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Exclusive: LG confirms the Snapdragon 810 has battery problems

Since LG introduced its new flagship, the LG G4, we were all surprised by its processor. Not because it was so great, but because it was a ''weaker'' processor than that included in the LG G Flex 2. The G Flex 2, despite coming out a few months ago, contains Qualcomm’s high-end Snapdragon 810, while the newer G4 only has a Snapdragon 808. LG has officially shared its reason for this decision with AndroidPIT.

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LG has confirmed to us that the Snapdragon 810 has battery problems. / © ANDROIDPIT

Let's take a brief look back: the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 SoC was introduced some time ago but, not long after, rumors began to surface that the chip suffered from an overheating issue. The problem arises when the chip gets very hot under load, which the device owner needs to let cool down.

However, it takes a very long time until it can be highly overclocked again (thermal throttling). This leads to increased battery consumption. This means the Snapdragon 810 is busy even at lower clock speeds because it needs more time to perform the same tasks. 

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The HTC One M9 also gets unusually hot under stress. / © ANDROIDPIT

The HTC One M9, LG G Flex 2, Xiaomi Mi Note Pro and the Sony Xperia Z4 are some of the other smartphones which have the Snapdragon 810 installed. In our review of the HTC One M9, we found that the device was noticeably warm under load, the battery life fell quite quickly and was far from better than its predecessor, the HTC One M8.

Qualcomm naturally denied that the Snapdragon 810 had a heating issue that also led to battery problems - yet LG officially confirmed to AndroidPIT that it has deliberately chosen the Snapdragon 808 for the G4 precisely because the power consumption is too high with the 810.

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Now we know why the LG G4 doesn't include a Snapdragon 810. / © ANDROIDPIT

What LG had to say

"The [Snapdragon 808] processor is, in our opinion, the best balance between performance and battery consumption. The 808 also offers high-end performance and is more than adequate for videos, games, multitasking, etc. The big advantage is the lower power consumption compared to the 810."

LG has confirmed what we all already knew, but Qualcomm has declined to do the same: the Snapdragon 810 is a disappointing processor which has caused too many problems without enough real added value when compared to ''lesser'' SoCs. With this statement, it is also clear that LG is only willing to indirectly criticize the Snapdragon 810, because otherwise it would have to also admit that the LG G Flex 2 was badly designed in this respect.

One can only hope that the upcoming Snapdragon 820 can convince consumers once again.


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  • LG is playing games when they see that g flex 2 have heating and other issues the denied them but now there flagship g4 carry 808 which is low end they started saying 808 is better than 810.

  • aenews May 12, 2015 Link to comment

    You can always reduce performance to improve battery life and cut heat. But you cannot take a lower-power better power-saving device and increase its firepower significantly. There's nothing that makes the Snapdragon 808 better than the 810. Wouldn't be worth the downgrade unless it is accompanied by a price drop.

    • You are correct in theory, but in the real world all processors go to a low power mode when not actively used - it's the power demands in active use that are the real culprit, and clocking down a powerful cpu is also a waste.

  • aenews May 12, 2015 Link to comment

    No denying the Exynos 7420 has better graphics firepower than the Snapdragon 810, but the Galaxy S6 comes at a hefty price point.

  • the Snapdragon 810 was useless and so is the Snapdragon 808. It's pretty much plain and simple nothing beats the Exynos 7420 14nm processor period

  • "LG officially confirmed to AndroidPIT that it has deliberately chosen the Snapdragon 810 for the G4 precisely because the power consumption is too high with the 810."

    Maybe they should have tried the 810. (Don't you guys ever proofread your shit?)

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