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Xiaomi Reported to Make Its Own Mobile Chipset – Unveiling Could Happen Next Month

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Feb 11, 2017
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When picking a mobile chipset, options are very limited as you have two manufacturers to choose from; Qualcomm or MediaTek. To rely even less on these chipmakers, a new report has surfaced that Xiaomi plans to make its own chipsets for mobile devices, thus breaking free from the monopoly of such giants.

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Looking to move away from both Qualcomm and MediaTek, Xiaomi is exploring ways to make its own chipsets (via The Wall Street Journal). Xiaomi will not be the first manufacturer to venture in this direction; Samsung, Apple, and Huawei make their own chips, thus relying less on the likes of Qualcomm and MediaTek.

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According to reports, the chipset has been codenamed Pinecone and could be unveiled within a month. Our previously reported leak suggested that the company could be working on two custom-made chipsets, codenamed Pinecone 1 and Pinecone 2, but I am not so sure that the silicon will find its way into the company’s smartphone lineup this year. That being said, Xiaomi might have held off the Mi6 announcement because Snapdragon 835 shipments were not available.

A while back, Xiaomi unveiled its Redmi 2A, which was the first phone from the company to come running with a Leadcore SoC, a processor manufacturing firm that Xiaomi reportedly paid $15 million to get its hands on this particular technology. Our hunch is that the company will start to experiment with its Pinecone chipset in less-powerful devices and after perfecting the design process, these custom chips will eventually find their way to flagship phones.

If Xiaomi is successfully able to produce its own chipsets, it should allow the company to further lower the prices of its smartphones, making them even more competitive than before. However, it is no easy task going in this direction, so we have a feeling that for the foreseeable future, Xiaomi will need to rely on Qualcomm and MediaTek.

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Still, it is great to see that a smartphone manufacturer has reportedly taken a stance to break free of the mobile chipset monopoly garnered by both Qualcomm and MediaTek.

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