Snapdragon 810 heading to future Xperia and Lumia phones

Qualcomm Snapdragon 810
Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 inside.

Qualcomm may be having issues getting its Snapdragon 810 into the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S6, but the chip maker has hit back with a lengthy press release detailing all of the manufacturers that it most definitely will be working with during the rest of 2015.

Companies quoted in the release include Sony and Microsoft, which means that the next-generation processor is almost certain to be appearing inside this year's Xperia and Lumia phones. LG, Xiaomi, Motorola and Oppo also get a mention.

Sony Mobile's Gen Tsuchikawa said he was "excited" to have the Snapdragon 810 coming to Xperia products "later this year", while Microsoft's Juha Kokkonen said that "best in class Lumia smartphones" powered by the Snapdragon 810 are on the way.

Up and coming

We've covered the Snapdragon 810's performance and power improvements before, improvements which should make a substantial difference to everything from 4K video recording to mobile gaming.

The next flagship we're expecting to see from Sony is the Xperia Z4, which we think will be announced at MWC 2015 before going on sale in April. As for Microsoft, we know that Windows 10-powered Lumia phones are on the way later this year, and it looks like the high-end ones will use the Snapdragon 810.

This time next month we should know much more - including whether Qualcomm's mobile processor made the cut for the first run of the Samsung Galaxy S6.

David Nield
Freelance Contributor

Dave is a freelance tech journalist who has been writing about gadgets, apps and the web for more than two decades. Based out of Stockport, England, on TechRadar you'll find him covering news, features and reviews, particularly for phones, tablets and wearables. Working to ensure our breaking news coverage is the best in the business over weekends, David also has bylines at Gizmodo, T3, PopSci and a few other places besides, as well as being many years editing the likes of PC Explorer and The Hardware Handbook.