Too hot to handle: Qualcomm Snapdragon chip overheating rumours persist


Regarding recent about the overheating issues of its latest Snapdragon 810 chipset, Qualcomm has said, “rubbish”.

In an interview with US magazine Forbes last week, Tim McDonough, vice president of marketing for Qualcomm said “There is absolutely nothing wrong with the Snapdragon 810 in commercial devices.”

Qualcomm Snapdragon chips overheating?

Qualcomm says it is spending a lot of time rebutting rumours that have been accepted as fact for a while now. However, doubts about the company’s mobile phone CPU persist after Samsung decided to eschew the Snapdragon 810 chip in its Galaxy S6 and opted to use its own Exynos 7420 chip. LG has also used the older Snapdragon 808 in the new G4 smartphone.

Regarding the G4, McDonough said, “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 the 808 around the same time. The simple reason is the design goals of the G4 2k experience.”

He continued, “The difference between the two chips is that the memory is designed to deal with a maximum of 4K video natively displaying on a smartphone screen in the 810, which is our strategic product, while the 808 supports a maximum of 2K. It is able to record 4K images but unable to natively display them on the screen.”

Despite Qualcomm’s vehement denial about the overheating issues however, the controversy about the new 810 chip is expected to continue. According to a recent benchmark conducted by site Ars Technica, the G Flex 2 using the Snapdragon 810 showed worse performance than the Snapdragon 808, likely due to overheating.

SOURCE: Business Korea


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