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LG G6 to Feature Snapdragon 821 as the Galaxy S8 Requires Entire Snapdragon 835 Initial Supply

by Anvinraj Valiyathara 11

The rumor mill has consistently stated that the Snapdragon 835 will be powering the LG G6 flagship smartphone. However, fresh information indicates that since Galaxy S8 needs the entire initial supply of Snapdragon 835, the LG G6 won’t be featuring the SD 835 chip. Instead, it will be powered by the Snapdragon 821 SoC.

The LG G6 is slated to get announced in the next month at the MWC (Mobile World Congress) 2017 exhibition. However, unlike previous rumors, the SD 835 chip will not be powering it.  According to Forbes, the Snapdragon 835 will be available in large quantities quite later after April and the Galaxy S8 smartphones will be hitting the South Korean markets on April 14.

Since Samsung Galaxy S8 will be running on Snapdragon 835, Qualcomm would be driving the entire initial supply to Samsung to ensure that the company does not encounter supply shortages for its upcoming S8 and S8 Plus flagships.

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However, this move by the U.S. chip maker will make the Snapdragon 835 unavailable to flagship phones from other manufacturers. Like the LG G6, all the other high-end smartphones that are expected to release before April will come powered by other processors.

Rumors have it that HTC may have encountered the same problem because of which the recently announced HTC U Ultra arrived with Snapdragon 821 chipset. The SD 821 is a very potent SoC, but it is no competition to its successor. The SD 835 is so powerful that it can run a full version of Windows 10.

Even though LG G6 is unlikely to feature Snapdragon 835, LG has claimed that the LG G6 would be an “ideal smartphone” that will come with desirable features like a larger display that offers a resolution of 1,440 x 2,880 pixels and a water-resistant chassis. It is expected to feature a battery that can withstand very high temperatures. The LG G5 failed because of its modular design as customers were not spending huge amounts of money on the smartphone and additional accessories.

What do you think will be the fate of LG G6? Do share us your thoughts by posting your comments.


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  • Sam

    Superb SAMSUNG, I’m looking forward to the S8!

  • I bet the S8 will cost up to 900$, since they will buy all the first batch SD835.
    People aren’t so keen on performance, everything running Snapdragon 820 and 821 is so much more than enough for 99.9% of the users.
    S8 better have a really good selling point besides the SD835.

    • Albino

      Yeah, the 820 will be strong for quite some time, they did a smart decision to lower the cost and deliver a good smartphone.

    • balcobomber25

      Exactly, the 820/21 is one of the best chips, Qualcomm has ever made in terms of power and efficiency. Very few people actually need the 835.

      • By the time they will, there will be plenty of better options available.
        Qualcomm are really not very good with lots of cores, especially BIG.Little configs(SD808 and SD810 anyone?)

      • Especially with costs always going up, those new phones actually might have nothing to offer.
        I believe most people that got SD820/821 phones should stick with them for at least a year and half, since nothing much better will come out.

      • Muhammad Yasir

        @balcobomber25:disqus , lel i’m still thinking about the Le Max 2 w/SD 820 !

        that’d make me a DemiGod 😀

        • balcobomber25

          haha go for it.

  • Sansa

    This is a blow to companies waiting for 835. A major knife hit on their back from Qualcomm. Time for Mediatek to step up i guess.

    • Muhammad Yasir


  • Muhammad Yasir


    they can wait for the 835 2nd batch !