Samsung is widely expected to unveil the Galaxy S6 in March at its MWC event, and much of the rumors have been around the processor it will feature. Rumors would have us believe that it will feature a Snapdragon 810 chipset, but those have been replaced by reports about overheating issues. Now however Qualcomm has all but confirmed that Samsung’s forthcoming flagship may not feature the processor at all.
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In its earnings report, Qualcomm revealed that it had beat estimates with revenues of $7.1 billion. This is a seven percent jump from the quarter last year. While it is positive news from the company, its earnings outlook paints a bleak picture. It revealed that revenues are likely to take a hit due to “heightened competition in China” and because its “Snapdragon 810 processor will not be in the upcoming design cycle of a large customer’s flagship device.” Also Read - Qualcomm launches Snapdragon G3x Gen 1 platform for gaming on the go: Check details
During the earnings call, Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf too confirmed this saying, “[The Snapdragon 810] is working as we expect it to work. We’re pleased how it’s performing. There is concern really related to one OEM.” While Qualcomm or Mollenkopf don’t explicitly name this OEM who has planned to drop the Snapdragon chipset from its flagship device, it is most likely Samsung. Also Read - Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 confirmed for OnePlus 10 series phones, launch expected early next year
As mentioned above, Samsung has reportedly been facing overheating issues with the new Snapdragon 810 chipset, and according to a recent Bloomberg report decided to drop it from its flagship device. While there were reports of Qualcomm offering an updated variant of the chipset to the South Korean company, seems like the latter is far from satisfied. The forthcoming flagship device instead will be powered by the in-house Exynos processor.
The decision is a blow to Qualcomm, the world’s largest maker of semiconductors used in phones, which has been supplying Samsung with chips that run the company’s best-selling handsets. The announcement also affected the company’s shares, which fell by nearly eight percent. Furthermore, it has also made a dent on the chipmaker’s revenue estimates for the 2015 fiscal year. It expects revenues to fall to somewhere between $26 billion and $28 billion, down from previous estimates that range between $26.8 billion and $28.8 billion.
From what we have hear so far, the Galaxy S6 is likely to feature a 5.1-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display (577ppi), with Gorilla Glass 4 protection, 64-bit octa-core CPU, 5-megapixel selfie camera, 32/64/128GB internal storage, 2,550mAh battery with fast charging mode and wireless charging capabilities, NFC, and Cat 6 LTE support.