Samsung Electronics has decided to drop Qualcomm chip, and will now use its own microprocessor from next version of Galaxy S smartphone, according to Bloomberg. Samsung’s decision to drop Qualcomm may not be unconnected with the issue of overheating, which the Korean firm observed during testing.
Quoting people familiar with the matter, Bloomberg reports that Samsung decided against the chip after the test was conducted. The report however, revealed that people familiar with the matter do not want their identity exposed as the issue has not yet been discussed in the public.
This would come as a huge blow for one of the world’s leading chip maker. The company is known world over as the biggest supplier of chips to the Korean firm; with reports saying Samsung is concluding plans to look inward in order to boost its own processor-making division. Samsung recently spent a staggering $15 billion on a new factory outside the Korean capital.
Quoting one of the people familiar with the story, Bloomberg reports that the new Samsung Galaxy S will be equipped with the most advanced chips. There have been no comments from either company.
Qualcomm’s processors known as Snapdragon, combined with its cellular baseband chips have been the dominant force in the smartphone market for a long time. The fame enjoyed by the company’s chips made it the largest beneficiary of the boom in the use of mobile Internet. The San Diego-based company is also the world’s biggest provider of modems that convert the cellular signal into voice and data.
Qualcomm however, will take solace in the news that both Xaomi and LG will continue to be among companies using its chips as the two companies are set to release models with the Snapdragon 810.
Xaomi, known as the Chinese Apple, is billed to release its Mi Note Pro, which will run on the Snapdragon 810. The Chinese company revealed this on January 15 through its spokesperson, Joy Han who declined to make any comment on whether the smartphone maker is aware of any issue that has to do with overheating or whether there are plans to move over to another chip.
LG on its part said G Flex2, which will be launched at the end of January will also use the Snapdragon 810.
“There will be no problem with the G Flex2 phones,” the company said in an e-mailed statement. “We are taking every measure to ensure there will be no overheating problem,” the company said.