While the choice of Via Technologies is not critical if restricted to this one model, if a similar switch away from Qualcomm chipsets occurred across all Samsung’s CDMA phone models, it would represent a real challenge to the market’s status quo.
ABI Research VP of Engineering James Mielke, on Samsung’s choice to drop Qualcomm in an existing handset model. That could indicate issues with the radio inside the Droid Charge, although I haven’t heard of any widespread problems. The phone is a dual-mode handset supporting both CDMA/EVDO and LTE on the Verizon Wireless network in the U.S.
Instead, this may be exactly what Mielke is insinuating; a shot across the bow from Samsung to Qualcomm. And it represents a nice win for Via, which has struggled in its x86 battle against Intel’s Atom line and recently sold off its S3 Graphics unit for $300 million to HTC.