The next generation of flagship Android phones, including Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and LG’s G4, are all expected to have at least one thing in common: Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 processor. However, production issues for the upcoming mobile chip could end up delaying next year’s handsets, at least according to Business Korea.
Citing one anonymous industry source, the paper claims Qualcomm’s new 64-bit chip has been overheating and suffers from a drop in speed. There may also be an issue with the chip’s graphics processor. If these claims are true—and if the company can’t correct them in time—the Snapdragon 810 may not by early 2015.
If that happens, phone-makers may need to find a quick alternative. Business Korea suggests that Samsung could lean on its own Exynos processors, though LG’s recently-announced NUCLUN chip probably isn’t equipped to replace the Snapdragon 810. It’s also possible that companies could fall back on the Snapdragon 805, which already powers a few newer handsets including the Galaxy Note 4.
We’ve reached out to Qualcomm for comment, and we’ll let you know if we get a response.
Update: In an official response, Qualcomm told us production for the Snapdragon 810 “remains on tracks,” adding that consumer devices using the new chip should start to ship in the first half of 2015.