Qualcomm insists “Snapdragon 810 remains on track”
Right now, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 SoC is looking like one of the hottest contenders out there for the chip to power next-gen handsets. Or at least, it was, prior to the arrival of rumors last week claiming that serious issues were standing in the way of this component’s success, and that performance and overheating problems could potentially derail plans to get the 810 into phones slated for launch in the early part of 2015. Should we be worried for the fate of devices like the Galaxy S6, HTC One M9, LG G4, and others? Qualcomm doesn’t address many of those allegations directly, but it does have some reassurances to make about the 810’s release timetable.
Qualcomm states that despite these rumors to the contrary, “everything with Snapdragon 810 remains on track.” Furthermore, the company indicates, “we expect commercial devices to be available in 1H 2015.”
Well, the first half of the year is a big window, right? Could the 810’s availability impact early-year launches – the sort of things we might expect to see announced in the first quarter? Not necessarily. Remember, it’s not uncommon for launches to have a lead time of a month or more on commercial availability, so a phone announcement in March could mean sales beginning in late April or even May, a time late enough to possibly satisfy Qualcomm’s general H1 timeframe.
What we don’t hear, though, are responses to those claims of overheating, bad video drivers, and abysmal RAM management. Whether those rumors were overblown, things Qualcomm has already fixed, or something else entirely, we just don’t know. But with Qualcomm sicking to its H1 guns, we’re optimistic that nothing catastrophically bad has gone wrong with the 810’s development.