Qualcomm announced Q2 financials for the year of 2015 this morning, and they weren’t very good. Looking at the big picture, it is not the end of times by any means at Qualcomm, but the company has lowered its expectations for the second half of this year, largely due in part to Samsung’s ditching of the Snapdragon 810, opting to use its own in-house Exynos processor in the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge.
Steve Mollenkopf, CEO of Qualcomm, stated the following in the release. “While we remain confident in the significant growth opportunities ahead, we are reducing our QCT outlook for fiscal 2015, primarily due to the increased impact of customer share shifts within the premium tier and a decline in our share at a large customer.”
The part in bold, while not directly attributed, is likely Samsung with the aforementioned decision to use Exynos processors in the new Galaxy S6. It may also be safe to assume that Samsung will continue to use the Exynos processor in the upcoming Galaxy Note 5, which may only lead to more hurt for Qualcomm.
For a time, it looked like Qualcomm could do no wrong in the space, but with the Snapdragon 810, there was a misstep. Now we wait to see if the company’s next high-end processor iterations can deliver the goods.