Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 801 has been getting some bad news. A Bloomberg report claimed that Samsung is switching chips for its next phone due to the Snapdragon 801’s overheating problem. Random overheating issues seem to be forcing them to switch to their own homebrew Exynos chips according to Bloomberg. The new Snapdragon 810 might be Qualcomm’s answer.
Tests conducted on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 not only show that it is faster and more energy efficient, but that its 64-bit processor emits less heat than the Snapdragon 801. Most smartphones change the processor’s speed to keep the device cool. A temperature of under 45 degrees Celsius or 113 degrees fahrenheit is maintained to keep the smartphone comfortable in the user’s hands.
The Snapdragon 801 was used in flagships like the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the HTC One (M8) which were released in 2014. When tested with the popular racing game Asphalt, the Snapdragon 801 ran hot after twenty minutes of gameplay. When tested with the new 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chip however, the temperature was about 5 degrees lower.
This difference can also be observed when capturing video on both phones while capturing video. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 runs cooler which means that this will improve battery life and performance for any smartphone that has it. This chip is planned to be used with the new HTC One (M9) and LG G4 flagship phones.
Even LG have tested the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor and says that it is one of the coolest processors they have tested. Samsung may have just tried to switch to local chips to decrease manufacturing costs. LG’s Woo said that “I don’t understand why there is a issue over heat,” when talking about the recent rumor about the Snapdragon 801 overheating.