Last year, in 2016, deciding between flagships came down to the software features, camera, and other stuff and not the specs. That was because almost every flagship had the same processors, RAM, storage, etc. This however might not be the case this year according to a report by Forbes. LG’s upcoming G6 will instead use the Snapdragon 821, which is what Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL launched with in the fall.
As you already know from the title, the reason behind this would be that Samsung has claimed the entire initial supply for the Snapdragon 835 possibly to be used in the US variants of the Galaxy S8. The report claims that an unnamed industry insider who has knowledge of the G6 made this statement on the down-low. Samsung will get first crack at the Snapdragon 835, and only after the GS8 is launched will the chip be available in sufficient quantities for other OEMs to build phones around it.
So yeah, not just the LG G6, but any other smartphone released before April might not have the latest and greatest from Qualcomm. This is also the reason why the HTC U Ultra doesn’t feature a Snapdragon 835 in case you were wondering. Now, is that a particularly bad thing? In all reality, not really. The Snapdragon 821 is a very capable chipset, but as we enter 2017, it’s soon going to be an outdated one and by the end of the year, your shiny new smartphone might already start feeling previous generation if you’re a specs guy (or girl).
The Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 is made using Samsung’s own 10nm manufacturing process and it’s possible that this is why Samsung managed to grab onto the entire initial batch of supplies for itself, knowing that would freeze out competitors. Of course, that is just a speculation.
While the Snapdragon 821 is by no means not powerful, in 2017, LG might not be able to market its flagship on being a raw powerhouse and will need to rely on other features as well as a well optimized and streamlined software experience.
Source : Forbes