Last week we’ve seen a DigiTimes report on how Samsung would ditch Qualcomm for its 2015 flagship, the Galaxy S 6, because of overheating issues. Apparently, as they say, where there’s smoke there must be fire (pun intended), as a more recent Bloomberg report seems to talk about how we’ll see no Snapdragon Galaxy S6 this year, despite just a few moments ago hearing the opposite (with regards to a 4GB Snapdragon Galaxy S 6 variant).
Just like DigiTimes’, Bloomberg’s sources are anonymous as well, falling into the category of “people with direct knowledge of the matter”. However, the story here is the exact same, so the sources might or might not be identical.
Both reports claim that Samsung has tested the latest Qualcomm chip, the Snapdragon 810, and, during the tests, these chips got too hot, forcing a Samsung decision of not using them. Same sources claim that the Galaxy S 6, due for an official debut soon, will use “Samsung’s most advanced chips”, meaning they will be equipped with Exynos SoCs. That, however, doesn’t necessarily rule out neither the “4GB” report, nor the “availability of a Qualcomm Snapdragon-powered S6 variant later in the year” report we mentioned above.
However, if this turns out to be the case, and Samsung will indeed have no Snapdragon Galaxy S6 versions this year, it would be a real blow to Qualcomm, the largest phone semiconductor maker, as Samsung’s yearly S-series flagships are selling by tens of millions.