Microsoft has long relied on Qualcomm for the processors, not just for its entry-level handsets but for the flagships as well. The company has used the Snapdragon 800 chipset in its high-end offerings — Lumia 930 and Lumia 1520 — and it appears the company is going to carry on with the tradition.
In a press release, it was confirmed that Microsoft is planning to use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 processor in its upcoming flagship device. Microsoft’s GM for Portfolio and Product Management Juha Kokkonen said in the press release that the company is looking forward to use the chipset to offer “best in class Lumia smartphones” powered by the chipset. Microsoft did confirm at the Windows 10 event last month that a flagship device will see the light of the day later this year.
“Microsoft and Qualcomm’s long standing collaboration has allowed the two companies to offer compelling business, imaging, and entertainment experiences with Lumia smartphones running on Windows Phone,” said Juha Kokkonen, general manager for portfolio and product management at Microsoft. “We look forward to continuing this relationship to deliver best in class Lumia smartphones, powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 processors, and offer an unprecedented combination of processing power, rich multimedia, high-performance graphics and wireless connectivity for our customers.”
In the past few weeks, we’ve heard reports that Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 is having production issues, but it seems they were off-the-mark. LG has already announced its curved LG G Flex 2 powered by the same chipset at CES 2015. It’s not just LG, the Chinese maker Xiaomi also announced its Mi Note Pro which is expected to hit retail in the coming weeks, and it’s powered by the same chipset. Among other Android devices, it’s also expected to launch with the upcoming flagship from HTC, but nothing is confirmed in that regard.Further reading: Lumia, Microsoft, Qualcomm, Windows Phone