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LG to sue Qualcomm if it changes Snapdragon 810, reports say

Update: LG has refuted these claims. In an official statement sent to TrustedReviews, LG’s head of global communications, Ken Hong, stated:

“Rumors regarding LG taking legal action against Qualcomm are unfounded and a complete fabrication of the facts. Given the source of this rumor, we’re surprised it’s being taken seriously at all.”

Original Story:

New reports out of Korea suggest that LG will file a lawsuit against Qualcomm if it modifies the Snapdragon 810 in any way (via GForGames).

Here’s a bit of context: late last year, rumours emerged that Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 would be delayed.

It then came to light that the firm was reportedly struggling to deal with overheating issues on the chip’s four Cortex-A57 processor cores when the clock-rate rose above 1.2-1.4GHz.

Qualcomm denied these rumours outright, suggesting that all was on track for a timely delivery of Snapdragon 810 units ready to emerge on 2015 flagship devices.

Sure enough, LG was the first entrant to the Snapdragon fray, showing off its LG G Flex 2 a t CES 2015, Snapdragon 810 in tow.

All the while, other reports have been turning up that strongly suggest Samsung is looking to ditch Snapdragon for its own custom-built Exynos series of chips on the upcoming Galaxy S6.

These reports suggest that Samsung opted for Exynos as a way to circumvent overheating issues from the Snapdragon 810.

Related: MWC 2015: What to expect from the Barcelona expo

Now we’re back to today – apparently Qualcomm is hard at work trying to fix the Snapdragon 810 to win back Samsung.

This would naturally anger LG, largely because it would mean that future Samsung phones could land with a better version of the Snapdragon 810 than the LG G Flex 2 will carry.

So angry would the South Korean firm be, in fact, that new reports suggest LG would be willing to take legal action against Qualcomm over the potential move.

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