According to a Forbes report, the upcoming LG G6 flagship smartphone will run on the Snapdragon 821 SoC and not the latest Snapdragon 835 octa-core SoC that will be powering Samsung’s Galaxy S8. Most of you must be wondering why LG would go with an outdated chip for its 2017 flagship. Well, the report claims LG has been forced to go with the outdated chipset because Samsung has secured almost the entire initial batch of Snapdragon 835 chips for the Galaxy S8.
Other manufacturers will start receiving the Snapdragon 835 shipments only after the Galaxy S8 is released in the market, sometime by mid-April. Samsung getting first dibs on the chip isn’t surprising at all, since Samsung is manufacturing the Snapdragon 835 on its 10nm process node.
For LG, it won’t be the first time that it will be launching a flagship smartphone with an outdated SoC inside. In 2015, the South Korean company launched the G4 with the Snapdragon 808 SoC instead of the Snapdragon 810 SoC that most other manufacturers opted for. Things were slightly different then, as LG had made the choice willingly, due to the fact that the Snapdragon 810 chipset suffered from an overheating issue. Its 2H flagship for 2015, the V10, was also powered by the Snapdragon 808 chipset and not the more powerful Snapdragon 810.
According to a new image leaked today, the LG G6 will feature a Mi Mix-like 90%+ screen-to-body ratio thanks to almost non-existent bezels on all sides. The smartphone will be formally unveiled on February 26th in Barcelona.