Earlier this year, people freaked following a report that said Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 gets scorching hot. That led to a lot of anxious consumers, especially when big devices like the HTC One M9 came equipped with the manufacturer’s fiery chip. But apparently we worried for nothing.
According to HTC senior global online communications manager, Jeff Gordon, “virtually all” OEMs who have introduced devices with the Snapdragon 810 are using v2.1, which is said to be cooler than the earlier version 2.0. Yes, that includes the company’s One M9.
Since devices using the supposed hot chip began hitting the market, there have been very few reports of overheating. In our HTC One M9 review, we didn’t notice any unusual heat issues—though it does run warmer than some other phones. According to Gordon, all the fuss was over nothing, though it appears a tweaked chip may have been necessary in order to address heat problems.
Last month, as OnePlus was slowly introducing specs for its next flagship, the company defended its use of Qualcomm’s controversial chip by assuring fans it was using the “cool” version of the Snapdragon 810. We initially thought this was a new and unique development, but it appears version 2.1 is old hat. The need for a second variation does seem to indicate version 2 was causing problems, enough to quietly release a tweaked chip.
The truth, according to what Qualcomm tells me, is virtually all OEMs who've announced devices with Snapdragon 810 are currently using v2.1.
— Jeff Gordon (@urbanstrata) July 15, 2015
In any case, Gordon says these companies touting the Snapdragon 810 v2.1 as a differentiator are full of baloney. If anything, it’s smart marketing from companies that know their audience well. But the chip we find in a device like the upcoming OnePlus 2 shouldn’t be much different than what was included in the HTC One M9, which is good news for anyone wondering if their phone might be prone to overheating.
Not like it matters much. Rumors say the Snapdragon 820 is already on the way.