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Samsung Galaxy S6 and LG G4 release dates delayed, reports say

A chunk of next year’s flagship smartphone line-up might see a release date later than initially intended due to issues with Qualcomm’s next chip.

The fast-approaching Snapdragon 810, a system-on-a-chip tipped to debut in 2015’s most premium mobile fare, is still facing production issues.

The Samsung Galaxy S6, Sony Xperia Z4, and LG G4 are all rumoured to tout the new Qualcomm chip on their spec sheets, which may now scupper their parent firms’ launch plans.

The news comes courtesy of a report from Korea that suggests the Snapdragon 810 mass production is delayed due to ‘hard-to-solve’ problems.

The Snapdragon 810 overheats when it reaches a specific voltage,” an industry insider is reported as saying.

“It also slows down owing to problems with the RAM controller connected to the AP. In addition, there is an error in the driver of the Adreno 430 GPU.”

It’s pretty late in the game for Qualcomm to be facing production problems, especially since a bunch of smartphone manufacturers were hoping to launch phones with the chip built-in early next year.

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 is an octa-core processor that makes use of 4 quad-core A57s and 4 quad-core A53s.

The chip is 64-bit friendly, and promises to fully support a 4K ultra-HD display – tempting accolades for smartphone makers.

Samsung is in a fortunate position in that it has its own range of chips – the Exynos series – that could just as well be plugged into an upcoming smartphone, but Sony isn’t so fortunate.

LG does have its own application processor – NUCLUN – but it doesn’t seem boast the performance required to power a flagship device to a Snapdragon standard.

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