The news of Samsung’s tie-up with Qualcomm for the mass production of Snapdragon 835 chipsets shouldn’t have sounded good for the rest. Apparently, Samsung will be hogging the initial batch of the new chipset to get it earmarked for the Galaxy S8, whose launch will only be taking place by the end of March.
This very fact should hamper the timeframe of the remaining flagships that were scheduled to make its appearance later this month. LG’s G6 was one such anticipated smartphone which was believed to be packing the SD 835 SoC, but it has now become clear that the upcoming flagship from the South Korean manufacturers have ditched the new gen processor from Qualcomm to stick with its timeframe.
According to a leaked image from one of the confidential presentations put forward in CES 2017, LG’s G6 flagship will bear the Snapdragon 821 SoC from Qualcomm instead of Snapdragon 835. Take nothing away from the current flagship processor from Qualcomm, but the move should sound quite surprising for all.
With G6 being one of the most anticipated smartphone of the year, no one would expect the hyped flagship to feature a processor that has been in the market for quite a time. But LG has some reasons behind this ditching, and it makes sense when viewed with the pieces put together.
Apparently, LG would have to delay the market entry of G6 by around three months if to launch the smartphone with the latest chipset. But that should entirely shake the timeframe of the device. Besides, G6 would also be arriving at that time when markets would have got acquainted with the Samsung flagship and probably other flagships as well.
With that not being the case, LG could now whatsoever manage to get its flagship launched weeks ahead of Galaxy S8, which gives an upper hand to the device over its rival to set a firm flow in the market. The processor difference should be a concern, but in truth, that shouldn’t affect much until the new processor makes its entry; it will still have the current flagship processor after all. The difference will be felt only after the speeds of the new processor are experienced.
With that said, LG’s move to stick with the 821 SoC is definitely a brilliant move, and it should give the right head start the company would have been hoping for.