Reports have emerged that LG may not use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 in the LG G6. Instead of Qualcomm’s flagship 2017 system-on-chip, LG are set to deploy the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 inside their forthcoming smartphone.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 is a revised version of the semiconductor company’s 2016 flagship chipset. Reports that it is likely to be used in the LG G6 are credible, as the SoC is likely to be the South Korean conglomerate’s only realistic option given their launch schedule.
Last year’s LG G5 was not a commercial success, so LG are eager to get its replacement out early, in order to prevent rivals from monopolising the press inches.
But an early launch means that the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 will not be ready in time. Current speculation is that the chipset will not actually become available to manufacturers like LG until April.
HTC faced a similar situation with the launch of the HTC U Ultra, which also uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821.