Forbes: No Snapdragon 835 for the LG G6 as Samsung's Galaxy S8 needs whole initial supply

Forbes: No Snapdragon 835 for the LG G6 as Samsung's Galaxy S8 needs whole initial supply
According to a fresh report from Forbes, the LG G6, which should be officially announced in late February at MWC 2017 and released in March, won't be powered by Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 835 processor (as widely expected). Instead, it's been "confirmed" by "an industry insider" that the handset will be based on last year's Snapdragon 821 - that's still a very potent chipset, but it's no match for the 835.

Forbes notes that the Snapdragon 835 isn't going to be available in large quantities before April, because Samsung will use it for its Galaxy S8 flagship phone, making it "out of reach" for other manufacturers. The publication has it that the S8 will be released on April 14 in South Korea. Apparently, most of Samsung's competitors, starting with LG, are being forced to rely on other processors if they want to launch high-end phones before April.

As you may know, Qualcomm developed the Snapdragon 835 in collaboration with Samsung. This kind of entitles Samsung to make sure it won't run into supply shortages for its next-gen flagship handset, incidentally hurting other companies. HTC, which recently announced the Snapdragon 821-based U Ultra, likely faced the same problem that LG is.

Not long ago, LG implied that the G6 would be an "ideal smartphone", offering features like water resistance and a large display with 1440 x 2880 pixels. Do you think the handset can be ideal if it's using a Snapdragon 821 chipset instead of the newer and faster Snapdragon 835?

source: Forbes

Related phones

  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2880 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, Quad-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3300 mAh(20.5h talk time)
Galaxy S8
  • Display 5.8" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(30h talk time)



1. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Well there goes the chance of me buying a G6 and I was really considering it to. I hope LG re-launchs an upgraded version when the SD835 becomes available to them.

9. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Can you really look past all the bootloop problems they've been having happen over the last couple years?

33. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I was hoping this would be LG's year man but I guess not lol.

70. sgodsell

Posts: 7383; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Even if it comes with the SD 821, it's still a great chip that only came out in November of 2016. PhoneArena like to always blow things out of proportion. The SD 821 is still a very fast SoC with one of the fastest mobile GPUs right now on the current market. Sure it would be better if the G6 had the new 835, with that new LPDDR4X ram as well. However the 821 can still easily drive a 2k+ display at 60 fps.

71. ECPirate37

Posts: 334; Member since: Jul 14, 2011

Agreed. I've had to return my V10 twice. I love the phone when it works right, but this issue is what kept me from getting a V20. (Well that and I thought the V20 didn't look at nice as last years phone).

15. 1113douglas

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 04, 2013

54. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

You can get Google assistant via build.prop edit on any phone.

63. yonith

Posts: 228; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

**on any ROOTED phone.

67. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

Pretty much any phone can be rooted. So you can get Google assistant on any phone.

2. fyah_king unregistered

I don't not believe this one bit. LG will lose a lot of customers if it's true.

21. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

how many people do you actually believe care about having the latest snapdragon in their phone? It's not like it's a large jump in this day and age

38. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

It does matter. I am afraid that LG is going to have another failed flagship. Three failed flagships in a row. G4 with sd808, G5 with ugly design and useless friends. G6 reportedly without sd835.

50. combatmedic870

Posts: 986; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

If they know about BT5.0 alot of people.

58. Chidoro

Posts: 168; Member since: Sep 20, 2016

The 835 is a pretty big jump on the processor power to efficiency scale. Any flagship without it us going to be hamstrung. The Samsung marketing machine will make sure the common purchaser knows the difference. And since you need to give most Android phone purchasers a reason not to buy a Samsung, as opposed to the other way around, it's going to be a rough road.

34. fyah_king unregistered


3. Myphoneisonfire

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 05, 2016

No big deal considering most ppl don't buy LG phones anyway. LG has some serious magical talent to make your phone resale value disappear in just a couple of months after launch. Anyway LG has no wow factor to make you want to buy it at launch. so please buy LG phones at 40-50% off the launch price after 4 months of launch.

4. John-Knotts

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

The 821 chip is no slouch. It should run beautifully in the G6

11. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

I'm sure the 821 will run just fine. Hell people are still waiting for and can't get a Pixel XL 128 GB with an 821 in it.

5. manojmcn

Posts: 634; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

It never happened that way earlier, but if LG G6 is released with last years chip it will lose the "flagship" status among the tech savvy early adopters. Sure fail.

12. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Yep who wants a three month old chip?!? Oh wait...All those Pixel buyers still want it. They must be stupid! /s

28. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

and by the time G6 released (march), SD821 will be 5 months old.. and it's stupid to get a phone with that processor at flagship pricetag

35. dazed1

Posts: 802; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

You are n00b, 821 is 1 year old, is the same chip as 820 with little tweaks. I wound't touch a "new" phone with old SOC, especially not in the high end category.

55. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

It's an year old chip. 821 is just 820 with a more mature manufacturing process, and hence can clock higher. Not to.mention the fact that the 820 didn't shatter any records when it was new anyway. It was a mediocre chip at best. Poor CPU and meh efficiency make it a bad chip, more so when the 835 and new exynos launch.

6. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3108; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Dick move.

8. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

yeah, they should wait a bit, not rushed it and hoping it will sell more just because it released earlier than S8

7. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1822; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Samsung bullied the 835 if that's true... Oh well, I was getting the S8 anyway... If the G6 does come with the 821 then maybe the price will stay low and I'll use it as a backup,..

59. Chidoro

Posts: 168; Member since: Sep 20, 2016

They have the only fab that can put out 10nm chips with good yield. It's not bullying, it's covering their own necessities first.

10. TheHeartBreakKid

Posts: 102; Member since: Jul 07, 2015

So there wont be a new exynos this time around? Since they are taking all the 835 which are built in their own fab?

56. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

There is always an exynos. What may vary is what variant is released in what country.

13. collin3000

Posts: 70; Member since: Apr 28, 2015

With an 821 if it has 4gb of RAM QHD and Waterproofing they're basically releasing a brand new... year old phone. Either they'd have to have an extra super "wow" feature (2:1 ratio doesn't count to me) to really make it worth while or launch at $549(or less) so then it'd be a good competitor based on software updates for an extra year

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