The options in the mobile chipset market are quite limited as there are only two manufacturers, Qualcomm and MediaTech. To end this monopoly, Xiaomi is reportedly making its chipsets to be used in phones.
The Wall Street Journal states that Xiaomi is looking to part ways with both QUALCOMM and MediaTech by exploring ways to make its chip set. Xiaomi won’t be the first company to move in this direction. Samsung, Apple, Huawei all make their all chipsets for mobile phones.
Xiaomi new chipsets are nicknamed Pinecone
According to reports these chipsets are nicknamed Pinecone and will be revealed within a month. A previous leak had suggested that the company might be working on two custom made chipsets, Pinecone 1 and Pinecone 2. But we aren’t so sure that they might find their way into a smartphone this year.
It is possible that Xiaomi held off the announcement regarding Mi6 as the Qualcomm 835 shipment were unavailable. Xiaomi had unveiled its Redmi 2A a while back. It was the first phone from the company that came running with a Leadcore SoC, a processor manufacturing firm that company paid $15 million to get this particular technology.
We believe that Xiaomi might introduce the new processors in less powerful devices first, and in time perfect their design, then add them in their flagship phones.
If the company can improve these processors than there is a possibility that the firm will reduce the price of the phones thus increasing the competition even more. However, it is no easy task, and Xiaomi has a long way to go. If Xiaomi can accomplish this task, then it might be great to watch the smartphone brand breaking free from Qualcomm and MediaTech.
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