Wednesday , June 6 2018

Rumour has it the LG G6 will use the Snapdragon 821, the same processor as Google’s Pixel

While Samsung, HTC and LG G5 all shared far more similar components than not, in 2017 it’s looking at this won’t be the case. In order to meet the very early launch timeframes that LG has set, LG has had to go with the late-2016 Snapdragon 821 processor — yes, the same as in Google’s Pixel — instead of the newer Snapdragon 835.

On one hand, this isn’t a bad thing, because the Snapdragon 821 has been around for a short while, it’s established itself as a great balance of performance and efficiency, and has been proven capable by the Google Pixel and Pixel XL which use it as their chipset. However, the Snapdragon 835 promises a lot, and according to a report on Forbes, the LG G6 won’t get to use it.

It looks as if Samsung will have the first phone on the market with the Snapdragon 835, as the chipset itself won’t be shipping in any significant capacity until after the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S8, which is rumoured for mid-April. This of course put LG in a tough position — wait for the Snapdragon 835, and go toe-to-toe with the most popular smartphone brand on the planet, or use the already-proven Snapdragon 821 and go early, hoping to get the jump in mind-share and subsequent sales.

I’m not sure that this is a death-knell for LG, but it’s certainly one of those “oh, for goodness’ sake” moments. In a year where we want LG to really shine, and to give the G6 the best opportunity to go hard, timing and circumstance means that they miss out on the best processor to put inside.

That said, it really shouldn’t make too much difference – with a 5.7-inch display, water resistance, fast charging with USB-C, and Google’s Assistant (which Samsung almost certainly won’t have), the LG G6 promises to be one hell of a phone regardless of the processor inside.

Chris Rowland   Editor and Publisher

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag. He saw the transition from AMPS to GSM, loved the Motorola StarTac, and got into Palm technologies in a big way. The arrival some years later of the original iPhone, and then the early Androids, awoke a new interest in mobile technology, and Chris has been writing about it since.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

5 comments

  1. The use of the hexacore Snapdragon 808 in the LG G4 didn’t slow down sales – it was LG’s best selling model by far, even though the competition were using the more-capable (on paper) octacore Snapdragon 810. I’m not suggesting the Snapdragon 835 will suffer the heat-related performance issues that dogged the 810 compared to the 808, but I think it’s more about the user experience than the raw performance of the CPU now. I’ll be surprised if there is any discernible difference in daily user experience using the Snapdragon 821 compared to the 835…

  2. Poor LG. Samsung bought all 835 processors, lol. Looks like the time Google releases Pixel each year is much better.

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