Digitimes are reporting that according to their sources within the supply chain for the HTC One Max, the large sized device will adopt an older Qualcomm processor, the quad-core 1.7GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ 8064 for production of its first large-size device.
Some sources are stating that HTC is being forced to use the old CPU model as it is unable to secure a sufficient supply of Qualcomm’s high-end Snapdragon 800 processors due to a majority of Open Handset Alliance members, such as Sony, LG, Asus, Acer and even Xiaomi all deciding to utilise Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 SOCs for their upcoming flagship smartphones set to be launched in the second half of 2013.
However, other sources are stating that there is no shortage in Snapdragon 800 processors since Qualcomm has already ramped up production to meet the continual increasing demand for its SOCs. Given that HTC are having finical woes, it could simply come purely down to cost concerns.
Sources are continuing to state that the adoption of an old CPU model could undermine HTC’s brand image, and which ultimately could and will affect sales of the HTC One Max. I guess Robert Downey Junior will have his hands full trying to convince us that an older chipset is better over a new one.
Given that an old processor is being touted for the HTC One Max, would you consider buying the 5.9-inch display device?