Xiaomi Reported to Announce Its Home-Grown Chipset This Month – Qualcomm Losing Another Partner?
The process to slowly slip away from Qualcomm’s grasp might be initiated from this month as Xiaomi has been reported to announce its Pinecone chipset during an announcement that’s reportedly going to be held in Beijing. Just like Samsung and Huawei, Xiaomi is going to join the ranks of manufacturers that produce their own chipsets.
Xiaomi Pinecone Chipset Reported to Take Center Stage at an Announcement Taking Place in China
Xiaomi fans definitely have something to be ecstatic about and it’s the unveiling of the new Pinecone chipset that’s going to power future devices of the Chinese manufacturer. Taking a look at the teaser, we believe that the announcement is going to take place in Beijing and through future improvements, a flagship SoC might even find its way inside the company’s phones. Xiaomi chipset is going to be called Pinecone V670 and they have been reported to be developed and released courtesy of the manufacturer’s subsidiary, Beijing Pinecone Electronics, so at least we know now where the inspiration for the name ‘Pinecone’ originated from.
Our previous report explained that while Xiaomi continues to use Qualcomm’s high-end chipsets in the likes of the Mi5, Mi5s, the Mi Note 2 and the Mi Mix, during the first quarter of 2016, Qualcomm was unable to produce large shipments of its Snapdragon 820 for the Mi5.
This resulted in production issues for the first flagship belonging to Xiaomi, the Mi5, which obviously led to the straining of the partnership. However, since Xiaomi has no other option left other than Qualcomm or MediaTek, its only other choice was to start developing its own SoCs. In doing so, the manufacturer is going to become only the second in China after Huawei to develop its own chipsets.
According to previous statistics, Xiaomi shipped approximately 61 million smartphones globally in 2016, which is far less than their expected projection of 100 million units and as a result, the company took the fifth spot in the domestic smartphone market. We still believe that one of the company’s flagships will continue to use a Snapdragon 835, but at least it has decided that it will rely less on these manufacturers.
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