Are chip shortages keeping the Snapdragon 800 out of the HTC One Max?
By now, we’ve seen the HTC One Max six ways from Sunday; its most recent appearance put the handset up against the Galaxy Note II and 3. Underneath all that, a mystery’s been trying to work itself out: just what SoC would this phablet run? While early rumors and frankly, common sense, suggested that we’d be seeing a Snapdragon 800, more recently there’s been talk that the One Max might go a different route, running either an S4 Pro or maybe a 600. Today, a new rumor attempts to get to the bottom of why HTC isn’t just giving the phone an 800.
Supposedly, supply issues could be forcing HTC’s hand. According to some supply chain sources, heavy interest in the Snapdragon 800 means that Qualcomm doesn’t have enough to go around, and HTC feared that using the chip in the One Max would negatively affect the handset’s availability. Rather than having multiple versions of the phablet, Note-3-style, HTC may have wanted to keep things simple and have a unified One Max design.
On the flip side, there are other rumors claiming that this isn’t the case at all, that Qualcomm has already ramped-up production, and HTC just wants to save a few bucks manufacturing the One Max. That sort of penny-pinching doesn’t exactly fill us with confidence, so we’re curious to find out if we’ll ever learn the truth behind this decision – assuming this really is how the One Max will arrive.