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Sony, Motorola, LG and Others Rally Behind Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 Chip


Qualcomm has been having a rough few weeks due to rumors that its latest mobile processor could be a dud. Now, the California company has rounded up support from some of the world’s top smartphone-makers, though Samsung is noticeably absent from the new press release.

Two new phones announced this year are already set to pack a Snapdragon 810, with LG’s G Flex 2 and Xiaomi’s Mi Note Pro leading the charge. LG’s vice president of marketing Chris Yie notes that Qualcomm’s chip offers “an advanced feature set and stunning multimedia support.” Meanwhile, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun called the new processor “the best in the industry.”

A handful of additional companies also voiced support for Qualcomm, and hinted at plans for future Snapdragon 810-powered smartphones. Motorola Mobility president Rick Osterloh notes that the chip “will enable us to push the boundaries even further.” Sony, Microsoft and OPPO also promise to use the new processor in future devices.

There’s no mention of Samsung anywhere in Qualcomm’s press release, and the South Korean company is expected to use its own Exynos chips exclusively in the upcoming Galaxy S6. Earlier rumors suggested this could be due to issues with the Snapdragon 810 overheating in early testing. However, a new report from The Wall Street Journal suggests the decision could have more to do with Samsung boosting its own processor lineup.

Samsung says it’s already in talks to supply its new chips to other companies, though for now it looks like Qualcomm has most of the major mobile players locked up. If the latest Exynos is a success, we might see more high-profile phone-makers turn to Samsung for processor needs in the next few years.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...