New Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 details arrive, as rumors of flaws and shortages loom
Qualcomm went official with its 64-bit Snapdragon 810 SoC all the way back in April. The octa-core chip with its Adreno 430 GPU will feature in its first dev hardware in just a couple weeks, while rumors are already looking forward to its presence in anticipated 2015 flagships. As we await the 810’s arrival, some interesting new details about the chip’s performance are surfacing, though they’re tempered by separate rumors of hardware problems and possible shortages.
First up, that technical note: the 810’s clock speed has just been revealed. Mobile SoCs have done a decent job in recent years of not getting into a big megahertz war, though we have seen a gradual push upwards in maximum clock speeds. The Snapdragon 810, though, will buck this trend, pushing a maximum clock of just under 2GHz.
That slower clock speed sounds well and good – but as for these other rumors, the situation’s a lot less sunny. Reportedly, the 810 is suffering from a series of problems that could spell delays with availability. Those range from overheating when operating at too high a voltage, speed issues tied to RAM controller faults, and a driver problem affecting GPU performance. Between the lot of them, these issues are stoking fears that the 810 may not be ready for inclusion in early-year 2015 flagships, including the Galaxy S6 and LG G4. While Samsung has new Exynos models of its own, a shortage could leave other OEMs in a potentially tight spot.