Reports that Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 processor had issues overheating ultimately left a sour taste in the mouths of Android enthusiasts. Early tests showed the processor getting hot, and phones like the One M9 still employ the chip though ultimately force it to run at slower clock speeds to avoid the heat issue. Now, in a recent interview, one Qualcomm exec says the whole story about Snapdragon 810 overheating has been one big rumor.
“The rumors are rubbish, there was not an overheating problem with the Snapdragon 810 in commercial devices,” Qualcomm’s vice president of marketing Tim McDonough told Forbes recently. Qualcomm did, however, confirm that a major smartphone OEM decided not to use the chip in its latest smartphones. It was likely Samsung, which ultimately shipped the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge with its own Exynos chips. Other phones, like the G Flex 2 and One M9, still use the Snapdragon 810 processor.
McDonough seems to place the blame of the overheating on early rumors associated with the G Flex 2. “Why was someone spreading false information about the 810? Our point of view is that those rumors happened with the LG G Flex 2 and Qualcomm 810 being first to market with the premium-tier application processor,” he said. “Then somebody decided to put out some false rumors about that, which is unfortunate but sometimes that’s how business is done. That has forced us to spend a lot of time addressing the false rumors.”
McDonough’s comments sound defensive, and one does have to question why, if there isn’t any heat issue with the Snapdragon 810 processor, so few companies have picked it for 2015 flagship smartphones.