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Rumor: LG G6 will run on older Snapdragon 821 because of Samsung's Galaxy S8

By Ciara Alarcon & Cookie Monster - on 25 Jan 2017, 11:10am

Rumor: LG G6 will run on older Snapdragon 821 because of Samsung's Galaxy S8

Keith Kressin, senior vice president, product management, Qualcomm Technologies Inc. and Ben Suh, senior vice president, foundry marketing, Samsung, show off the first 10 nanometer mobile processor, the Snapdragon 835, in New York at the Qualcomm Snapdragon Technology Summit.  <br>Image source: Qualcomm

Samsung won't give a chance to other smartphone giants, as they could be the first smartphone to be powered by Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 835 processor, while others have to use the older Snapdragon 821.

According to Forbes and The Verge, Samsung has secured the bulk of the first Snapdragon 835 processor for its upcoming flagship phone, the Galaxy S8 which is expected to be available in South Korea on April 14.  Because of this move by Samsung, no other phone makers will have access to the Snapdragon 835 chipset including the LG G6 – the company's upcoming flagship smartphone. Said to be running on the Snapdragon 821 processor, the G6 will be announced at Mobile World Congress 2017, and is expected to be available on March 10.

However, according to The Verge, one Android maker is confident working with the Snapdragon 821 processor, while another smartphone maker said that the Snapdragon 835 was always going to be too late for the annual early-spring refresh among flagship Android smartphones.

Qualcomm partnered with Samsung to manufacture the Snapdragon 835 chipset using the latter's 10-nanometer (nm) FinET process. The Snapdragon 835 supports Quick Charge 4 and boasts 27% higher performance.

Source: Forbes, The Verge