Qualcomm earnings report may confirm Galaxy S6 won’t get Snapdragon 810
What chips will be at the heart of Samsung’s Galaxy S6, expected to launch in just a matter of weeks? We’re used to seeing a two-tiered approach, with Samsung splitting its production run between models running its own Exynos SoCs, and those powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chips. But this year, amidst rumors of Snapdragon 810 fabrication and performance issues, there’s been talk that Samsung could forgo Qualcomm’s involvement entirely and commit to using its Exynos chips across all SKUs. We looked at just such a rumor yesterday, and while nothing’s yet official, some new information from Qualcomm itself may have just tacitly acknowledged that Samsung won’t be making an 810-based GS6 after all.
We’ve been checking out financial statements from a number of big players lately, and Qualcomm published its own numbers today. In addition to reflecting on its most recent performance, the company makes a number of forward-looking statements, advising investors of how it might fare in the months to come. There, it discusses a lowered outlook for the second quarter, and among the several issues it mentions as responsible for this adjustment, it mentions “expectations that our Snapdragon 810 processor will not be in the upcoming design cycle of a large customer’s flagship device.”
Samsung’s just about as large as they come in the mobile space, and given the already-existing rumors about it skipping the 810 for the Galaxy S6, it’s not difficult at all to read this as confirmation of the rumors. From Qualcomm’s wording, this may not yet be a done deal, but the fact that it’s mentioning the possibility in this manner certainly suggests that it considers this outcome to be a very likely possibility.