Despite tests and complaints from the industry in general Snapdragon producer Qualcomm has repeatedly denied that their chip tends to run a lot hotter than they claim.
Tim McDonough claims that the rumours about the chipset overheating are unfounded, as the early versions of the HTC One M9 and LG G Flex 2 which overheated were in their testing phase and not ready for commercial release. He also stated that these “pre-release models” were made to find bugs, with pre-release hardware being different from commercial hardware and somewhere along the line someone took those test results and leaked them on the internet.
The issue said to have paved the way for Samsung using their own Exynos chip on the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge but the Snapdragon 810 chipset can be found powering the HTC One M9, Xiaomi Mi Note Pro and the LG G Flex 2.
However, the company does have hopes that it’s Snapdragon 820 chip that will launch later this year to do much better. It will feature a computing platform called Zeroth that is intelligent enough to know if the phone is outdoors or indoors and the time of day to manually adjust the phone’s camera for the best photograph settings. It’s also capable of indexing images by keywords thanks to image recognition abilities.
The company is planning on releasing a SDK for Zeroth for developers to play around with, which is part of Qualcomm’s strategy to win back whatever support it can after the controversy regarding the Snapdragon 810.