Qualcomm is having a rough start for 2015. After speculation of delays and production issues, it was reported that Samsung has decided to drop Qualcomm’s top of the line Snapdragon 810 processor from its new Galaxy S6 flagship smart phone. Citing overheating issues, Samsung will turn to their very own Exynos solution for their next big thing.
So is there a serious problem with the latest Octa-Core Snapdragon 810 processor? Not really, according to their home rival LG. The LG G Flex 2 which was the first smart phone to be announced with the new processor will be available in South Korea on 30th January. This dispels reliability issues of the new processor and LG has shown confidence to go to market with it.
LG’s Vice President for Mobile Product Planning, Woo Ram-Chan says that “I am very much aware of the various concerns in the market about the (Snapdragon) 810, but the chip’s performance is quite satisfactory”. So is Samsung’s allegation unfounded? Or Qualcomm overheating claim was unfairly made as an excuse for them to stick to its own supply of Exynos processors?
With LG and Xiaomi having the Snapdragon 810 processor on their latest models, it looks like the latest high-end chipset is ready for prime time. The LG G Flex 2 will be priced at 800,000 Won which is about RM2,646.
To recap on the specs, the LG G Flex 2 comes with a curved 5.5″ OLED screen and the Korean model runs on 2GB of RAM instead of 3GB RAM for international markets. It also gets a 13MP camera with Optical Image Stabiliser and Laser Auto Focus, a front facing 2.1 MP camera, 32GB of on-board storage and a 3,000mAh capacity battery. The back cover also comes with a self-healing feature which cures itself from minor scratches in just a matter of seconds. So far there’s no word of its international availability and LG Malaysia is still tight-lipped on its next mobile plans.