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HTC One M9 already using that ‘improved’ Snapdragon 810 chip

Eyebrows were raised last month when OnePlus revealed the OnePlus 2 would be using a new and ‘improved’ version 2.1 of the Snapdragon 810, free from the overheating woes that have reportedly plagued devices running Qualcomm’s flagship chipset.

The announcement seemed to set aside the OnePlus 2 from the other smartphones stuck with the older, hot-running iteration of the SoC. All that 64-bit power and no overheating? Advantage OnePlus, right?

However, HTC has pointed out that’s not that case. At all.

According to communications chief Jeff Gordon, not only is the HTC One M9 already rocking v2.1, but so are all of the OEMs that have released devices powered by the Snapdragon 810.

In tweets on Wednesday (spotted by AndroidCentral), Gordon expressed surprise that other manufacturers (*cough* OnePlus *cough*) are attempting to use v2.1 as a “product differentiator”.

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He wrote: “It’s interesting that some OEMs are positioning use of the Snapdragon 810 v2.1 processor as a product differentiator vs. v2.0.

The truth, according to what Qualcomm tells me, is virtually all OEMs who’ve announced devices with Snapdragon 810 are currently using v2.1.”

When asked by the community which iteration the HTC One M9 was running, Gordon simply answered “2.1.”

When OnePlus confirmed the processor for the OnePlus 2, the company certainly intimated its version of the Snapdragon 810 differed from those appearing within earlier devices.

The post read: “Although there have been reports that the 810 runs warmer than its predecessors, we assure you that we have taken all the necessary precautions and beyond to prevent this from occurring in the 2.

“We worked very closely with Qualcomm’s engineers to integrate an improved version of the chipset (v2.1) in the OnePlus 2, and fine-tuned both hardware and software. The 2 will be “cooler than ever.”

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