LG G6 Will Have a Snapdragon 821 – Leaked Slide Also Tells Company’s Decision for Choosing This SoC


Around two weeks ago, we reported that the LG G6 might not feature a Snapdragon 835 and part of the problem might be thanks to Samsung’s involvement. A leaked slide showing the G6 running a Snapdragon 821 has been leaked, along with the manufacturer detailing why it chose to rush the upcoming announcement rather than wait for Snapdragon 835 shipments to finally become available.

LG Reports That It Would Gain a Timeframe Advantage Over Samsung When It Announces Its G6 Earlier Bearing a Snapdragon 821

The leaked slide was snapped during the CES trade show, with LG explaining as to why the G6 was going to be running a Snapdragon 821 (via SemiAccurate). According to the report, it is more than possible that because Qualcomm tapped Samsung to use its 10nm fabrication plants to process the Snapdragon 835 at a bleeding edge technology, the chipset manufacturer might have given Samsung the earlier shipments of its flagship SoC possibly as a gesture of good faith. However, this brought trouble for several manufacturers, including LG as they would now have to wait months and months until another shipment was made available for them.

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The G6 could definitely have gotten announced running a Snapdragon 835 but it would open up a lot of ‘problem doors’ for the company. Firstly, Samsung would have announced its Galaxy S8 much earlier and started selling it much quicker in markets like South Korea and the United States, taking away the advantage from LG entirely.

Naturally, LG wants to possess the timeframe advantage and we completely respect that, even if it means using a chipset fabricated on the 14nm FinFET architecture. With the launch of the G6 going on schedule, the Korean firm would have a 6-week advantage over the Galaxy S8, meaning that it could come up with its own offers accordingly in order to sell the device at healthy volumes.

LG G6 is expected to be IP68 certified, feature a premium build, provide support for wireless charging and is expected to be the first smartphone outside of the Pixel to come running Google Assistant. Looking at these features, there are a lot of aspects that LG can target in effectively marketing its smartphone. Do you guys think that the company made the right choice? Let us know your thoughts down in the comments.