Could LG G6 come with an outdated processor?
The G6 could come with the Snapdragon 821, a processor based on the architecture of last year, instead of the new 835, losing all the benefits. Uh oh, problems for LG. According to a report by Forbes collaborator Ben Sin, now also corroborated by The Verge, it seems that Samsung has taken over all Snapdragon 835 processors, forcing its competition to use the old Snapdragon 821 (a relatively “new” processor, but Based on ancient architecture, presented at the beginning of last year). With this tactic, all smartphones that launched before the Galaxy S8 would bring the old processor.
Which is just what happened to HTC with its U Ultra. To many we found it silly by HTC to launch its top of the range with what, for its target audience – high end users looking for what is at the forefront of technology – is an “old” processor. A premature death for a phone company that is struggling to stay afloat. But now, under this new light, I have something clear: HTC had no choice. It was launching before and so try to get some sales, or something much more difficult: try to compete against a giant like Samsung, face to face, when the S8. HTC opted for the first option.
And the same, apparently, will happen with the LG G6 (which, according to The Verge, will look like the image above, at least the first half of the phone). LG wants to launch the G6 as soon as possible, and as such, it could base its top-of-the-range phone with the Snapdragon 821.
Now, LG is no stranger to launch phones with lower processors. We saw it with the LG V10, which was launched with a slow Snapdragon 808. It also happened with the Latin American version of the LG G5, called “G5 SE”, which came with a 652 Snapdragon instead of the 820. And now? The LG G6, it seems, will come with a Snapdragon 821, which offers only a 10% performance improvement over the 820. If we take the “original” G5 (not the lower version sold in Latin America), this removes enough arguments to Upgrade, even for the most loyal fans of the brand, as the performance jump would be much lower than expected.
But what brings the Snapdragon 835 that makes it so special, wonder? Well, it’s not so much the issue of profit in performance (which is high), but rather, in energy efficiency, those that interest us. In 2016 we witnessed a small revolution in the premium midrange, where phones with the Snapdragon processor.
As the Snapdragon 835 promises a level of autonomy similar to the one we saw in the mid-range last year, without sacrificing performance. This would mean, finally, smartphones in which we do not have to worry about the battery during the day; That we can use it all the time we want, without worrying about having to recharge it, as with Moto Z Play, Nova Plus, and other phones that used the efficient Snapdragon 625.
Because Qualcomm has developed the Snapdragon 835 along with Samsung, in a strategic alliance that will allow you to use the 10-nanometer FinFET process (which in essence will give you the possibility to improve your autonomy by using a more efficient process) . This will be Qualcomm’s first processor to use the 10nm process, as previous processors, such as Snapdragon 821 or even 625, used the 14nm process.
It makes sense, then, that Samsung has been able to obtain the exclusivity of being the first phone to launch with this processor, the Snapdragon 835. Which is bad news for all manufacturers that will launch equipment before and that depend on Qualcomm for Such as LG and HTC.
What do you recommend?
Qualcomm has sold us smoke in the past, and is no stranger to disaster, as it was in 2015 with its Snapdragon 810 and terrible performance / autonomy. However, the Snapdragon 835 promises enough; We could finally have the best of both worlds: fast processing power, with the battery benefits we saw in last year’s premium midrange that honestly changed my usage behavior with a smartphone (I no longer have to worry Of carrying a portable battery with me, or of having to activate the load percentage).
My recommendation, if you are thinking of buying a high-end phone, would be to take the attitude of waiting until the S8’s departure and see if all of Qualcomm’s promises with the Snapdragon 835 are met. If so, completely ignore phones with previous processors like the HTC U Ultra or, potentially, the LG G6, as the benefits are too many to ignore. Note that this only applies to phones that depend on Qualcomm; The phones manufactured by LG, HTC and the like. The iPhone has its own processor; The same with Huawei, and Samsung, perhaps, release a version of its Galaxy S8 with its own processor Exynos, in the rest of the world. Although considering the collaboration with Qualcomm this year, perhaps we see a return by Samsung to Use only Qualcomm processors globally.