Qualcomm, the company behind the Snapdragon line of processors, has not exactly had the best 2015 so far. The octa-core Snapdragon 810 has been received with some of the most negative press of any Snapdragon CPU in recent years. Previously, Snapdragon processors – like the Snapdragon S4 and Snapdragon 800 – have blown the competition out of the water. With mounting pressure from the likes of MediaTek and now Samsung, the Snapdragon empire is starting to show some cracks. The Snapdragon 810 is one of Qualcomm’s first octa-core CPUs, and it’s no wonder that there have been overheating issues and such. Recently, we heard rumors of a deca-core (that’s 10 processing cores on one central processing unit) Snapdragon 818 launching later this year along with the Snapdragon 820. A key figure has now come forward and said that these rumors are “nonsense”.
Analyst Pan Jiutang, who has correctly predicted a number of things in the mobile processor business, has come forward on Chinese social media site Sina Weibo to say that the rumors of a Snapdragon 818 are complete false, and that no such chip exists. In an interesting he twist, he added that someone or somebody was deliberately trying to mess with Qualcomm by releasing such false rumors. Chief among the reasons we can’t quite see Qualcomm releasing a deca-core CPU is of course heat. The company struggled to keep heating issues under control with the Snapdragon 810 and while some devices have implemented the chip better than others, it’s clear that there’s work to be done when it comes to getting the clock speed up, and keeping it up. Plus, Qualcomm was never really keen on the whole octa-core thing anyway, and have only recently jumped onboard with ARM’s latest core designs.
Will we ever see a Snapdragon 818? It doesn’t seem likely, and judging from all the hype surrounding the Snapdragon 820, which seems like a welcome return to form for the company, we can’t see Qualcomm releasing a new processor with so many cores. However, as we all know, anything’s possible and there’s a good chance that Qualcomm is working on something like this. Only time will tell whether or not Pan Jiutang or the rumors are correct.