Samsung accused of hoarding Snapdragon 835 supply: Report

Reports claim that Samsung is forcing its competitors to use older processor on their flagship smartphones.

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    • Samsung manufactures the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC
    • Samsung accused of hoarding Snapdragon 835 supply.
    • Competitors forced to use older SoC.

Hot on the heals of announcing a slight delay in bringing its upcoming flagship to the market, Samsung has been hit with a new accusation around the new Snapdragon processors. As per a report from Forbes and The Verge, it is claimed that the company is hoarding the bulk of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset supply and is forcing its competitors to use older chips for their new smartphones.

The report stated that Samsung is planning to launch the upcoming flagship Galaxy S8 on April 14 and that no Android flagship smartphones released before then will be allowed to feature the next-gen Snapdragon 835 processor. It specifically mentions LG’s new flagship phone G6 and HTC U Ultra that would be based on Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor.

An Android manufacturer commented on the matter and told The Verge that it is confident working with the 821 processor, while another manufacturer said that the 835 SoC was always going to be too late for the annual early-spring refresh among flagship Android headsets.

As Samsung holds a production deal with Qualcomm to build the latest 835 Snapdragon chipset, the upcoming flagship from the Korean tech company will likely use the new silicon before any the other smartphone maker. Forbes speculates that “Samsung has first dibs” on the Snapdragon 835 as its production deal has helped the company take in the earliest supply of the 835. If this happens, the chipset will be available for the new Android phones in late summer this year.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 was announced at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this year. The successor of the Snapdragon 820 flagship, Qualcomm claimed that new chip will bring improved performance, new capabilities for virtual and augmented reality and enhanced electronic image stabilisation. The next-generation chipset also comes with company’s latest Fast Charging technology.