LG shrugs off reports of Snapdragon 810 overheating

Samsung passes on the chip after claims it runs too hot.

Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 810 processor for smartphones, its top of the line processor with the built-in killswitch, is the subject of back and forth claims of overheating. Samsung says it does, its rival LG Electronics says it does not.

Bloomberg reported that Samsung had planned to use the Snapdragon 810 in its forthcoming Galaxy S6 smartphone, but decided not to use the chip due to issues with overheating.

This was a tough hit for Qualcomm, as Samsung is its second-largest customer and accounts for 12% of processor sales, according to Bloomberg. While the story did not say what chip Samsung would use, the logical choice would be its own homebrewed ARM processor, the Exynos chip, which is already used in the S5.

LG, on the other hand, says it has no such issues. Woo Ram-chan, LG vice president for mobile product planning, told reporters at a press event for the launch of LG's G Flex2 smartphone that he was aware of the concerns about heat, but "the chip's performance is quite satisfactory."

I had a chance to play with a G Flex and that is one insane device, with its curved glass and incredible screen. Not to mention it's also a huge phone. The G Flex 2 looks just as impressive, with a 5.5-inch HD (1920x1080) display, the Snapdragon 810 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, a 3,000 mAh battery, and Android 5.0, a.k.a. "Lollipop."

Is Samsung fibbing so it could get out of using the Snapdragon in favor of its own? Or did it just have a bad batch of chips? We won't know until more handset makers start weighing in. If the Snapdragon 810 starts scoring design win after design win, then the focus is on Samsung. If other vendors take a pass, then there may be something to its claims. For now, the issue is far from settled.

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