Throughout the year we have had several reasons to believe that Samsung is taking its next flagship phone, the Galaxy S6 VERY seriously, perhaps something they failed to do for Galaxy S5- which was more of conventional stuff in a decent package.
Consumers expect Samsung to stash the latest and greatest tech on the planet, and something more than a gimmicky heart rate monitor in Galaxy S6. This picturesque canvas will require a powerful chipset at its epicenter, but looks like Galaxy S6 will have to do without Qualcomm’s mightiest proposal – the Snapdragon 810.
Samsung is reportedly facing heating issues with Snapdragon 810 in Galaxy S6 (Which might also unacceptable because Galaxy S6 is expected to flaunt a full metal design). The Korean manufacturer will expectedly replace Snapdragon 810 with its own Exynos processor. It is less likely to go for a 32 Bit SoC like Snapdragon 805 because of the rapid transition to 64 bit computing in mobile devices.
These reports were further substantiated by Qualcomm’s statement to investors:
“Our lowered outlook for our semiconductor business for the second half of the fiscal year and our lowered EPS expectations, largely driven by the effects of a shift in share among OEMs at the premium tier, expectations that our Snapdragon 810 processor will not be in the upcoming design cycle of a large customer’s flagship device and heightened competition in China”
Other rumors suggest that Qualcomm will provide an updated version of Snapdragon 810 for its new smartphones, which if true, won’t go well with other partners like LG, Xiaomi and reportedly HTC, which have already included Snapdragon 810 in their flagship lineup. Updated chip or not, we are less likely to see Snapdragon 810 SoC in Galaxy S6, which will most probably debut at MWC 2014.
Snapdragon 810 is a 20nm power efficient process technology based 64 bit octa core processor. It employs 4 cortex A57 cores which will offer 25 to 50 percent boost over 32bit Cortex A15 design, but will also consumer more power. The other 4 cores use Cortex A53 architecture which is more power efficient, even more so with the 20 nm process technology (less platform power consumption). The chipset uses improved LPDDR4 RAM support, new image and audio processing algorithms and new Adreno 430 GPU.