LG might sue Qualcomm if it exclusively modifies the Snapdragon 810 chipset for Samsung

LG might sue Qualcomm if it exclusively modifies the Snapdragon 810 chipset for Samsung
The amount of rumors surrounding the Snapdragon 810 and the over-heating issues that it allegedly has are quickly becoming worthy of an old-time Scandinavian saga. As a refresher: a month or so ago, rumors claimed that Qualcomm's 64-bit Snapdragon 810 is causing overheating issues, which were to blame for an eventual delay of the Samsung Galaxy S6, LG G4, HTC One (M9), etc. However, this did not prevent LG and Xiaomi from unveiling two devices powered by the same chipset, the G Flex 2 and the Mi Note Pro

What's more, LG recently claimed that the Snapdragon 810 is not overheating whatsoever, on the contrary - the manufacturer claimed that it's one of the least heat-inducing chipsets currently available on the market. Still, yet another recent speculation claimed that Qualcomm might fine-tune the Snapdragon exclusively for Samsung, one of its biggest customers, so that the upcoming Galaxy S6 and the rumored Galaxy S Edge don't overheat.

Well, in regard to this exact rumor, it is now speculated that if this turns out to be the case and Qualcomm really modifies the chip so it suits Samsung's needs better, then LG might sue the Snapdragon 810 maker. The reason is that such a belated improvement of the chipset will confirm the rumors that the chipset has had multiple issues that Qualcomm was aware of, which can potentially trigger a slew of legal disputes. 

Not that Samsung would be on a dead-end road - after all, it's perfectly capable of developing smartphone chipsets on its own and if some recent rumors are to be believed, Samsung might be gearing for "war" with Qualcomm


FEATURED VIDEO

56 Comments

1. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Even if modded, it still doesn't stand a chance against exynos. Poor LG.

11. zachki17

Posts: 294; Member since: Sep 14, 2014

Lg has her own Home Nuclun processor made by lg .. It octa core 1.5 Quad core and 1.7 quad core the poor is you .

20. TyrionLannister unregistered

It's an ARMv7 based cortex a7 + a15 combo and stands no chance against these monsters

23. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Nuclun is not ready, nor competitive yet. This is a true fanboy above is my guess

42. cheetah2k

Posts: 2151; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Nuclun is s**ttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt​ttt.. And LG know it. I can't see how modifying the 810 for "suppliers needs" violates anything against LG. To me it seems Samsung has worked out the issues with the 810, and this could be a positive for all who use the 810.

46. engineer-1701d unregistered

No flagship phone with a 1.5 or 1.7 CPU would sell

49. zachki17

Posts: 294; Member since: Sep 14, 2014

Its an octa core -_- 8 core

53. g2a5b0e unregistered

If you really think that clock speed is the deciding factor in how good a chip set is, you truly know nothing about tech. Change your name. It's completely ironic.

2. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Well this should be interesting

3. vincelongman

Posts: 5601; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I can see LG point of view But they shouldn't have accept Qualcomm's chip if it was overheating They should have demanded Qualcomm to fix it too

6. mostafawael.1998

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

yes. LG should have insisted on fixing the overheating issues, not just using a bugged chip and suit itself ...

30. nokia12

Posts: 610; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

its not easy for LG and xiaomi they likely figured that every other OEM will be using same SD 810 so every phone will likely overheat the same.. and to avoid any delay in bringing phone to market ( samsung can afford delays) they both went ahead and used it in their phones in order to have an early sales and advertisement advantage over competitors..' samsung can do that because they have a ready exynos to fall back on

43. cheetah2k

Posts: 2151; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Samsung definitely in the box seat on this one. Whats the worst case for them - Exynos. Is Exynos bad - h3ll no, its an awesome chipset and Qualcomm know it. The losses Qualcomm could face with Samsung abandoning their chipsets could be excessive.. not to mention a slip in share price and other handset manufacturers questioning the use of the chip... We may see more manufacturers choosing the Exynos chipset in the future if Qualcomm continue to drop the ball.

34. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

They don't have the Exynos as a fallback threat.

44. cheetah2k

Posts: 2151; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

LG could always go to Mediatek.. Its not a bad chipset TBH

4. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1408; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Boycott Qualcomm, crapdragon gonna crap

51. iWin_Droid

Posts: 76; Member since: Jan 22, 2015

Your dearly Xiaomi products run on Qualcomm's chipsets ;)

52. sorcio46

Posts: 435; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

Stay with your anti-modding SoC like Exynos! I'll go with Qualcomm all the way!

5. leotrim

Posts: 26; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

Samsung will start new age with is Samsung Exynos 7420 a 14nm chip

45. cheetah2k

Posts: 2151; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

I so hope so. Samsung have spent up big to make Exynos a Snapdragon killr

7. SuperNova

Posts: 649; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Oh no! LG, Samsung is our brother. The real enemies are Apple and Chinese makers.

12. GeorgeDao123

Posts: 431; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

Well said.

17. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

These are companies, not humans, and they are competitors to boot. Each and every one would like nothing better than to take out each other, not just Apple. The Android ecosystem isn't comprised of a bunch of buddies, only the fanboys are.

56. g2a5b0e unregistered

Give me a break. The only reason the other companies are jumping into it is because they know that they could all be affected if Apple wins that suit. It would set a precedent that Apple can do whatever it wants in the court world. You can believe that if that was not the case, they wouldn't care. When that suit is over it will be business like usual.

25. seven7dust unregistered

not really LG is Samsungs biggest competitor , ever notice how LG is finally profitable in their phone division , but now samsung lost profit as a direct result. all the years before 2012/13 samsung was riding high but LG was failing. LG can never compete with high end smartphones made by Apple, the company's brand value is too inferior , but they can sure as hell compete with samsung and take money from the phone divisions.

29. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

How is that relevant? This is all about unfair. Qualcomm is UNFAIR.

35. SuperNova

Posts: 649; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Unfair? I'll tell you what is unfair. Being the biggest patent troll ever, Apple was backed by US court Judge Koh and robbed hard-earned money from Samsung, is it called fair?

8. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

"yet it's somewhat unlikely that it will succeed to produce such large volumes of its Exynos silicons..." That's a weird statement, specially considering Samsung have their own manufacturing plant and have recently invested a great deal in that once again. On the contrary, as A8 is being manufactured by TSMC now, Samsung foundries will have more chance of producing Exynos if required.

9. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

But why Exynos is still exclusive to Samsung and Meizu?

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.