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article imageQualcomm says Snapdragon 810 overheating claims are 'rubbish'

By James Walker     May 7, 2015 in Technology
Qualcomm has hit back over claims that its Snapdragon 810 processor used in the year's flagship smartphones often overheats. There have been several reports of delayed phone launches because of the excessive heat, which Qualcomm calls "rubbish."
Neowin reports Qualcomm's vice president of marketing, Tim McDonough, said in an interview with Forbes that "someone was spreading false information about the 810." This suggests that there were never any issues with the processor overheating, even during the development of the chip.
McDonough's words contradict several stories to hit the headlines in the past few months. Samsung's Galaxy S6 is available only with the company's own Exynos processors. The Snapdragon 810 is believed by many to have been dropped because Samsung could not get it to run cool inside the S6's thin body.
Adding fuel to this argument, LG launched the G4 last week with a hexa-core Snapdragon 808 instead of the octa-core Snapdragon 810. It isn't difficult to speculate that LG could have also experienced issues with development devices using the 810.
McDonough has another reason for LG's usage of the 808 though. He claims that the company chose the slightly-lesser chip because it is optimized for 2K video while the 810 is built for 4K. LG wanted the G4 to be designed primarily for 2K video, so opted for the 808.
The chip has still made it into HTC's One M9 though. It appears to run stably in the metal device but several reviews of the phone have noted that the chassis does feel warm to the touch when using it intensively, in some cases more so than rival handsets.
Despite this, McDonough categorically states: "The rumors are rubbish, there was not an overheating problem with the Snapdragon 810 in commercial devices."
Clearly, we won't ever know for sure whether the Snapdragon 810 did overheat during the development processes of the new phones landing in the hands of consumers now. McDonough does seem very eager to stress that nothing out of the ordinary ever occurred but there are so many conflicting reports of this that it is now hard to take a specific side.
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