Rightly or wrongly, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset has not had the best of press. Even before we saw the 810 chipset make an appearance in any phones, there was plenty of speculation on heat problems and higher-than-usual throttling.
Perhaps, because of this, there aren’t too many phones that use the Snapdragon 810 chipset. We can think of only two major ones outside of the Xperia Z3 Plus, the HTC One M9 and LG G Flex 2. Additional factors that gave credence to these rumours include the fact that Samsung decided to use its own silicon for the Galaxy S6/S6 Edge and LG used the Snapdragon 808 for the G4, instead of the 810.
Ars Technica’s write-up on the Snapdragon 810 heat issues was particularly illuminating. It tested the impact of throttling on the above mentioned HTC and LG phones utilising the 810 chipset and posted its findings: “In short, chips throttle, but the 810 throttles more than most, and it’s severe enough that the 810 is actually slower than the 801 or 805 in some CPU-bound tasks over the long haul.”
Recent Xperia Z3+ benchmark tests shows that it lags some of the 2015 competition, which could be related to Sony keeping the processor speed under control to avoid excessive heat problems. Our question for you today is, does it put you off knowing that the Xperia Z3+/Z4 runs the Snapdragon 810 chipset given all of the media attention Qualcomm has faced this year?
We have already seen some off-the-cuff comments suggesting that the Xperia Z3+ is a nice phone but shame about the chipset. Is this something that would genuinely put you off a purchase? Are the issues overblown in your view? We’d love to hear your thoughts below.