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- Dec 30, 2010
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There has been a great deal of movement in the media lately regarding the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 overheating rumors which were supposedly started by Samsung (although that was never confirmed). In fact, over the last few days, the press been worked up pooping out speculation like an old man eating prunes and laxatives.
Just yesterday we posted a story that Qualcomm may be creating a special version of the Snapdragon 810 just for Samsung. In that story we posited the theory that Samsung might actually have made up the overheating rumor in order to discredit Qualcomm just before starting a chipset war in the mobile sector. Apparently, we weren't the only ones thinking that. A new report just hit the web from Korea suggesting exactly this idea.
Supposedly, Samsung is so confident in the production levels of their new Exynos 7420, they plan to take on Qualcomm at an International level, and the "overheating rumors" are just the first strategic (and unscrupulous) shot fired. There are two other things which supposedly make Samsung consider kicking off a mobile chipset war now too.
First, their new Exynos 7420 is made on a 14nm manufacturing process, and Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 is behind that at a 20nm process (smaller is better for those who didn't know). Second, the new Exynos 7420 has a Cat 9 LTE Modem built-in. Not only is this LTE modem superior to what is found in Qualcomm's chips, it also marks the first time that Samsung's Exynos chips have had an LTE modem included in their chipsets. This was the final hurdle that Samsung needed to overcome to be able to use their own Exynos chipsets in North American devices. Interesting and a bit shady, if this speculation turns out to be true.
That's not all though. There is also another report suggesting that the Qualcomm overheating issue is real, but only with Samsung's phones because of their design. This is supposedly the reason that Qualcomm is considering making a new version of the chip just for Samsung.
However, if Qualcomm does this, it is entirely possible that LG will sue Qualcomm. LG's argument would be that if Qualcomm knew about this overheating issue and didn't share it with LG before it released the G Flex 2, then it would be a breach of contract. Heavy stuff!
Despite this whirlwind of speculation, here at DroidForums HQ, we are still reserving our judgment on the issue. We aren't sure we buy that there is an overheating issue at all. There have been no official reports from Samsung on the subject, Qualcomm has denied there is a problem, and LG defended them as well.
What do you think of this brouhaha?