If that’s true, which we’re saying it is, why was there so much rumour? Why was someone spreading false information about the 810? Our point of view is that those rumours happened with the LG G Flex 2 and Qualcomm 810 being first to market with the premium-tier application processor. Then somebody decided to put out some false rumours about that, which is unfortunate but sometimes that’s how business is done. That has forced us to spend a lot of time addressing the false rumours.”
Early reviews of the HTC One M9 did say that the device has some overheating issues, but the executive addressed this issue as well and said this is because “they weren’t final, commercial versions of the devices.”
The rumors sparked when LG unveiled its latest flagship device, the LG G4, which went with the Snapdragon 808 instead of the 810. This further ignited the rumors that something may be wrong with the Snapdragon 810, but McDonough said that’s not the case.
“These decisions get made 18 months before a phone shows its face. When we were working with LG on the G flex 2 and G4, Qualcomm produced the 810 and 808 around the same time. The simple reason is the design goals of the G4 2k experience.”
Qualcomm did lose one of its biggest client — Samsung — who opted for the Exynos processor for its flagship device, but it’s still using Qualcomm’s processor for the rest of their product line up.