The future of Qualcomm SoC’s was announced all the way back in April in the form of the Snapdragon 810. From the details that we heard, we were pretty sure that it would be the yardstick by which all other SoC’s in 2015 will be measured against. The Snapdragon 810 is also expected to be running the show for the flagships in 2015. Recent reports from Korea however have claimed that there have been some issues with the SoC and as a result, we may see a delay in flagship launches next year, especially the Galaxy S6.
A report from Business Korea has claimed that the Snapdragon 810 is having several hardware issues. The first is the overheating of the CPU when the a certain high voltage is achieved due to a high operational load. If this voltage is hit, throttling occurs and drastically reduces the performance of the CPU. On top of that, there have been some faults with the RAM controllers, reducing its speed as well as driver issues with the Adreno 430 GPU.
Hardware issues are part and parcel of developing pretty much any new tech these days and when it happens to an industry giant like Qualcomm, we are sure they will be able to address it soon enough to not have to delay an official launch. However, it may be long enough to slightly delay flagship devices primed for release early 2015 such as the LG G4 and the Galaxy S6.
On a more positive note, we do have some technical details on the Snapdragon 810. The new octa-core SoC will have a clock speed of just under 2GHz. We are guessing it would be a while before we see an octa-core CPU pushing pas 2GHz, especially considering heating issues, but for now, the benchmark is set with the Snapdragon 810.