It was widely expected that LG’s upcoming flagship, the LG G6 due to be unveiled at MWC next month, would make use of a Snapdragon 835 chipset. However, that might not be the case as Samsung has reportedly taken the first dibs on all the Snapdragon 835 chips being produced.
This shortage of Snapdragon 835 chips has forced LG to make use of Qualcomm’s previous generation flagship, the Snapdragon 821, inside the G6. The shortage of Snapdragon 835 chips is expected to last until April when the Galaxy S8 will reportedly launch.
“The Snapdragon 835 won’t be available in large quantities until after the Galaxy S8 launches,” the source told Forbes.
Qualcomm and Samsung are working closely on the Snapdragon 835 chip, with the latter fabricating the chips in its own foundries. Thus, it is not surprising that Samsung is getting to keep the first dibs on the chipset for its own handsets. By keeping the supply of Qualcomm’s flagship chipset crippled until the Galaxy S8 launches, Samsung will also ensure that other OEMs are not able to capitalise on the delayed launch of the handset this year.
It is unclear how much faster the Snapdragon 835 is when compared to the Snapdragon 821, but Qualcomm does state that it is up to 25 percent more power efficient due to its lower fabrication process. The chipset also comes with a faster and more power efficient GPU, modem, and other key technological improvements, all of which when combined make up for a notable upgrade over the Snapdragon 821.
If LG does end up using the Snapdragon 821 chipset on the G6, it would have to rely on other features of the handset to promote it among consumers. Even then, though, LG’s choice of chipset is unlikely to go down well with many power users.